I have been playing for all of about a month or so. Watch out for my accidental harmonics! Anyways, here's the vid, any critique is of course welcome.
Very nice. Looks great for a beginner. Don't raise the fingers on your left hand as much if you want to be able to develop speed. Maybe you could bring your left elbow a tad to the right, but that's about it for now. Keep practicing, you're looking good. Maybe we should change your moniker to Joe Above Average.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright
Great progress for the first month, I reckon you're well-on-the-way !! .... Who was it - wait - yup Uzi - the fingers and elbow thing (yes, that was pointed out to me as well !!! LOLOL ) - and I have found it does make quite a difference - when it was pointed out to me I initially found it difficult to adjust the left elbow position (like I was "over-compensating" and sometimes "going the wrong-way" basically because I was thinking too much about it...), but once you get the idea it becomes natural - and it really does make the fingering easier - much less stretching and straining.... Example - I originally found it real difficult to get the pinkie in use (cleanly and on the fingertip rather than a "flattened" fingertip) on the G - swinging the elbow in towards the body - it became easy-peasy... Well, that's what I found....
Keep up the good work ! It's so rewarding !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
What's really kind of funny is that I was out in the garage shortly after this, working with a new scraper I'd bought and I managed to cut my left index finger I'm on the bench for a few days
However, your kind remarks and critique have not gone unnoticed! I will get that left elbow over further, bow straighter, and try to stay off the bridge of my fiddle Which incidentally, doesn't sound too bad for an instrument left for twenty years in a closet
Joe for 1 month, that's actually VERY good and sounds awesome!! I haven't tried to tackle this "Bobby Hicks" tune yet but I'd say your doing really well.
One place where we are all in the same boat as beginners: "Flexible fingers and wrist with the bowing hand. I just recently had a little bit of a breakthrough with that. Have you ever thought of trying "colle excercises" with a pencil?
I do them each day. They are pencil push-ups using a pencil making a bowgrip and then pushing and pulling the pencil with your fingers. After a while you'll be able to translate that to the bow and it will loosen up your wrist and I think you'll see an even bigger leap on your bowing. For me personally, it really helped.
This weekend maybe I'll make a little video, to show folks how I do it, I mean, there's quite a few on you tube, but if it will help someone have their bowing breakthrough then I'm all for it. At first it's really awkward, but quickly you'll see the benefits of it.
My wrist and fingers is alot looser than they were but not still where I want them to be.
" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"