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I have been wanting to play violin for quite some time and finally decided to take the plunge. My Fiddlerman Soloist arrived last weekend and I dug right in to it starting with the Suzuki method book 1.
I did look ahead at some other songs, but I have spent most of this week on open strings, 1 and a couple of 2 octave scales, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star variations, just trying to get comfortable with bowing, and just trying to get relaxed in the playing position.
Watching the video is enlightening, I could really use some longer bow strokes, and I notice it takes me a couple of bars to fall in to timing on the recording as well as a few other things.
Thanks for the tip on the bowing! I think that's why I was lagging at the start, I was trying to actively do longer bow strokes. I can actually see the difference in the video after a couple of bars when I just settle in and feel the pulse, they shorten up and relax and are not so jerky.
I absolutely love that Soloist! I was going to start learning to play a few years back and had gotten an electric Shar Plug N Play violin, but it never really inspired me to play, so there it has sat in the case for a long time. Hopefully over time, I will coax beautiful music out of it. 😀
Hey, nice job @Sasha and a big welcome to the forum!
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Thank you for the kind words and feedback everyone!
I agree with the others. Your intonation is very good for a complete beginner, especially since you don't have any pitch tapes on your violin. (I hope I didn't give you any ideas about installing any--you're doing fine without them.) Your bow strokes may be short, but for the rapid tempo, you used enough bow.
Your video was zoomed in too far for us to check out your bow hold, but you had a slight tilt to it, which is good. I will point out that there was a few notes where the bow slid on the strings when going from the A to the G. This is something I still struggle with. When changing strings, it take a slight difference in pressure to make the bow speak on the new string. It is something that you will just develop a feel for over time. I still have trouble when going down one string especially when skipping a few notes.