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Love's Young Echo and Sad Romance
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June 10, 2015 - 2:13 am
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 I'd like to start off by what I noticed when I watched the video back the first time. The crooked bow is back to haunt me, I must have started slacking on my bowing when I started vibrato and 3rd position. I also heard quite a bit of intonation issues.

 Side note: I had the sheet music for Love's Young Echo, but not for Sad Romance. I just randomly decided to play Sad Romance and decided I'd keep it in the video so you can get a better idea of my intonation and such. Also, the second violin you see at the very end is my first violin/travel violin.

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June 10, 2015 - 12:32 pm
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@Dom Nice work.

Thank you for sharing.  I would love to know about that song you are playing.  I will go to youtube to hear other versions.. Good job.

I also play Sad Romance... it's nice to hear others play.  Dennis plays it well... I have learned it and need to freshen it up a bit.  


Good job!

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June 10, 2015 - 12:40 pm
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Excellent playing! very well done and your instrument sounds wonderful. hats_off

Here's a link to some info on the "wandering bow" thing. You'll find it very enlightening.

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

June 10, 2015 - 1:29 pm
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@cdennyb That's an interesting article. And thanks for the compliment! 


@coolpinkone I kind of played it a bit faster than it's supposed to be played. But thanks for the compliment! 

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June 12, 2015 - 12:53 pm
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Thanks for sharing and the post.

Even pros bow crookedly, the goal is to bow straighter and to control the direction of the bow. If you work at it enough you can even use the angle to play louder or softer, bring the bow closer of further from the strings.

Overall nice playing.

I would focus on intonation and with more emphasis on the octave higher part.

Use more right arm elbow as a start to getting a straighter bowing technique.

Your sound production is quite good but I wouldn't mind hearing more dynamics, as you did at the end of Sad Romance but getting softer. It adds a lot. Music without dynamics is like a picture without contrast or colors.

You get a critique video badge too. 🙂

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