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My First Video....
...I'm so so so sorry ;)
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damfino
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I decided that even though I still sound horrible, I'd make a video.

Things that I am currently working on is remembering to keep my left hand more straight and relaxed, and trying to bow in the center and away from the fingerboard. I am not usually successful yet, lol.

I go back and forth between using finger markers and using none, today I was in the mood to use none. So , sorry for the horrible notes.

As a hobby photographer, I hate hate hate being in front of the camera, so my hand was tense, and kept making my bowing shaky. I promise that weird bouncy bowing sound is not normal for me. The sour notes are a little more normal, though, lol. 

Anyway... here is my horrible playing, lol!

Lets see if this link will work (Ok, now I think it works) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzk_EGpWLWU&feature=youtu.be

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awwwww., you are making excuses you don't have to make.

Sounded just fine. Don't forget, you are just starting and when we start, everything sounds horrible to ourselves.

Your intonation was very good, bowed nice and straight, left wrist nice and straight and you did fine without the fingerboard finger markings.

Super job. 

 

Ken.

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Absolutely, as Ken said above, no need for apologies etc - although having said that - you are probably made these statements from your own, self-critical / self-analyses point of view - which is GREAT !   It means you "know where you are", you know what your current limitations are, you know what you want to progress with, and work on next !

For 13 days, I think you're doing great !  thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up  Thanks for the submission !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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I think you're making great progress for the time you've been learning. Keep up the good work, and as Bill says, self-criticism is necessary and good for you as long as you keep it positive.

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You're off to a fine start.  Keep it up and make videos as you go along to record your progress over time. 

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

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your doing great, at just 13 days you sound better then me at 13 mo. 🙂 🙂

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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Great stuff! Well done! I've been really hoping you'd post something, because we started at roughly the same time, and it's always great to have a learning buddy!

I really admire your posture and set-up - looks really orthodox to me - and your intonation is sounding great. Most of all, well done for being prepared to put it up - I think a week ago you said you felt you weren't ready, so good on you!

Well done and keep it up!

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13 days? Wow, I've been at it for a few month and still use my tuner to make sure I'm hitting the right notes, plus I probably sound worse than you!! (now I'm kind of jealous, in a good way though it'll get me to workwink)

Have you played any other instruments before?

How do you keep your bow so straight?

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone 🙂 I still cringe when I hear some of the notes I hit in this video, but I figured I had to make a first video at some point, so I made myself do it, lol.

AnnyJ, I played piano by ear a little bit as a kid, but that was over 25 years ago, this is my first real attempt at learning an instrument.

For keeping the bow straight, part of it is a lot of bowing on the open strings when I practice, so I don't have to concentrate on my fingering and can work on getting my elbow, wrist and fingers to get a nice motion going and work on how straight I keep the bow and where I'm placing it. I watched a couple videos on youtube, Fiddlerman's included (I think his was the easiest to follow out of the ones I watched), with the bowing tips. And also, when I'm watching the violin in the video, a lot of the time I'm watching where I'm putting my bow and, I'm willing it with my eyes to stay straight, lol. But from how it feels to me, the wrist motions help the most in keeping it straight.

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You seemed to pick it up quite quickly! clap

Thank you for the tip!

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks 🙂 And no problem. If I find the exact video, I'll post the link, I think he has more than one bowing video, and the one I found when I looked wasn't it.

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Ok, here is take 2 of Twinkle. I'm on day 17 of playing the violin, had my second lesson today, and have been working on some things.

 

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17 days? Wow, very nice!  I think you're a natural!

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Thank you, LindaMc 🙂 I'm really hoping that I inherited some of the musical talent from my fathers family. I've never really put it to the test before, and I think I'll need it to continue advancing 🙂 

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@damfino ,

Your second video of Twinkle sounds really good. Nice intonation and good bowing! I think most people don't sound nearly that good at 17 days.

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damfino,

 

Welcome to the forum and very very well played.

 

Mark

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Thank you, @Fidelestre and @Mark_1 🙂 I wasn't going to record a video last night, but I was working on the tips my teacher gave me in my lesson yesterday, and since I could hear it was helping with my fingering I felt I had to record it and see how it all looked, lol. 

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Great job!   I am impressed with your skill and confidence. There is not doubt in my mind that you will progress and be a huge success.

Cheers and thank you.

Toni

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Thank you 🙂 I'll be very happy when my fingers start moving as fast as the tune plays in my head, lol.

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