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I’ve been practicing like mad been working on I Vow to thee, Minuet in G and Greensleeves!
I recorded the below without my mute just because I wanted to see how it sounds it’s sooooo loud and I’m really self conscious with the windows open ! And I can play it so much better ( I think ) with my mute! Much longer bow strokes! Also I’m so not straight and what is going on with my right hand when I bring the bow down ? Not a great angle maybe it looks wrong to me!
Any thoughts would be great !!!
That reminds me of our Thaxted project. Very nice.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Thats fantastic progress, you are developing a beautiful right arm and hand technique, your bowing is straight, your only fault is the same as me yourlittle finger is too straight I do exactly the same thing lol. I am extremely impressed especially with the tone you are starting to get and with your bow arm, which as I said is very smooth and lovely to watch. Leave the mute off. well done, a lot of hard work has gone into that.:)
Wow thank you for your advice and kind comments Stringy! I will work on my little finger. I’m really pleased you think I’m doing ok because I thought my arm looked all wrong but it felt right when I was playing ! I’m using a metronome now which I’m getting on much better with than when I first started!! Definitely going to carry on with that and with everything I’m doing ! 😀
I really am feeling like I really want to try and get as good as I possibly can at such a difficult instrument! I kept my violin journey very quiet to begin with as I’ve never learnt an instrument before or learnt to read music. I’ve had the usual ear plug comments from the few people I’ve told but I actually feel proud of myself for carrying on and for making progress!! I never thought I would get this far.
Thanks for watching !
Actually just watched it again enlarged, there is nothing wrong with your finger, sorry about that.
Someone like @Fiddlerman could do with watching to give you their more experienced opinion, but I dont think they would find much wrong anyway, like I said I really am extremely impressed.
Dont listen to critics either, no one knows how hard this instrument is until they try to get a tune out of one, just being able to get a sound is an achievement.
Thank you! Yes I am learning to read music I feel like I’m very much at the start though. I am practicing about 3-4 times per day. I’d say in total about an hour and a half a day. I do wander off water the garden put the dinner on stuff like that though. I’m really enjoying it.
Ok stringy I do need to pay attention to my little finger though as sometimes it does go straight but also I need to keep practicing my straight bowing !!
Thanks for the comments.
@katie m -
You're progress is awesome!
So happy to hear you play without a mute - seems you have a good plan.
It's extremely hard to relax when recording!
Just keep an eye on your shoulder - did seem you relaxed more as you played. Your wrist/hand/fingers look nicely relaxed.
Great you're reading the music... but after playing this a few times you should try to memorize it. Would make it much easier to concentrate on other areas - like if you feel you want to pay more attention to straight bowing, etc... helps with confidence, too!
Btw, if you'd like to see some of Mouse's videos, all you have to do is run your cursor over her name & click on it - you can follow where she has posted and threads she has started here on the forum (Topics Started & Topics Shared In). 😊
I hope you'll consider joining one of our Parties in "The Party Room", soon! Just record yourself playing a simple, basic version of a tune that fits the theme of the Party. Or your version of a tune - even if you want to show progress on just part. Good way to explore new music.
You're doing well!
The only technical issue I noticed on a quick look was that your right elbow seemed high, which creates excess tension and tends to result in pressing the bow into the string. But it seemed to improve as you continued playing, so it may well have just been nerves.
If you're not sure of where your elbow should be: when bowing on one string, your bow and arm should move in roughly the same plane.