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Been playing for a week after work and I figured out how to learn songs and that is by plucking the strings like a guitar (never played a guitar but it is on my to do list) figured I spew this out there for all to see.) =) Since I have Mary had a Little Lamb in memory I just now learned Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart by plucking and now working on bowing which is a pain lol but it is coming along nicely.
Thanks at first my pinky was stubborn and not wanting to stay on top of the bow and now it is....violins are fun and frustrating at the same time lol
Yep, like a female > So I call mine Cindy.
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
I too pluck my stings sometimes. usually with a chain saw.
I learn by looooooong bow strokes on short bits of a song at about 15 beats per minute. This not only helps me learn and cement muscle memory for bow placement, it helps with bow hold, steady bow strokes and allows me to reduce bow bounce as I gain more control with pressure and rolling the bow sort of to a few "edge" hairs.
I don't know if this is proper technique or not, but until Fiddlerman beats me down because of my bad practice and possibly horribly repetitive habits I may teaching myself, I'll keep playing with my "Weapon of Mass Détaché"
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader