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It so happens that several things are coming together in my violinistic efforts and I have to think back to when it was not so ……. maybe a year ago.
I like to think how clever I am but I am really a "thief" of sorts. True to my nature I studied the FM videos BUT, not always for the content he might have intended. In any case, I benefited and the "instant replay" feature was a big help.
So what's the big deal ?
Just for fun I've tried to recall the milestones of the past year very much connected to FM videos, etc.
I completely abandoned the shoulder rest and also settled on a good chin rest.
My violin hold is completely revamped.
My bow hold is corrected but this was a problem going way back.
I've made the necessary corrections for rosin use.
My speed is much higher thanks to the FM "left/right" mind set approach.
How do I know all that is better ? All I have to do is go back and play last years music.
And, incidentally, my tastes are going from classical to baroque and I'm amazed at the great music with roots to the Catholic church.
Finally, I have actually achieved recording methods that sound like (my) a violin.
I'm not sure that is good or bad but a sample audio is included.
However, I can't get too enthusiastic here or I might get a strange invoice.
(Ignore the violin playing in the clip. It is only for audio quality test purposes.)
My violin is not "free standing" which I consider more of a stunt than a necessity. However, I do manage to apply a lot of support through the chin rest and then, finally, with the left hand.
You will know if you have a holding problem if shifting is difficult ( to 3rd position, etc.)
I can support the violin without the left hand but it is strenuous to do that and I could not play that way.
STUDY FM VIDEO ON HOLDING A VIOLIN AND NOTICE HOW FAR LEFT HE PLAYS.
THERE ARE IMPORTANT REASONS FOR THAT.
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