Thank you in advance for watching my video of Wexford Carol part one.
Things I'm already seeing/working on:
I'm trying to keep my upper arm more still, and bow from lower down my arm, wrist, hand.
String crossings are different on this new fiddle I've had for less than a month, the bridge is flatter, so I'm working on stopping my unintentional double stops.
My left hand fingers come up pretty high when I'm not using them, and I could rest them closer to the playing position.
I'm open to hearing anything that pops into your mind for constructive criticism. This is the first time I've videoed myself playing in order to share it, although I have a couple of ones I took just to keep for myself to see where I've been.
I've been taking lessons for about a year this time around. I played for 3 years in an orchestra in Elementary school, then picked it up again for a bit in college, and again several years later, but not for long each time, just long enough to remember how much I loved it, but not long enough to do more than remember the basics.
Thank you Mouse, for my badge and your kind words. It means a lot to hear you say you think I did well!
I've still mostly only played for my teacher and my family, but I'm considering playing for my Church's Christmas Eve service.
I love playing for my 1.5 year old, and it's wonderful when she claps when I'm done, but it's definitely not the same as hearing other players comment on my work.
Beautiful Violin & great video!
I think you played very well!
Congratulations on your 1st Badge!
I did notice your little finger on the bow is locked.
This can prevent you from getting the best sound & use of your bow. I've personally had to deal with this and notice a huge difference when my little finger stays relaxed & curved - ready for subtle spring-like action as a rudder or as a ballast to add/remove string contact. I thought about linking several threads here, but this video by Darol Anger, pretty much sums it all up.
I personally like a little flatter bridge. My 5-string Violin bridge is much flatter in comparison to my 5-string Viola bridge - and I find it much easier for faster/smoother string crossings & double stops than on my Viola. I think once you get used to your new violin, you will see the benefits for fiddle music.
Keep up the GREAT work!
Thank you all for your kindness!
@ELCBK I'm loving the flatter bridge for double stops, and looking forward to being less likely to do them on accident, my teacher calls accidental double stops a good way to check pitch, because it's more likely to sound off. And thanks SO much for the bow hold video! I'm looking forward to playing it during my girls' naps.
Good job, think you did very well!
One small thing I noticed was on a couple of occasions, the top of the bow slid a wee bit onto the fingerboard away from the bridge area, and thus creating a bit more of an angle with the bow, rather than perpendicular to the strings.
Nevertheless, still sounded great!
Things to look at improving:
Bowing. Your technique needs tightening up so you bow straighter with less sideways sliding along the strings. I'm guilty about doing this so it's one of the first things I notice. I'm told to try to use more elbow/wrist and less shoulder as the ticket to solving this issue. In reality it's probably just an evil plot by violin makers to mess with our minds.
Left wrist. It looks tense. Whether it is or isn't I can't actually say but it looks that way to me. I think your finger elevation over the strings is fine. It'll slow you down for faster fingering but it's not horrible and you will improve it automatically as you play. I wouldn't worry about it at all at this point. If you really want to improve it, The Hunter's Chorus by Von Weber brought mine down from about where yours are in around a week or two.
Pinkie. Yup, too stiff. I am still working on mine but I'm finally starting to get there. Bow balance plays a huge part in this (I think) but your bow hold is probably where you really need to be looking to get that pinkie to relax.
Intonation. Lots of scales, practice, and time will improve this. Or so they say. I'm still waiting on my good intonation badge.
All in all, you did good.