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A slightly off key musical journey
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More videos!  

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First the acoustic ones.  I'm finding it hard to go back and forth because of that gap between the strings which i will fix as soon as the cash makes itself available.

I like to play music from phantom of the opera, it just makes me happy and i like all the crazy key changes keeps you on your toes.

The first part of music of the night.  I would have got the rest but turning the page was a bit hard where i was standing.

http://youtu.be/1iR8LNrNH7o

This was taken today, above was taken yesterday.  I had just put the electric down so this is pretty bad, my hands took a while to adjust. 

'Wishing you were somehow here again.'  I found the last key change hard but figured i'd go for it anyway.

http://youtu.be/cNx09a0y3Dg

And the same song on the electric to prove i can sort of actually play it :) Sorry about the cough in the middle i have a cold, and at the end my cat gets involved.

http://youtu.be/s6KDfNTtUxs

And 'All i ask of you'

http://youtu.be/RfkvpLgLdKM

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Good job. :)
Thanks for the posts. Just realized that I need to give you a badge.

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Thanks for the badge!  

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Busy day violin wise for me.  New bridge & pro arte strings arrived for the new violin so I spent a bit of time changing those out.  I'll be taking it to the store in the next few days, I think the sound post needs to be repositioned.  When I went to change the strings and such most of the old strings were way out of tune, and I picked the case up to carry it downstairs, I think the jiggling around has moved the sound post, it's slid more to one side of the body, luckily it hasn't fallen down.

So far im apply with the new strings.

Anyway, the string change/ new bridge went smoothly and I even had a little practice on it, returning every few minutes.  I hope the strings break in quickly.  I recorded a video for the critique sections, a not very good but I'm looking for help with my hand positions a so used the only version I got that shows both hands in the video.

I also found some sheet music at my parents house over the holiday so have been leading through that.  I found the witches dance, with a bit more practice I think it could ben unit to play.  I need more staccato.

 

http://youtu.be/UVDM1wkKa0c

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When I was tinkering with the Witch's Dance a couple months ago, I found this playthrough and the associated talk-through helpful.

The bow direction and pressure to get it to sound right was being a bit challenging for me, and I felt the tutorial helped a bit.  Not that I got to playing it well, by any means.

I also like the music from Phantom of the Opera, my usuals from that are Think of Me and Angel of Music.

In any case..

Bravo mischa!!

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DanielB said
When I was tinkering with the Witch's Dance a couple months ago, I found this playthrough and the associated talk-through helpful.

The bow direction and pressure to get it to sound right was being a bit challenging for me, and I felt the tutorial helped a bit.  Not that I got to playing it well, by any means.

I also like the music from Phantom of the Opera, my usuals from that are Think of Me and Angel of Music.

In any case..

Bravo mischa!!

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Thanks, that video will help loads, the music I have doesn't have any bowing Indications on it so I'll be able to add them from the video and play along :)

I like both of those.  I'm playing from a piano book so basically every song is all the sharps or all the flats or a combo of both, I should probably gets the violin book to replace the one I have. 

thank you.  It's getting easier to record, although I still have maybe 15 takes to get a semi decent one.  

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The video Danielb suggested is great! I've been practicing with it this morning, and incorporating the tips from the critique thread. I played for about an hour and a half, some in front of the mirror, some not.  I can really feet the different hand position of my left hand, it being more rotated and my elbow more under the violin as opposed to out to my side, it'll take some getting used to but I can do it!  I'm still a bit wobbly on the bow hand, I feel like I either grip too much or grip too little depending on whether I'm paying attention to that hand or not.   More practice and it'll be easier. 

http://youtu.be/4XXRwHQDd7U

So I did a recording with the bowing from the above video, I made some mistakes and corrected them in the video, I think I was off on a fe notes and I completely missed a note in the second to last bar,oops.  

I also feel like I'm getting a bit more used to this violin; the strings were almost in tune this morning which was nice, I think all the playing and retuning yesterday helped.  I'm less afraid to make noise with it and just playing even if i get bits wrong. my neighbour can just deal with it.

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Much better :)
Good job!

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Fiddlerman said
Much better :)
Good job!

Thank you.  The tips really helped a lot.

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Ahhh....  I ought to get back on that tune as well.   I had worked on it (using the same vid Daniel mentioned) for the Halloween party - but ended up doing something "a bit different"  ( !! hmmm ).    Anyway - thanks for the post, it's a "reminder" for me to go back and work on it....    I have a LOT of pieces consigned to the "in-progress" tray (far too many if the truth be told).  Keep up the good work !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Thanks Bill, I'm the same, I have a folder of in progress tunes. I find pieces that look I interesting and other things get abandoned.

