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2 weeks into learning
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al-f
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February 12, 2017 - 8:56 am
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 first off i want to thank Fiddlerman for all the time and effort he has put into the videos and learning tools. I do pretty good with the first 2 octave scales and twinkle twinkle little star and row row your boat.

now for the problem when i start going farther up the neck say in the first position 4th finger and further the violin starts sounding scratchy, the violin in question is a skylark mv005, that i inherited about 3 weeks ago, i had to move the bridge up to the notches in the f-hole, it was buried all the way down to the colored windings at the tail piece and i got a tuner to get it in tune, so how many different things could be wrong or do i jusst need to get it to a Doctor LOL 

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It could be something as simple as your bow going crooked while you are concentrating on using new fingers. If you post a video we could give you more help 🙂 

That said, if the violin hasn't been to a luthier in a long while, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get her a tune up to make sure playing is as easy as possible 🙂

Welcome to the forum! Have fun with your journey!! 🙂 Hope to see you around 🙂

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February 13, 2017 - 8:50 pm
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You are very welcome al-f,

If it's strictly related to playing higher on the fingerboard, it may very well be that you need more downward pressure with your fingering hand. As you approach the middle of the string more pressure is required for two reasons.
First of all the string length is shorter and vibrates less easily.
Second is that the fingerboard is concave and the distance down to the finger board from the strings is greater.
If this doesn't help, upload a video for us to check out. We may very well be able to see the problem. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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February 14, 2017 - 2:36 am
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TY both for the input i'm thinking it has to do with the shorter string length and my bowing, as soon as i can work on these 2 things i will post back so y'all will know whether i crossed this little bump.

Damfino, i watched your progression video, i hope to do as well as you in your 6th month, but i think that kind of progression will take me a year or more, i'm quite a bit heavy handed and thick fingered, when i finger a B note and put my 3rd finger down tight against my middle finger i get a C# or worse...i'll get that worked out too not that much of a problem just have to lift the middle to get the 3rd in place.

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Everything feels clumsy and awkward in the beginning, your progress could end up surprising you 🙂 

The event I have advertised in my signature is this coming Sunday, and is being put together for new players, if you click the picture it'll take you to the thread that goes into more detail 🙂 

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February 15, 2017 - 1:22 am
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oh yeah i got er figured out. this might sound bat**** crazy, but with my first finger i barred across the CGDA notes and with the middle, ring and pinky fingers started playing twinkle twinkle, was pretty rough to do, but i went slow with it and fingers started cooperating was still scratchy so i set the bow down and plucked the notes, the plucked notes were clear ( not accurate just clear lol) picked the bow back up and started again still scratchy with the bow, i thought ok not enough pressure ( i was making sure i was not sliding the bow across the strings) added more pressure and no change well that only leaves 1 more thing for me to try so i took all the strings off and plucked all the hair out of the bow and no more noise... no just jokin, i was actually applying too much pressure on the bow, i was able to make it sound decent at about 1 1/2 inches from the end of the fingerboard with less pressure on the bow...baby steps baby steps lol.

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clapcheerleader It's fun when you start working through the puzzle and getting it to work for you 😀 A challenging but fun journey 😀 

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