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Needs a lot of work - 1.5 years In the Making
Me playing Bach's 1st Bourree from his 3rd Cello Suite. Suzuki book 3.
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LyleA
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Me playing Bach's 1st Bourree from his 3rd Cello Suite from Suzuki Book 3.  I have been playing for 18 months.  I see a ton of errors that need to be corrected, but I was hoping for some feedback from you guys as well?

 

https://vimeo.com/lylearnettjr/review/74506422/39e9347f5b

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Fiddlerman
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September 14, 2013 - 10:52 am
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Hey LyleA,

Great job. Slight intonation issues but they are not all that bothersome. Just keep in mind to practice slowly with focus on intonation from time to time to clean it up.

I see a lot of extra movement in your left arm. Try to keep it still and not swing it out and in that much. It's OK to move it slightly depending on what string you use but remember that when you start playing harder and faster pieces that continuously cross strings you would have a tough time for that arm to keep up the movement. Better to get used to keeping it more stable and relaxed right now off that bat. My preference is that the arm is pointing straight down towards mother earth and relaxed. Not pointing outwards as much as you are doing now. If it is not relaxing, don't change it though. I don't want you to have any violin related pain due to what I suggest. :-)

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that's fantastic! you "synchronised" your fingering and bowing very well! thanks for sharing!!

cheers! - ⁰ℨ

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So beautiful! 

 

I don't have enough experience under my belt to give you a real critique, but the one thing I noticed (probably cause I'm currently working on it myself) is that your left hand fingers could stay tucked in close to the strings more - not stretching out so much as you play. Might help you with fingering. Really though, I thought that was beautiful.

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Nice playing there LyleA.

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Hi LyleA,

That was beautiful playing and a very nice piece.

You did a great job there and I really enjoyed it.

I'm not in a position to give much feedback as I'm with it in a shorter time than you are, and have not even attempt that piece so please don't take my words seriously. I noticed that if your right hand wrist and fingers were more relaxed then your bowing could be much better, especially at bow attacks. Less bouncy and smoother if index and pinky could absorb the force better to produce more even strokes at and right after string attacks. Just a thought.

You did great.

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Great job!

My critique that I see is the same I see for most people. You need to bow with your fingers/wrist, not your elbow and shoulder. Your wrist is collapsed and stiff, it should always be higher than the bow in most cases. You will be amazed at how much your bowing will improve if you can somehow break this bad habit. Just some advice from another beginner. :)

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Thanks for the feedback, all. 

FM, I hadn't realized how much movement my left arm had until you pointed it out.  I think part of the problem is that I still haven't found a hold for the instrument that is comfortable to me.  My left arm just doesn't want to rotate around and stretch into place like it should, meaning that if I let my left elbow point straight down directly under the fingerboard, the I can really only reach the D sting, the G is impossible.  Because of this my violin is rotated out in front of me and sits lower than it should, precariously one might say.  My left hand grips the neck to keep it supported and this causes all sorts of problems.  If I try to do vibrato with the left hand supporting the fingerboard then the whole instrument shakes, the instrument slowly slips out of place and I have to constantly readjust it, and I seem to have to rotate my hand (and arm) to move between strings.  It's all very frustrating.  I do stretches, but no luck so far.

My right hand is incredibly tense while I play too.  I lock my wrist and use a lot of upper arm.  The bow is never straight over the course of a whole bow length.  When I practice in front of a mirror I can correct all this while I watch myself play, but as soon as I step away, I go back into my old habits.  I think I am going to practice elusively in front of a mirror for a while.

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I understand. In any case, you are doing great. See if you can find a median that you are content with and reduce the movement a little. It will probably help you a lot.

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That sounded very nice. And that is also excellent progress for only playing for 18 months. Only issues I can see is that your intonation is a bit off in some spots but I am sure you'll fix that in time. Otherwise it sounded very nice and very pleasing to listen to.  Keep up the great work. ou are doing fine.

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