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Progress After Removing Finger Placement Tapes
So far, so good.
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January 22, 2019 - 4:49 pm
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I had my first lesson without my tapes today. Great lesson! My instructor was pleased I took them off. She agreed that all I was dong was looking down the fingerboard to the tape strips. I had to use my tuner to start, just to find where I needed to be to start. She did suggest that I put a dot for the first finger, until I showed her my non-blaring red pinstripe where the little finger would go if you used that instead of the neighboring open string. It is a dull red and is not very visible on the ebony fingerboard. Kind of serves the backwards version is what she was thinking. My warped way of thinking. It just allows me to not really use the tape strip at the first finger. It is actually for a song I do that uses that E on the D string, I really don’t look at it much.

My lesson went well on a number of points. I was actually asked what kind of violin I wanted to play and what songs I can play and what songs, in particular, I would like to learn. 

I told her that I can play “Danny Boy”, and played it. Then she said we could work on that and she will teach me some trills to add. It really needs something and I don’t do vibrato yet. Great! I also told her that I do not want to do classical. I said that I am not against it, I just don’t want to be a classical violinist. Too busy sounding. I like songs like Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes Are Shining, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra (really want to learn that, too). I really like the pretty songs. So, I don’t think fiddle is an apt description either, I keep thinking fast jiggy songs when hear the term “fiddle”. Maybe sometime, but not now.

So, she gave me a Mel Bay book to look through. I texted her a digital copy of Danny Boy that was a free download, and she is going to look for the “When Irish Eyes Are Shining” that she has. I just ordered a Hal Leonard book that had the “Look Inside” and it had slower beautiful Irish songs in it that I like, and they were easy versions.

Can’t wait to practice again. violin-1267

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January 23, 2019 - 12:40 pm
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Very cool. I had a few lessons when I started... and I had been learning to play on this site...and I watched FM's vids on finger placement.

When I got to the lessons the teacher asked my permission and she put two tapes on my violin.  I got very used to those two tapes.  I kept them on for a year or two. 

IT was very hard for me to get rid of them. Sometimes I wish I would have just one for fourth finger...but I agree that I have to train my ears....

So I press on with no tapes.  🙂 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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January 23, 2019 - 12:42 pm
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oh and a side note.  I quit playing on so many violins.  I was too new to  effectively get the finger position correct and my two main violins are in my opinion quite different.  So that is why I don't go from Violin to violin... just not good enough yet.  🙂

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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January 24, 2019 - 4:06 am
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Good to hear your lesson was great 👍 

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