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A slightly off key musical journey
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You said it goes Wonky in the middle. We love Wonky!!

Its not bad. In the beginning your fingering is really precise. Very nice on that. As for taking 7 or 8 retakes... is at all !!! your going to have to do worse then that. We required 8 to 10 re-takes on everything.

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, the smile at the end tells the whole tale.  smile

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Tyberius said
You said it goes Wonky in the middle. We love Wonky!!

Its not bad. In the beginning your fingering is really precise. Very nice on that. As for taking 7 or 8 retakes... is at all !!! your going to have to do worse then that. We required 8 to 10 re-takes on everything.

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, the smile at the end tells the whole tale.  smile

I thought the part in the middle was worth seeing, it's funny how often that happens, I find smacking myself In the head with the instrument makes the whole process go better.  I could have put up the take before this one but there was just a tad too much swearing involved for it to be watchable.  

 

I should remember next time I take a video to record the first practice run through, that's usually the best one.  Then 8 retakes later I'm still left with something not quite right.  Oh well, I just have to either get used to the camera or hide cameras around the house and record my practices.

 

thanks.   It helps too when my kitty tries to help make it better, she knocked the camera over a few times with her enthusiasm.  

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So I'm on the last tune in book 3, need to order book 4.  I got a new scale book which includes scales in 2 octaves :)

 

I'm really hoping to take some videos of the last few tunes in the next week or so.  I would have done it sooner but i have been stuck into a horse trailer renovation project which ate up all of my spare time and then I went in vacation; a week away without playing and my first lesson back went down the pooper, honestly it's like I hadn't touched an instrument in a year :s. Odd how that happens.  My teacher didn't seem to mind though, the scales I played went fabulously so that kept her happy.  

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Congratulations on graduating book 3!! clapviolin_girlI'll be looking forward to your videos.

I'm sure your muscle memory of playing violin will come back quickly!

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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AnnyJ said
Congratulations on graduating book 3!! clapviolin_girlI'll be looking forward to your videos.

I'm sure your muscle memory of playing violin will come back quickly!

Hi,  Thanks!  I had technical difficulties over the weekend with my ipad so haven't had the chance to take whole videos yet, stupid thing runs out of space so quickly since i updated it and their software basically takes up all the memory.  The playing is coming back, scale practice is helping.

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I know I didn't upload videos, I had to go back to the UK for a funeral so I've been away for a while.  

 

However, tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary since I got Nicolo, I wanted to mark the occasion but will be super busy tomorrow.  I took 2 videos after a little practice, I only took 1 take for each and haven uploaded the first take.  It was very hard not to get distracted by my kitty trying to bat the iPad screen and catch my bow, very distracting!  

 

I'm still working on these two from the end of suzuki book 3, I haven't finished learning the second part of the bourrée with the flats, hopefully by next lesson I'll have it okay.

http://youtu.be/SIkPUhFE7Iw

http://youtu.be/Nh6HLeibFos

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Great job! clap

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Bravo!!!

I am finally catching up too.

Most excellent. Nice to see you also.

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Great going! thumbs-upeven with frisky kitty-cat.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks @damfino , @coolpinkone & @AnnyJ .

 

The kitty likes to watch me film, and try to mess it up, she's very annoying when she wants to be but in so cute!   My teacher kept me on them sat two tunes for mother few weeks just so I'm properly prepared to tackle book 4. 

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Keep up the good work.

 

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Thanks, I plan to.

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Finally onto book 4!!dancing

 

My teacher has started me on the second solo piece Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op. 22, 1st Movement (F. Seitz); she said something about it being a little more playable than the first piece which i think we'll do next.  It's not bad, i started practicing it last week and i'm getting through it okay. 

 

I'll try very hard this weekend to get a video of the bourree piece from book 3 on video.  

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mischa91 

Congratulations on your advancement to book four.  Your are steadily making the most excellent progress.

Very motivating and inspirational.  Keep up the great work and always keep posting.

Super Happy for your milestone.

Love,

Toni

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:)

Glad I have company on this one.  I've been working on it for a couple of months and still haven't gotten the whole thing up to 120 bpm yet.  The dynamics are the most important part, though.  There is a huge range of expression, and it's really easy for me to forget the piano parts.  The piece is meant to be light and airy, but always keep the bow hair in contact with the strings.

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My teacher has started me on the second solo piece Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op. 22, 1st Movement (F. Seitz); she said something about it being a little more playable than the first piece which i think we'll do next.  It's not bad, i started practicing it last week and i'm getting through it okay. 

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Just listened to the recordings.  That was awesome!  My violin is named Maggie, for no apparent reason.  It just stuck, I suppose.  She was a gift from a friend who had four instruments, but time for only three (guitar, mandolin, banjo).  I borrowed her last summer, played something for him several weeks later (badly), and he was so impressed that I was able to get anything out of her, that he let me have her.  Keep doing what you're doing, you got this!

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coolpinkone, Thank you!  I'm glad my progress is inspiring.  I have more to do to get better and make my tunes sound more appealing, like adding more dynamics.  I'll get there in the end.

 

@bfurman, I haven't even started to think about the dynamics on this piece, just trying to get through the notes right now.  It's a tough piece and i'm playing it slowly to start with.  I'm going over the first page to start with and then i'll move on and add the second page eventually.  I really want to try to incorporate vibrato in places in this piece too but the notes are hard enough right now.

 

@EdTheCellist, Thanks!  Maggie is a great name.  You have a very generous friend to let you keep the instrument, lucky you!  have you posted a photo of her on the site?  

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No photos as of yet, @mischa91 , I'll get something up here one of these days.  Long ways off from a video, I'm not confident about my intonation.  My musician friends have nicknamed me the "Pitch Nazi," in fact.  Intonation is easier on the violin; on the cello, given the size, you have all sorts of room to miss notes!  But regardless of the instrument, shifting is a challenge.  I'll keep you guys posted as things progress. 

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mischa91, hang in there!  I love piece, but mastering it is truly challenging.  My teacher has added in a different (Vivaldi) piece to keep me from going stir crazy, but I will continue going back to Seitz periodically.  It really is a diverse workout with dynamics, bow position and pressure, shifting, string crossing, double stops, and tempo, not to mention intonation.  (Full tempo is quite brisk.) Best wishes to you on your continuing journey!

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edthecellist , I was very concerned that my intonation was off too but then i remembered that even professionals make intonation errors occasionally, it's just part of playing the violin.  I look forward to a video when you post one.

@bfurman I like it so far, the double stops will take work as I've never really sone much work on them.  My teacher and I played the second page together in my lesson and she said I did well getting through it.  

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