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Back in the saddle
Yes, that little bit of wood at the bottom of the violin. Heh!
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Almandin
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Finally got around to filming myself and my violin again today. Three months of no practice has killed the routine, and so to get started again I decided to learn an easy song that I love and already know on piano. Mixing it up with songs I know properly from before Christmas (to maintain morale...) and some bowing exercises (when I notice that I'm using too much shoulder and not enough wrist...) makes for fairly productive sessions. Well – three so far, but it's a start. smile

Nightmares is in d minor (I think; might be F major) and so I have to focus like mad to play F and not F# that I'm used to from all the other songs so far. Also: Bb! Eeeep!

Anyway, just to prove I'm still alive, here goes:

I'm in the bike garage again so as not to annoy my neighbours. Also, great acoustics!

Should add some slurs to this so it'll be less one-dimensional. I'm still getting the notes down, so bowing falls into second place... But I think if you squint, you can see some actual wrist movement here and there! clapfacepalmrofl

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Great job, Alma! Glad you're back in the game!

bananadancingdancinbunny

That bike garage makes for an interesting background, too.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Nice job Alma!  Congrats on getting back in the game :) .

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Welcome back !!  nice to hear you playing again.  Wish i had a bike garage. Ive got Mine & LeeAnn's main bikes in my living room and 3 that Ive fixed for resale in my shed

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Is that your mountain bike ?

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You play well.

 

"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, you will know it loves you."

 

Your viola set you free, and you came back; so you must love it.

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Thank you, guys! doublekiss

HDuaneaz said

"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, you will know it loves you."

Your viola set you free, and you came back; so you must love it.

What a nice way of looking at it! And yes I do. heart

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Is that your mountain bike ?

Nope. I've got a lovely yellow citybike, standing off to my left somewhere in the video. Must have done at least 2000 miles on that in the two years I've had it, and as soon as the last ice melts off the streets I'll be back in the saddle there too! laugh

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Lovedi it. Keep it upthumbs-up

 

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Glad to have you back here Almandin.

I guess you'll be able to play outdoors in 3 months or so. LOL
Enjoy the acoustics in the bike room. It's always more fun to play in a space with nice reverb.

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Fiddlerman said

Glad to have you back here Almandin.

I guess you'll be able to play outdoors in 3 months or so. LOL

ROFLOL! Yeah, possibly. tongue Looking forward to it! In the meantime, though, the bike room is nice. Not too cosy, but cavernous and private...

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Loved it. Keep it upthumbs-up

Never give up. Never surrender. More please violin_girl

Thanks, mate! More will be coming as soon as I feel like I've accomplished something worth sharing. cool

 

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You're back! That's cool! Nice tune! And nice done!

Love your bike garage - i have warm feelings about industrial places =)

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Hiya,  welcome back you, I've been looking for you every now and then around here, whenever I lurk around the forum...

And there you are, all tucked away in a bike garage :P

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Mad_Wed said
You're back! That's cool! Nice tune! And nice done!

Thank you! coffee

@Marissieviolissie: Glad to see you back too! So cool about your new violin! I hope to get to hear it when you've befriended it. smile

 

Also, must comment on how everyone seems to love my bike garage. So do I, it's the best one in the world. Since it's two floors underground, we even have a separate elevator all the way into it. And the elevator has poetry on the walls – bike-related poetry. It's brilliant! Plus the garage is huge to accommodate the 400 or so students living in my house. Never any shortage of bike stands in there. thumbs-up

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Ha..I thought it looked like one of those student bike-rooms ;)

When I lived in Stockholm our bike-rooms looked pretty much like that, so that instantly brought back some memories of me on a 2nd(3rd...4th...)hand bike that was way too small for me and basically way too expensive, when I later saw how much a new one would have cost *lol*

But it did what it was made for, including a pretty neat ride from one end of the big lake to another in the midst of winter 1st-place

 

 

OK, that was way offtopic roflol

 

 

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Welcome back, Alma, it's really good to see you playing again.

I really don't see you using your shoulder too much, your shoulder has to move some. I think maybe it appear's that way to you because you are making such short bow stroke's, try bowing a little faster and steady using more bow. You did well for being off all that time.

One thing I did notice you're missing.......... The Kittycat.  surprised  

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Fiddlestix said

Welcome back, Alma, it's really good to see you playing again. I really don't see you using your shoulder too much, your shoulder has to move some. I think maybe it appear's that way to you because you are making such short bow stroke's, try bowing a little faster and steady using more bow. You did well for being off all that time.

Thank you! I do try to make longer bow strokes, and I think I'm gradually getting there, but I find that the longer and faster the bow travels, the more I lose control of the straightness... Yeah. Practice...

One thing I did notice you're missing.......... The Kittycat.  surprised  

Yes, sadly so. tongue She doesn't like it down there. (She doesn't like it anywhere but in our flat; she's the world's biggest coward...)

Edit: Today has been a proper cat-and-violin day, however:Violin+audience.pngImage EnlargerViolin+playmate.pngImage Enlarger

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Oooh, those are cute pics!    She seems to be able to enjoy a tummyrub too... am I right?

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Marissieviolissie said
Oooh, those are cute pics!    She seems to be able to enjoy a tummyrub too... am I right?

Yeah... sometimes, when I'm lucky. Mostly, hand+tummy=>claws... wink

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LOL.   My cat is addicted to tummy rubs clap

And she still remains in the same room when I play my violin. So I'm either pretty good, or she's pretty deaf. tongue

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Marissieviolissie said
And she still remains in the same room when I play my violin. So I'm either pretty good, or she's pretty deaf. tongue

Haha, yes, that's my line of thinking exactly. :D

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Marissieviolissie said
LOL.   My cat is addicted to tummy rubs clap

Hahaha! Both of mine -too!

And she still remains in the same room when I play my violin. So I'm either pretty good, or she's pretty deaf. tongue

How do you do that guys. Mine still hate my playingfacepalm They are honest critics ! roflol

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