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I have been practicing 🍊 and 🍋 from my dummies book ! I love the tune nice to play something a bit upbeat ! I’ve tried to get my whole self in so you can see my arms. I’m thinking too much shoulder ! 

Thanks for watching 

 

Katie 😀

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Extremely good, you are getting really nice flowing movement going there, very straight bowing as well, and the tone is getting better too. You have obviously put in a great deal of work, coming on great keep at it , well done👍

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Thank you stringy ! Your comments are always really helpful 

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I just love your posts! 

You are doing really nice. Now, I am more cello than violin, but I have been playing more of it lately, but I have issues with bowing, but I think maybe the wrist needs to loosen up a little? Does anyone else get the same feeling? 

There is something I am seeing with the wrist, especially when moving closer to the violin. Would someone who plays violin more, please take a look? I could be, and most likely am, very wrong. Thank you.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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Thanks Mouse, last time I didn’t upload the video this time I did it twice haaaa!!

Ok I will definitely look at the wrist thanks for the advice. As you know I don’t usually record from that far away but it’s useful to see what everything is doing ! I gotta go over all the notes and get them more in tune I reckon. But that’s an on going saga. I’m doing the godfather too but that’s hard plus all my other exercises. 

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I would say that your left hand needs to be straighter, but it could be the angle of your vid, so hard to tell.

If your palm starts going to much towards the back of the neck its called pancaking, a lot of fiddle players actually do this on purpose especially blue grass players, but for playing more classical l its not a good idea, you are not doing it much, but if you are not careful it could become a habit hard to break, apart from that, like I said great work.

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Yes that creeps in ! Also a lot of movement in my upper arm ! I’m definitely aware of all of it so much to think about and remember what to not do !!

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Remember more than anything its supposed to be enjoyable, dont turn it into a job of work. When I practice I go through scales and arpeggios and all that kind of stuff,  but at the end I always have at least half an hour of messing around, dont be frightened of having a go at stuff that is far to difficult for you either.

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Why is it best to play songs that are difficult? Because it stretches you ? I definitely do that but that’s because the songs I like are really hard. It was nice to play oranges and lemons as that was more straight forward. I find that I start a song and then after a while I feel like I’m not improving so I move onto something else. I’m doing The Godfather at the moment and I feel like I’m properly dissecting it. I think that can only be a good thing. I’ve definitely spent longer on it than any other song !

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Stringy is really good for your violin learning advice. I like the encouragement he is giving you. Maybe some more members will chime in for you.

You are off to a great start.

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katie m said
Why is it best to play songs that are difficult? Because it stretches you ? I definitely do that but that’s because the songs I like are really hard. It was nice to play oranges and lemons as that was more straight forward. I find that I start a song and then after a while I feel like I’m not improving so I move onto something else. I’m doing The Godfather at the moment and I feel like I’m properly dissecting it. I think that can only be a good thing. I’ve definitely spent longer on it than any other song !

  

Doing songs that are too difficult does stretch you, it also gives you an idea of what it takes to play harder tunes and can be good fun, its not (best), to play them. 

To improve your technique especially intonation you are doing the corect thing playing very simple things. I got told when I asked a VERY knowleadgable player how to improve my intonation and playing in general, to play just one bar at a time, playing each individual note perfectly, this same person also told me to learn to sing scales, and arpeggios, which I tried to do, no matter how its done its a very long and difficult learning process, and like yourself I am right at the beginning.

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mouse I am just passing on what a few other kind people have told me, one who has studied under some of the best fiddlers in Ireland took an interest in me, for some reason and wanted to help me out which he did and still does now again with really good advice, he said you should always try to pass on violin information which is what I try to do without giving the wrong advice, lets face it, its hard enough as it is😁

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Mouse said
I just love your posts! 

You are doing really nice. Now, I am more cello than violin, but I have been playing more of it lately, but I have issues with bowing, but I think maybe the wrist needs to loosen up a little? Does anyone else get the same feeling? 

There is something I am seeing with the wrist, especially when moving closer to the violin. Would someone who plays violin more, please take a look? I could be, and most likely am, very wrong. Thank you.

  

The wrist motion looks fine to me. The one thing that I see that could use a look, though: I see a raised right shoulder, high elbow, and more upper arm motion than is needed. The thing to keep in mind is that it should feel like pulling the bow across the string, not pressing the bow into the string. The entire arm and bow should stay roughly in one plane when bowing on one string.

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I thought that too about upper arm. I agree as well about the right elbow I’ve really tried to relax it and it feel less tense now. I have a completely different view when I play now if that makes sense. Thank you for that !!

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