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Here's my latest video – I spent a long time without doing any
I'm just sharing, but feel free to criticize anyway ; I'm aware that it's not anywhere close to perfect - and my intonation is not what it should be (after 5 years). I'm having fun with that tango-ish sort of music, though.
[P.S. This will self-destruct in a few days]
Hope you don't remove your nice video.
Don't think many members have heard Passo Fundo and nobody's perfect - well, except maybe Fiddlerman! (lol)
I've seen Fiddlerman recommend marking on your music where you think your intonation might be off - as a reminder to pay closer attention in spots.
Most of the time I play by ear, so when I think I'm off I slow down and/or check against my tuner.
I think if you leave your video you can revisit it in 6 months to see how well you've improved!
This is such a pretty piece - I don't speak Spanish or Portuguese but I looked up "Passo Fundo" and it's a large municipality in Southern Brazil named after a river! Common to see Gauchos walking the streets sometimes in full costume - the "Cowboys" of South America!
Thanks for sharing!
@Mark Yes it was fun and that's what matters the most 🙂
@ELCB I play by ear too, so I can't mark the sheet music ; but I should try to pay attention and see if my intonation is off always on the same notes, or not. I think that mostly not, but that I should work on the shifts (that's the drawback when playing violin things on the viola - got to shift a bit more on the A string 😉 ).
However probably in 6 months I'll be tired of this tune and not play it anymore. I had been trying it for a week or so when I made the video, so not long enough to be bored with it.
Generally speaking, there are a few pieces that I enjoy going back to regularly to see if I play them better, but not all of them – and if I force myself to play something I don't like too much anymore, the result is not quite good. I suppose the same goes for everyone, there's no playing the violin/viola/cello/whatever half-heartedly 🙂 .
I think it's VERY important to love what you play!
Especially at my age (lol) - life's too short.
I need to have pretty much instant gratification, too (I'm shameless) - been known to change the key of a piece, if just slowing it down/simplifying it doesn't help me start to learn fast enough!
One good trick I found that helps me with intonation is looping a recording of how I want to end up sounding... for hours... days... what ever it takes so I hear it in my head crystal clear with no music (I have to really love a piece to do this).
I just gave away all my secrets!
I liked it, you have a nice sweet vibrato. I wouldn't worry too much about intonation, joy in playing is what matters, and besides not many en up as soloists, I have seen excellent violinists busking on the street, a lot of people think playing violin is just hard lol they have no idea of the real difficulty in just getting a sound out of it, well done on the vid.