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Barrys critic thread
Taking it up a notch
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May 1, 2014 - 9:53 pm
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First of all let me start by saying that you sound great. Plenty of conviction and power and you produce a rich sound.

Phrasing will really enhance your playing. On the Allegro for example. Start mf/mp... and grow on the second measure while getting softer on the 3rd and 4th. That is your first phrase. I can draw dynamics for you if you like but I think you get the picture. Pretend that you are telling a story.
While your intonation is great, your 3rd finger D was every so slightly low a few times and your 3rd finger A (on the E string) was a hair high before the fermata.
Everyone, not least of all me, plays out of tune.... PERIOD, but keep it in mind at all times and your playing will be exceptional. I for one HATE listening to myself play.
I loved your ritardando before the recap.
At the very end of the piece, again, phrase down and do a rit even though it's probably not marked. It's just natural IMAO
It's great that you use a lot of bow and really gives a good sound but on the eighth notes you can use slightly less. :)

On the second piece FANTASTIC!!!!
After the pickup, I would suggest playing 2 slurred down and one separate up for most of those bars on the first part. You can vary a little to make it more interesting.
Once again, probably don't need to mention it but a little bit more dynamic would spice it up too. :)
It's obvious that you are comfortable with this one. Sounds great!!!

Great job on the 3rd piece as well. Sad/lovely piece. What is it called?
I would only suggest that you play away from the bridge a bit.

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May 2, 2014 - 12:32 am
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First, I think you sound great. If I were to notice one technique thing, it is that perhaps you are using a little too much upper arm and a bit too little forearm. It's really not that noticeable, because you're short bowing most of the time, but there's a good chance that if you film yourself doing frog to tip bowing, it will become more evident.

Whether that's a significant issue for that genre of music is beyond my beginner's knowledge.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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May 2, 2014 - 10:23 am
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Fantastic Barry!

I agree with Uzi. You lock everything below your elbow and play from your shoulder. It is going to feel hard/weird at first but trying playing with just your fingers/wrist. Go to a wall and put your arm between your side and wall so you can't move your arm. With a little practice you will be able to play with your wrist instead of your arm and you'll be that much better!

Glad to see you play with your arm down by your side! I physically cringe when I see people with their elbow straight out. I love hearing you play songs that I play, but a bit differently. I want to post mine so we can compare styles to the same song. We can have a Swallowtail Hoedown!

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