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The end of third month
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Hurton
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Hello. This a new video at the end of third month playing violin. Want to see you comments! Is there any mistakes with violin holding? Have you any suggestions how to play better? Thanks.

 

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@Hurton: You're not hurting, you're doing just fine. Nice posture, nice straight left wrist and your bowing looks great. Wrist flexibility is very important and you do have that, even your tremolo is getting there.

My only advice on playing better is to just keep practicing.

Nice job.

 

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Fiddlerman
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April 3, 2014 - 8:07 am
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You are advancing great. You're doing things that a 3 month of playing player normally can't do. It's one thing to play impressive repertoire and another to perfect it.

Your posture is great. Your right hand and arm position and finger flexibility looks fantastic. Are you taking lessons? You have to be very talented to learn that quickly.

I would like you to take part of your sessions to work on slow focused intonation periods. Keep intonation in mind on every single note.

Also, practice with a metronome. Empty beats (silence) are just as important rhythmically as what you play. Even when there are no drums or accompaniment, there is still a pulse.

Keep up the great work.

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Thanks, Fiddlestix!

 

Thanks, Fiddlerman! No, I don`t take lessons. Books and video tutorials (thank you for it. very helpful) gave a nice guide. I just try to follow it. 

Intonation is always a problem but it becomes better everyday. I work on it. As I observed, intonation requires a time. Found it impossible to achieve a good intonation within 3 month.

Ok, I will use a mentronome.

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How about telling us your approach and how you have advanced so fast?

Obviously you have a lot of natural ability.  I expect you've played another instrument.  And I think you must be taking lessons from a good teacher.  Are you using books?  Videos?  How much do you practice?

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RosinedUp, thanks.

I`ve played guitar for 1-2 month when I was a child. My approach is simple. I spend 2.5 hours everyday except friday when I usually do other activities (vodka, etc. :D). I always plan my work. So, 30 minutes for scales, 30 minutes for Schradieck`s exercises. The rest of time I learn new pieces or playing for myself what I`ve already learn.

Really, no teachers was taken. That is my position - no teachers at all. I`ve read two books: 1) "music theory for dummies", 2) Carl Flesch "art of violin playing". I`ve watched all fiddlerman`s tutorials and other which was found in youtube.

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As the others said, your playing is impressive for only three months of practice. Violin is a hard instrument to master but you are obviously very talented. Keep doing what you do, listen to Pierre's and others' advice, and you should progress very fast indeed.

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Hey!!! Great done, Hurton! XD

With the second piece i'd suggest not to rush the tempo - give yourself sometime to make the bow and left hand fingers work together. After that increase the tempo slowly.

It was very impressive! Keep up that awesome work!

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That was great, @Hurton.

Very impressive for just 3 months.

Keep up the good work.

Robert

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Truly amazing Hurton.  Keep doing what you're doing.  You found your instrument :)  

Blogging my beginner journey and progress...Diary of a Fumbling New Violinist:  http://learningviolin.ca/

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Thanks, Mad Wed. I work on tempo and rhytm.

 

Thank you, ratvn! 

 

Thanks, Shell!

 

P.S. Next month I intend to learn 1) Oscar Rieding "b minor" (1movement), 2) Rimsky-Korsakoff "the flight of the bumblebee" (now time to get more than 3 positions))). These pieces aren`t definitely so easy but I`m sure that I will be okay with them.

 

 

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It is a great idea to set goals. Good luck next months pieces.

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Really good progress. Sounding good.

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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As others have stated above, this is really impressive progress! great posture, and from what you've said it seems you are very determined,setting goals and doing your research.All this will really help you. Also i know it is very,very,very tempting to try vibrato but my advice would be not to focus too much on that part right now since it can be confusing. Let yourself get used to playing and keep learning those pieces and improving your intonation, and after some time vibrato will come much more naturally and easily.

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Thanks Uzi and Teapot!

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Impressive! I have played on and off for 2.5 years and I can't play what you play:(

Talent + lots of practice (time to practice) + persistence + goal setting + interest + = success ?!

Not having a teacher sometimes is great because you can do what you want to do and not hinder by the "systematic progress" a teacher set for you (I am glad that my teacher let me choose what I want to do and/or add pieces on top of Suzuki books and yet staying below my daughter's level).

Let's do the math:

You spend 2.5+hours practicing daily except Fridays, so that will make your total practice time 192.5+ hours for the three-month period. This means, if a person practices 30 minutes daily Monday through Friday it will take that person 1.5 years to reach 195.5 hours of practice time.   your hard work + your talent = your great amazing progress!

What I want to say is: Practice makes perfect and practice the basics (scales, etudes, exercises, etc) is important, too, and you have proved that!

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Thanks, pky! Practice and goal setting - that`s exactly what I try to do (this relates not only to violin, but to any other activities). 

 

 

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