Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Please participate in our “Let it Snow” Xmas 2020 Group youtube project!”

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Exploring new things! :)
Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 (1 votes) 
Avatar
V T
Members
June 1, 2020 - 2:59 am
Member Since: December 3, 2019
Forum Posts: 36
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Exploring new things! 🙂

violin-1267

Not really a song, but I did try out a few things here.... 

What do you think?  🙂

Avatar
Peter
West Sussex, England UK
Members

Regulars
June 1, 2020 - 5:01 am
Member Since: September 27, 2019
Forum Posts: 350
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Your bowing looks good, giving clear notes. Try to put a little upward curve (only a little) on your fourth right-hand finger ("pinkie") to allow it to flex when needed on string changes.

Your vibrato is far more impressive than mine, and I would only add that to perfect it  you need only keep practicing to make it a little more profound. Aim to flatten the note away from the main note when vibrating; little dips toward the pegbox:

Nicola Benedetti - Vibrato - Nicky has a great way of explaining even the most technically difficult topics.

Peter

"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less"  - William of Ockham

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

Avatar
V T
Members
June 1, 2020 - 11:41 pm
Member Since: December 3, 2019
Forum Posts: 36
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@Peter, Thanks so much for all of your sharing tips. 

Yes, I know of my bow pinkie issue, but so difficult to keep it curved when bowing. It just keeps falling down. I guess I have sort of muscle weakness for the pinkies.

As for the vibrato, I will take your advice to keep the movement towards the "flats".  I will try to tilt the left fingers slightly towards the peg box when doing vibrato (instead of keep the fingertips straight down as I'm doing now.)

Avatar
V T
Members
July 15, 2020 - 2:52 am
Member Since: December 3, 2019
Forum Posts: 36
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Still exploring viola...! I LOVE it ! This viola's tone melts my heart !

I think violas are quite underrated in the Strings world ! 

This is a 15.5" viola.  I just bought it - very used, scratches and dents, tattered old strings - from a local amateur violist.  He said he had learned on this 15.5", but now he plays a "real viola" of 18 inch.  For me, this 15.5" viola is a stretch (physically and musically).  I went from exploring a 3/4 size violin (my kid's violin), to a 4/4 size violin, (back down) to a 13.5" size viola (my kid's viola), and now to a 15.5" viola!  My arms are just long enough for a 15.5" viola, but, gees, it's so much more heavy than a 4/4 violin!  Viola bow strokes are more difficult to manage, too! 🙂

I never intended to learn viola (nor even violin).  Growing up, I only dreamed of learning piano, which I am still learning.  Somehow, in the recent few years, watching my kid learn during her violin lessons got me hooked up with the violin's sounds.  Then, as this year has marched on, with all the stress in this pandemic time, the sounds of a viola suddenly become more appealing as well.  I also love the sounds of a cello, but it is too big for me physically.  NO, I will not be bewitched by a cello to explore it!  Enough is enough ! 🙂

Avatar
ELCB
Michigan, USA
Members

Regulars
July 15, 2020 - 3:15 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 833
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi VT - looks like you are having fun! 

Those lower tones of a viola are sure alluring...

 

- Emily

Avatar
John Bracone
Members
July 16, 2020 - 6:12 pm
Member Since: June 8, 2020
Forum Posts: 51
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Pretty good! Keep it up!

NO squeaks, or unintentional double stops, and your bowing look's nice and parallel to the bridge..from what I could see.

Also heard some vibrato in there as well.

Bravo!!

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: AndrewH
Guest(s) 60
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming HeadCheese, kevoxyde, Freq, Ginnysg, lakelivr, harvestman, happyjet, fiddlinmama, Raef, AmandaKulp
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
damfino: 1991
Kevin M.: 1971
cdennyb: 1815
TerryT: 1728
Ferret: 1575
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 27357
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 60
Topics: 8700
Posts: 108110
Newest Members:
JosephJoestar, RJ_Fiddles, rln2020, Jerome Hubbard, Little Prairie Girl, mmyork
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15262, KindaScratchy: 1756, coolpinkone: 4176, BillyG: 3568, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 2293