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wanting to sound better
what part of technique don't i get?
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micra
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February 26, 2015 - 9:02 pm
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i am working hard on bow stroke and bow hold and violin position...  i think i have mostly conquered the rising shoulder and the bent wrist and the elbow / bow plane and the bow stroke is greatly improving but yes it still has far to go.  the sound to me is still not as nice as i think it should be though.  what can i be doing better, what should i focus on?

quicktime hard at it etude movie

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I think you are sounding quite nice.  Don't be hard on yourself.  I think you are bowing clean and straight.. so you know how it goes.. play it a hundred times.. and then 500 more times.. and after than you can  play it another four hundred.   :)  Just kidding.

It looks to me that you know your way around... so you know... bow speed and pressure to fine tune things up.

YOU sound good.  Good Job.

I had missed this post so I am sorry for the delay. :)

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March 10, 2015 - 3:56 pm
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thank-you @coolpinkone, appreciate it!  hm, i wonder that i may have already played it that many times amuse !

i am having a hard time bringing those 2 things together (speed and pressure), but i figure once i've played so much that it becomes something that doesn't require conscious thought, well, then i think i'll almost be there!  it's difficult to be thinking about all those things i'm trying to bear in mind at once, for my mostly pickled brain!  teacher just threw another wrench into the works, giving me an etude with martelé bow strokes alternating with slurs.  i can't tell you how hard a time i'm having with that.  i really am not liking the hammer AT ALL.  even the dogs go running when i start trying to do that.  oh well! 

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I have a hard time with pressure and speed.  To be honest, I don't even know when to speed up or put much pressure.  I do think it is something that you start to hear after a time.  When one is trying to play a song and  hears it played correctly.... and it doesn't sound quite the same .. then one  keeps trying different things....something with the ear and the coordination does fall into place.  And of course so much easier if one has a live instructor.

I think you are doing great.  

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A trick I found helpful with the ton of things one has to try and remember at once was making "coaching tracks".

Watch one of your videos while recording audio reminders to yourself to make sure the bow is travelling straight, to relax the left or right thumb, be aware of your posture and so on.. Basically what you can imagine a teacher or coach might say to you. 

Let that play while practising to remind yourself of all the little points to watch, until they become more second nature. 

Not as good as a teacher, obviously.  But I have found it to be somewhat helpful.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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