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Hello everyone, I've been playing for approx 10 months now and I'm having a little bit of trouble in regards to bowing and artistic slurs.
I've been trying to break my habit of always bowing tunes the way I initially learnt them.
I've been using Brian Wiklunds American Fiddle method volume 2 and have started trying to apply the artistic slurs he discusses towards the end of the book (pg48) to the tunes I know. Things like 2 note slur patterns, 3 note slurring and 3 up 1 down etc.
I'm finding this very difficult, more difficult than learning the tunes the first time with just saw bowing and corrective slurs. I find I throw myself off extremely easily and if I'm under pressure e.g. jamming with friends, I almost always default to the bowing I initially learnt.
I'm really keen on breaking this habit so I can bow things differently without throwing myself off.
Anyway, I wanted to ask other people for their experiences relating to this problem and how you overcame it e.g. exercises that you found helpful?
Hmmm.,.. Maybe simple scales practice.,.. Try slurring all the way up through an octave on a single up-bow then same on a down bow. Then, "saw" it, then "shuffle" bow it. It probably is just as you say - you'll lapse into what you are most familiar with...
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Oh no, my OCD self, if I started saying words or counting with various bowings I'd never stop, lol. I can't have a clock that ticks for that reason... I will count all the ticks off in my head all day long whether I want to or not, lol.
For me, when I was trying to get slurs down, I just repeated the bar over and over until I didn't have to think about it anymore.
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