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My practice session last night was a complete bust, i think i went into it annoyed at something unrelated and it drifted over into practice.  I gave up pretty quick, no sense in blaming the instrument for my annoyance.  Also, i've been hearing an odd double tone when i bow; not a squeak like a sliding bow more like another note being played.  I went to the doctor today for a cough i've had and apparently i've got fluid behind both eardrums and my sinuses are completely blocked, yay.  That's probably why i'm hearing the second sound, i'll just use my ear plugs until the infection clears up.

I found what look like a few good books relating to violin technique that i think i'm going to buy and work through; unfortunately both of my bank accounts have been the victim of fraud in the past few days so i have to wait on new bank cards and my money to be put back.  Thieving gits emptied my checking account :(  But once the cash is back then i'll get those new books.  I also would like to get a theory book as i feel i am lacking in that department.

Oh, on a positive note the new violin finally has a name, he's now Nicolo H. The H is to remind me of someone in high school who played beautifully and still inspires me.  

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If you're thinking of getting a book on technique, "The Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching," by Ivan Galamian is very good.  It's also available for free in PDF form, the link has been posted somewhere here before, but I don't recall what it is. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Thanks Uzi! i'll have a look for it, it can't be that hard to find.

The ones i have in my amazon cart are Schradieck's violin techniques books 1-3 & Sevcik's bowing techniques as i feel my bowing really does need some work.

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I took my new violin to the store today to have it checked out by their luthier, he said it looked fine, sound post is in the right place the body looks in good shape.  He also recommended I get a damp it because of how cold and dry it is here.  At some point im going to buy a new case for it and am considering a center chin rest instead of the side one.  

During my my practice I started to work on Ševčík's bowing technique book 1.  It's complicated mostly because of how it's set out and all the languages written side by side.  So far so good though.  It got me thinking, does bow hold really matter?  I've seen different people and different styles hold the bow differently and I'm wondering if my straight pinky finger is a big deal?  

I think work on my left hand is coming along better than work on my bow hand.  I could do with dropping my wrist just a tad more but at least the neck isn't resting on my palm any more.  

I think the electric needs new strings, the noise I was hearing isn't my ears (although they are fluid filled right now, ew); I think then strings just need to be changed.  I'll do it soon.  

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Hi Mischa, I just ordered the same electric violin from Fiddlerman. I ordered the one in black though I absolutely think the red looks better than I thought of the picture. I tuned it to see what I could get it to sound like as a measure then replaced all the strings with the set of d' addario pro arte I ordered. It was my first time ever putting strings on and even though I am a novice beginner with the violin they sound warmer to me. Even the pegs wouldn't stay put initially and I treated them and now they stay where they need to. Now I'm thinking for the low cost of the violin it sounds nice. My acoustic is a rental with a pretty large deductible if I break something so I'll leave that one alone. smile

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Rob C said
Hi Mischa, I just ordered the same electric violin from Fiddlerman. I ordered the one in black though I absolutely think the red looks better than I thought of the picture. I tuned it to see what I could get it to sound like as a measure then replaced all the strings with the set of d' addario pro arte I ordered. It was my first time ever putting strings on and even though I am a novice beginner with the violin they sound warmer to me. Even the pegs wouldn't stay put initially and I treated them and now they stay where they need to. Now I'm thinking for the low cost of the violin it sounds nice. My acoustic is a rental with a pretty large deductible if I break something so I'll leave that one alone. smile

I like the red one, it's so sparkly and is quite a nice colour in real life.  I just bought pro artes for my new acoustic and I agree, they sound great.   When i get paid I'll be getting a set for the electric too.  I had a rental a few years ago and was so scared I'd break it and end up with a huge bill I took it back, it just wasn't fun to play with that hanging over my head.

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From yesterday's practice

http://youtu.be/AWPxu7HE9XE

I thought it sounded better than the last one,  

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And something else I'm working on.

http://youtu.be/3il8Bkhk0JI

i messed up the middle, my fingers got ahead of my brain.  It's a work in progress

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@mischa91 

Okay.. works great on my iphone 6 plus. (maybe they have been reloaded?)

I can't tell on the work computer as it has no audio... (violinist nightmare)...

What a nice sounding violin.  Nice job.  You play nicely. 

I like your bow hold!!!   :)  And I like the white kitty... she was singing with you.

I am glad you resurrected the thread.  thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

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