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SirRyu's Progress!
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Well, I should have used my first post in this particular forum as my progress topic, but instead called it, "Video Coming soon!" (http://fiddlerman.com/forum/sh.....ming-soon/) So, I have created this new topic to keep track of future progress.

With that being said, I recorded myself today, using my phone. I have not been practicing as much as I would like, because of work, family, and being a little sick for the past few days. The first video, am not using the mute, on the second I put on the mute. I play the same tunes in both, with an exception of Lightly Row in the second.

After watching both videos, I can already see that my posture improved in the second one, but because I caught myself not bowing straight in the first. Also, I noticed am lifting my left fingers a little too much. I feel like I should be using more bow also. Anyhow, let me know what you think:

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You are going to be a real entertainer SirRyu. Look forward to the future posts. Work on getting some flexibility on your right hand fingers and try to curl the pinky a little more.

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Thanks for the feedback FM! I will work on the right hand and bow hold. I really need to practice more in front of the mirror. I guess, I also need to curl my right thumb, and keep the circle with the middle finger.

LOL, my baby was definitely singing along in the first video, and her swing serves as my metronome, LOL.

Thanks again!

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Oh your good! just use your elbow rather than your arm to have a perfectly straight bowing. And try to slur 😀

Naaaa I can't imagine myself if I can use my pinky on my very first month haha, actually you have a very good pinky x) .

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Good tone, good form, keep up the good work!  thumbs-up

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Your improving. I think you forgot to tighten your bow. 

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Fantastic Sirry..

Great progress. Inspiring. Those are my four songs also.....you have passed me up.

Yay for you!

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Everyone, thanks for the feedback!

@rotex, what do you mean by slur??? 😛

@LB thanks, I'll keep on improving my form, as Rotex suggested, I have to work on using the elbow more, instead of the shoulder.

@DragonLady, the bow is tight...well maybe not as tight as it needs to be, the thing is that these are not very good bows. If I tighten the bow too much, it starts bouncing, so if I loose the hair a little, it helps stop the bounciness 😛 Two of these came with my CVN-500, but am saving up to buy one of FM's carbon fiber bows 🙂

@CPO Thanks! I am still working on those four, trying to perfect them, as you could tell Over the Rainbow is the toughest one, specially the second part of going from F# to A, and G to A alternatively. I have started learning the Star-Spangled Banner, that one is not too bad. NOW I JUST NEED TO PRODUCE A LITTLE VIBRATO, and I will be a happy man 🙂

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A slur is what connects notes in one bow direction. If you change the note with your left hand and continue with a down bow or up bow you are slurring. You can slur 2 or more notes, probably up to 64 in one direction. I'll have to test it later.

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Very interesting, I have been wondering, and haven't really tried to "slur;" I'll try this with Ode to Joy. I'll take a look at the music sheet also, I assume there is some sort of notation that will tell me when to slur? maybe I missed that, I have just been going by the bow up or down symbols.

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Here is another video, showing off the eBay violin. I also have been practicing "slurring" but it has proved challenging...but always fun! And sorry about these being the same tunes, I am actually working on the Spangled Banner, and still don't know it by memory. As always, let me know what you guys think, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Super nice violin.... good job, keep it up.violin-student

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Very nice tone on that one.  For what it's worth, I'd say it sounds as good as it looks.

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omg... You are really just getting good.  I like the sound of the violin...good job and thanks  for showing.  I need to get my happy little bluebirds flying too!!

 

Fiddle on.

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Thanks! And again sorry for the screeching at the end of Over the Rainbow, that was painful, good thing my daughter was not in the room, if not her little ears could have bled...

One big difference I forgot to mention between this new violin and the Cecilio is the action, or string height, this one has the strings a little lower, making it more comfortable on the fingers, but I think the strings are light tension, whereas the Cecilio has medium tension, so that also helps. I will of course be upgrading the strings on both soon. Now I just need a good bow, that second bow the came with the Cecilio is definitely a little crooked.

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I think it has a lovely tone.  You got your money's worth for sure!

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WOW Moris...

Make that 2 votes for "Sounds as good as it looks."

Hey... just for fun, while I watched your video I put my sound analyzer next to the speakers and low & behold... most of the notes had incredibly flat peaks across all the frequencies! That thing must really sound awesome in person. 

Of course it was thru youtube and then thru my cheap laptop speakers but for the most part in my opinion, you got your moneys worth on that deal!thumbs-up

on the screeching sound at the end there, I couldn't tell if you got too close to the bridge or what, interesting it only did it on that high E string. When that happens to me, I add a little more rosin and warm up the strings and it makes it grab more evenly and not screech. Test my theory and see if that helps you too. I'm curious. 

Sometimes I get so frustrated! It sounds great after playing awhile (strings get warmed up from the friction I guess) but getting started makes me cringe.dazed 

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Some advice for playimg over the rainbow.  When you come to measure 9, hold down the F, your second finger and the just play the A forth finger keeping your second finger down.  Measure 10, hold down the G, your third finger and again play the A keeping your finger down on the G.  At measure 13 play as measure 9 and measure 14, move to second position. Put your first finger where your second finger goes. then play the G Sharp with your with your second finger and keeping it down play the B with your forth finger as you did for measures 9,10 and 13. I hope this makes sense and makes it easier to play for you. This way you are not crossing over strings on measure 12 and you don't have to worry about keeping your third finger off of the A string when you play the B.

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Sounds like it not only has a nice sound but that it is open and easy to play.

Congratulations.thumbs-up

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Sounds like you got a great deal on that violin. It sounds good. 

You have a great ear too. I would suggest slow down Over The Rainbow and listen to the song a bunch more to get the feel of the notes better.

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