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Ok here is a short one did it in one take in iMovie just so I and you can see my flaws. Be honest 😉 I can take the bad with the good... I'll upload another song later today. P.S. had to save it to Youtube first because I was getting server errors trying to upload as a .mov (quicktime) from iMovie.

 

http://www.youtube.com/v/swV6B6nVQpQ

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I thought the bow is a bit tight. On this bow when I just tried to loosen it a little bit the some of the strings are wobbly. I have a few bows from Cecilio.

I'll still post a guitar backing track for Ode To Joy (simple version) I'm still having some wrist issues so I havn't picked the up much this last week or so. I do have it written and see how I feel later today about playing guitar.

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Wow MGN,

That is great progress. I really liked it.

How long have you played now? Following your progress will be fun.

I could hear when you got to the open G string that it was slightly too low.

Obviously playing a new instrument has you concentrating on enough details that you are not really focused on the rhythm. Maybe play it again thinking about rhythm and phrasing instead of violin technique to see how it flows.

At around 10 seconds in the video that sound is caused by slightly too little bow pressure or move the bow further away from the bridge. Both will correct.

Did you find the sheet music or did you figure it out yourself? My guess is that you own a few fake books.

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Thank's for the comments Fiddlerman. I noticed the G was a little low half way through that short piece and was ready to stop but wanted to upload right away to test out iMovie as I have never used that program before. 

I found the sheet music to that song online somewhere last night. I can't remember where? I had a few friends over last night when I found it and we were tipping a few back as you can see in my hung over un-kept look in the video 😉

I've been playing for 2 months and 3 weeks now.

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Sh@t..Thank's for the heads up Barry... I already pulled 2 of the strings off the bow. Now I know...

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Very nice! Thanks for sharing. One of these days I'll get around to sharing too. 

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yay heart for MGN! I love your choice of music! ta~lala~la scarrrboroughfair~ heart

 

how do you link a video like you did, HTML?? MGN, can you show me the tag you used?

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Thanks Sara and don't be shy, we're all here to help each other. The sooner the better to upload your playing so you don't get caught up correcting bad habits down the road.

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Hi naosunflower and welcome to the Fiddlerman forum. I saw your video too and I wouldn't worry about your posture it was perfect to me. Would like to see your head though 😉 And I think we both need to add a little more bow pressure and think about the songs a bit more as long as we stay focused on technique in the back ground and practice, practice practice…

I first tried uploading by saving an iMovie to .mov (Quicktime video) file for upload here and kept getting errors. So I said the heck with it then uploaded to Youtube. Fiddlerman made a post a couple weeks ago about the best way to put Youtube videos on this site.

A Youtube video will have a URL like: youtube.com/watch?v=DHFQJWR so just change the URL like this: youtube.com/v/DHFQJWR and it works great.

That URL was just a sample I made up so once I post this comment hope it doesn't turn out to be a real Youtube link 😉

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Very nice, MGN.  One thing I noticed is that you have not moved your fingers away from the strings.  That is good.  I am trying to do that with little success.  Hope to achieve it sooner.  Now you can have another id MYVIOLINNOW.clap

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suresh said:

Very nice, MGN.  One thing I noticed is that you have not moved your fingers away from the strings.  That is good.  I am trying to do that with little success.  Hope to achieve it sooner.  Now you can have another id MYVIOLINNOW.clap

Very true. Lot's of things about your position, holding the instrument and bow, angle of the fingers are great. I was surprised. All that was accomplished under 3 months. Also a great example to show users that they can start learning to play violin in their adult life if they like. I don't know how many emails and posts I've seen with that question. Am I too old to learn?

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Thanks for posting that MGN ... 2 months playing, and that's the progress you've made!  It will be an inspiration for other newbies to know it's been that fast for you.  And it's a good way of tracking your own progress, the next video will be an improvement, and the next and so on.

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Robyn I was waiting for your comment... I was thinking of you! We sorta look the same on our facial expressions 😉

Yeah, I have only been playing violin for almost three months now but I do play a lot of guitar, sax and piano...So my hands can handle it. Have to say violin is one hard instrument to learn.

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Thanks for waiting for me ... but I beg to differ ... I don't think at any time I've got my tongue out.  (Ok, I'll go back and check.)    tongue

I have no comments to make because I can't see anything wrong with your style, specifically at the stage you're now at.  I agree the music doesn't flow all that well, but there are so many things to concentrate on that some of them will be forgotten.  I'm working very hard on relaxing my hand on the bow, but I still can't relax my left thumb, it just crushes the violin neck like a vice.  violin-student

So here's to US ... the fun bunch, and may the FUN continue !!!

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Right on..I saw my tongue stick out a little 😉 I look dumb, Let's keep on rocking...

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Great job! Thanks for sharing!

I'm practising this piece as well, and I'll hopefully upload something when I get a result that I'm happy with. Right now my version should be called Squeakborough Fair.

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Cab, do you have the sheet music to Scarborough Fair? I'd like to get a copy. it was a short version so I just memorized it and can't remember where I found it online.

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How about this version? Lots of great free tunes on that site...

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Thank's Cat that will work. I'm working on a spanish violin song on that site right now. I'm transposing the piano parts to classical guitar today to play along with the violin.

Didn't even think of searching for Scarborough Fair. I've only visited 8notes a couple times but lots of music their. It's funny you posted that at the same time that I'm on that site.

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Fiddlerman said:

suresh said:

Very nice, MGN.  One thing I noticed is that you have not moved your fingers away from the strings.  That is good.  I am trying to do that with little success.  Hope to achieve it sooner.  Now you can have another id MYVIOLINNOW.clap

Very true. Lot's of things about your position, holding the instrument and bow, angle of the fingers are great. I was surprised. All that was accomplished under 3 months. Also a great example to show users that they can start learning to play violin in their adult life if they like. I don't know how many emails and posts I've seen with that question. Am I too old to learn?

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