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Today was a recording day.
My attempt at a song from Belle et Sébastien
that I find beautiful, it got stuck inside my head…
Here's the original : L'oiseau (means : "The bird")
Here's an accompaniment,
and beware… here's me : https://drive.google.com/file/.....sp=sharing
I think I'll try recording it again in a few months time. It could sound really nice I think. As for now, I could be my own critic – looking at this, my bow grip is weirdly tense at times, and – not so visible but I know it : my left hand is still more tense. Especially on the C string. I dream of being able to play a nice slow wide vibrato on this, but seems I'm not able to. Yet.
This is really nice playing! And got noticeably better as you gained confidence, relaxed more, and used more of your bow.
One thought that may help: when you feel tense while playing, think about breathing. You may find that you hold your breath because of anxiety. In my lessons, which are mainly directed toward injury rehab and prevention, my teacher has me practicing scales (mainly because they're more automatic than other things) while focusing mainly on my breath. It's actually made my left arm and hand much more relaxed.
Maybe also take a look at the Kim Kashkashian video seminar I posted elsewhere on the forum: https://fiddlerman.com/forum/l.....n-seminar/
Thanks for your feedback everyone.
@ELCBK , I didn't think someone would have heard this song ! I haven't even seen the film.
Actually yes the goal was to play some parts piano, for instance the beginning – I'm struggling to even hear the accompaniment, I don't want to drown it with my viola (I sort of did anyway…). Problem is, I don't know how to do soft dynamics (forte is easier). I know the theory of it (bow closer to the fingerboard, slower speed, mostly near the tip, tilted hair, less pressure, …), but in practice it doesn't work like I'd want it to.
Mostly it just results in :
- me tensing up (more so when recording, of course, but not only then)
- stopping breathing (@AndrewH you're right about this ! I even stop breathing when listening to myself afterwards… I'll go check the video you mention)
- airy sound because I don't get the strings to vibrate correctly
so if anyone's got tips on how to achieve (soft) dynamics without losing sound quality, I'm interested…
That, and @Gordon Shumway yes, I do tend also to drift towards the fingerboard even when it's not intended. Working on it…
I remember the TV series Belle and Sebastian from the 1960s.
I've only seen the japanese anime series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....TV_series)
Maybe there is something here you haven't thought of.
...hope this helps.
@wtw Thank you so much for this, it was very beautiful! ❤️
I have heard this song! It’s actually very familiar for me, I remember I was singing it already as a kid because there is Finnish words for it.