I have been incredibly busy with school and work and haven't been able to spend much time in the forum. In fact, I haven't been able to practice as much as I would like either. But anyways, here are two simple songs I recorded today. Enjoy and any thoughts or tips will be very much appreciated.
The first song I play sounds horrible to me when i listen to the recording. I don't remember it sounding so out of tune when I played it. I think I get caught up trying to concentrate on so many other things that my intonation gets tossed to the side.
Thank you. No the pinky business is not really intentional, it is just how my hand naturally wants to hold the bow, and I don't fight it. Do you think it will be a problem further down the road?
Sounded good, Lyle…… your pinky not touching the bow isn't too much of a problem when you play slow song's now, but when you speed your tempo in the future, you may run into some problem's as not being able to control the weight of the bow. Your pinky works kinda like a heavy weight on one end of a "teeter totter",, it counter balances the weight of the bow over the string's… Maybe i'm not explaining it right.
One more thing,,, you need more flex in your right wrist. It look's as if your forearm and wrist are one piece, very stiff looking.
Other than those two simple fixe's,, sounded great.
The one thing that impresses me with your recording is your natural talent to produce smooth connected notes and bow changes despite the pinky. The pinky simply allows you to relieve pressure from the weight of the bow. Another thing that you seem to do either intentionally or naturally is that you are phrasing and we can here that you are really feeling the music.
About the intonation:
Begin by tuning your instrument so that it is spot on. Your open A was too high.
I don't want to point out ever note that is off but let's start with the C#. Get that second finger up higher and put your third finger tight up against it for the D natural.
Before playing "Lightly Row" play an exercise of five notes all on the A string in A major.
Open A, B, C#, D and fourth finger E back and fourth working on finger placement.
Once you feel like you've cleaned up that 5 note A major scale, play the lightly row and you'll see the difference.
I really enjoyed you post. Thanks
Thank you Fiddlestix,
I have noticed that about my wrist before. I keep trying to work on it, but it is a slow go.
Thanks Fiddlerman for the generous compliment. It is greatly appreciated.
Right now I have been using a tuning app on my iPhone to help tune the instrument, but I have begun to question its accuracy lately. I will work on the A major scale as you say and post another video when I (hopefully) improve a little.
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