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Just about six months in... really enjoying practicing... but really need to loose that "deer in the headlights" feeling. So here's a baby step - warts and all - in that direction.
Any feedback on technique and sound welcome. If anyone else was a nut-job like me (sometimes unproductively self-critical) and has some tips to overcome that, I'm a taker.
I think you're sounding good, Holly. Your bow is going a little crooked here and there, but that could all be down to nerves making your hand more tense while in front of the camera. Mine still does that.
I know I've said it before, but what helped me start to get over my nerves was StreetJelly, going on there every week even when I felt like hiding from the camera. It became part of my practice routine.
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I think you're doing well Holly.
It's a good idea to regularly record yourself - even with no intention of posting. It's always good to replay these recordings and look at your whole "approach" to the instrument with the camera looking at different views - in this one, you can closely look at your bowing, especially all the hinge-joints from shoulder, to elbow, to wrist.
Another view might be close-ups on the fingers (well the entire left hand) and their approach to the strings, good for showing up areas where you may "struggle" or just feel uncomfortable with (lots of folks find it hard to get round to notes on the G, especially the 4th finger)
Well done and thanks for sharing your progress
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Well done Holly! You shouldn’t be to hard for yourself and enjoy the goods things. Easy to say,, lol, I also see and hear the things that go wrong when I’m playing. But I think it’s good to say to yourself what was going well. I think your bowing has improved compare to you previous video ?
I recording myself at least once a week, I really hate that but I learn from it.
Thanks for sharing Holly ?
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!
thanks a ton for checking in on me, @BillyG and @mookje
Yup, Billy, that left hand can really tie itself into knots without the slightest bit of encouragement on my part 🙂 That's another urgent construction site I'm working on (I'll spare everone the pics of the lower left side of my calloused left thumb cuticle... It's amazing how much clenching that bent little guy can do!)
Mookje, indeed. I was video monitoring myself much more a couple of months ago. Time to get back to that good (and sometimes disillusioning) habit 🙂
Hugs to you both... and to me, hurrah.
I agree with Bill, your playing well, if long bowing is giving you fits try long open string bowing frog to tip then back. Then try the 60 second bow exercise it's ruff for me to get the full 60 seconds on a down or up bow but it helps me feel how my hand shape is throughout the entire bow stroke.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
Great suggestion. In the spirit this forum's previous 100 day challenge, I will endeavour to do 10 minutes of bowing (with video and/or mirror) for the coming month. Best laid plans 🙂
I tried and can make it to 25 seconds for starters. Gotta start somewhere