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May 17, 2014 - 9:28 am
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@Oliver Everything I can get my hands on in way of a SONG!! As I have learned each new technique over this past year I have found all kinds of different songs to practice that one technique. Learning how to hold the violin, bow hold, using the different bowing lanes, etc. I jump from bluegrass to Irish tunes to classical to oldies but goodies looking for those tunes that will help me memorize that one technique. Tunes I love!! For example in December I really focused on playing and learning Christmas tunes.

At first I could only play songs in the key of A because I knew only those fingering. Since then I have moved in order to the key of D, G and C. One thing I have going for me is I can read music. Sometimes the best I ever play the tune is the very first time I read it, and then when I try to record it, uughh!!

I had not done a scale until I started working on using my pinky a couple of months ago about 9 months in. I do just a simple D and G scale up and down to find the position of the pinky and increase my coordination of movement of my middle finger.

I have found all kinds of bluegrass songs that use the pinky and it has shown me how much it can speed up my song. Another technique I am learning is deciding what finger I can hold down while I play other notes to go back to that original finger I am holding down.

BUT the biggest thing I knew I would have trouble with was playing in front of people. I started right away practicing in front of my family, something I would have never done in the past. A couple of weeks ago I joined a bluegrass jam.

Since I am attending a jam I have started learning chords to play back up and how to lead, jump to backup and then back to the lead for the ending. I was actually able to do this last Tuesday yeah!! It was not mistake free but I did it!!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 am
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That all sounds more like fun than practice!
Anyhow, I was happy to hear your remarks about holding finger position. I was raised with that idea by a publisher named Applebaum and I've come to believe it is one of the very basic skills (which may have to do with being unpopular!).
Attached is a scan of one work which actually shows the finger hold-downs ....
bar 40,42,49, etc.
And I will/do dedicate occasional time to just that one aspect.
Long live Applebaum!
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May 18, 2014 - 8:57 am
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Good Idea on Applebaum Oliver. Also, great idea to leave the fingers down as much as possible.
Thanks for the post.

I personally am at a state in my life were I don't find time to practice (sadly) but I do play a lot.
When I do have time to practice I really mix it up from scales to exercises to solo works.

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Following comments NOT any rebuttal to previous posts in thread.

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