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Week 2 - Rosin the Bow
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Luv2Learn
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Key of D (so I can play with the dulcimer club)

Suggestions and corrections welcome...

Fave CD right now:  Notorious "Road to Damascus"

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Really nice playing.  Nice tone and good intonation. 

As your bow didn't stay parallel to the bridge, it looked like you were bowing from the shoulder.  In order to keep the bow parallel, you have to get the wrist and elbow involved  That would become more obvious if you were to take longer bow strokes.  Can you show more of your bow arm? 

It sounded really nice.

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@Luv2Learn 

If that's Week 2 of you learning to play, you should be ecstatic!  I'm very impressed.  The main thing that caught my eye was you bow hold.  Your fingers should be more curved.  This does a number things but the major thing it will do is allow you to unlock you fingers so you have less tension while you play and increase your flexibility.  Take a look a Fiddlerman's video (link below) for reference, but as I say, great job.

Where in NE TX are you located?  I grew up in Texarkana.

http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....old-a-bow/

Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.

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The dulcimer club. That sounds like fun. So there is a club and they get together, etc?

Like LyleA said, for 2 weeks you are well on your way. 

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RosinedUp said
As your bow didn't stay parallel to the bridge, it looked like you were bowing from the shoulder.  In order to keep the bow parallel, you have to get the wrist and elbow involved  That would become more obvious if you were to take longer bow strokes.  Can you show more of your bow arm? 

It sounded really nice.

I'll back out from the camera more next time.

I do feel very stiff as I play, so I will work on loosening up and taking longer strokes.  Would probably improve my sound even more, too.  Sometimes I think I get caught trying to stay in the middle of the bow instead of using the whole thing.

Thanks for the feedback!

Diane

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LyleA said

If that's Week 2 of you learning to play, you should be ecstatic!  I'm very impressed.  The main thing that caught my eye was you bow hold.  Your fingers should be more curved.  This does a number things but the major thing it will do is allow you to unlock you fingers so you have less tension while you play and increase your flexibility.  Take a look a Fiddlerman's video (link below) for reference, but as I say, great job.

Where in NE TX are you located?  I grew up in Texarkana.

http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....old-a-bow/

Thanks, Lyle!  I am pretty pleased with my progress.  :-)   We live about 20 miles south of Mount Pleasant.  This is such a gorgeous area of Texas with lots of natural beauty.  Springtime is the best!

Yes, my bow hold gives me some trouble.  I have actually felt my pinky finger "lock" when I don't keep it curved.  As in, it snaps straight and I have to let go of the bow to set it curved it again! 

Ok, another thing to work on as I play.  :-)

Thanks for the advice!

Diane

Fave CD right now:  Notorious "Road to Damascus"

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@StoneDog

It's the largest group in this area.  Mountain dulcimers mostly, some hammers, and a few others who come to jam with banjo, bass, autoharp, guitar, etc.  It's a blast. 

Northeast Texas Dulcimer Chorus

I started learning about 2 years ago with my first lesson from Debbie Porter.  It's a very simple instrument to learn and you can sound good very quickly, but there is also plenty of room for learning fancy stuff.  Some of the videos on YouTube are amazing.  Look for "Come Together" by the Beatles on the dulcimer.  Blew my mind!  :-D  

Diane

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Fantastic job for such a short period of time. Congratulations!!!
Like others have said above, you can benefit from changing your grip on the bow. It will eventually allow you to have a bit more flexibility which will benefit you greatly later.
Also as already mentioned, use more elbow movement from your right arm and less shoulder movement.
You obviously have a good ear for intonation so now, while you are a complete beginner, is the time to be extra picky and focus on every single note. I'm only mentioning this because your intonation is not bad and you are obviously talented and a quick learner.

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Luv2Learn said

LyleA said
If that's Week 2 of you learning to play, you should be ecstatic!  I'm very impressed.  The main thing that caught my eye was you bow hold.  Your fingers should be more curved.  This does a number things but the major thing it will do is allow you to unlock you fingers so you have less tension while you play and increase your flexibility.  Take a look a Fiddlerman's video (link below) for reference, but as I say, great job.

Where in NE TX are you located?  I grew up in Texarkana.

http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....old-a-bow/

Thanks, Lyle!  I am pretty pleased with my progress.  :-)   We live about 20 miles south of Mount Pleasant.  This is such a gorgeous area of Texas with lots of natural beauty.  Springtime is the best!

Yes, my bow hold gives me some trouble.  I have actually felt my pinky finger "lock" when I don't keep it curved.  As in, it snaps straight and I have to let go of the bow to set it curved it again! 

Ok, another thing to work on as I play.  :-)

Thanks for the advice!

Diane

Mount Pleasant!  We're practically neighbors.  I'm in Little Rock now, but I'll be heading in for Thanksgiving in a day or two.

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