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Growth of a rekindled flame
Videos and progression log as I play through the Rubank, Sting Companions Duet Collection Vol. 1
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Hello all I am open to all forms of constructive criticism as I share music and learn to play the violin better. Feel free and welcome to share any positive feedback as well. I also want to inspire other ametures as to tempo and consistency when playing. 

Quick note, I've officially began playing the violin in September 2014 after a 10 year "break" (I'm 22). My violin is a Classical Strings vl70 hand made in California with a beautiful deep brown varnish. Also, i am using a practice mute...

enjoy, please subscribe to this topic; I want to share a new video everyday

 

http://youtu.be/TS_KsPtUaag

http://youtu.be/zp1eJrvY5gY

http://youtu.be/zr-umvD2sa0

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I can hardly wait to hear it without the mute. thumbs-up

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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cdennyb said
I can hardly wait to hear it without the mute. thumbs-up

Well, I'll tell you. I've ordered a music stand, and after I visit my folks for Christmas I'll be practicing outside WITH SHEET MUSIC!!

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Jacques,

 

Welcome to the forum, I agree with Denny unmuted and a bit more time to familiarize your self with the Violin you'll do good.

 

Mark

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Welcome to the forum Jacques.

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Alas, tonight's videos. It has taken me two whole hours to get piece down to sounding good. I'm emphasizing proper shifts and I've learned the need to start reading ahead of where im playing when I'm approaching the end of a line of music, because I'll sometimes stumble on not being ready to play whatever the next note may be. 

 

http://youtu.be/SndGVkZ6h5M

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One of two videos I'll be sharing tonight!

 

enjoy

 

http://youtu.be/HqjfH-FAqPY

 

edit: I will replay the other song I would have posted tonight, but tomorrow. The sound and my ability will procure a much better video. 

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Hey there.. Nice job. Thanks for Sharing.  

I am not familiar with the tunes but you seem to really be doing well with them.  Awesome.

Cheers. Toni

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@coolpinkone hey, the music I'm reading is from a book called String Companions. It's a "duet book", therefore each song has a accompanying viola piece. The music is diverse in its tone, tempo, technique, and et cetera. 

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Very cool!!! Thanks for the information on the music.  It is very inspiring to you.. It shows in your playing.   ;)

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Very nice job!   one thing I can say, as I struggle with this and have since my playing a violin. Your Bow wrist is very rigid. Once you correct this, the notes will be smooth and melodic. It will cure the "choppy-ness" on each bow transition.

There is a pencil/pen/stick drill here somewhere, and all over the web if you search. It is a very good practice drill to help overcome this. In my case, I have a physical limitation in my hand, but I still work on it daily. Just driving around, I keep that stick in my hand and practice the technique. If I can find it, i'll edit this post and add the link. Again, very job nice on those.

Here's FM's video - Start at about the 30 second mark.

 

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Current practice regime consist of the sort of things you'll see in this video, and practice orchestral music. @Fiddlerman so towards the end of this video you'll see my second dive into exploration of harmonizing.

 

http://youtu.be/Ur3lPeMzlKc

 

Let me know if you conjure a beter approach towards any given phrase or passage. A lot of times I make desperate leaps on the fingerboard, so if you find a nice 'route' that you like to take, please share!

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Jacques, improvisation comes from ones own creativity. My ideas are slightly different from yours but it's similar to art where one person can love a piece while another doesn't like or understand it.
The only obvious critique I have would is to focus more on intonation.
I admire people for their creativity. What do you feel when you listen to your recordings? Is it the same thing you feel when playing live?

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Feb 16

http://youtu.be/JnvqYFgF90A

Feb 27

http://youtu.be/qeQTkLEo2g0

 

@Fiddlerman when I first watch my videos I think they aren't very good, but after plenty of time has passed I can see the brilliance. When I play live its fine however Ive been going through some kind of loop that sounds like a restart (and isn't aesthetic to the ear, to me it sounds like "well what was all that build up for? Just to restart it again?!)  It is as if I'm limited in expression - a plateau of purpose. Harmonics season scales and arpeggio with flavor and I'm still learning and building with it.

For example: "traversing" a scale on the wave of locations located across the fingerboard rather than scattered pinpoints. Although the scatter method can sound good too. Without a doubt I need more speed in my performance of scales and arpeggio. I'm still occasionally counting/speaking a-g out loud as I play scales and I nearly always with arpeggio. 

These videos are trimmed to show only the harmonic sections (excluding scales and arpeggio)

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@Fiddlerman
I try and mix up the incrementing and decrementing of scales, and I admit I should try reversing my arpeggio to keep the music exciting from time to time. My Paganini sol technique isn't all the great, but I want to make it better as I improve my double stops. I get annoyed by how often I work the high g string and increment/decrement my way onto the E string.

Here is today's video:

http://youtu.be/LamYufFdRyU

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Complete lifetime technical aspirations are all previewed in this short video. Do you have any pointers after viewing my newest video @Fiddlerman ? How can I create a fusion of classic-rock/Irish/blues? 

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I've managed to cut all the excess dilly-dally from my recordings to bring you all a more efficient interpretation of my progress. Sorry for all of the deleted videos in this thread...

here is two and three 

http://youtu.be/FXPz6ndcZ6E

http://youtu.be/VbRQVrqTB7I

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Jacques my tip is that you keep doing what you enjoy, listen to your own recordings to see what in your mind, works and what does not. Keep playing the stuff that is appealing and try to eliminate the stuff that doesn't quite work. It's always a work in progress. Noone gets it right every single time no matter how good they are at improvising.
Sometimes we try to make things more complicated than they need to be. Sometimes I listen to great players just sit on one note in such a way that it makes sense and progress over to another at just the right time with just the right dynamics or expression and that by itself can trigger a reaction.
Show yourself and eventually others what is special about a violin and music.
Above all, keep loving the fiddle. :)

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