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After posting this I watched the video and I noticed that: 1. I'm still using my shoulder more than I should. 2. I'm playing sharp most of the time. and 3. I think I'm getting better at being consistent in tempo. Please let me know anything else y'all see/hear!
I'm playing Angelina Baker, Rose of Sharon Waltz, Old Joe Clark, Arkansas Traveler, and Be Thou My Vision (which I actually meant to play last week, because I'd just learned it, but forgot!)
Thanks a lot!
My Suzuki Teach had me play the same tune on different strings. It helped me memorize the tunes and where the sounds are on the violin.
You are definitely moving along!! I am impressed with the memorizing. That has been hard for me.
I think you can post as much as you want. I don't post enough videos!! I want to but am watching grandson and now granddaughter during the week. Weekends are hectic!!
Can you play slower? I think it is harder to play a song from memory when played slower, but playing slower lets a person concentrate on getting the best tone out of every note.
That was advice given to me early on from some of the wiser fiddlers on this forum!
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.
@Schaick I can play slower... and I've been told I should do that... but I just really don't like playing slower lol. I do play songs slower during practices, especially when I'm warming up or working with my tuner on to fine tune my pitch, but doing that for too long frustrates me. Today I pushed through it and worked slower longer than usual and it was worth it, I was off less than ever throughout the rest of the practice even when I played up to speed.
I also ended up practicing for nearly an hour and a half and my wrist hurts now lol
Thanks for the advice!
@Fiddlerman Thanks for the advice! I've been trying to work on using my elbow more and more as I've gotten that critique a lot. When I was taking the time to play with my back against the wall I think I was making more progress, so I think I'll try doing that again. Do you know any other things I could do to work on that?
As for my fingering, admittedly the extraneous finger movement is compensating for the fact my second and third fingers like to move together unless I exaggerate with them. I need to crack down and work on finger exercises more than I do.