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Jols' Progress Videos
My progress on my violin journey. I aim to improve....so constructive criticism is most welcome!
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Jols
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Hello! Setting up this thread so I could share my progress with everyone.  I've been playing the violin for about 7 weeks now - still have so much to learn - so I could use a lot of pointers from you all 🙂

For my first progress video, I picked one of me playing "Happy Birthday".  I learned this piece so I could send it to my mom on her birthday. She lives on the other side of the world, so I couldn't be with her on her special day and I thought it would be nice to play this song for her.

The video is in two parts - part one was taken on my 2nd week of violin lessons, when I first started practicing the song; part two is the video that I sent her (I just cut the greeting out lol). 

I sent her the video last Monday, and as soon as she finished watching she called me on Skype. She was crying! That was the first time she ever saw/heard me play.

Here you go:

 

-Jols

My neighbors probably want to strangle me for all the noise I've been making.  But hey, "no pain, no gain" right? Except, they feel the pain and I get the gain (I'm really sorry, neighbors :-S)

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Great job, Jols! Look forward to hearing more 🙂 

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You're doing great! You look much more comfortable with your left hand in the second video. Big progress! 

Keep up the good work 🙂

 
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Fiddlerman
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February 23, 2016 - 8:01 pm
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Thanks for posting your progress and the story about your mom as well.
I like that you indicated in the video that you noticed that that note was too flat. Being able to recognize our faults is the best way to progress. 🙂
Keep recording and analyzing your playing and you'll improve quicker.
Great start and great progress for so little time.
You get a video badge!!!

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Nice job, Jols: Keep up the great work. You've picked a tough instrument to play, but do not give it up.

 

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Jols,

Welcome to the forum you did very well I'm sure your mom was surprised and very very happy with that.

 

Mark

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This is very nice.  Good Job.

I got a little misty-eyed watching after reading about your mom.  What a wonderful daughter you are!!!

I enjoyed your story and your music.  Keep up the lovely work.

 

Toni

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Jols
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Yipee, I have a badge now! cheerleader

Thanks, y'all for your comments! Hearing good things from fellow fiddlers warms my heart and motivates me even more! (But I do welcome constructive criticism with open arms, LOL)

Last month, I had my very first recital at the school where I am taking my lessons.  That also marked my completion of the Primer Level for Violin. Looking back, I am so happy I finally made the move to learn to play.  Barely 6 months ago, looking at music sheets intimidated me so much. I would literally look away, lol. 

Now, I just love looking at them and trying to play them! And it feels so awesome. Even making mistakes...because I think it means I am starting to understand music enough to know that. 

Anyhoo, here's a video from my recital 🙂 Not much, but I hope you enjoy!

My neighbors probably want to strangle me for all the noise I've been making.  But hey, "no pain, no gain" right? Except, they feel the pain and I get the gain (I'm really sorry, neighbors :-S)

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Good work!  Congratulations on the badge!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

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Great job!

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Excellent! Congrats on your first recital and overall progress!

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Very nicely done. 

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Great job 🙂 

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