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Windsor Locks, CT
March 25, 2014 - 1:38 pm
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Well, its been 3 months.  I wish i could say I progessed further but I dont think I actually did.  I just came back from vacation and havent practiced in two weeks.  This one is cripple creek lesson from violins for dummies.  Overall this lesson taught me a new bow hold.  Had to hold the bow with my thumb wrapped under the frog and play a bit faster. I'm almost done with the Violins for dummies book and will start shortly with the EE 200 book.  I only have 9 pages left on this violins for dummies book and I cant wait to finnaly get done with it. sigh. Oh well, enjoy!  Time to practice more!  http://youtu.be/bN0_Cq_ddi0

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March 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm
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It's sounding good.  Keep 'em coming. 

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


March 25, 2014 - 3:31 pm
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Hey, great job!  That sounded really good, keep it up. 


I find that when I curve my thumb, my wrist is much more fluid.  I just found that out a few weeks ago and it really helped me. 


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Alaska, the Madness; Bloggity Stories of the North Country

March 25, 2014 - 9:59 pm
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Love it @Soldier!  

Blogging my beginner journey and progress...Diary of a Fumbling New Violinist:  http://learningviolin.ca/

Fort Lauderdale
March 25, 2014 - 10:09 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Good job Soldier. Keep it up. Nothing wrong with taking a break from time to time. Of course the progress is even better if you can find the time to play just a little every single day. :-)

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


March 26, 2014 - 8:18 am
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@Soldier  That was actually good for 3 months and just think 3 months ago you knew nothing!!   

Anytime Teach has taught me something new it has set me back, but the longer I have been playing the set ups are not lasting as long.  YEAH!!  For instance when I went from the short bowings to long bowings I was hitting the adjacent strings with almost every stroke!!  UUGGHH!!

One thing that has been most enjoyable is that at the end of the lesson we always play together.  She says just play the song don't worry about form or anything.  I end up playing fairly well and in tune!!  I think I play more in tune when not worrying about form, but just getting the music out.

I have actually rearranged my practices.  On even days I practice the songs I am learning for the next lesson [take 1 ever other month], work on form, Twinkles, pinkie fingerings, intonation, Suzuki Book 1 stuff.

On the uneven days I am playing to play.  All the songs I really enjoy and am beginning to memorize.  I really enjoy Bluegrass and Irish music, but have noticed I am enjoying the more Classical pieces as I am memorizing them!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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