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Please let me know how I can  improve.  Seems I sometimes have trouble "finding" the right string and then there's that occasional bow bounce I can't seem to control so any help here is greatly appreciated

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Youtube won't let me paste the line so you all can watch it here instead of as an attachment.  Frustrating to say the least

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Please critique so I can learn.  Once again some bow bouncing issue and there are times I can't seem to "find" the correct string. Thanks

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Not a lot to critique, at least not for a beginner like me.

 

One request for future critique videos - back up from the camera further. Can't see much of your bowing technique from up close; your hand is out of the picture a good chunk of the time.

Aside from a few bobbles, intonation was good.

Bowing technique looked good. The upper arm didn't seem to be moving back and forth appreciably, and when I could see your bow hand, it seemed to have a proper grip.

I didn't notice any instances of "unable to find the string" in that one, but I don't know the song - maybe there was a glitch I missed. Overall, your string changes seem quite clean.

At first, the only "bouncing bow" I could hear was at the beginning, but after a few times through, I realized the quavering I heard in a couple of sections was probably what you were talking about. It seems to be primarily on the A string, when you're switching from one of the lower strings.  That makes me think there's too much pressure on the bow as you're lowering your arm.  Tension is also a common culprit. Try playing just an open G or D, then going to a open A, keeping your bow hand as relaxed as possible (very light grip).  If you don't get an string bounce, but when playing notes you do, tension is likely the gulty cilprit.

If the problem is there even with open strings, it may be mechanical. Hopefully, those with more knowledge will speak up, but here is my idea: 

You don't want to slow down your changes from string to string, but you might want to slow your "landing" a little. Since this is a matter of milliseconds, I don't recommend trying to consciously make your muscles do it. Try thinking of making a soft, smooth landing on the string, and let your subconscious figure out the mechanics. One tip for your subconscious - letting your fingers curl is a good way to change the fine-scale motion of the bow.

I have some ideas for tension, but I'll wait until I hear that that's actually the problem before I go into that.

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@charles for the feedback. I'll have to check if I'm using too much pressufe on the bow hand 

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Hi Fran I don't play the violin my kid does she had a look at your video 

she said that there is too much weight coming from your arm hence the bouncing bow and you need use the weight and pressure from your finger and wrist to bow so relaxing your arm will help also left hand looks good just relax it a bit also

(she is learning the violin herself so this may not help)

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@anonkid  thanks for the suggestions. I'll pay more attention to my arm to relax it as well as my left wrist

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