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Tone demo and practice
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Raywells
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Some folks felt cheated that they only saw the top of my head in the last video.

In this video I speak and you can see me as I demonstrate the fiddle's tone attempt  to play my 1st practice piece. I carry on in hope after hearing my fiddle played today by two people who know what they are doing. It was played solo and then the brother of the young lady who played it solo joined her playing my fiddle. They sounded great together and my fiddle has a nice warm tone.... so the **** is me.

 

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Kevin M.
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Keep going Ray. You're getting it, the violin fever.

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whoooah, slow it down till you can play it correctly then speed it back up.  this is gonna sound weird but your brain will learn it faster more right that way. I also recommend straightening out your wrist on your left hand. If you wanna skype sometime Id be glad to show you. Rob.

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When you were tuning, I measured that your G string was a little sharp.

I recognize "Amazing Grace", so you are certainly doing something right.

Your intonation is VERY GOOD.  You definitely seem to have an ear for hitting the right pitch.  Have you played other instruments?

You have a dragon to slay before you can really get started: your chin/shoulder hold is weak, which is why you are having to bend your wrist and lay the neck in your hand.  Your left hand has to be free to move and finger the strings.  That is hard to do when it is also doing the main job of supporting the fiddle.  First thing is to try some different shoulder rests or pads and probably some different chin rests, in various adjustments.  If the shoulder rest slips on your shirt or your shirt slips on your skin, that can be a source of problems, but there are solutions to those.  It should be your goal to be able to hold the fiddle with no hands, comfortably and without pain.  Some of the common sore points are neck, shoulder, and jaw, and the skin on the jaw or collarbone.

I predict some fast progress once you can get a good hold on the fiddle.

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Great start Ray. A bunch of great advice above too. Be sure to mention whether or not you want critique because not everyone does, though it is a GREAT way to improve smile

First of all I noticed that when you were playing your open strings you played so close to the bridge that you got what we call a "Ponticello" sound. Just make the contact point of the bow hair and strings closer to the fingerboard. Try with midway between the bridge and the fingerboard but perhaps closer to the fingerboard.

Secondly, since you are just beginning to play, try to get the hand posture right. Your left wrist should be as straight as possible.

Thanks for posting and sharing your video with us.
I look forward to more progress videos.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said 
Be sure to mention whether or not you want critique because not everyone does, though it is a GREAT way to improve smile

FM, I'll mention now that I want critique of my critiques.  I say what I think will help somebody, but I am not much of an expert.  So you or anybody should contradict me if I say something that is wrong or seems wrong.  You would be doing me a favor if you were to correct me in those cases.  However I may not always give up an idea without some questions or gentle argumentation ...

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Thanks to everyone who took time to view the video and specially those with constructive comment. I appreciate it. Just received my Cecelio Electric Fiddle today and I am quite pleased. It is noticeably heavier than my acoustic so I have to seriously get involved in looking at proper fitting of chin rest and shoulder rest that adjust in 3 dimensions in order that I can hold the fiddles with my chin etc and leave my hands for fiddling.

Ray

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