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JuanFiddler
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January 6, 2012 - 9:28 pm
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Hi folks, here I post a video trying to play this tune, I've already noticed some mistakes but I think it is always more valuable to have a second opinion.

Your comments and suggestions will be deeply appreciated 🙂

I am still on my third lesson since I will be going back to classes on the 19th so here I am doing a "self guided" extra work.

Oh, one thing … during the melody I play some slurs because I think it sounds more smoothly and towards the end of the melody I go for slower and longer strokes.

 

Mistakes identified:

1) fingers up high

2) eyes constantly on fingerboard

3) pressure and elbow position.

 

Feel free to give tips thumbs-up

Best regards,

 

Juanviolin-student

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Fiddlerman
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January 7, 2012 - 12:10 am
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Some great things happening here for the third lesson. You learn fast.
Yes, you can hear that it is a little high from time to time but not that much.
Keep it in mind especially in the beginning so as not to get into bad habits.

What I would suggest that you work on is drawing the bow straighter. To do that you need to train yourself right from the start to use more elbow and less upper arm/shoulder movement.
When the bow goes crooked it will automatically slide up and down the string, towards and away from the bridge.
This takes away from quality sound and makes it difficult to control your dynamics and pressure.
Use a mirror when working on developing straight bow strokes.

Thanks for the post Juan.
Keep up the great work.

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Fiddlerman said

Some great things happening here for the third lesson. You learn fast.
Yes, you can hear that it is a little high from time to time but not that much.
Keep it in mind especially in the beginning so as not to get into bad habits.

What I would suggest that you work on is drawing the bow straighter. To do that you need to train yourself right from the start to use more elbow and less upper arm/shoulder movement.
When the bow goes crooked it will automatically slide up and down the string, towards and away from the bridge.
This takes away from quality sound and makes it difficult to control your dynamics and pressure.
Use a mirror when working on developing straight bow strokes.

Thanks for the post Juan.
Keep up the great work.

 

Thanks a lot Pierre, it means quite a lot to hear such great things.

To be honest, I was a bit embarrassed about making this video yet I had to do it in order to take a step forward.

On the other hand, I seem to do better when looking in the mirror but when I am away from it, the bow goes a bit crooked.

What I will try to do is to use a wall instead of a mirror. I will lean my upper arm and shoulder on the wall, leaving the elbow free. Then, I will make sure whether or not I am using my elbow and now my upper arm. After a while of course I will go back to the mirror. How's that sound?

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I watched your video and saw exactly what FM saw.  I make that same mistake with using my shoulder too much to draw the bow.  Once you start doing something wrong it's harder to change.  Keep up the good work.

 

I have heard of people using the wall. let us know how it works for you.

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Fact is that when I was taking lessons I finally made a sling which restricted my upper arm movement and the teacher was happy.  Sometimes I want to use the upper arm but I'm immediately aware that something (dynamics) is wrong.

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Yep! Good work! thumbs-up

I like your stright left hand!

Right hand: all that FiddlerMan said + stright pinky. Try to curve your right pinky! Look at your video and You'll notice that it's collapsed. Later when You'll play fast notes it will baffle.

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Fiddlerman
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January 7, 2012 - 5:22 pm
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Great idea with the wall. At least at first then move away and try to remember the feeling.

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