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I have to say I have always hated the moment in classes or whatever when one has to do critique. To me it always means looking for faults, and that isn't how I listen to music. I am always listening for what is being done right, because that is the part of music that I enjoy. As such it is hard for me to ever find much to mention for critique that I feel will actually be meaningful or helpful to another player.
So I'll just say this.. Hearing you play that viola makes it sound like such a fun and cool instrument that it definitely moves it up my "I gotta try one of those someday" list. Moves it up by several notches.
Sounds great to me, Barry, and you're getting a really cool sound out of it.
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Barry, I'm posting my critique of your video here on the forum, as you suggested.
You sound good and look at home with your new instrument. I have some suggestions. (1) In Soldier's Joy, you had a few intonation errors. (2) Overall, you should emphasize the rhythm more by emphasizing (playing a bit louder) the first and third beats of every measure ONE and two and THREE and four and (3) Overall, you have the same problem as one of my students. Your right wrist is perfectly straight, as if it were in a cast. You need to let it relax, and then it will guide your bow better. This will help you with string crossings and playing faster in general. I recommend fiddlerman's tutorial on holding and moving the bow, I think that your tight wrist is smothering the sound a bit.
Sounding good, Barry! Great rich sound from that viola.
Couple of little niggly points : in Soldier's Joy, the timing is a little bit out. You are slowing down a little bit at the end phrases of the first part. The opposite is happening at 02'08 - you have jumped ahead a little bit, and not given the bar its full length. That's something I'm guilty of too, at times. It's not so bad if you're playing solo, but an accompanist would notice it.
I think the bowing and accents are fine. You are accenting ONE, and playing TWO, THREE and FOUR normally. Some players would accent ONE on a downbow, and slur TWO, THREE and FOUR on an up-bow ... but it's a matter of preference.
All in all a good listen. Thanks
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