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March 18, 2013 - 8:19 am
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Hey am new to this site, but am looking for some feedback on my playing. Anyways, can't really count how long I've been playing because I took so many breaks in between! Lols, but I need to polish this piece up and I need some ideas about what I should focus on. Bad news is that I've injurd a finger, so I'm going to have to practise with only 3 fingers for now. Still looking for exercises I can do without having to use all my fingers. So far, I've been doing a bit of vibrato exercises for all the other 3 of my fingers but I still don't have a very wide vibrato and my hand doesn't feel so free to do wide vibratos. Doesn't it take a while to free up the hand? Anyone can help suggest something I can work on?

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March 18, 2013 - 11:23 am
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It's very hard to tell what you are doing unless you include some video.  dunno

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March 18, 2013 - 1:53 pm
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I think it sounds nice. How long have you been playing?



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March 18, 2013 - 10:50 pm
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Sorry about there being no video! I only have an audio recording, that's why... Duane, thanks, been playing for about 3 years, although I've had a couple of long breaks in between.


March 18, 2013 - 11:14 pm
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Hi R.C.,

Are you planning to play this piece for your Grade 6 exam? You didn't say. Maybe you just want to learn this piece and play it better, with no formal exam. I'm only vaguely familiar with your ABRSM exams but without seeing the music and just hearing you play it, it sounds like it covers quite a range of technique. I noted a number of areas where it appears to need more work. I'd suggest breaking the piece up into a bunch of sections and work on each section, playing that section much slower, practicing until you can play that section properly.

I'd say you have a good general grasp of the piece, now you need to work on it to get it all sounding better. Vibrato can take a long time to master, for instance.

Good job, keep working at it, but work on small sections, don't try to work on the whole piece all at one time--that's my advice!

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March 19, 2013 - 12:25 am
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Gee that was really nice!

I think you can hear the few notes that were a bit 'off' and correct them by yourself.

3 fingers only?  Very adaptable ...

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March 20, 2013 - 4:38 am
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Thansk Steve and Robyn! Oh and I played that with all my fingers, I just can't play with all 4 fingers now, because I'm still waiting for it to heal. I shall try to correct those passages and notes once I can play properly again. I've been doing vibrato exercises with just the first and second finger because I can only play a few pieces without that finger. So just simple fiddle tunes and exercises for now!

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March 24, 2013 - 9:52 pm
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Work on intonation, dynamics and phrasing. Good job, thanks for posting.

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