A year ago, on March 02, 2020, I shared this song, Lòng Mẹ, with you, my dear musical friends in this forum. Last night, I played it again. Please enjoy this newer rendition, too!
If you compare this with the previous one, may I have your sincere feedback? Perhaps, over the months, I've improved my violin skills somewhat. Perhaps, not much has changed in my skills. Either way, every time I play this song, I feel the tune deep in my heart! That is my strength (and yet, also my short-coming) that I cannot play any piece of music - on a violin or a piano, etc. - until I could FEEL it emotively!
Just a side note: Last night, I played this song on my kid's 3/4 violin. It is currently strung with the set of Fiddlerman Violin Strings. They sound so sweet. They match well with this violin, don't they?
I can hear the difference between the 2 violins
and your improvement!
You have made this smaller violin sound very nice!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful song!
I also enjoyed the history of this song.
Hope you will share more Vietnamese songs - I'm very interested.
Maybe @Mouse can help you. I'm having no problems with VT's video or sound.
@Mouse Thanks for watching both times.
For bowing, yes, I've had some slight improvement. For intonation and emotion, I guess these are subjective.
The 1st playing was a fifth lower. In the 1st play, I played it exactly as written by the author. The song was originally meant for singing voice.
For the 2nd playing, I did it a fifth higher (than the 1st one). Most Vietnamese violin players choose to play this tune with this 2nd way. That's why I changed how to play it.
Many Vietnamese friends of mine told me that, in the 2nd version, I expressed the emotion much better, and the tune came out sweeter and more sad. This song is supposed to be sweet and sad. I guess familiarity with the music is also a factor for the audience.
@stringy The video I posted is clear for audio. No buzzing noises. Could it be your internet connection or computer's speakers?
Alternatively, you can also listen to it using the LINK which will lead you to YouTube. It's the same video in YouTube, but sometimes that could be played faster than a video saved into this forum. (I don't know why, but that is my observation.)
@ELCBK Thanks so much for watching it again.
This is the sweetest violin we've ever got - by chance - it's like a God's gift! It is actually around 120 years old. Old violins do not automatically mean good ones. However, this little 3/4-size "Paganini" (we gave it a name ) is a real gem!
Initially, it was meant for my kid, but I ended up playing it so often. I love its tone very much!