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how to play with emotions
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January 2, 2013 - 1:54 am
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this is a strange problem let say i try to play a song to the ear on my violin .then suddenly my eyes are filling with tears .and after that i am unable to play it further.i saw people play to the ear with emotions without having problems .today i just tried the e String played few notes randomly i suddenly remembered a love song .heard it  when i was 6-7 years old .here is it

and i couldn't continue because its hard to control the emotions and ending with tears lol .looks like i am enjoying the suffer of playing the violin .


any suggestions?

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January 2, 2013 - 2:37 am
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lol, sometimes, i close my eyes when i play, and then my eyebrows just literally go up and down on different dynamics, notes,'s just emotions i can't control when i play.

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January 4, 2013 - 10:42 pm
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lol emotions are just that, the mysterious part of our spirit.

go with the flow!

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January 5, 2013 - 2:16 am
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you're gonna run into that problem when you get committed to a tune with all your soul and passion. Eventually after playing it several dozen times you'll be able to play without breaking up.

Keep playing, just go a little further each time you practice it.


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January 5, 2013 - 3:15 am
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I break up when I play, Turkey in The Straw.   cry


Or...... is it, Crack Up.  dunno   roflol  rofl rofl


January 5, 2013 - 6:22 am
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All kidding aside, I think emotion is an important part of any art, especially music. There are songs where even listening to them can bring tears to my eyes or a smile to my lips.  There is nothing wrong with that.

If you do not have a real emotional response to the songs you play, then you can't give that to the audience.

A song may make you feel happy, sad, wistful, strong, angry.. It may leave you day-dreaming or reminiscing on days gone by.  That is good, it is real.  If you couldn't get that, then it would be nothing but notes.  

If it can't bring a tear to your eyes, then how can you expect it to touch your listeners?  Work perhaps on being able to close your eyes while playing at such times.  But I don't think it is something you should try to "get over;' or do away with.  You just need to find your strength enough to be able to play it, even when the emotions the music stirs makes it difficult.  

Music can convey feelings where words just will never be enough.  I think that is how it should be, and what is best to play and listen to.

I think that you are doing good, Vibavi, and that it is wonderful that you can find the "depths" within yourself, since you can't give to listeners something you do not feel yourself.  Let the feelings be strong, and just keep trying until you can keep playing through them and I think you are on the trail of making some music that will be worth listening to.



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January 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm
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Haaaaa, Ken, you're a nut,,, but you exactly stole MY comment!  Lol.

I'd totally agree with Dennis; the more you play it, the more desensitized your emotions become.  And not that you want to lose that passion/emotion for a song, but you want to be able to get through it without leaking onto your violin.

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January 5, 2013 - 2:26 pm
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ftufc said
 And not that you want to lose that passion/emotion for a song, but you want to be able to get through it without leaking onto your violin.



Ken say's,,, it also up's the humidity.  facepalm


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January 13, 2013 - 10:21 pm
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Viba.. you are a lucky few that the violin is calling to.  One way to think about it is to think that the violin is wanting to sing it's own song, and you are just the instrument allowing the violin to have it's voice.  Sure, it's bound to speak to you at a deep level.  Like a sculptor who sees the inner beauty of a peice of rock, and strips away material until the statue, which was inside the whole time, comes out.  The more we can enjoy what the violin is trying to say, or sing, and sense it ourselves, the better.  It can inform our practice and will come out in original compositions that you could develop.  As a new violinist, I can only hope that we can become so in tune with the violin that we can sense it's emotion in advance and allow that emotion to affect our playing and our soul at the same time.  I've noticed this with the guitar, for example.

(*disclaimer* This is just a wistful impression - if you think your violin is actually talking to you, consult your local health care provider).blink


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