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Windsor Locks, CT
January 18, 2014 - 10:03 pm
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Posted my first ever video on youtube.  Its my official first months progress with my Christmas gift. Using Violins for Dummies, this is page 187, track 43. Please feel free to critique and provide constructive criticism.  Ive already gotten a "straighten your left wrist" from Fishnrods and a "keep your bowing wrist relaxed" from Fiddleandbow.  Much thanks, I'll work on it. Overall, hope I think im doing ok. 




January 19, 2014 - 12:47 am
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for being a month in i'd say your doing great. from what i can see what fishnrods told you is correct, and it will help a bit with you intonation to. I don't see much wrong. All i really wanted to say was good job! your doing great!

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January 19, 2014 - 10:49 am
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It doesn't seem that You are comfortable with your posture -  the way You're holding the violin, do You? That may cause the left hand problems, which were mentioned by Fishnrods. Did You try some shoulder rest? You don't have to actually hold the violin with your left hand.

All the other seem very nice, as for me. I like your straight bowing! =)

Windsor Locks, CT
January 19, 2014 - 11:25 am
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I was comfortable. I was really leaning a bit forward because I was sitting down with my elbow on my knee. if anything I got caught getting a little too comfortable if you ask me. I have to admit that I do find it a little hard to hit certain notes with my left wrist. I broke my wrist when I was a teenager and lost some rotation range in my wrist so I can't really place my 3rd and fourth finger on the G and D strings like I think I should. To play those notes I have to really bring my elbow under the violin, which in turn strains my elbow. I do have a shoulder rest that came with the package and have used it for the first two weeks into the new year but took it off because to doing that it helped my depth perception in regards to being able to view my fingers and where they landed. Now I just try to close my eyes and hear the notes and I open them when I have to cross strings with my third finger for the reason stated above.  Overall thanks for the comment! The more I can learn the better!!


January 19, 2014 - 11:57 am
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Pretty good there Soldier > there is always Soooo much to work on with the viddle and the whole wrist thing is important. I am still working on that each time I play. I broke my left hand years ago and it has never been the same but with that said the whole wrist thing keeps getting better and better. It is important cause it helps one hit the notes on this crazy instrument with better intonation. If your not doing scales with a metronome you may want to consider that as part of your gig. It helps the left hand get more comfortable. I also close my eyes and listen to the notes, that is very helpful with getting them right. > Keep at it > before long you will be ROCKing!!!!

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January 19, 2014 - 3:01 pm
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Doing very nicely mate.

Your bowing is rather good for such a short time. Nice and straight and long strokes being used. 

Keep it up :)

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Southern California

January 19, 2014 - 7:56 pm
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Doing really well!  Like Ferret said your bowing looks pretty good .

You might try standing when you plan.  I find that I have a better hold, and can reach note easier that way.

keep up the good work!

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January 21, 2014 - 9:41 pm
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Great job soldier. Keep up the great work!!!

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February 7, 2014 - 8:41 pm
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Great stuff Soldier!  I've got about the same amount of experience as you so I'm not qualified to say much, but your intonation and rhythm sound really great!  I also admire your bow control as that's a skill I have to work on :)

Blogging my beginner journey and progress...Diary of a Fumbling New Violinist:  http://learningviolin.ca/

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