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Any tips on string changes with the bow? Sometimes I make the change and it is ok, no strange two tone noises. Other times it is horrible! I find myself trying to stop bowing as I change and I know it is not necessary to stop. I can't see what I am doing different when it sounds good as opposed to when it sounds like a cat is being tortured. I know the cardinal rule, practice makes perfect, I was hoping for a little list of things that should be done as you move from one string to another. And things not to do as well. In the mean time I will keep practicing! Doing lots of scales and making my teenage son crazy!
I'm sure there are many things that can louse up string crossings but there is one that I specialize in.
This is, changing bow attack angle from one string to another. That has the effect of dragging the bow across the string minutely, but big time to the ear. I believe the experts call that keeping a consistent sounding point.
I also mess up string changes with having too low a bow velocity.
Another way, less frequent, is to have a poor attack angle on the string. An "A" string, for instance, has a pretty wide angle of possible attack. There are things like a "low" "A" attack or high depending where you coming from and they may sound different depending on rosin residue profile.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I can't help with the video. I have been working on Amazing Grace also. You posted at a earlier date the that slur was giving you trouble. Me too, sometimes it is smooth as silk and other time I can't get both hands to operate separately, I know it will come with practice. How is that slur coming for you?
It is getting better, I can hit it maybe 5 out of 8 times. Try closing your eyes and playing it a bit forcefully. Your arm knows where to go, for me it is a question of getting my left had where it needs to be!
p.s. I do screech it from time to time. Or stop bowing and it makes the scratchy sound.
As a beginner I'm always experiencing this, but I have a remedy for this after analyzing what's wrong, first be sure that you've pressed the string tight enough to touch the fingerboard, and second be sure that you don't bowed any adjacent string(commonly in D and A string), btw don't be too harsh to your violin while bowing and proper intonation and bowing is the key to produce a really nice sound. Goodluck!
P.S. I'm kinda lazy reading all the reply in this topic, sorry if my reply is kinda same w/ others LOL! :))
I have lots of problems with string changes, but I've found that if I watch where the bow is contacting it flows smoother. Of course, I need to know the notes beforehand so it doesn't just stop there.
When adding bow-pressure turn the hand towards the violin rather than any type of right arm muscle tensing.
Did you mean to turn the right hand, wrist over? i.e. more pressure with the index finger?
If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
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