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learned some things today:
one: its fun to play triplets(one an a two an a) like this: open bowing, one on d string, two on e string, an a on a string.repeat.
two: had an a string that bellowed. Much louder than the d string. Moved the sound post inward and forward. The sound is much more level across the strings. I go backwards with a thick wood plate and forward with a thin wood plate.
I have preludes on all three violins(thank you FM) and am now able to tell the differences of the violins. Amusingly, I like to play the Crescent violin(Jane) more than the others and because I like it better, I practice more with it.
I am in love with FM's carbon fiber bow. It is very smooth silky sounding. It has no unwanted bouncing. BTW, my other really heavy bows (67 to 70 grams) do bounce. Knowing that the bounce is there, I can correct for it,,but the bounce is there. I just assume that the tip is too heavy, but I could be wrong on that.
I changed the shoulder rest to a one piece and put the same thing on the three violins, trying to make them equal. So far I like the results.
I have been playing without a chin rest and like it, but have been having some limited trouble moving down on the neck. I think I'll be able to work it out, but the violin gets squirrely at times.
Ya know, my practice would go a lot smoother if I could at LEAST remember the alphabet. Rather embarrassing to spend 15 seconds trying to remember what comes after g and where oh where I'm supposed to put my danged finger. It's at times like these, I get up and take a walk or do push ups. 3rd position will be fun once I figure it out,,,I'm hoping.
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