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