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Today's practice: Amazing Grace
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KindaScratchy
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I hadn't recorded a video in a while, so I figured that while had the camera set-up for the video that posted on another thread, I'd do a new song to check my progress.

I think my tone is getting a little better but I'm still getting some bouncing, which is driving me nuts. It's not apparent in this particular take, but it's mostly on my down stroke, about mid-bow. Any and all recommendations are welcome.

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Nice Amazing Grace.   I can book you into the 10:00 service if you like ?

Seriously, your intonation is pretty well under control as is your bow (believe it or not smile)

I do not know about the bounce but I will tell you something I read which is lingering  in the back of my mind ...... the report was that holding the bow too tight AND/OR having the hair too loose can be factors in bouncing bows.

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slow smooth bowing is actually much harder to master than say sawing a shuffle on a fiddle tune. Give my practice a try for a few days and see if it dosent help with your bow control and bounce .

Heres what I do almost daily and its really helped !! set your metronome at 70 BPM, then go through the G major two octave scale, each note gets four beats using the whole bow stroke.

After a couple days slow it down even more, I do 50 BPM, work on smooth tone,even speed through the bow stroke

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KindaScratchy
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Thanks, Barry. I'll give that a try. It's similar to something my teacher recommended, in fact, which I'm working on.

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KindaScratchy said
Thanks, Barry. I'll give that a try. It's similar to something my teacher recommended, in fact, which I'm working on.

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I noticed improvement within a couple days of doing this, I hope it helps you as well

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How very nice, Diane..... sounded wonderfull....clap

Don't you play cello, also, or am I thinking of another member?

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Yeah, that really was so nice Diane,,,, great pitch, and I didn't see any bow bounce.  I hope the "Artistic Director" includes this song for January; I've been working on it too.

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Sounded good! very clear and great intonation :)  violin-1267

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The only comment I have is it's a wonderful playing.  Try to watch your timing, the 16th notes are too long.

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Sounding good!

When my bow starts bouncing, it almost always seems to end up being that my right hand is tensing up or I've started bending my bow thumb backwards again.

  

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GREAT job Diane!!!

Besides the timing (helps if you sing the piece in your head while you play) I would like to hear you play dynamics. Phrase, as if you were telling a story.
I want to show you what I mean sometime. Add fiddlerman to your skype contacts if you use Skype and I'll show you. Don't worry, "no charge" for this.

Thanks for the post.

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Hi Diane,

That sounds good to me. clap

I've been working on Amazing Grace as well but I don't sound as good as you do. When I play it , I can't figure out what song it is never mind anyone else that might hear. dunno

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Post a video FiFi,

Like it Diane, have you tried it with FM in the background or any other YouTube vid?

(I'm tryin the one with double stops, epic Fail! Lol)

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KindaScratchy
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Fiddlerman said

GREAT job Diane!!!
Besides the timing (helps if you sing the piece in your head while you play) I would like to hear you play dynamics. Phrase, as if you were telling a story.
I want to show you what I mean sometime. Add fiddlerman to your skype contacts if you use Skype and I'll show you. Don't worry, "no charge" for this.
Thanks for the post.

Thanks Pierre! I'd be crazy not to take you up on that. I've already sent you a contact request on Skype. Just let me know a convenient time for you.

And thanks for all the great feedback everyone. As usual, you have me some good things to try.

BTW, it's not surprising that several of you mentioned my timing problems. My teacher is always on me about that, in addition to my now stroke length. facepalm

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since I havent posted a new vid in a long time I wont critique. I did think you did a great job. Now try smiling when you play, why? because subconsciously when you are tensed up you cannot smile. Also, when you smile you are automatically more relaxed. Forget makeup...a smile makes anyone better looking. oh, great job. imo.1st-place

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oh lord....I was not commenting on your looks by the way before any trouble starts, please dont take it that way. :)

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No offense taken, Rob! You are absolutely right...I was thinking the same thing....I look way too serious when I play....mad, even. Ok, so maybe I'm mad that I can't play better, but generally I'm usually happy when I'm playing, but you'd never know it from my videos. I told my husband that he has to do something funny off camera when I record my Ghostbusters video so that I'll crack a smile. :)

Good point about tricking yourself into feeling relaxed by smiling. I'm gonna work on that!

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

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No offense taken, Rob! You are absolutely right…I was thinking the same thing….I look way too serious when I play….mad, even.

 

Ahhh, I have the same issue! It takes a lot of concentration to focus, and unfortunately as violinists our faces are so close to the instrument that whatever expressions we hold become part of the performance. 

 

But anyway. Nice job, Diane. I would also like to see more phrasing in your playing. :-)

 

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ALL great violinists are supposed to look mad owing to the anguish of their demanding performance requirements.   Grrrrrrrrrrr !

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Just lovely darling!!!! Thank you for sharing so much to learn.
Excellent job !

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