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Jai ete au bal 3 1/2 months
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May 23, 2014 - 1:59 pm
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I know what some of my problems are but I have no clue how to fix them.
what do you think the problems are here?

how would I fix them. also the string crossing noises have gotten better then. im told my wrist is very stif idk how to fix this. I seem to make less mistakes when my left wrist is stiff

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May 23, 2014 - 2:40 pm
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Pretty darn good really, considering what you're trying to play and the amount of time you've got into it.  I could definitely hear some of those chanky chank rhythms coming through.  Considering that Cajun (and all folk music for that matter) music isn't really as easy to play as people think.  It takes considerable time, to learn and the bowing is especially difficult for much of it.


As far as the stiff wrist goes, when you're playing the fiddle, there shouldn't be stiff anything -- except perhaps your upper lip. Everything has to be relaxed and flexible (fingers, wrist, arms, shoulders) and tension of any kind messes everything else up.  Look up some videos, including FM's video here on the right wrist and finger (colle) movement.    Check this:


And this:


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May 23, 2014 - 2:40 pm
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very nice. the droning is nice to learn too. I would say watch your bow. We all have problems with that. You are tending to play up the finger board and not playing with a flat bow. Also, on the wrist. Its a life goal to some of us older cronies to gain flexibility in our wrist. an amazing player who has taken huge leaps here on FM is Mad_Wed. Her wrist flexibility is so fluid, you watch just her bowing and forget she's even playing something. FM and other sites have great exercises for helping with that. As was and is often told to me, stick with basic mechanics before you liven things up.  You are well on your way, but don't practice bad habits as they are extremely hard to overcome. Thanks for sharing here. :)

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May 24, 2014 - 6:07 am
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You're tilting the bow stick away from you, perfectly normal, but you need more flexibility in your right wrist. Pay particular attention to the Fiddlerman video on finger and wrist action.

Good playing for the short time you've been at it.   violin-1267

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May 24, 2014 - 7:19 pm
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Great job for a little over 3 months Jeffery. I enjoyed it.

I would suggest that you take some minutes to focus on the intonation between your double stop notes before your "playing" sessions every time. Maybe spend 5 minutes tuning your fingered notes to your open strings slowly and taking note of the distances when you fine tune them correctly. Those minutes will bring the intervals closer and make the piece that much more enjoyable. :)

Keep up the great work.


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