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Week 1 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
First week of playing. Self teaching (for now) Suzuki Method
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Sasha
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December 29, 2019 - 8:22 pm
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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.

 

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Fiddlerman
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December 29, 2019 - 8:31 pm
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What a great start. Thanks for sharing.

You should not use longer strokes as you'll lag if you do. I think you are doing great!

Yes, you are right, it takes a few bars for you to get in tempo, but what the hey, you do get in tempo eventually and you can actually tell that you were behind at first. You'd be surprised by how many people don't realize that they are dragging.

Thanks for purchasing the Soloist, and I really look forward to your future posts and videos. You get a video for sharing. exactly

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Sasha
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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. 😀

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that was pretty darn good zilthy!  you're sounding great.  congrats on the new violin!

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Hey, nice job @Sasha and a big welcome to the forum!

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Zilthy,

Very good for week 1!!!!!

Thanks for posting, and welcome to the forum.

 

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Awesome - ooo thats great for first week, well done

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Welcome Zilthy. Everyone has to begin somewhere. You are doing well for only at it such a short time.

Oh I noticed the EVH guitar hanging in the background. Nice.

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@Sasha Very nice! After only one week, that was great! Your pitch is pretty darn good. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Agreed, that's a neat start, great intonation. Welcome, and have fun !

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Thank you for the kind words and feedback everyone!

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