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White Coral Bells
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KindaScratchy
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April 2, 2012 - 9:57 pm
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Me playing White Coral Bells (not very well):

 

 

Definitely open to constructive criticism.

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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What do you mean, "Not very well", that was exellent.

Good job

 

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Well done! thumbs-up

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Scratch, I'm not qualified to give criticism, but for the true beginner you are, in my mind, that was great.  Keep going! thumbs-up

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Very Well, Scratchy! violin_girl

Good sound! Like this confidence. Try to make the bow more parallel to the bridge and relax the right pinky. Bend it a little, let it feel some freedom.. =)

Very GOOD work! Keep it up! cheerleaderthumbs-up

 

BTW nice gun on the wall =) Does it work?

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Very nice, wish I could get my fingers to curl around like that.

Nice formthumbs-up

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KindaScratchy
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April 3, 2012 - 7:52 pm
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Thanks for all the great feedback and encouragement everyone! I know that I have to work on bow control. I just ordered a carbon fiber bow and am hoping that helps, but will continue to work on my technique.

 

BTW, putting tape on the neck has really helped with my finger placement, so I figure if I'm worrying less about intonation, I can focus more on bow technique. I'll take it off eventually.

 

Regarding the gun on the wall...my husband made it. It's some sort of period rifle or musket. I think that it could be fired, but I don't know if he ever has. It's really just a decoration that fits well with our colonial style house.

 

Thanks again for the positive feedback. You've motivated me to practice even harder.

violin-student

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Fiddlerman
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April 4, 2012 - 2:15 pm
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The one thing I can say right away is that you are not KindaScratchy 😉
Bravo.
Good sound production and tone.

You can improv it greatly by just learning to use more of your right elbow when bowing. Not so much of the upper arm. Sound is better when the bow travels straight across the strings. Use the mirror from time to time to check.

Also, try to get your right hand pinky curved instead of flattened out as it is now.

Thanks for the post. Look forward to more.

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April 4, 2012 - 8:37 pm
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Thanks so much for the feedback, Fiddlerman. I worked on your recommendations tonight. I think the sound was better at first, but deteriorated the more I focused on it...especially when I tried playing in a mirror. I just couldn't get the bow to stay straight no matter how hard I tried. 🙁 Of course, I was getting tired by that point.

Do you think hand strength has anything to do with it?

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Not really KS,

It's normal for it to be better at first and deteriorate as you continue. Remember that you are focusing on something that you have not been doing before. It'll get better with time. Only spend a little of your practicing session on the in front of the mirror thing just so that you have an idea of where your arm should be while using your elbow. Then you continue with other things. If you return to this every day for a month (For a short while) you will see a completely different bow arm when you record yourself. Rome was not built overnight as they say. smile

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I wish someone would tell my wife Rome wasn't built overnight.  Se always tells me if Rome could be built in a day why can't you remodel the bathroom overnight.

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LOL, she is smart. Are you going to do it?

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Actually I do have to fix up the bathroom. Water damage on the walls around the tub so Ill replace the sheetrock with concrete board and seal it up the right way.

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Very nice playing scratchy....

Think of your right shoulder like a clock just to get yourself in position for each string. Relax your right elbow and your wrist more.

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