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Love me Tender
Also showing off the new violin
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Katie L

October 5, 2021 - 3:12 pm
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I had my first lesson and timing is a bit of an issue for me so I’ve been working on simple pieces. Although I don’t find them particularly simple!

I’m finding counting the beats per bar (measure) as well as the note lengths the hardest thing ever! 

But anyway I think I’ve made a bit of progress with the simpler tunes! If anyone has any suggests I’d be grateful. Also I mess up but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t ha ha !


Thanks for watching 

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October 5, 2021 - 3:19 pm
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I am extremely impressed with your intonation. Your improvement is obvious with every vid, and has come on leaps and bounds since you ditched thetapes. well done really good:)

Katie L

October 5, 2021 - 3:23 pm
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Ah thank you Stringy, really appreciate your encouraging comments !


October 5, 2021 - 4:52 pm
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@Katie L -

I think your timing sounds pretty darn good! 

The important thing is, do YOU think you are doing better since your lesson? 

I think it's great that you record yourself!

Some people record every time they practice - to check over what they have done.

Even if you don't share all your recordings, you'll want to make sure YOU can see BOTH of your hands/arms in full view.   Try to record with your phone turned sideways (Yes ↔ , No ↕).  It is easy to lose focus on one hand, while concentrating on the other. 



- Emily


October 5, 2021 - 5:47 pm
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@Katie L

Congrats on getting your first lesson!  Your rhythm on this was very good.  Don’t discount the importance of rhythm.  I had a teacher tell me that the right note on the wrong beat is the wrong note.  The time you spend, on what you’re saying are the simple pieces, to work out rhythm is going to be time well spent. 

When I was a child in my first year of playing drums, my drum teacher made me count a tune out loud before I was allowed to play it.  Then I had to count it out loud while I was playing it.  I hated it.  But that experience has definitely helped me on my violin journey these many years later.  I still count out loud when I’m working out a difficult section (& sometimes some not-to-difficult sections--we all mess up smile).

There are different ways to identify the rhythm "syllables" e.g., (eighth notes= 1 and 2 and . . . 16th notes= 1 e & a  2 e & a . . .).  Since these were drilled into me as a child, they are with me forever.  Your teacher may have a specific way to identify them. 

I wouldn't get hung up on the specific syllables--if "do-da-do-da day" is what gets you the right rhythm, go for it.  Being consistent is probably best, though.  It may just take you time to develop & feel comfortable in your rhythm "language".

As a plug for the upcoming Christmas Group Project, I encourage you to participate in it because it is a really, really good way to practice keeping a steady tempo while playing.

Fiddlerman provides a “click track” – an audio file that plays an electronic version of the tune with a well define beat to follow the correct tempo.  He creates a click track that has all the parts as well as click tracks for each individual part.  He always creates multiple parts at multiple skill levels, so everyone can participate wherever they are in their music journey.

You listen to this click track (with headphones or earpiece) while you play & video record it.  Everyone participating has to use this click track to record their video—everyone’s rhythm has to match so that he can put all the videos together.

Anyway, great job on this tune--sounds really good!

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October 5, 2021 - 6:08 pm
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well done Katie !  enjoyed watching.


October 5, 2021 - 7:07 pm
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katie m

Great song, and we'll played, enjoyed listing to it.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Katie L

October 6, 2021 - 8:33 am
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Thanks for the comments, glad you liked it! 

Yes that’s really good advice Emily because I’m definitely neglecting the right arm. It’s gone right down the pan because I’m concentrating on rhythm!

Thanks Sharon I totally get what you are saying I haven’t exactly been taking too much notice of note values and because i often play songs I know, when my teacher asked me to play one I didn’t know , I was a mess! So I’m working on my counting been clapping things through and also using my metronome. Seen a few good you tube vids too!

I like the sound of the Fiddlerman Xmas tune I’ll defiantly join 😀

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October 6, 2021 - 9:28 am
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I'm glad that you'll be joining @Katie L 

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@Katie L That was very good. You keep progressing with every video. Thanks for making us a part of it. 

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