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I'd like to use this thread to get feedback but also so that I can track my progress (hopefully!) and I guess in time to come it'll be nice to look back on.
So with that - here's my first video:
If you want to cut to the chase and miss out on my waffle, I actually get round to playing something at 3:15...
One of the things I waffle about is that this is at the end of my first week of playing - I I play other instruments, and indeed, have played fiddle for maybe a couple of months, thought that was some time ago - like, twenty years. I didn't get to any great standard in those couple of months, though it would be a bit disingenuous to portray myself as starting absolutely from scratch.
Anyhow - any thoughts very gratefully received...
Yay! My first badge! Thank you, Pierre!
And thank you for the rest of the feedback, too - that's really helpful!
Yeah, the angle of the violin struck me as a bit weird. One of the things I'm not sure about is whether the fiddle should be pointing 'out in front of me' (makes it lean in at more of an angle) or more 'out to the side (more in line with the line that connects my shoulders). I'll go back and have another look at that article you wrote on posture!
Also, I've just bought a Stentor shoulder rest, and it seems to make the fiddle want to 'tilt in' all the time. I'll try adjusting it, but to be honest, I'm not sure that that shoulder rest is going to stand the test of time.
It's really useful seeing it on video - the arc that my bow makes (as opposed to staying parallel to the bridge) is immediately apparent, and I can see I've got some work to dot there...
As much as I grumble about playing scales, I know they're important, and will devote some time to that in my practising.
@Reptile Smile - These tunes sound great, especially considering it's only your first week back after 20 years!
@ Fiddlerman - Do you have any recommendations on shoulder rests that are less likely to send the violin towards an almost vertical position? I've tried both Everest and Wolf Forte Primo, and both seem to make my new (rental) violin shift towards the vertical, kind of like ReptileSmille demostrates here.
Hey there.. that was fun... Britches full of Stitches is a fun tune. I like the second tune also.. (name always escapes me).. you seem to have a good sense of tempo going on!!! Harvest Home.. nice.. job.. upbeat and moving along !!!! YES!! You can tell I am typing as I am listening. You also seem to have a good sense for where your fingers go for only a week.
Bravo.. bring it on! excellent START!!!
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
@coolpinkone Thanks for the feedback! I enjoy playing so much - it's so strangely rewarding, in such a different way to other instruments I've learned. Had loads of fun making the video...
@fiddlerman I'd totally never thought about having the feet on the shoulder rest 'assymetrically' set. Will get on that straight away! Thanks for the advice.
@Reptile Smile Great job , I enjoyed it, as the others already said, you do have a good sense of rythm Thank you for sharing.
@Fidelestre and @Fiddlerman Thanks for the post about the shoulder rest. I was having the same issues, so I just took mine apart (it's a complete adjustable Dae something) and I noticed the 2 screws were a different length, so I put the longer one on the E string side instead of the other side and it's a LOT easier to hold it now.
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach
Oh, on the shoulder rest, I'm not a pro and haven't tried many out, but my teacher had me get the one she used (after I borrowed hers during my lesson to try it out), it's the Everest, and it works perfectly for me, I just have to have the part under the chin rest at the lowest point it can go, and the part under the E string at almost the highest it can go. Keeps my violin balanced and very easy to hold now. Of course the settings would be different for each person (she has both sides at the lowest point possible), but this is what worked out for me.
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