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January 20, 2015 - 3:04 pm
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Hi.  After about 10 months of self taught playing I'd love some feedback to help focus my practice.  

Many thanks in advance.


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January 20, 2015 - 4:01 pm
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Hi Kim,

Wow, you have a great sound. And a good left hand posture too. That's a lot for someone who is self-learning and has been playing for months!

Can I ask you if you feel tension on your shoulder when playing? I think you may be lifting your violin a bit high. 

Happy practice smile 

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January 20, 2015 - 6:08 pm
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Bravi Kim!!!!

And to think you are self taught and only in your 10th month. :)
I would like to see you use less shoulder movement and mostly elbow movement with your bow arm.

When you begin playing a piece, take a breath and prepare your start. How to place the bow on the strings and such.
Intonation is something that we all need to consider all the time. :)

Keep up the great work. Look forward to hearing you again soon.

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January 20, 2015 - 6:38 pm
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Hello Kim.

Very nice.  You are doing great. Amazing speed for 10 months.

Thanks for sharing.  It encourages us all. 



Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

January 21, 2015 - 10:27 am
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Thanks everyone - very useful indeed.  I hadn't noticed any tension in my shoulders but now you mention it, my shoulder does feel a bit hunched.  I might try adjusting my shoulder rest and see if that makes a difference.

Yes, the start is lame isn't it?  I suppose that in any 'performance' the start makes a big impact on how the tune is received (first impressions count a lot). 

For the bowing movement coming from the elbow instead of the shoulder, is that because you see the bow moving away from 90 degrees to the strings?  It would help to know the outcome aim to I can measure my progress.

I'm going to work on my bowing and intonation as goals for the 35 day challenge!

Day one is done!

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January 22, 2015 - 2:20 pm
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Bravo. Very excellent for 10 months self taught.  You are making great progress. Stick with it and keep up the good work.

The only critique I can offer is what Fiddlerman already stated. Try to use less  shoulder movement and more elbow motion on your bowing arm.  That way the bow has less tendency to slip up and down the strings between the bridge and fingerboard. 


Otherwise you are doing great and sounding fine.

January 23, 2015 - 10:34 am
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Brilliant - thank you for the guidance.  I've already changed a few things with my technique and am practicing to make them automatic.

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