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Just learned this song about an hour ago.. My note strength is a little
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April 28, 2013 - 3:58 pm
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Like I said, any more critique? I know my note strength can use work, how do I improve this? I like to think I keep my bow straight but who knows. Was my fingering bad? I opted to play the higher part all on the A string rather than switch to E, since it seemed easier. When playing high on the A like that (goes up to F), should I be playing closer to the bridge?


I will post both .Mov file and .pdf of sheet music (for which I am playing the melody)



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April 28, 2013 - 4:48 pm
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There are two things you can do immediately to "fix" any issues.

1. Intonation- it might just be me but it didnt sound in tune, so I would def double check and work on that.

2. Dynamics- Playing softer and louder with gradual increases as marked creates alot of musical interest.

Use (a tuner) or whatever interval training method you prefer for the notes. Playing the dynamics is trickier if youve never played really loudly.  As weve mentioned before, your ear is right next to the instrument so you wont be able to tell if you are playing loud enough, not to mention controlling the bow while playing louder. Playing louder gives you the range to play noticeably softer and so on.

Hope that helps.

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April 28, 2013 - 5:06 pm
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Yeah.. I just picked up the fiddle after a month or so of not playing so..

Ill run and grab a tuner. I have an A 440 tuning fork I usually use, but only works when it is close to in tune.


Thanks pf

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April 28, 2013 - 5:25 pm
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Your bowing looks very good to me.  You are good at selecting the string you want to play, and I think you are showing basically good form in your bowing.

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May 1, 2013 - 3:36 pm
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As far as intonation goes, you seem to have a good ear since your fingered intervals are not that bad. The real problem is that you don't play relative to your open D string for example. There are obviously other intonation problems but this is an easier fix to begin with. Start on the open D and play D, E, F# half step to G, A
Work on perfecting these 5 notes (baby steps ;-) ) before going on to the A string.

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May 27, 2013 - 10:03 pm
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I have to say, your bowing is very good. Most people who start out are timid and afraid to play the bow with definition and force. you have that well under control. Intonation as previously pointed out is your weakest area, but you already knew that so...

In regards to helping out on the intonation, try playing along with a simple tune recording and try to match it note for note. This will help a lot in your training the finger muscle memory.

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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