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Fiddle Log Week 37
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SecondFiddle
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December 7, 2014 - 3:05 pm
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After posting this I watched the video and I noticed that:  1. I'm still using my shoulder more than I should. 2. I'm playing sharp most of the time. and 3. I think I'm getting better at being consistent in tempo.  Please let me know anything else y'all see/hear!

 

I'm playing Angelina Baker, Rose of Sharon Waltz, Old Joe Clark, Arkansas Traveler, and Be Thou My Vision (which I actually meant to play last week, because I'd just learned it, but forgot!)

 

Thanks a lot!

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Hey There.. sounding better all the time!!!!

Thanks for sharing.   I really think it is cool that you are documenting your progress.

Angelina Baker is getting soooo good. Right on!!!

Old Joe Clark with Shuffles.. right on!!!

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Thanks! 

I've been trying to play the songs I know in different keys if I can too when I practice.

Also, is it okay that I'm posting each one or would it be better for me to only put like every other week on here? 

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My Suzuki Teach had me play the same tune on different strings.  It helped me memorize the tunes and where the sounds are on the violin. 

You are definitely moving along!!  I am impressed with the memorizing.  That has been hard for me.

I think you can post as much as you want.  I don't post enough videos!!  I want to but am watching grandson and now granddaughter during the week.  Weekends are hectic!! 

Can you play slower?  I think it is harder to play a song from memory when played slower, but playing slower lets a person concentrate on getting the best tone out of every note.

That was advice given to me early on from some of the wiser fiddlers on this forum!

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SecondFiddle
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@Schaick I can play slower... and I've been told I should do that... but I just really don't like playing slower lol.  I do play songs slower during practices, especially when I'm warming up or working with my tuner on to fine tune my pitch, but doing that for too long frustrates me.  Today I pushed through it and worked slower longer than usual and it was worth it, I was off less than ever throughout the rest of the practice even when I played up to speed. 

I also ended up practicing for nearly an hour and a half and my wrist hurts now lol

 

Thanks for the advice!

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December 10, 2014 - 4:47 pm
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Great job SecondFiddle,

A couple things to start with. :)

Practice using your right hand elbow and toning down the shoulder movement as much as possible. Just keep in mind that the action should be much greater in your elbow.

With your left hand, I would like to see you leave the hand in place and not turn it away every time you remove one finger. In other words, keep your hand closer to the fingerboard/neck and lift your fingers as little as possible.

Keep up the great work!!!

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@Fiddlerman Thanks for the advice!  I've been trying to work on using my elbow more and more as I've gotten that critique a lot.  When I was taking the time to play with my back against the wall I think I was making more progress, so I think I'll try doing that again.  Do you know any other things I could do to work on that?

 

As for my fingering, admittedly the extraneous finger movement is compensating for the fact my second and third fingers like to move together unless I exaggerate with them.  I need to crack down and work on finger exercises more than I do.

 

Thanks again!

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December 19, 2014 - 10:24 pm
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SecondFiddle said
Do you know any other things I could do to work on that?

:-) Less (advice) is more. LOL

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