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July 1, 2014 - 6:47 pm
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That is indeed a great list Barry. I do review it often.  I need personally to do a bit more on that list.

 I do keep the violin handy.  But sometimes we feel down... or frustrated.  Sometimes when we are down we just need our musician friends to understand.  The list is daunting and hard when we are at a melting point.

I had a great phone conversation with a fellow member here today about violin.  It motivated me  and when I get to ramble on to a fellow violinist, I get very excited to play and try new things out.  

Then a good bud (wink) sent me a link to Holistic violin today, it was VERY refreshing.  I liked what I saw. I am eager to find sometime tonight to check posture and try some of her stuff. 

All these nice things help me along my journey.  I hope that I can help others along the way also.



Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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July 2, 2014 - 1:02 am
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Glad you're feeling better about it, Barry. Keep it up cause you'll find no sympathy from me. 

We all suck at times.

  " The devil-violinWent Down to Georgia"                

Tuticorin, India
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July 2, 2014 - 2:17 am
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This was discussed in the chat box earlier in the day:
Ratvn:we got one of our long time member, Barry, in a bad mood as he was wondering if he should quit violin, lol, don't know how to lift up his spirit, other than giving him some beers


Ratvn:yeah, may have to post a reply to Barry ......

It happens to all and what Ferret said

"But what I think is most likely, Barry, is that as you've gotten better, you've also "raised the bar" on what you expect from your playing"

holds good for everybody else undergoing this phase.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)


July 2, 2014 - 9:06 am
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You are raising the bar, absolutely true.  You have improved and it is wonderful.  Too bad all of us can't look at these assessments as amazing steps, leaps forward!!

I think it is natural to raise the bar as we improve.  When I first started I couldn't even tell the difference between my son's cheap violin and mine.  Now that is craziness, pure craziness.  Mine has such a deep rich tone and I couldn't tell the difference?   

Now me I completely bombed at the jam last night!!  I missed last week and I paid for it!!  Even though I practice every day my first tune was a horrible screechy mess.  I tried to start 3 tunes and when they got back to me I completely went blank, totally - nothing in my head only the breeze going through my ears!!

I gave the man who plays mandolin my violin and said play it!!  He did like a mandolin and it sounded very cool not taking a full break but just adding notes in here and there.  I want to be that free in playing!!! 

One highlight to keep me going.  I was ready to leave early.  I cry at the drop of a hat and I kept saying to myself - oh please do not start crying!  Someone asked me if I knew Ashokan Farewell and I said well the first part and started playing it. He was pleasantly surprised.

Hang in there @Barry!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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July 2, 2014 - 9:46 am
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I'm really glad you posted the comparison video.
For me, this video is way more controlled and even.
You have gained much at a point that improvement requires more effort.
At times I hear ponticello which comes from playing too close to the bridge, (can be compensated with more pressure but not optimal when playing fast).
Slight intonation issues but they don't bother me as much as they probably bother you. Intonation is an issue for EVERYONE!!!!
I can't listen to a single video that I have recorded without being bothered by my intonation. I don't react as negatively to others intonation flaws. I hear them but can accept it to a degree and still enjoy the performance.
I for one can say that you should be proud of your progress but I understand your feelings big time....

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

July 4, 2014 - 5:17 pm
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Hey, Barry! 

I can't compare any instrument to the violin. When my dad bought me a guitar, i could play some tunes quite decently in a couple of month. Same things with the piano (synthesizer in my case) - couple of months - and i play some tunes with chords and arpeggios (having no idea what chords and arpeggios i actually play LOL!) and they sounded quite nice (not good, but ok). NO SUCH THING WITH THE VIOLIN!

3 years and 3 months with the violin and sometimes when i play i think that there was no all this time of learning, because i sound like a swarm of flies!! 

Violin is hard to learn. Mostly because no sound happends without the involvement of violinist (not considering pizzicato). You have to control everything: from the intonation (not piano or guitar thing) to the dynamics within every single note (again piano and guitar do it by themselves (unless someone plays guitar with the bow =))).

I think You're doing good. And i don't understand why You don't see much progress in theese 6 years - it's obvious.

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