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Adult beginner in Vermont, USA
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November 20, 2016 - 12:32 pm
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Hi, Everyone. Fiddlerman, thanks for the video and written instructions. I'm learning notes on the third string today, and am loving it!  A couple questions: how do I make sweet sounds? Is that more relted to bowing?  Also, how do I know when it's time again to rosin the bow?



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November 20, 2016 - 12:46 pm
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Hi, Kitty :) Welcome to the forum :)

Most of the pleasant sounds from the violin have to do with bowing technique.

For the rosin, you'll learn to recognize the sound and feel telling you that you need more, but it doesn't hurt at all to do a swipe or two of rosin before you practice :)  

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November 21, 2016 - 3:24 pm
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Hello Kitty:

Adult beginner here too. Welcome.

Sweet sounds... intonation and straight bowing... bow pressure and speed... Whew...droolingexactly

You can do it....soon you will hear the sweet sounds.cheerleader

Open string bowing practice and it will all fall into place. violin-student

Good luck and welcome welcome.


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November 22, 2016 - 6:04 pm
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Thanks for the encouragement. Things sound awful but Im determined!

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November 23, 2016 - 1:39 pm
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Sweet sounds come with time and a lot of it is dependent on your bowing technique, yes. :)
Part of sweet sound is how you start and stop notes, pet the notes, dynamics and expressions. A relaxed hand is necessary as well but it all comes with time. Compare it to building a house for example. You need to begin with the foundation and the finishings come at the end.

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