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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!
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.
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