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What do you find is the easiest way to practice
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BillyG
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July 9, 2017 - 4:18 am
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Front is usually good - but if you are happy to play whilst standing then you can just rotate a bit to capture what you want.   Here's an early video of mine, I needed a close look at my finger shape down on the G.... with the camera mounted on the fiddle itself...

  

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@Fred Normally in front. I do that so that I have a good view of my bowing arm to make sure I'm not moving my shoulder when I shouldn't and keeping my hand flexible; and my left wrist, making sure I'm keeping it straight.

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Thank you Billy and Mandy, I'll give it a try in the morning.

Have a great week!

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Hope it helps you out :) I've always found videos a big help in correcting issues :)  

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Cool practice journal @coolpinkone !!    

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@Schaick thanks. I have been journaling most everything these days. Using a bullet journal for planner and all kinds of "trackers" food, mood, and regular journal. Keeps my sanity... well that is if you think I am sane. LOL :)

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@BillyG  how did you get a camera to sit like that so you could play and not have it fall off? That would be an awesome thing for me to do as I think i'm inconsistent with how I place my fingers on the fingerboard!  

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@RockingLR33 - I used a small webcam (probably the Logitech C160 if I recall correctly) which was small and light and had a sort of "flip-up" plastic bracket which I suppose is there to clip on the top of a laptop screen or whatever, rather than my main camera, and just held it on to the EV via the plastic clip with some elastic bands and some packed-up kitchen roll to get the angle / height where I wanted it.   It's a wee bit of messing about until it's looking right down the neck, but all set up in maybe 10 or so minutes....   fun stuff....

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I find it's easiest to practice upon waking up in the morning, or later in the day but after a short nap.  Being mentally alert and without physical tension are important things, and a little sleep or rest can help to prep for practice.  Also a little rest between shorter practice sessions can help too (like savasana in yoga).

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I used to be an early morning practicer but I progressed to late night. Then as I got older, something happened and I started going to bed early. Now I'm back to morning. Problem is that I haven't practiced in a million years. :(

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