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Considering you've only had the viola for a week and you're already that good.... IM SOOOOO AMAZED/IMPRESSED!!!! only two major areas of improvement that you should consider IMO ... 1) keep your bow timing and fingering timing more similar so that you dont get accidental extra notes 2) if you can try and keep the bow balanced without locking your pinky. GREAT JOB HC!!!
Twinkle Twinkle little star and that looks like "HeadCheese". Last Wednesday, I was discussing about Viola with my teacher who is a Viola player also and he was all praise for the sweet sound of it. Now as Barry said I am also interested in Viola. Keep flooding us with more Videos on viola. Good luck!
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)
Wow! Thanks for all the kinds words and helpful suggestions!
I got this viola this past Tuesday afternoon, so about 4-5 days. Before that, I got some instruction from my son on his little 14" viola, but it was mostly finger position and reading Alto/Viola Clef.
I don't want to mislead any of you, though. That section I posted was cherry-picked from multiple takes because it was the best of the lot and not necessarily representative of what I sound like every time I've picked up the viola in the last few days.
Maybe I should post all the outtakes to "lower the bar" back down a bit.
In any case, about the little finger: My son told me his teacher wants his little finger touching the adjusting knob for the frog. When I REEEEEEAAAACH to get my finger there, it's quite stretched out, and therefore ram-rod straight. Is it OK to moved back a little closer to the other fingers, so I can get a little bit of curve to the finger?
Why don't you recheck that url.
That's all sorts of awesome.
I think some beer just came out my nose... LOL
So does this mean you'll be getting a viola, too then?
I've been playing with "O Little Town of Bethlehem" tonight and would love to see a companion video. There are a few too many string changes for my current comfort level, and my bow keeps drifting too close to the fingerboard, but I can manage to make a few of the passages recognizable.
Don't worry HC, I won't really be the Violaman and compete with you. I don't have the right IQ.
LOL – I'll never be "Violaman." Not like you are Fiddlerman. I'll settle for "Doesn't-suck-too-much-at-viola-man" or "Meh...man."
I just need to be sure I back off the more ambitious stuff enough to "pay my dues" with all the basics. I don't want to get too ahead of myself with the fun stuff and set myself up with bad habits that will impede my abilities later. I need to find and print out all the scales you posted and drill them into my fingerboard.
I didn't practice until my fingers were sore tonight. I practiced until my shoulder was sore. Does that usually happen?
Scales (those I could make sound nominally correct) from FM's viola scales sheet I printed out, followed by many attempts at "O Little Town of Bethlehem" until I couldn't hardly stand it, anymore. I'll admit, 4th finger is still elusive, so I've been cheating with a open string change when I can. I think I made some progress, but my A string sounds like a larangytic cat when my bow wanders too close to the fingerboard - which is often. I'm usually so focused on what my fingers are doing, I forget what my bow is doing. It's actually easier when I just close my eyes and listen, but then I miss my string changes. LOL
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