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Hi all! This is a fantastic site and such a great resource. I started learning the violin today and below are links to my first video and blog. I'm running a 3 month experiment to see how far I can get on the instrument. I'm going to document my whole journey so I'd love it if you'd comment and help me along the way.
My first YouTube video is here:
(The next one will be up in a week's time)
You can follow my blog here: http://imlearningviolin.wordpress.com/
There is more info about me and this endeavour of mine on the blog so I hope you guys check it out. I'm really keen to hear what you have to say throughout my journey.
Many thanks everyone!
Not that bad for first time. What kind/brand of violin did you get and what type of strings did you put on it?
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Well, that was impressive! "That sounds like Star Wars!" and then you just played it! (I know that song on piano, maybe you do too?) It's obvious that you're no music noob anyway, although you're new to violin. I'll certainly follow you, and I bet you'll be great in three months!
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Congrats on starting your journey! For the first day not bad at all! You obviously have a great ear for music and experimentation . I actually started that exact way, just playing around and finding random tunes I know on the violin.
Like Pierre said, you pick up on it really fast which already has set your teachers pace for you if he/she is anything like mine lol. I started lessons 3 weeks ago now and for my second song she put me on "The Swallowtail Jig". Not exactly my idea of a 'beginner tune' but the challenge is a blast! Good luck and can't wait to see your progress!
Well I think everyone else above has already said it but I'll say it again, Congrats on an impressive first video.
And WELCOME to the world of Fine Stringed Instruments.
Many of us are beginners, and I can say that I personally love to see the progression of other people who are near where I am because then I can see what they are learning as well. So Make sure you keep posting the vids here as well!
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I like your attitude! It was really not that bad, as You think!
I like your short bow strokes. Good work! Also it's straight - which is quite rare for the first day (not even for first. LOL!). I'd suggest You to play more with the full length bow strokes (i actually always suggest it =)) - it will allow You to feel more bow control.
Also. You have a tendency to support the violin with the left hand. Do You feel comfortable without a shoulder-rest and with your current chin-rest?
Also. Maybe You can consult with your teacher about the bow hold? (Yes, guys i know, i'm annoying, but can't help it, LOL! The bow-police is on duty!)
You'll have to relax that pinkie someday ! Especially with your tendency to play fast. Relaxed pinkie and wrist help it reeeeeeeeeeally much!
Anyway, You're doing great! I'll wait for other videos of yours!
It's really nice to meet You, welcome to the forum!