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I guess it sort of goes without saying I'm in the early stages of learning. I'm just trying to get some feedback on it I am holding the violin correctly and bowing correctly. I haven't been able to find specific notes consistently yet but I think getting my form right before I move on is probably a good idea.
You're getting a very nice sound for only 5 days.
I'd recommend taking a look at Fiddlerman's "Holding the bow" video. Looks like you're thumb is bent away from the hairs instead of being bent facing the hair. I'd also recommend trying some shoulder rests. They make playing a lot easier as they make it so you're not using your shoulder to push the violin to you chin. I don't use one now, but when I was just starting it kept me from tensing up because I felt like the violin was gonna fall off my shoulder.
Like I said though, you're getting a very nice even sound right now. Keep it up!
Very good. You'll want to be sure that your left wrist is kept straight, that's going to be an important thing from the start that you won't want to have to try to correct later. Of course, that can only be done easily, when the violin can be easily supported without the aid of the left hand, so that would be the first thing to address, IMHO.
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I think you're doing well for only 5 days!
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
Yes - welcome @JordanT - do check out the link @damfino suggested above - check the angle and flexibility of the bowing-arm wrist.
And as @Uzi mentioned - left wrist - you'll "sort of discover" this as you start fingering actual note positions - and eventually wanting to do vibrato - you need that wrist kept reasonably straight - also assists in getting the fingers nice and perpendicular to the strings ( again easing the backward motion of the hand for vibrato which you'll eventually want to conquer !!! LOL )
Otherwise - sounds good - nice, even and constant bowing from the elbow, no un-necessary shoulder action. LOL - listen to me - not even 2 years in - but - yes - it is still fresh enough in my mind to be able to relate to these issues - eventually it will all become automatic - to the point you can no longer actually "describe how you do it" or have just "forgotten how awkward it initially was"
Enjoy your journey with the violin !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
welcome to the insanity.
As other have said you are making a great start.
BillyG mentioned how great it is seeing you use you right elbow and not your shoulder to bow. the thing that I would mention is to loosen and use your wrist,
So that your bowing is tracking straighter and not wandering up and down the string (ie from bridge to fingerboard)
I wish you luck in playing, you will find a lot of helpful people here and a lot of good tutorials on this site.
Above all have fun with you fiddle.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.
You are off to a great start. As far as advice goes I can only echo what others have said. Focus on your bow hold and wrist position. I notice that while you seem to be doing a good job of trying to keep your bow parallel to the bridge your bow your bow is moving around a lot between the fingerboard and the bridge as you play. I would recommend watching some of the tutorial videos on bowing technique. Otherwise you are getting off to a great start and appear to be making good progress. Keep up the good work.
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