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Cherokee Shuffle...4 months in and I think I can detect a little progress ...I don't know if the techniques are strictly kosher , I try and keep the bow held lightly and straight across the strings. I do wander a bit between neck and bridge . My worst failing is when the bow snaps back at me and comes right over the bridge.....And I should slow down ,but it gets awful scratchy when learning......I am in your hands ......
I understand the "Whoa!" at the end. That looked like a lot of work!
Intonation was off in spots, but that will come with practice.
Very good sense of rhythm. You used a variety of bowing patterns, and all to good effect.
You kept all your fingers very close to the strings (probably an absolute necessity to play that fast.)
Your right hand looked pretty loose and flexible.
The one thing I'd suggest is to work on a straight bow, where you do not move your upper arm forward and back. (You'll have to move it forward the last 6-8 inches before you get to the frog, but anywhere else, it shouldn't move.)
It's causing your bowing angle to change a fair amount, and contributes to the bow wandering a bit. Both hurt your tone.
I think it's all good. In the first several seconds I thought you sounded just like an acquaintance of mine. Over the course of the 40 years or so that I've known him, he's produced several albums and CDs. He even sold a tune to HBO that they used for the theme song for the series Deadwood. At the end of the last episode they even used his vocals and playing.
If you want to risk ruining everything, you could work on bowing straighter and slower on an easier tune.
But that was fun as is.
Thanks for all the positive and encouraging feedback...I am keeping the upper arm firmly down and it feels odd and looks like a t rex impersonation ...but it don't alf work !!Cheers charles...and everyone else who has chipped in...
Now I listen again , I can hear the cringe worthy lack of accuracy . And forgetting to tune is a no-brainer.....still if I had a brain it would be in excellent unused condition so ...onwards and in and outwards...
Cherokee Shuffle is a tune I am working on to memorize. Four months in? Good job! Great comments, follow them and you will do great.
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
I am keeping the upper arm firmly down and it feels odd and looks like a t rex impersonation ...but it don't alf work
I hope I didn't screw you up by phrasing it poorly. The elbow should still go up and down like it always has, it just shouldn't rotate around the shoulder from back to front (except for the last 6-8 inches when getting to the frog, if you can't get there otherwise - for me, it depends on what angle I hold the violin at).
If you're keeping your elbow down by your side all the time, that would cure the front-to-back stuff, but it will mess up your string crossings. Up and down is good, sideways is not.
If I misinterpreted what you said and none of this applies, in the immortal words of Emily Littela, "Never mind..."
Which maker is written on the label inside of your violin?