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RP
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October 25, 2011 - 4:51 pm
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I guess this is where I will link my stuff. I am not really sure if this is the right forum to do this.

I don't have a way to really record myself with my pitiful excuse for a video camera until maybe Wed. I might be able to use a tripod my friend has to tape it.

I hope I am uploading this right. Here is a short audio for Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife. Recorded with a Logitech headset mic (it's all I have.) and Audicity.

http://soundcloud.com/doggiedo.....10252001-4

 

Soundcloud made it much scarier lol so make sure your volume is down lower then normal!

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That was a very moving performance.embarassed Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you late bloomer, that was kind of you. I kind of feel bad for murdering a beautiful song as the first one I picked to play. I guess without video there is no way anyone can help me out.  :/  If anyone can hear something I'm doing wrong any comments would be appreciated though.

On "Cheap eBay violins" … Just tell people they are like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  With a little love, and some practice, they too can be made beautiful.

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Im no profesional but , what makes the violin such a great instrument to me is that, it allows you to put feeling into your songs. Sometimes I am just playing the notes trying to get the fingerings right. 

But sometimes it feels like the violin is  expressing what I am feeling.  These times are rare but worth any amount of work it takes.

Now when I listned to your track: 

 I could imagine a battle field some where in the South.  Many years after the cival war had been forgotton.

Standing on a hill where some forgotton battle took the lives of thousands of men.

 I am  surronded by the the lost souls that were still there searching for the fight.  And yet compassion not fear feels my thoughts. For those who died knew not the pain of ageing but only the short sweet time of life, and eternity of death.  

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 Thank you late bloomer, although you're being WAY too nice 😀 I think if Niel Gow heard my playing his lament though, he WOULD cry hehe. I love laments and slow airs, when I heard the version I have down in the Irish forum it made me cry. (so did Boo Baby Lullaby even though it's not made to be sad. LOL) Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife and Boo Baby Lullaby were my first two goals that I set for myself when I got my violin. As other people have said in other posts. I guess I wanted to fly before I learned to walk.

 Seems like most of the airs are on the easier side note wise, but playing them so you can actually feel and hear the emotion in them is REALLY HARD. I am having a really hard time trying to do vibrato, and the Irish embellishments too. I *think* one is called a roll, I am not sure what other things are in the song.

 I felt bad watching and commenting on all the videos people posted on their progress for help while I was just some person that showed up here one day suddenly and started blabbering and watching all his tutorials. At the time I posted this I had no tripod to hold my video camera thing but my friend dropped it off a little bit ago! If I can find a spot that I can put it so it can tape my violin holds and stuff while I play I will have an actual video up maybe tomorrow or the next day. Just in time because I think I injured my arm by holding my violin however I'm holding it. I thought I was holding it right, but I am guessing I thought quite wrong.

On "Cheap eBay violins" … Just tell people they are like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  With a little love, and some practice, they too can be made beautiful.

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October 25, 2011 - 10:59 pm
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OK RP,

First of all thanks for posting.pink-violin-girl

We all need to focus on our intonation and you can probably listen to your performance and get some good ideas about which notes need to be fixed. I always like to recommend that player listens with a pencil in hand to mark the notes that are too low with an arrow up and the ones that are too high with an arrow down to improve intonation.

One thing that you can work on is dynamics and phrasing. Music is about expressing yourself, or like LB said, "allows you to put feeling into your songs".
If you listen to your performance you'll notice that the volume is pretty much the same from start to finish. Try playing it again and turn every 4 bars into a phrase (musical sentence) and speak the phrase. Sing it first and copy what you sing on the violin. You can even sing while you play to get more feeling into it. I'll give you an example of what I mean, start softly and grow to the end of the second bar, climax would be the D on the A string then you fall back with the volume.

Lastly, (Sorry for so much at once) rhythm, try to maintain a forward and fairly even flow.

Now you have some stuff to think aboutexactlyI look forward to hearing a redo soon. smile

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Before I try to post  this again I will need a lot of time to practice more.  I can't mark any notes physically. I am not sure how I could do this? I don't read music. I play by ear mainly and use TablEdit to get the tablature fingerings so I have an idea where to start.

When I taped this I was just sitting at my computer playing the three different parts the song has to keep it small and as painless as possible to anyone choosing to listen. I will have to break the song down to work on REALLY trying to hit the right place on the fingerboard.

I have been trying not to develop a "wiggly finger" bad habit which I read about on violinist.com. I love your site, it's why I'm here so much, but I do read other sites so don't be mad! Besides I don't like the attitudes of people on violinist.com they seem stuck on themselves and their expensive violins. b-slap

First things first though! I need a LOT OF HELP on what I'm doing to myself that I'm hurting myself so badly. (Video to come ASAP)

Thank you again so very much for giving me advise, it will keep me quite busy for a week+  😀

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October 26, 2011 - 12:02 am
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We are here to help and I'm glad that you enjoy this site. We are very happy to have you here. exactly

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RP we love having you here, and your comments are always relevant.

I'm waiting for your audio file to download (takes me forever at this speed), and I'll be waiting for your video too.

Thanks for commenting on mine, it all helps, and we will help you too.

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Hey! I've missed that post somehow dunno 

So: it's really nice to hear you, RP!! I like your playing! I can't believe you are a beginner! I can hear some squeaky sounds. It maybe caused by your bow, hitting other string while playing. (i have the same problem). We should work on right angle of our bows in string-crossing things: change angle first then play. =)

Good work! Can't wait to see your video cheerleader 

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I missed this post too. It sounds a heck of a lot better than when I heard your open strings trying to figure out your E string wah problem. Sounded nice. Nothing I can say to help you FMs post said it all. Nice song choice too.

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