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Hi @Mad_Cheshire13 -
You have a good, solid sound there. The only constructive criticism I can offer is two points about your bow:
(1) Turn the bow a little so that the stick is away from you, and the hair is toward you. This puts the far edge of the hair on the string; when it's played like this, you increase the width of hair in contact with the strings as you increase pressure. Doing this will help you avoid any scratchy sound caused by light pressure with a full width of hair on the string. Experiment with open strings to find the angle which best suits you, your bow and your violin.
(2) Try moving your index and middle fingers a little further up the stick; the index finger ought to be on the 'leather' (nowadays invariably a nylon winding) and the tip of the middle finger should be near the thumb-tip. The bow pivots between the thumb and middle finger tips: the pressure is balanced between the side of the index finger and the tip of the pinkie on the screw-head. The right hand combined with the bow is a wonder of engineering.
"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less" - William of Ockham
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It's a great start. Congrats.
Listen to your recording with a pencil in hand and mark the notes that you find to be off, out of tune. If a note sounds high to you, mark it with a down arrow and the opposite if it sound low.
Then play it again and again while focusing on the marked notes.
After doing this for a while, record yourself again and see if you prefer the new version.
Absolutely everyone has intonation issues and learning to listen as you play is the best lesson one can learn for self improvement.
Thank you so much for the feedback, I never thought about marking individual notes like that, I usually put brackets around a rough section when I have issues with fingering patterns. I will give this a try!