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Marissieviolissie
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October 5, 2012 - 7:25 am
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Ok... so without mentioning all my demons for not placing a video...

I just made one with the Bauernkantate. I also have one with the "CanCan", I might put that up too. Somewhere, someday wink

 

I hope my shirt doesn't make anyone hallucinate afro

 

When I look back, it seems I use a bit too much arm and too little elbow/wrist, but I'm not really sure about that.  I may have missed a few notes here and there, but my 'visual aids' just wore off last week, so I'm left to play by ear and I do have to get used to that.   

I also think/hear that sometimes it squeaks a little. I either have too little pressure on the bow or I don't press the string hard enough sometimes or I bow a bit too slow. And hey... sometimes I want to play a bit quicker than I actually can, and that doesn't really help the sound either.   (it's the second part where I hear that, with all the 8th notes and changing from E to A-string)

 

But, all in all, I guess I'm OK with how it turned out.

 

Now, judge for yourself and comments are more than welcome!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....e=youtu.be

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Well done!! It sounds great despite the shoulder movement you already mentioned, so I'm sure with more elbow action it'll be totally fab!

One thing the pros here often mention is dynamics; playing to vary the expression of the song by emphasising some parts with tempo- and/or volume shifts. They say singing the piece in your head helps, so why not hum along internally with the Markoolio version as you play? Worth a try and might make the song really live! cheerleader

By the way, love your shirt. I'm fond of stripes and colour! note

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You seem well aware of some posture concerns but otherwise, pretty good.

You might want to slow down a with a little more legato style and use more of the bow.

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@ Marissie..... I think you're doing very well w/exception's. Your profile say's you started violin lesson's 9 mos. ago so I am assuming you have a teacher. If that's the case, i'm surprised he/she hasn't tried to correct your arm swing.

Some say, if you stand with you back to the wall and keep your upper arm touching the wall that this will correct it. This doesn't work because with your back to the wall you have to force your arm back to the wall which in turn give's you no freedom of movement with your forearm. I see that you are left handed so thing's are just opposite. If you do stand with your back agains't the wall, turn your body to the left at a 45 degree angle, keeping your left shoulder tight to the wall, that should put your upper arm in the proper place. Your arm shouldn't move from the wall and if it does, no more than about 1/2" to 3/4" away. This will also give you freedom of movement to raise your arm for string change's. Your wrist should dictate how straight your bow glide's over the string's.

With your arm and wrist as stiff as it is now, imagine trying to put food in your mouth, you can't, not without bending your elbow.  smile It's kinda the same thing, all the part's of your arm and wrist working together to make a straight path to your mouth, in this case, to the string's.

All n all though, I think you're doing fine and I didn't hear any real squeaks. Maybe you need a bit more rosin, there are numerous thing's that make squeaks.

 

Keep up the good work, I hope this help's. 

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Thanks for the replies :-)

 

To begin with fiddlestix: no, I'm not a 'lefty', that's the video. Forgot to mention that.

In the beginning my teacher did mention the armswing, but since I noticed it more and more, and especially when I saw my video, I share you surprise.  I suppose it's back to my corner again blink   Thanks for your tips, I'm going to try them!

 

I do pay attention to my wrist normally, but I was so selfconscious about exposing myself and 'playing well' that it just got 'stuck' in the stiff position.  Also my pinky was in my head all the time: bend, bend, bend....   So hopefully one day, I can actually incorporate all things at once instead of focussing on one thing and letting go of everything else.  

 

@Alma: yep, dynamics... I know :)   I was trying to put a bit into it as well, but see above... being on video, the pinky... it was a bit too much roflol

But who knows, Markoolio might help me out again...

 

@Oliver: I played this even faster before I shot the video... Then I thought: hey what's the rush... But since I'm used to the faster version, I have to sort of reset. I will though :)      And about the bowing: I've learned this song with little bow at least in the parts with the 8th notes.  That's how my teacher tought me, I'm not so good at doing both.  I either use a lot of bow or too little.   

So definitely some things to work on.

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Oh, I know what it's like to concentrate on one thing so hard you forget the rest. I do it all the time. Haha, I don't think I could ever get a driver's licence with my lack of coordination! roflLuckily, we don't need any licences to play the violin...

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October 9, 2012 - 7:57 am
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Hey Marissieviolissie,

First of all I love the shirt with all those colors.

Your self critique is great you seen to know what you need to work on. And yes, a little more bow pressure as you approach the bridge will take care of the squeaks. If you come too close to the bridge you will get the ponticello sound. Try maintaining a steady contact point for now kind of midway between the bridge and fingerboard.

All in all, great job and I enjoyed listening to it.
Thanks for posting, hope you send a "ghostbusters" video soon. :-)

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