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Week 9 Progress - Sad Rock Ballad
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Shell
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February 16, 2014 - 8:00 pm
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Here's my cover of a well-known rock ballad.  At least 3 notes mistakes and unfortunately backing track too loud.  I'll adjust next recording.  Playing the micro Orange Crush amp I bought today!  

I tried to get both my hands in the vid so you all can comment on technique, but I'd forget and move forward while playing.  

 

All constructive feedback very welcome to help me improve!

 

 

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WoW! > that's a really nice tune. Yeah,the backtrack was over taking your playing but> I could feel how you were reaching for the notes > reaching for the feel > it was there. > SWEET

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Very nice, Michelle. As, StoneDog said, the backing track was a bit loud and I wasn't quite sure where the song ended with your playing, but what I did hear was great.

Keep it up.  clap

 

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February 17, 2014 - 2:29 pm
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Great job, and way to go, playing along with a prerecorded rock ballad already. That's being creative and having fun all at once. :-)
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For the fun of it you may try not playing the melody from time to time for kicks and giggles. It's a challenge but improvisation is so cool. You are doing great for the time you've been learning the violin.
My guess is that you are not using your acoustic in this recording because of your neighbors? :-(
Thanks for posting

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Good done! And i like that You used an up-bow for that pick up note at 1:35. If You want some advice - i'd use some more slurs for that melody. I like it!

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Very nice!   Applause!

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Oh gosh, that was very nice!  Good job. 

 

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Thank you all for the encouragement and feedback.  I got some other good feedback in the chat room to use more wrist bending as my bowing is no longer straight since I try to use more bow :)  Lots of good things to work on!

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Fiddlerman said
My guess is that you are not using your acoustic in this recording because of your neighbors? :-(
Thanks for posting

@Fiddlerman I've barely played my new beauty so far but I'll work something out and I'm patient...I have my MJZ for a lifetime.  He's worth the wait :)  If needed I'll negotiate a small window daily where I can play with no mute so I can keep playing it in.  Worst case I get a practice space or eventually move.  I'm sure I'll find a way :)

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Nicely done Michelle!  It's great that you're using backing tracks, makes it even more enjoyable doesn't it?  

 

I can relate on the 'using more bow' topic, takes a while to get used to from what I'm finding at least but it'll come in time :) .  One thing that's been helping me focus on more bow use is finding a song that has quite a few long notes and exaggerating them even more than usual.  Not opposed to scales but using a song keeps it engaging and fun to me and seems to be working so far.  If you're in to Celtic style music at all, the middle section of 'The Gael' from the movie Last Of the Mohicans is great for those long slow notes.  Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your progress!

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very nice!  

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Very nicely done.  Pretty straight bowing and good intonation. If you thinking you don't have enough wrist movement or are not using the whole bow, just youtube up some FM, Josh Bell or the Russian violist Yuri Bashmet videos and watch what they do -- then practice doing what they do until it's what you naturally do. 

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