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damfino
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Since I seem to make a lot of videos, I decided to make a thread to keep them in one place and hopefully one day get to look back at my progress.

I got my sweet little violin in the mail July 24, and have made videos here and there since then. Here are the videos I've already posted, the one I made today is at the bottom:

 

17 days:

20 days:

 

and here is the one I made today, for day 24 (I ditched the iPhone for today, and did a proper set up). I hit more than one flat note, but I'm working on that fingering. And I did screw up in one or two places... but I had to turn off my window unit air conditioner to make the video, and I was getting too hot to try again, lol. 

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Hi damfino,

You accomplished a lot in less than a month! You're sounding good and I really like your pinky working in the last video. That takes time to get used to and you are already doing it.  Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing your journey with us 🙂 

 
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Fiddlerman
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Great job damfino,

I love following your progress. Much straighter bowing this time. 🙂
I love your magic trick in the middle too when you disappeared then reappeared 🙂
Keep them coming. Bravo!

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Thanks 🙂

lol, I wanted to put a fade out/fade in transition, but couldn't find that option in the video program, I'm sure it's there, but oh well, a still of the background  took  its place, lol.

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Which video program are you using?

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iMovie... I don't take many videos with my camera, so I pretty much have no clue how to use that program.

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Good going!! clap

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Thanks 🙂 

Im currently trying not to over stress my pinkie finger while I learn to use it. 

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Congratulations.. most excellent job.

I am so happy to see that Pinky work.  I have overstressed mine recently because I was a slacker for 3 years.  

GREAT job 24 days... WOOOOOO HOOOOO

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Thanks 🙂 I've been practicing Ode to Joy last night and tonight, and it's loosening up my pinky a little bit. It wasn't feeling so awkward.

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I'm still practicing Ode to Joy, and it feels easier to use my pinky today, though this sure makes my fingers feel short and stubby. 

I want to get a nicer curve to my finger, make it not feel or look so forced, but I'm not sure I'll be able to, that spot feels hard to reach, lol.

I think I should be ready to do a video of it by Monday after my class. I mess up a couple notes, but I think I've got it down. I just want using my pinky to feel more natural.

I played the notes on the string so that my fingers were in the position they are when I'm playing for the picture.

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Pinky is a tough one for a lot of people, as far as I've found out. Don't worry you'll get there! It's oly been less than a month for you.wink

I like that picture! Monochrome gives it a nice touch.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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My teacher said after 20+ years of playing, she's still working on her pinky, lol. She has to keep another finger next to it for 4th finger vibrato because it locks up on her.

And thanks 🙂 Photography is my other expensive hobby, lol.

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I guess that's where men might have an advantage. Their hands are bigger and it's easier to reach for them (not fair, right)

At least these days you don't have to buy film anymore for taking pictures.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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That is our only advantage. 😉

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Yeah, not having to buy film helps. The initial purchase hurts quite a bit, but after that you're done, unless you keep buying pretty pretty lenses and upgrading camera bodies... which I did for several years, lol. But I haven't made a camera related purchase in a few years, and don't let myself browse the new camera bodies, or I'd be tempted to break the bank to upgrade again, lol. 

 
Now I find myself browsing and researching violins like I used to camera bodies, lol.
 

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All them videos, Mandy, I think you deserve a video badge.

You're doing a great job. The pinky will come.

Ken.

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Day 24.  Nice job keeping that elbow back.  Much straighter bow angle.  Look at the elbow and bow angle on Day 20 for comparison. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Mandy,

 

Very good playing,

 

Mark

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Uzi said
Day 24.  Nice job keeping that elbow back.  Much straighter bow angle.  Look at the elbow and bow angle on Day 20 for comparison. 

I second this. 🙂

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All them videos, Mandy, I think you deserve a video badge.

You're doing a great job. The pinky will come.

Ken.

She most certainly does. Thanks for the help.

I need help keeping track of the badges. If anyone has a badge of any kind coming, please point that out to me as there is no system installed that automatically notifies me or inserts the badges.

 

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