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Working on learning to shift into other positions. Biggest problem so far is convincing my thumb that it needs to follow the rest of the hand. Working through the "Introducing The Positions" book and Wohlfahrt's for my lessons, and then we always play whatever tunes I bring in.
So this is the one that I decided to learn, since it has several spots that are excellent for shifts into third.
Enjoy the exercises Steve and Mandy.
Fiddlerman just brought up one of the most important parts of learning to play the Violin... Enjoy it!
If I'm frustrated with something.. I always seem to play a little of Pop goes the Weasel of If your happy and you know it... something silly... just to get back into the enjoyment phase of practicing, then I try again.
For shifting I've been playing Turkey in the Straw, in the B part I go to 2nd then 3rd then back to 1st, so it's a fun little break from just doing scales. And I don't tense up my grip when I'm playing it, so it's a nice way to keep my hand loose while shifting.
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....If I'm frustrated with something.. I always seem to play a little of Pop goes the Weasel of If your happy and you know it... something silly... just to get back into the enjoyment phase of practicing, then I try again.
Awesome ! That's the way to do it ! I have a whole heap of "fall-back tunes" LOL - one of my current ones is "How much is that doggie in the window" ( a version you will never have heard before! ) - oh - and playing "Twinkle" backwards - errrrrr - no - don't ask....
Yeah - these bits of temporary insanity break the "bad times of - WHY, WHY, WHY can't I just get this darned thing RIGHT ???? "
I'm with you all the way on your approach !!!!!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
how 'bout "Leaps of Faith" Here's 3 that I do.
When You wish Upon a Star
1st finger, A string, Bb note, to 3rd finger, A string, F note
The God Father
1st finger, E string, F# note, to 3rd finger, E string, D note
Last of the Mohicans
2nd finger, E string, G note, to 1st finger, E string, C note (then to D note)
When I first started trying these jumps for a gypsy tune I thought 'how is this possible' but as usual, with some practice, I began to land them. Some say don't look directly at the string, but just feel the interval, and hear the note you want to hit in your head just before making the jump.
"Striving to attain Mediocrity"