Hey, I just posted this song on my channel. Any advice y'all have is always appreciated. Hope you enjoy
Great style, great smile, great expressions, great piece and performance.
Little tension in your neck and slight intonation problems which I am sure that you are aware of.
I think the tension is coming from holding the violin with your chin with a downward force by your head. Have you ever tried using your jaw-bone?
Don't get me wrong, if you prefer playing this way and it causes you absolutely no trouble, it is fine. I am just afraid of what the future will bring. It's hard to correct once you've gotten the neck and back issues. I've had to work with many professional violinist for this very same reason.
If you must hold the violin this way, try as an experiment not holding the violin so tightly.
I loved it though, thanks so much for the post.
Thank you guys so much!! I'm really glad you like it!
Fiddlerman- my neck does get tense sometimes, and I've been becoming more and more aware of that recently because I've been playing a lot more. I've tried different positions and stuff… but nothing else seems to be comfortable. I might try getting some extra padding to go between the chin rest and me. Do you think that would help?
Yes Jake. A pad might just make it more comfortable and possible give you the feeling that you need to squeeze more.
I suggest you try two things. One would be a center mounted rest. If you get one from fiddlershop and don't like it, we will gladly refund you upon a return of the chin-rest.
Secondly try to get used to holding the violin at a little more of an angle to your left, will require a few days of practice to get used to, using your jaw-bone.
As far as padding goes, the most comfortable padding I've ever tried is the gel-rest which we will be listing soon on FiddlerShop. We'll be selling them at around $16.95 which I believe to be a MAP price.
All I can say is wow, really really nice thanks for sharing!! This is exactly the kind of style I eventually want to be able to play (quite a ways down the road lol). I'm actually having the same issue (though my playing is much slower haha) with my neck when I'm done practicing… May have to look into a new chin rest here as well since my shoulder rest is all the way up at it's max.
You might just need to adjust your shoulder rest. That will lift the chin rest somewhat. I had to go to an off center chin rest on my violin. You too might need to epxeriment with different rests Chris.
Jake do work on that neck issue. I love listening to your play and hate to see you suffer some long term effects from whatever the problem is.
Thats something right there! You slayed that dragon – to use appropriate medievel metaphore for a tune called wizards walk. That was awesome, I have to watch it several more times just to watch the left hand and then again just to watch the bow, I cant focus on both that fast. Wow!
as far as tension and such have you ( you probably have) checked out http://www.alexandertechnique……violinist/
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