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One month of playing vs. 6 months two videos
Here's me playing after one month of practice, and on the same violin today 6 months later
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Mt. Fiddler
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This is a starter violin that I put helicore strings on, it's so loud that I need the mute now.  They should call them "Hell" - icore, but they way I look at it, it forces me to focus down onto the intonation of each note.  Any tips/suggestions/criticisms?  I want to get a lot better, so let me have it!!  (Image is reverse/mirror image due to the camera)

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Fiddlerman
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January 1, 2013 - 1:58 pm
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Tips about your playing or about the strings?

Looks like you are having a blast. This is a good way to learn to play by ear, and to improve by matching intonation with the recording.
I like the spot where you sing and play the strumming part with staccato notes. smile

As far as having to be careful on every note and having to use a mute because it is too loud, I would suggest Pro-Arte. They are flexible enough that intonation is not as sensitive and warm enough not to need a mute.

Thanks for the post.

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Kevin M.
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I take it you are right handed and the video reverses your image. The writing on your shirt is backwards. Well done.

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Hi Mark, I'd say you're making good progress, and still having fun. Keep at it!

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Jake Mills
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It sounds like you're improvising, and that's super awesome. I was very impressed, also, by how you managed to sing a little while playing. I've tried that before and its hard! So cheers to you :)
You're sounding great for such a short time of plying. Keep it up!

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Mt. Fiddler
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Thanks Jake, that means a lot...

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Hey Mt. Fiddler great job! Keep up the singing, that'll be something that'll give you a leg up on a lot of fiddlers. Bruce Molsky is a master at this.

 

If you are looking for something more bluegrassy to add to your repetoire take a gander at the Nashville Bowing. At about :27 of your video you start to do some eigth note bowing, if you were to do some nashiville shuffling, you'd sound awesome! This video does a great job explaining it:

http://youtu.be/aj1jE7c-pAM

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WOW, Thank you for inspiring me to go with the flow!

You were really enjoying yourself, that's the key, awesome man!

Praise the Lord, keep at it and you'll keep jammin away into the moonlight, lol

Thanks for the post friend!

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Mark your playing is great!!!! I liked to see you play so freely.

Is it just me or you have a left handed fiddle? It sounds great!

Keep up the great work and enjoying the music.

 

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Hey Juan... nope it's a righty... the camera in my computer reverses the image.  I'm thinking about left handed playing because my left index finger was caught in a woodspitter about a year ago, and I can't bend it naturally.  (You can see a bit of it on the video).  So I'm just figuring I can work around it, but since I'm not going to play for Carnegie Hall anytime soon, I figure I'l keep with it even with the bad finger.

THanks for the review and post!

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Think of it as therapy for your finger

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Yay!

Love seeing your progress! Take a bow!

Good job!

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