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D and G major scale
playing my first piece
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October 3, 2012 - 1:34 am
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its awful i hope u find my mistakes its really a a 50$ violin but thats all i have to learn it .i am getting disapponted after i watch this video :( because thats one of the worst playing i ever heard in mu life .its geting tears in to my eyes when i play an song iwth the original to the ear then i hear the recording its awful :( isnt there anyway to get a good sound from it? started the violin on bass-1222crotchet-1218 14th sepcrotchet-1218

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October 3, 2012 - 2:32 am
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sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline sounded good actually,, you started on the bass side? ok, cool. it sounded great, you need more right arm/wrist flexibility for bowing, do not straighten your pinky finger....well, you can if you are using the russian hold like heifetz, but it needs to be relaxed. overall, you are doin' great!

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October 3, 2012 - 7:51 am
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Fiddlestix said
Viba, can you move your video post to  "Critique Corner", under The Way We Play ?

I can't begin to say anything here that may help you.



sure i posted this on that but unable to delete it on here idk why

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October 3, 2012 - 8:45 am
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Ok, I understand, so I'll comment here. You intonation need's improvement, that will come in time. Your bow is all over the string's, because your arm from the shoulder down to your elbow is moving latterally / side to side. It need's to stay in one location at your side, your forearm below your elbow move's your bow across the string's. Your upper arm move's up and down to change string's with very little side to side movement.

The way you are playing now, all your movement is at your shoulder, you are not bending your elbow at all. Concentrate on keeping your upper arm at your side and flex/bend your elbow. You'll notice a big difference on how straight your bow move's over the strings.

You are doing fine.      clap

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October 3, 2012 - 9:01 am
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I second that. I do want to emphasize though, I feel that you should spend more time really watching FM's vids on finding the natural notes on each string. If you skip over the basics and rush to play a song you play like you do. IF you go back and really study his videos, all of them for a month, then come back to the song you will have really improved in everyway. He has a video that clearly explains bowing, fingering, how to find notes etc. Just saying. :) thumbs-up

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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October 3, 2012 - 10:31 am
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My suggestion to you vibaviattigala is not to be so hard on yourself. Hard for self improvement yes but not so that tears come from your eyes. See this for the good things, the improvements, the possibilities, what you can do differently in the future but don't beat yourself up about it.

How long have you been playing now? Have you ever recorded yourself before?

It's not bad at all and I can pick out quite a few things from it that I like as I hope you can too. Also, I like the sound you are producing from that violin. It's a little dark but not bad. You probably need a better microphone to get less of the boxed in sound but all inexpensive cameras have these built-in budget mics.

My biggest constuctive criticism has to do with using your shoulder when you bow. As others have said above, use your elbow and not your shoulder to get a straighter bowing line across the strings.

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed watching.

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October 3, 2012 - 2:13 pm
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Only playing two weeks??? Wow dry your eyes. Thanks! You will see so much improvement over the weeks to come... Keep practicing. Good job in posting..., it will help so much for you to get the feedback! Yay!!!!!

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October 3, 2012 - 2:59 pm
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I know this sounds kinda dumb, but what helped me when I first started playing was rosining my bow. I held the rosin about where the playing area of my violin would be, and I practiced long straight strokes across the rosin until my bow was ready to play for real. No worries about fingering or sounds - just keeping the bow moving across the cake of rosin with enough pressure to pick up some rosin. I had a cheap bow and cheap rosin, so I was able to practice this fairly often.

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October 9, 2012 - 11:46 am
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The best way to get good sound from the violin is to do exactly what you are doing. Learning, practicing, recording your playing and trying to find and correct things that you may be doing wrong and reaching out to others for help. Like many things in life it takes time.  I've been playing the violin for years yet when i hear recordings of myself I always feel that I can make it better.


Considering that you've been playing for only a short time (couple of weeks) i would say you are doing good.  Work on your bowing technique as per the advice given above... focus on using the elbow rather  than the shoulder. Otherwise you're off to a great start. Keep up the good work.

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