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Have I Told You Lately
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July 13, 2016 - 1:42 am
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Please check out my attempt on "Have I Told You Lately". 

I did not play along with a backing track this time, in order to focus on my bowing hand e.g. straight bowing, using more of elbow instead of shoulder, flexible fingers and wrist.

I'm still in the process of internalising these techniques and hope to see more of their manifestation with time. 

What do you think?

See my previous videos here:

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

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July 13, 2016 - 9:43 am
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Your bowing seems quite straight and your tone is good. I like that you play in a higher position. 

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July 13, 2016 - 10:24 am
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@fulfillingsoul, that sounded very nice, with very good intonation.  In terms of improvement, watch your video and notice that you play mostly with the lower half of your bow and notice that you don't ever seem to use the upper 1/3.  You paid for the whole bow, don't waste any of it.  

You might profit from practicing long bow strokes that go from frog to tip and back again.  Also practice songs you know using only the upper half of the bow.  This is probably why you were using more shoulder, because once the arm is fully collapsed somewhere in the lower third of the bow, the shoulder must move in order to go any further toward the frog.  Therefore, it might be that it "seems" like your using to much shoulder, but the reality is that it just an side-effect of playing a lot of notes on the lower third of the bow. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

July 14, 2016 - 1:15 am
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Thank you for taking time to watch the video, and your encouraging words.

@RonB I play in third position mostly as compared to lower positions because i can rest the wrist on the rib. Makes it more comfortable. The notes are also closer together and thus less of stretch for the left hand fingers.

@Uzi I will take note on playing to the bow tip. I guess I was more concerned about other aspects when i was playing. I will put that in my checklist. I was making sure that i did not move my shoulder before closing up the elbow when moving to the bow frog. 

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

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