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The mountain king!
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Hello everyone,

Im getting annoyed of playing twinkle twinkle little star and some were over the rainbow dazedso I began playing this catchy tune but have ran into difficulties playing it when I take the bow off the strings to do it quick. When I attempt to do so I can make quick poopy notes but its not held long enough. I know in fiddlermans video he says not to pick the bow up super high so it doesnt bounce but Im not sure if theres a proper technique or I just need to get my practice on.

Im also not sure how tight my bow should be, its not HULKAMANIA  tight were its bouncing everywere but ive just been doing it to were it feels comfortable.

Dont mean to ask so many questions but how do ya guys feel about lessons, I am highly considering taking them because im nervous about getting into bad habits, is this something that you can overcome on your own or does it take a couple lessons to get ya going?

I will say having a blast playing and feel the progression ITS ALL I WANT TO DO WAHHOOOO dancing

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I have been playing..on my own since January...but I have taken five lessons so far.

 

I need the lessons...I have picked up on bad habits and I am having a hell of a time reversing them.

 

Good luck.  Also I have learned a ton and a lot of silly easy songs to play.

 

Toni

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Personal opinion is that if you have a teacher near you, and can afford a few lessons do it.
I think I made quicker progress than I would have done without one.
Luckily, my teacher has seen how keen I am, and knows that some lessons are just a one on one correction of the many things I have learned from watching Fiddlermans excellent tutorials, but cannot get right through self analysis alone.

This site is great for being available 24/7 but if I posted a video every time I was looking for help, FM's server would have been full of my junk a long time ago.
With a teacher, we usually manage to go through my list if concerns/habits within the first half hour.

Having said that, there is always the Skype option with Fiddlerman.

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Superslinky said
Hello everyone,

Im getting annoyed of playing twinkle twinkle little star and some were over the rainbow dazedso I began playing this catchy tune but have ran into difficulties playing it when I take the bow off the strings to do it quick. Is this the same as the Hall of the mountain king? Do not take your bowhair off the strings. There are exercises that can help you practice this. I just acquired the bow control necessary to make it sound good last night, so proud of myself.

 When I attempt to do so I can make quick poopy notes but its not held long enough. I know in fiddlermans video he says not to pick the bow up super high so it doesnt bounce but Im not sure if theres a proper technique or I just need to get my practice on.

Im also not sure how tight my bow should be, its not HULKAMANIA  tight were its bouncing everywere but ive just been doing it to were it feels comfortable. My rule of thumb is, tighten it just until all the hairs straighten out. Play it and see if it sounds good. I forgot to tighten my bow hairs yesterday and played a tune in practice and was like that sounded pretty good, then oops I forgot to tighten, ha ha! Once you get a feel for how you like it, it becomes easy. Some will say, tighten until you have a pencil widths distance between the hair and stick. whatever you do, dont tighten until the bow stick is straight, it should still have some curve in it.

Dont mean to ask so many questions but how do ya guys feel about lessons, I am highly considering taking them because im nervous about getting into bad habits, is this something that you can overcome on your own or does it take a couple lessons to get ya going? Lessons are great, if you have a great teacher. Ive met some "teachers" so becareful. A teacher is simply your accountability partner and mentor so if you cant afford a teacher you have FM and us on this site. Send him your goals, a vid of you playin and the mentoring begins. Challenge us to play what you are playin and send in vids and you get to see different techniques if you know where to look. Youre still gonna have to practice daily, focused practice on skills not just music. Send me a pdf scan of your music and I will give it a shot. peace, love, apple pie.

I will say having a blast playing and feel the progression ITS ALL I WANT TO DO WAHHOOOO dancing

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Awsome replys,

Im gonna take lessons recommended from a violin repair shop. Such a great person I met there was very wise on the instrumet itself, totally schooled me on it.

While I was there I purchased a tuner and a shoulder rest, probably sound like a dummy but I didnt realize how much of a necessity it is. I FEEL LIKE A NEW MAN!

I attempted the song now with out leaving the strings and sounds alot better, still kinda scratchy when transfering strings but I just need to practice. Dont have a camera at the moment but ill prolly get one soon. 

Thanks for the all the advice!

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