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Halzen
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November 29, 2011 - 1:30 pm
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Well, I'm on Day 8 and have comfortably memorized Scarborough Fair, so I decided to put up a quick video of it. The sound quality is poor, the playing is pretty poor, and there's something weird going on with my hair, but I felt like it'd be a good milestone for me to look back on.

Fiddlerman rocks. If I was taking traditional lessons, I'd have spent all week repeating "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" like a 4-year-old. This is much preferred. Any recommendations as to what songs I should learn next?

 

 (for some reason, it didn't feel like embedding)

 

Also, I know my technique isn't amazing or anything, but I am always open to comments and criticism. 

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Halzen, you bow is really tight!  Your little finger should just about fit between the bow and the hair.  But your doing better than I am and I have been working on this for over a month.  Good job. thumbs-up

 

Shalom Shalom

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That was nice, Halzen!birthday_balloon =) totally agreed about your tighten bow!

 

I like your straight bowing and left hand. And it would be great if you could put your right pinky on the stick - that will help you to control the bow, when you'll play near to the frog =)

Amazing start!! cheerleader Don't forget about intonation.

 

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I didn't hope to see your smile - that was a good part too =)wink

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Halzen
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Thanks for the responses, guys. Yeah, the bow was super tight there, now that I look back at it. Unfortunately, it's already a little warped (has a bend when you look down the "rifle"), so I'll probably be shopping for a new bow soon.

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Day 8 ? Nice.

I can only hope I am doing as good as you by day 8. For me that may be around day 14 or 20. LOL

Keep up the good work dancingsmile

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Cool ... thanks for posting the video Halzen.  I won't repeat the bow comments, but I think you're well on your way to 'getting' it.

Keep posting, because someone will always give you feedback, that's what we all want, and it's always friendly.

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Kevin M.
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Loosen up the bow.  It is way over tightened.  Tighten it until the hairs are about 3/8 inch from the stick.  That's all it needs.  Keep on playing.

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Fiddlerman
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Lot's of great stuff going on there Halzen. I'd say for day 8, that is FANTASTIC. What gives? I have to go back and read your introduction.clap

Anyway, Besides what everyone has said you probably need more rosin on that bow. I realize that you are playing on an electric that is not plugged in but still the sound is not even. Almost as though the bow is floating over the surface of the strings rather than gripping and vibrating.

Secondly, find a bowing that keeps you on the down bow for the first beat more often. Kind of like the one indicated on the sheet music I posted for Scarborough Fair.laugh

You are already keeping very straight bows, begin working on right hand finger flexibility. I have a few videos on that.

Keep up the great work.

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Halzen
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Thanks a lot for the tips and kind words, everyone. I'll probably have a new video up for Day 14-ish. 🙂

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Cool, look forward to it.    violin

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Unfortunately, my bridge has failed me, and my violin is currently out of operation. This occurred around day 11-12, so I guess a day 14 video won't be that accurate. Regardless, I have a new bridge on order and I'll be back in the game shortly.

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Did you see Kevins post on how to fit a bridge? It is brilliant.
http://fiddlerman.com/2011/11/.....n-m-healy/

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