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Andy Leaves
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May 1, 2020 - 4:11 pm
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When I first joined here a month ago I said I had played as a child... The years have obviously taken their toll on me...
I should have just said I can hold a violin and bow...

So in essence I've been playing less than a month, a friend of mine, who has a masters in music, and specialised in violins, has a very nice collection, an amati, a Dutch "ladies violin" and a bespoke handmade 5 string she has offered to teach me but she imuno-supressed so can't really pay her a visit.
She's offered Skype lessons.. So we'll give that a try soon'ish...

But I would like your ideas as well if you'd be so kind...
This is my first open string video...

I didn't think that was too bad...

However (now don't be too cruel, lol) I'm desperate to learn "lavenders blue" as my 4 month old likes to hear it sung to her...

I know I need to work on timing and rhythm...
Any other tips to work on, I'm still learning to sight read and note locations between sheet and fingerboard.

I know it's nowhere near good, but I think I've not done too bad for 3 weeks without a teacher...

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May 1, 2020 - 5:23 pm
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I was going to sy your bow looks like it was turned at the frog too much when I watched the first video, but I noticed it was not turned as tight on the second video, so it was corrected.

I am doing FaceTime cello lessons and find a half hour of those much more beneficial than an hour of in person instruction. I think you will be able to learn a lot via Skype. Good for you!

Keep up the good work. What a way to be encouraged, your 4 month old daughter! Lovely.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Andy Leaves
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May 1, 2020 - 9:23 pm
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cid said
I was going to sy your bow looks like it was turned at the frog too much when I watched the first video, but I noticed it was not turned as tight on the second video, so it was corrected.

Hey Cid, 

Thanks for your reply, what do you mean by *turned out"? 

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May 2, 2020 - 9:44 am
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@Andy Leaves 

I meant that the bow hairs looked like they were too taut in the first video. The bow, itself, was almost straight, and the gap between the hairs and the bow seemed too wide. In the second video, it looked better. The bow still had the curve and the gap between the hairs and the bow looked better. I am having a brain drain.

I think I am using the wrong words to describe it. Look at the bow in the first video. The bow is almost straight and the gap between the hair and bows is wide. The bow hairs were tighten too much.

In the second video, notice the bow still has its graceful curve and the gap between the hairs and bow is narrower. I was always told you should be able to put a pencil between the hair and bow, at is narrowest (center area) place and it will just touch the bow and hair. At that point the hairs have been tightened enough. 

For some reason, I was calling the screw at the end of the bow the "frog", which was wrong, sorry for the confusion.

Of course, I would think it would depend on how well the bow was haired, but it looked correct in the second video.

I am sure someone with a better grasp of the terms will chime in, if I am still getting it confused. 😁

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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LilyH
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May 2, 2020 - 3:42 pm
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Well it pretty good for such a short amount of time with no teacher! One small thing i noticed is that you could loosen your wrist instead of keeping it straight. Most of the bowing action comes from the elbow and wrist and not from the shoulder. Keep up the good work!

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