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Fiddle Log Week 38
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December 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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I focused more on my bowing this week; practicing with the camera on to see if I'm using my shoulder too much.  I think I am doing better, because I'm feeling it in my bicep after playing lately.  I also worked more on playing songs slowly to make sure I'm playing in tune.  Please let me know if I'm doing better/worse on any of that as well as anything else y'all might see I'm doing wrong!  Thanks a lot!


Westphalia Waltz

Old Joe Clark

Angelina Baker

Final Fantasy Battle Theme  @augustoad (I've only had it figured out for maybe 3 days)

Be Thou My Vision



Also I realize the camera angle is bad, I didn't realize it while I was playing.

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December 14, 2014 - 3:16 pm
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Hey there.... Sounding good.   Angelina is just shining up like a new penny for you!  Good work.   Thanks for posting.   Playing slower yeilded  some good results.   Nice work on applying feedback.   You are doing well.  You are a good student!!!  I need to suck it up and post some stuff for critique... 


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December 14, 2014 - 6:59 pm
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Your actually sounding good, how long have you been playing? One of the things I have found early one, and I can't stress it enough as I am still working on it myself: "Flexible wrist and fingers are a huge and I mean HUGE aspect of bowing smoothly, straight, and good tone and timing.

If you have pain in your shoulder its because you are probably pulling from there. Once you get the flexible finger and wrist ( colle bowing ) started, you'll see the bowing begin to smooth out alot and wont have any more shoulder pain. Its hard, it took me a few months JUST to get that flexibility even started, but when you do its worth it!

Just keep at it, we're all in this together!

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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December 15, 2014 - 6:18 am
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Great Job! While it's good to bow slowly when you're learning, I think it's best you do it a bit easier on the strings to avoid that creaking sound. After you get all the notes right, I believe it's also best to try and play the songs a bit faster; But that's what works for me and we all have a different way of learning.

About the Final Fantasy I Battle Scene, you've done a good job, I just suggest you look at the tempo. :D

Keep it up!

Skype: augustoad Email: [email protected] Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)



December 18, 2014 - 1:09 pm
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I haven't had a chance to listen to this set of videos, but I've listened to a couple in the past. I think with Angeline the baker you need to start playing with something so that you can get a sense of playing with folks in time. Here's a bunch of rhythm tracks you can listen to online, you should be able to download them to your computer (let me know if out can't figure it out):

December 18, 2014 - 2:54 pm
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@coolpinkone Thanks!


@EricBluegrassFiddle I've been playing for roughly 38 Weeks, I started at the end of this past February.  I got my first fiddle for $20 off a friend and it got stolen right before May so there was a good 3 weeks I wasn't able to practice, plus the week I flew out of state and couldn't bring my fiddle with me.  Also, it's not pain in the shoulder.  I meant that when I worked on bowing with my elbow more than my back, I could feel it in my bicep after practice which means I'm using my shoulder less! :D.  I'm trying to work on finger flexibility too, but since bowing from the elbow isn't fully natural yet, if I start trying to do too many things at once, my bowing goes wonky again.  Thank you for your advice!


@augustoad I do better when I practice slowly...  I just have to make sure I do, because I don't like doing it lol.  Thanks for the reminder!


@fiddlinsteudel Thanks for those!  I'd been meaning to look for something like that, but I get distracted easi-- hey! shiny!


December 18, 2014 - 4:06 pm
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Also it seems like you are slowing your songs down to work on rhythm, intonation, timing which is great. I posted this in one of our threads previously but you might've missed it. Here's a simple slowed down version of Angeline the baker with backing track. Try playing along with it and see if you can play in time with it. Then switch to one of the backup tracks and see if it helps the overall feel of angeline.


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December 18, 2014 - 7:49 pm
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We can certainly hear the music and melody, you've just got work on your delivery.

I recommend that you utilize more of the bow length in order to give yourself ample time too know the next you're going to play. Consider the time it takes to play whole notes; achievable by bowing slower - not just lengthier/longer strokes.

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December 21, 2014 - 1:10 pm
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I can tell that you are using less shoulder and more elbow. Keep up the good work. :)

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