I've had my violin for exactly one week...I practice everyday and have watched many of the videos on this site. I have the fingerings down for the G string and have moved onto the D string, but I am having trouble playing this string on its own. I am unable to keep a constant sound, I am not sure when the bow should be up or down or straight and I am getting very frustrated. Any suggestions and tips or other videos would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to keep practicing my mistakes.
Welcome aboard, donross.
Hopefully Fiddlerman's reply is all you needed, and everything is going good now. He's really good at this stuff.
But if not... The forum is a great place to get help, but you can get more help if you give a bit more for folks to work with. Some pictures of your violin, showing the bridge so we can see if the string heights are good, for example. Or an audio recording so folks here can hear how the sound on the D string isn't constant, and there's a good chance that someone here may have run into exactly that problem before and can help you out.
Just a thought for you, there.
Oh, and welcome to the delightful madness that is violin!
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Like Daniel said, without a recording, we can't be sure what you mean by "constant," but I can guess. First, review the videos here on bowing. Second, practice playing the different strings without placing the left hand fingers on the strings -- just practice playing the open strings. Like FM said, changing from one string to the next is a matter of raising or lowering the elbow. The other thing that can cause the sound not to be constant is moving the bow at an inconsistent speed and/or downward pressure on the bow. Additionally, inconsistent sound can come from changing you sounding point (the distance that the bow contacts the strings between the bottom of the fingerboard and the bridge.) The solution is to practice playing the open strings, bowing in both directions until you get those three things figured out.
1. Height of elbow
2. Consistent bow speed and pressure
3. Constant sounding point.
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welcome to the wonderful world of violins! The boys have pretty much covered what your problem could be without seeing it so i hope some of those helped. Don't be afraid to throw up a critique video they are wonderfully helpful when working through though spots!!
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Hello and welcome:
It is a blast to learn to play the violin. I would recommend a few of the FM videos and I personally think the more you bow, the better off you'll be. The open string bowing is something I missed in the beginning and I think it makes all the difference in the world. Keep on doing it and you will notice changes for the good.
In one of the beginning vids Pierre has bowing across the strings and recommends we do it as long and as slow as possible.
So much to learn and have fun with.
Welcome welcome. I don't think anyone in the history of the forum has had a worse or squeakier first 3 months than myself.
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Yep, welcome home. We've all been there and for most of us, it's been fairly recently.
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Thanks so much for everyone's recommendations!! I am quite addicted to "getting it right" and my husband says that he's noticed an improvement just in the short time I've had my violin. My problem is that I have never been one for practicing all the technical stuff with any instrument I've learned....I want to get straight to the songs! I have to learn to practice my patience more I think!
Your jar is filling up but I'm gonna throw in my 2 cents anyway.
5 minutes open bowing, full long strokes then quarter notes, then eighth, then triplets,then 16th ,,80 bpm
5 minutes finger dexterity (fm's sheets)
5 minutes 7 major scales
5 minutes break, get up, walk around.
10 minute working on some detail.
Then play your songs.
The above must be done while smiling.