As Emily knows I have recently started using vibrato after many months of hard practice, I have posted this video, which isnt a perfect rendition of the tune, the sequence is out of order, but I am using it to practice vibrato. I would be grateful for any hints or tips, or even if I am doing it incorrectly, noticed after I had done it that my bow was slightly slanted, have to work on that as well, thanks in advance, I have re posted this here as I put it in the wrong forum😁
Thanks greg, I have spent months on the vibrato and feel I am just getting it now, have to be careful I dont start dropping off other things like intonation, on listening again I sound about five cents flat, going to have to watch that.
Thanks for the kind words Katie, if you think you hear or see something wrong tell me, new eyes and especially ears can spot things that are easy to miss.
Slight upgrade, still rough as a robbers dog though.
I have now been playing on and off for two years, if you take out holidays its a year and ten months, I expected to be a lot farther on than I actually am. My goal was to by now be able to play night music by mozart to a reasonable standard, I started to practice that only last week so I am way behind were I wanted to be. I can now play fairly in tune in third position, fairly happy with the vibrato as well but overall disapointed really, I have put the work in every day for at least an hour and a half ,I think having no teacher has dramatically held me back but that cant be helped at the moment with the plague.
just started to practice fingered octaves if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated.
Hey! You relaxed near the end and opened your longer notes - nice!
I still see/hear you progessing - just cut yourself a tiny bit of slack on your agenda.
Thanx for sharing your video!
As far as Fingered Octaves, think Joy Lee has a few helpful pointers to make them sound good.
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If the fiddle was easy to learn and master everyone would do it,
I agree with Emily I see and hear progress, keep up the good work.
I have the same frustrations I think I should be progressing faster than I am, so your not in that boat alone.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
Thanks katie, my vibrato and intonation has gotten a lot better now, that vid was 8 months ago, and I was just getting the hang of it, vibrato thar is, but I now have more control whearas I didnt then. I use annies song for practising vibrato its really good for that, as well as sheebeg sheemore, thats another good slow practice one, they are both good for improving intonation. I didnt realise at the time but apparently annies song is supposed to be played as a waltz, or so I am told. Lately I have been playing the Bach pieces from suzuki book 3 in third position instead of first, as well as a few baroque ones from a book I have on that particular style of music, one of them call aria amorosa is particularly beautiful and is quite a good workout for reading music.
I had a teacher lined up and was hoping start with her this year but it isnt happening now, which is a pity as she has played with kanye west, but due to family commitments and the plague isnt taking on any more students now
Ah ok are you self taught? Maybe you could put a recent video up? Maybe Annie’s Song ? Sounds good thought vibrato and 3rd position etc. I’m going to think of Annie’s Song as a waltz then. I’m at the early stages but I’ll see if I can get it more waltzy. I think it’s helping strengthen my fourth finger who knows! I’ll have been playing a year soon so I’ll put a waltzy Annie’s Song on here!! So impressed with your progress it’s spurring me on !
Play it however YOU like it, dont be influenced by anyone else, use it for practice like I do.
Yes I am self taught on violin, I do play many other string instruments though, so it gives a slight advantage in that I didnt have to get my fingers flexible and used to moving in an unfamiliar way with my left hand, much more difficult otherwise.
I have played guitar for instance for about forty years, been in bands and taught the instrument itself. Violin is a very difficult instrument to learn, much harder than guitar, banjo or any other fretted one, as you now know thats why I love it, if it was easy I woulďnt bother with it.
Practice, practice, practice, you are getting there.
I was thinking that too Emily I’ll do that!! I need to practice more but I have got some news for you.. I have taken my mute off and haven’t put it back on. I think after Andrews advice about the leading wrist, my sound has improved… I think.
Stringy I’m trying to make my pieces a bit more musical and tuneful so I’m going to keep the waltz thing in mind with Annie’s song. I think I feel the same , the fact that violin is so difficult it makes me want to carry on. No matter how bad I might sound I’m going to carry on no question !!