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Went back to the Alison Sparrow videos
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August 2, 2022 - 4:19 pm
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When I started violin, I found Alison Sparrow's site. She has online lessons. I downloaded her sheets, and bookmarked all of her lessons. I forgot about those, for the most part. 

My bowing has gone down the tubes. I can't hear the intonation as well with scratchy bad bowing sounds. I started from scratch, no pun intended, with my bowing. I like her hold. She said it is a hybrid of a couple. I find it very comfortable. 

I watched her bowing lesson. It is very good, at least for what I need. I am not into videos, but I do like hers and her lesson progression. It makes sense to me. I stopped watching when I started lessons, and I forgot about them when the lessons stopped. Wish that I had remembered.

I played my Holstein Workshop Lord Wilton violin and he was singing, lordy, lordy, lordy! 😂😂😂😂😂

Seriously. I played open strings slowly, paying attention to my arm joint movements. Then I did slow scales, then I did slow slurred scales. Lord Wilton sounded wonderful. I then played a couple songs that I like to play and they sounded like they did when I did my challenge. That was pre-sore shoulder. I still have work, but the intonation was pretty steady, which reinforced what I progresses to with the challenge.

My cello went down the hill because of sloppy blowing because of a sore shoulder. I did the same routine using Alison Sparrow's video as a guide, with my cello. Good ol' Mikey G sounded like I knew he could, once again.

I think I will have to do this for a while, until the bowing is natural, before moving on. 


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August 5, 2022 - 5:23 pm
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I started off with Alison sparrow. I did her one to ten lessons on you tube and then ten to twenty. I don’t think I’ll be doing her next lot for a while yet I find her song books tough going. But I think she is really good and would recommend her to anyone starting from scratch. But then there are others I watch laura staples mary v and a few others !

August 5, 2022 - 6:23 pm
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It is funny how many ways there are to teach the same things. It is lso,strnge, how differently they can be used by people learning the same thing. 

I love her song books, nice variety. I don't know why I forgot about this. Oh, it was when I did the lessons. When they stopped, I had forgotten about all the videos and songbooks. 


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