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Fiddle Frustrations Vol 2
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June 15, 2012 - 8:27 pm
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Another video and quick bomb through of some scales ive been working on.

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June 15, 2012 - 9:11 pm
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Good for you for being brave enough to show a video of yourself playing. You sounded just fine.

The bow grip looks lots better already. I noticed your thumb is still locked straight while you're playing. This will create tension in your hand and limit your flexibility. The thumb doesn't really grip the bow, it is just used to balance the bow. I'm sure you'll get it with practice.

Once again, way to go for posting a video. You're doing great!thumbs-up

Kevin M.
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June 15, 2012 - 9:31 pm
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Here goes. Congratulations on your improvement.

Left hand, I didn't see your left hand much nut when I did I saw your wrist bent and the neck laying in your palm and the body of the violin touching the heal of your hand.  Try to keep your wrist straight and not supporting the violin with your hand.  You will learn to hold the violin without using your hands.  With the way your left hand is now you will not be able to shift positions.  That will come later on.


Your right hand is doing great as for your grip, you are getting right.  When you are bowing your wrist is still and your entire arm is moving. Bow with your forearm moving at the elbow and your wrist flexing.  This will help to keep the bow straight and steady.

June 15, 2012 - 9:55 pm
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Thank you guys both for the encouragement.


Im in that phase where i consciencely need to correct my grip, in both hands, so if im concentrating (like during playing for instance) on something else i kinda "forget" and revert to the bad habits. 


Thanks to both of you. 

Michigan, USA

June 16, 2012 - 8:48 am
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The clothes pins are a great idea... I would concentrate on the left hand a little more than the right. Especially the pinky, that's finger causes the most problems with new players.

You have a great start, keep it up.    dancing

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June 16, 2012 - 10:34 am
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100 times better on the grip that you showed us. 🙂
As far as the C major scale is concerned, you are playing f# instead of f natural. Just lower the second finger a half step.
Your bow grip must be helping already because you are able to get plenty of pressure when bowing.

Look at your video when you play the G major and D major scale for example. When the sound turns metallic notice that your bow is making contact right next to the bridge. Keep the contact point more consistently between the bridge and fingerboard. Not too close to the bridge.

Great start and thanks for sharing. thumbs-up

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but the one who needs the least."

June 16, 2012 - 8:01 pm
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100% fm  i agree. I didnt even realize i flubbed. I know that just nerves i guess. Thank you again for the encouragement and fostering such a great community. 

June 16, 2012 - 8:56 pm
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Great job, Chorlick! I'm no expert, but I like your bow hold. I did notice that you've got the same problem that I do...the bow wanders a bit. That's a tough one to overcome. If you find the solution, please post it.

Thanks for sharing the clothespin exercise. I'll have to go out and buy some clothespins and try that.


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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