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Today's practice: The Riddle Song
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KindaScratchy
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April 25, 2012 - 9:06 pm
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A short, simple tune, which was good for practice. We used to sing this in school when I was a kid. I had to play it over and over because I was having a hard time the the D on the A string. Couldn't figure out what was going on there. Don't worry, though, this video is just one time through...the time with the fewest mistakes.

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

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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April 25, 2012 - 9:32 pm
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Great job.
Thanks for the post!

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but the one who needs the least."

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KS looks like your practice went very well!exactly

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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Bravo, thank you for that video, you are doing great.

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devil-violin bravo 😉

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I remember my councelor singing that song by the bon fire at YMCA camp in 1953, and singing and hearing it many time's afterward's, but never knew it's name.

I guess the old saying is correct, "you're never too old to learn", and I learned something new this morning. dancing

Thanks, KS.

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Wow, KS.   You are an inspiration! thumbs-up

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Here's a pretty cool version of The Riddle Song:

http://www.youtube.com/v/8kyrWRjP9Jc

And yeah, I have to post it here...When I hear that song I can't help but think of this (nothing personal scratchy, you're doing great):

http://www.youtube.com/v/1eh2KPGBHMM

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Duo = pure genius.

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Yep Oliver, I'm so happy that you caught that post.

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myguitarnow said
Here's a pretty cool version of The Riddle Song:

http://www.youtube.com/v/8kyrWRjP9Jc

And yeah, I have to post it here...When I hear that song I can't help but think of this (nothing personal scratchy, you're doing great):

http://www.youtube.com/v/1eh2KPGBHMM

No offense taken; I certain didn't post it as the best rendition of The Riddle Song ever. (Not sure why I posted it, actually.) Thanks for the links. Got a chuckle from the first one and enjoyed the harmonies.

Re: the second one...if Bluto had come along when I was practicing, the result would have been the same, I'm sure.

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Fiddlerman
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ROFL, Belushi

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but the one who needs the least."

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Very good!

Only one question i have: Do You feel comfortable holding your head at this angle? I'm asking because when i started to play, i had a similar angle and got a big problem with neck pain... How come that You feel comfortable with it, KS?

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Mad_Wed said
Very good!

Only one question i have: Do You feel comfortable holding your head at this angle? I'm asking because when i started to play, i had a similar angle and got a big problem with neck pain... How come that You feel comfortable with it, KS?

Good observation, Mad! I do tend to tilt my head too much and this video shows it. My teacher has been trying to get me to be more upright and I'm working on it (not successfully, apparently).

I start straight -- or straighten up while playing -- then I unconsiously tilt again.

One thing I notice is that when I play more upright, my shoulder rest is not in good contact with my shoulder. I think that's why I tend to hunch down...to keep a grip on the violin. Maybe I need a higher one, or to modify the one I have.

Thanks for pointing that out. It motivates my to work harder on my posture. And, yes, the tilt does cause me some neck pain.

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If you have a Kun shoulder rest you can twist the feet to make it higher/lower, if not maybe your is ajustable also? FM says you usually just put your chin on it and it should fill the space between chin and shoulder so you donT' have to press down on anythign to hold the violin.

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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I also am working on a good comfortable hold and have tried numerous chin rests and shoulder rests.

My latest, though not perfect, is a Teka chin rest and a KUN shoulder rest, but I ordered a special longer front leg for the KUN which lifts it up a little more from the chest.  A Wolf Forte Secundo is comfortable to start, but keeps sliding down. It seems to be just a process of trial and error. Wish there was a local specialist I could see.

Hope you find a solution soon!

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For what it is worth.  Even if you have this shoulder rest already it is informative to watch this man work.   I think he really knows the subject.

http://magicposture.com/

 

http://magicposture.com/instru.....TURE2.html

(how to bend)

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Those are really good videos, Oliver. The man demonstrates very well. I was surprised that the girl in the case study was using the same shoulder rest (Wolfe Forte Secundo) in a homemade redesigned fashion, and he fixed it to her needs without the extra stuff she had taped to it.  I had bent it somewhat, but I think the trick is to conform it exactly to the body, as he pointed out.  I'm going to work on it. Thanks so much! crossedfingerssmile

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This bendy thing worked great on my rest. Since then, no more backache!!

I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Neat!

With my luck I gave up using a shoulder rest just after I first found the video but I think the guy is showing the right thing for those who prefer a SR.

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