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Fiddle 43
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This is my first recorded attempt at violin 4 for the FM Christmas project. Also my first attempt at recording myself playing violin and my bowing arm is in the way most of the timeembarassed

Also the only time I change string in the piece I got so excited I stuffed it up!!

 

 

Comment are welcome.

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Fiddle 43,

Thanks for your post. Great job. One thing you can concentrate on is to be as precise as possible with the metronome. You tend to play ahead of the beat slightly. I wouldn't have known that though if I hadn't been able to hear the metronome in the background. LOL

I would like you to do it again with three things in mind. First the above comment.

Secondly, facing the camera for a better look.

Lastly, hit the notes (slight accents on each note) and keep the tone going. In other words accent the beginning of the note, diminuendo and elongate the notes. Not so much space between each note.

You are a great addition to our project. Happy to have you aboard. Look forward to more posts and the finished product later on.exactly

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Great work so far Fiddle 43!  clap

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Thanks for the tipslaugh

I'll work on them and post the results.

FM when you say "keep the tone going" do you mean continue to bow the note? In that video I am just bowing the first part of the note and trying to let the note ring by itself (not very successfully)violin-student

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yep, keep up the good work!

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Yay, another video. Something must be wrong with my computer's volume because I could hardly hear anything, so I'll focus on what I could see. smile

Were you playing each note with a separate up bow? It was hard to tell but it looked like you were playing each note with an up bow, then lifting slightly and playing another up bow for each note. Try starting with a down bow, then using an up bow for the next note. Keep alternating down and up bows. It will be much easier to sustain the notes. You won't feel like you need to take so much time between each note. You may want to use a little more bow too, maybe the middle third of the bow.

Awesome first video! Thanks for sharing.

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Yeap! Totally agreed with SaraO about bowing! Didn't your right hand get tired of that movements? It's really hard to play with tip, up bow all the time. Actually i'm impressed! You're tough guy! =))

Great work! cheerleader

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NICE WORK!

how long have you been playing?

first video i've seen of the Christmas project...it looks promising 🙂

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There have been quite a few gStretch.

Yes Fiddle 43, keep the bow moving but release pressure. exactly

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Thanks for the tips here is a new attempt of the violin 4 part for the Christmas project.

 

SaraO thanks I was upbowing because I forgot what I was doing facepalm too much to concentrate on dazed

 

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Fiddle 43:

..I was upbowing because I forgot what I was doing too much to concentrate on.. 

Same thing.. i was told that it will pass away, when some of the motions will happen automatically, and you will not have to keep in mind all of them..

 

 Good work meanwhile!! I like your bow- it's pretty straight, your left fingers- they are close to strings (i still work on it duncecap).. Intonation as for me is pretty good too (but don't forget to make it even better).

 

Your right pinky seems wants to hold all the weight of the bow.. Don't let it! Because violin (strings) already do it. Make it curved, it must hold the bow only when you play near to the frog. =)

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Great tips Mad,

With all that said I must say that it was much better. I heard that you were playing some dynamics too.

I would like you to exaggerate the dynamics even more and give me more accents and a softer sound afterwards. Also, your left wrist could be straighter. I prefer it the way you have it to those who rest their wrists on the neck because when you begin playing up beyond 4th position you will easily be able to come around the body of the fiddle.

GREAT WORK!!! thumbs-up

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It's coming along nicely. Well done!cheerleader

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Nice Job Fiddle 43. I'm still trying to find time to practice on my part. It's NOT looking good. My counter part has been out for the last four weeks with a bad ankle so I'm taking his place plus my shift. So far 27  12 hour days straight and counting. It gets tough on an old guy like me :).  Love the over time though and getting some bills paid off......thumbs-up.

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We're counting on you TerryG exactly We need all the help we can get. The more the merrier. cheers

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Great start Fiddle43, glad to see another Aussie in the Christmas project.

The only comment I will add is that your right hand seems a little too tense and stiff.  The relaxation will come with time, but I'm sure you can see for yourself the great improvement already.

Welcome aboard!

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I've been working on my vibrato to try and add to the christmas project. I noticed FM did it in the violin 4 examplesmile

I re-watched your vibrato video and tried to have my nails so I could see them more. (I was tring to be too much like a jimi-hendrix and not enough like a violin-student)

 

Any other tips would be great. Thanks

 

By the way could FM or another administrator change the name of this post to "Fiddle 43 progress" or I can just start a new thread if that would be easierbirthday_balloon

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Oh and i'm in the bathroom because it is late and I don't want to wake my familyb-slap

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Hey Fiddle 43,

I used to love to play in the bathroom because of the great accoustics. It's always a drag when we want to practice and people are sleeping.

Starting with your right hand, you would benefit from getting the tip of your pinky up on the stick and curving it slightly as well.
Secondly, your bow is tightened way too much unless it is so out of shape that you must have it that tight to get any tension on it. Usually the hair touches the stick when the bow is loosened and you should only need to tighten it about 10mm give or take a little for how much tension you want for spiccato and such.

Your intonation is not bad but you can focus more on each individual note checking at the 4th note to compare to open strings, D, A, and E. You can also use the drones to practice the scale with a little more precision. Once you get the basics everything else afterwards will be so much easier.

Keep up the good work. cheers

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Very Nice, Fiddle 43! But i'd very much like to SEE your vibrato not only hear =) Unfortunately you do it faster then your camera can capture it =( if you could set it up to increase frames-per-second it would be greatamuse .

Actually FiddlerMan already said everything...

Good job! birthday_balloon 

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