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Swinging an axe at vibrato and stuff
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Thanks Andrew!

I might add a bit of weight to it thou 🙂 

The lack of fine-tuners for the synthetic strings kinda triggers my non-existent OCD, since the pegs are new and still a bit jumpy and I find it hard to get a 'perfect' tuning on them.. it's always a bit below or above pitch after each jump...

I was debating between fine tuner pegs or regular tailpiece fine-tuners.. but I'd hate to swap out those beautiful pegs 😀 so I might add 3 more fine-tuners, just till they break in a bit and I get the hang of it. Those can be removed later if needed without any permanent alterations.. 

Thankfully I had an ongoing order from a shop for other stuff and I just emailed them to add a couple of wittner fine-tuners so they did. 

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The strings are no doubt still breaking in and tuning will get easier, but a little trick to get the tuning right when it's just a touch over or under... if it is slightly sharp, give the string a gentle tug with your fingers (have your hand on the neck as normal, and for example if it's the D string, you would pull it over towards the A string). If it's a little flat, give it a gentle push down just behind the nut. This will give little tuning tweaks without having to keep trying to move the pegs tiny bits. It's a little trick my teacher taught me. You don't want to do any of this too hard because you don't want to break your string, but it'll do the trick 🙂 

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Thanks Mandy! 🙂

I remember watching a video about that some time ago, but completely forgot about it! Nice trick indeed! 🙂 

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Lol... 

This happened! 😀 Ignore the bad playing this time... working on it.. just wanted to share a fun way to practice for the project 😀 😀 

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Sounding good @Ferenc Simon -  and I love the background image! How did you do that?

Keep up the good work!

Cyndie  violin-1260

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CyndieZ said
Sounding good @Ferenc Simon -  and I love the background image! How did you do that?

Keep up the good work!

Cyndie  violin-1260  

Haha, thanks! 🙂

It's magic! 

I remembered getting a green-screen (well technically just the fabric without a stand) for last Christmas and figured it's about time to try it out!... needs some more lighting in the back so my shadows aren't green and need to get out some of the wrinkles, but it's fun 😀 Basically the software replaces the green color with transparent and I can just put a picture in the background

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Love the sound, I think she really sounds good! I may be wrong, but it seems she resembles my violin quite a bit. She is an Opéra violin which was prized down from over 300.-- € in October 2015. But sometimes I see resemblance although there isn't any.

I find it amazing that you are learning vibrato so fast. Looks like you are the type who isn't intimidated by difficulties soon. You just do it and enjoy it and that helps you to relax. It is to hear because it sounds well and naturally.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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Love the sound, I think she really sounds good! I may be wrong, but it seems she resembles my violin quite a bit. She is an Opéra violin which was prized down from over 300.-- € in October 2015. But sometimes I see resemblance although there isn't any.

I find it amazing that you are learning vibrato so fast. Looks like you are the type who isn't intimidated by difficulties soon. You just do it and enjoy it and that helps you to relax. It is to hear because it sounds well and naturally.  

I like her sound too, I can hear the occasional slight harshness in there, but it's brand new so I think the sound will develop as I play it more and more. 

Usually I am the type who gets intimidated by difficulties (or that's just a nice way of saying I'm lazy... lol), but when something really sparks my interest I try to learn as much as possible in the shortest time possible.. (You should've seen me watching violin videos till 5am immediately after I placed the order for my first VSO barely more than 2 months ago haha. Didn't even have a violin to hold but I was already trying to remember notes on the fingerboard..) 

In that video the vibrato part is kind of.. 'meh'.. didn't really focus on it, was just trying to have enough bow to follow the click-track, but generally I do try to focus on having a much lighter pressure and being relaxed when vibrating with this new violin. I couldn't do that with my old one, since the fingerboard wasn't this smooth and I had to press really hard (compared to this) to get a good tone.. so that's yet another major difference between cheap violins and good ones.

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@Ferenc Simon I love your video, great backdrop! And very nice practice run too. I like your tone. Did you have the click track going, your pace is great.

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Nice run-through !  Well done !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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@Ferenc Simon I love your video, great backdrop! And very nice practice run too. I like your tone. Did you have the click track going, your pace is great.  

Thanks!

Yea, I had the click-track running and started recording from the second part. Found a pair of earphones that came with one of my old phones.. It's the in-ear type, which I never liked so it was brand new and unopened, but they actually work well with the violin 🙂

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Here's the final video submission I sent to Pierre, I also uploaded it to youtube 🙂 

It's not that great, but I hope the sound from the rest of you guys will make all my cow noises disappear haha

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LOL cownoises! I work with cows, some of the sounds they make are much, MUCH worse! 😀
This make me want to participate in the project too, but I'd never put myself infront of a camera. 

I like seeing your videos, as you started just a couple of months after I did and you seem so incredibly enthusiastic about learning. 😀

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Great job Ferenc. Once again, love the background and hat.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hmm.. I gave a swing at Yesterday as well 😉

Tried taking the advice of Charles and just kept the camera rolling for 4-5 play-through's and the cut a random one from the middle to see if I'll be more relaxed 🙂 Well.. to a certain extent it works, but it's not like I forgot there's a camera pointed at me haha.. 

The whistling / metallic sound you may unfortunately hear is my bow running dry of rosin.. Been trying the pirastro oliv rosin and it sounds really amazing, but only when you have just a little amount on the bow, so I've been experimenting with using the least amount possible, which of course means it tends to 'run out' mid-play sometimes.

Anyway, enjoy 🙂 

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Sounding good !  clapclap

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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You're really getting better and that violin has a nice uniform sound. Great song too 🙂 

What microphone is that (nice hat on the pop filter 😉 ). I'm using a Blue Snowball, but the sound you get is better than I'm getting with mine.

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sounding good, your progressing very well

 

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Sounding good 😀 

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I don't know this tune at all, but in it's got a reoccuring melody that in part just make me think of "Point of no return" from Phantom of the Opera. 😛

Your left hand seem to have gotten better, at least to me it look like your knuckles are a bit higher than they used to. 

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