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BakaKitty
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My name's Darren and I'm from Singapore. 
 
Having absolutely no music background, I'm about to embark on a path to self-learn the violin. Today's the 2nd day since I started, and I will spend 30minutes daily practicing it. 
 
I run a blog (updated daily) to track and record my progress. Do you think you could help subscribe and comment on my progress, like what I'm doing wrong, or suggest some ways I can improve on etc?
 
 
I appreciate all help! 
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Welcome, BakaKitty!

 

I'll let more qualified people than I comment on your bowhold (my own is decidedly non-traditional).

 

Keep us posted on your progress!

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Thank you! Well.. I do hope that I'm going along well! 

 

Please help comment on my progress! It helps guide me along and I'll know if i'm starting right etc. 😀

 

Would be shitty if I went like 1-2 months into it, and later found out my hold was wrong all along, and I'll have to unlearn the habit, and relearn the proper one lol

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Hi Bakakitty! Welcome to the forum.  Try to have scheduled time for practice and try to observe it for at least 21 days.  Then it will become a habit.  For bow hold watch FM's video.  Nothing wrong with your bow hold.  Initially you may experience some pain which is nothing special for any new activity.  Expect a video from you soon.  Happy violin days ahead.

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 Welcome to the forum, BakaKitty!birthday_balloon

You have nice bow hold, but You have to check it when You are actually playing. You can hold the bow perfectly without the violin and have a bad bow hold while playing.

Post some video here, if You like, and then members could tell more...

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Welcome to the forum Darren.
I'm more than happy to give suggestions but would prefer doing it from here on the forum so that everyone can easily see it instead of having to visit your blog.

Look forward to seeing your progress. smile

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Fiddlerman said

Welcome to the forum Darren.
I'm more than happy to give suggestions but would prefer doing it from here on the forum so that everyone can easily see it instead of having to visit your blog.

Look forward to seeing your progress. smile

@ Fiddlerman: Don't worry I understand ^_^

 

I will really appreciate your feedback!

 

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 Welcome to the forum, BakaKitty!birthday_balloon

You have nice bow hold, but You have to check it when You are actually playing. You can hold the bow perfectly without the violin and have a bad bow hold while playing.

Post some video here, if You like, and then members could tell more...

@ Oh yes I noticed that my pointer finger tends to lose its 'grip' and slides over the wrapping once I start bowing. The thumb tends to go a bit into the frog too!

 

suresh said

Hi Bakakitty! Welcome to the forum.  Try to have scheduled time for practice and try to observe it for at least 21 days.  Then it will become a habit.  For bow hold watch FM's video.  Nothing wrong with your bow hold.  Initially you may experience some pain which is nothing special for any new activity.  Expect a video from you soon.  Happy violin days ahead.

@ Suresh: Don't worry I will post a video once I start bowing! ^^

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Day 4 - Bowing Straight!

After numerous request for videos of me playing, I have finally made my first ever video!

Like my video if you think it was a good 1st attempt, and share your comments below! =)

http://fiddlerjourney.blogspot.com/

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I saw  your video and suggest you take the tape off the bow and use the whole bow to learn to bow straight. At the middle of the bow it is easy to bow straight it is at the end and the tip where it gets harder to bow straight.  It is my belief that you should start to use the entire bow right from the start.

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Kevin M. said

I saw  your video and suggest you take the tape off the bow and use the whole bow to learn to bow straight. At the middle of the bow it is easy to bow straight it is at the end and the tip where it gets harder to bow straight.  It is my belief that you should start to use the entire bow right from the start.

Hello Kevin! 

 

Thank you for sharing your insights and believes! Actually I saw from a few sources advising me to only bow in the middle third of the stick.

But I do get where you're coming from, and I'll look to add some full-bows into my daily training regiment ^^

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When I first started, my instructor encouraged me to use full bows most of the time. I didn't like to, but it helped me to improve my bowing skills. wink

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That was actually very good!

Even steady sound!

I agree with Kevin and think that You are ready to try to bow with the full length!

And when You use the whole bow, to have more freedom of the right arm i'd recommend to play standing =)

Good bow hold BTW!

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Please have a proper hold of the violin first and then go for full bowing.  Good luck.

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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Hi Everyone! Just uploaded my 5th entry for my violin blog titled Straight Full-Bows!

Please like my video, and share my blog if you think that my progress is good!

Hope you enjoy it!

Blog: http://fiddlerjourney.blogspot.....-bows.html

 

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Pretty good , Pretty good. 

I think I would still hold the fiddle by the neck while praticing just to replicate actuall conditionsl.

 Good Luck and  thumbs-up  Keep scratchin!!

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Bakakitty, I'm not an experienced player myself, but I think your full bows look good for just starting out. I'm sure some of the more experienced violinists/fiddlers would have more to suggest.

As far as the bouncing, it seems there was a recent discussion on the forum here. It is a common problem which could be caused by tension in the hand or the bow hair too tight, etc.  If I can locate that discussion, I'll let you know.  Keep up the good work!wink

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I recently did a post about bouncing bow. Within the last month.
It seems to have now gone away, but I can't pinpoint why.
There were plenty of tips on my post from other members tho.

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Terry said

I recently did a post about bouncing bow. Within the last month.
It seems to have now gone away, but I can't pinpoint why.
There were plenty of tips on my post from other members tho.

Hi Terry, do you have a link to it?

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Found it. Wasn't successful with the link, but go to Forum>Playing the Violin> on page 2, Bouncing the Bow. 

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Dee Major said

Found it. Wasn't successful with the link, but go to Forum>Playing the Violin> on page 2, Bouncing the Bow. 

Hey Thank you Dee Major! I saw it and replied! 😛

 

I found that the bouncing disappears once I started bowing straight! ^^

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