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My Journey with My Violin Since May 1716.
A probably unusual way to learn improvising via baroque play-alongs.
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I'm so glad, for I just found Rittler's Ciaccona I played yesterday!

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Here's what I practiced today, combining all my techniques with the new legatissimo.

I'm a bit tired today and not in the best condition, but it seems to work nonetheless. Being able to play, whether I'm under the weather or not, is one of my goals. So I seem to get closer to it.....  

If you hum the original musical subject to my plain improvisation, you hear I'm using those basic chords in the same C major key. To most classically trained musicians this is mysterious, Jazz musicians do that all the time: Listening to CDs while figuring out the chords at the piano. And then improvising over those chords, not giving a darn for the sheet music. It was exercise and training yesterday, while my handy recorder recorded it. Mainly to control my progress.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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I do push ups several times daily now. Since early 2017 I practiced too much on the violin and often forgot to dance. There were no upcoming performances, so I didn't have to work on dancing.

The consequence showed weeks ago: my back was too weak to keep upright during certain baroque dance steps. My gynecologist said I had lost weight and that my arms also got thinner. They scaled me and found I've lost 4 kilograms! That's too much since it had been 60 kilograms before.

I decided to not do lady push ups (on knees) any longer. I do full push ups now. I'm able to dance again, but I will not stop training. Maybe push ups will also help my violin technique, so I won't tire out so soon?

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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I do planks nowadays for my back. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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Grüß dich, demoiselle!

Your musical voyage on this forum is nothing short of amazing. It will surely inspire me to progress from my rather mechanical baby steps to truly seeking music within my new instrument. 

Thank you! I'll keep coming back to hear what you're up to next.

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Fiddlerman said
I do planks nowadays for my back. 🙂  

Side planks are great. Good for keeping the balance during dancing. Right now I want stronger arms and I hate to see those ribs with just skin on. It has already improved quite a bit. 🙂

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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bocaholly said
Grüß dich, demoiselle!

Your musical voyage on this forum is nothing short of amazing. It will surely inspire me to progress from my rather mechanical baby steps to truly seeking music within my new instrument. 

Thank you! I'll keep coming back to hear what you're up to next.  

Up to next? Not much. I'm just practicing and days seem too short.

But there's one amazing thing: A church organist asked me to visit him after service and bring notes. He also like to improvise. Might be a start.....

You're welcome. 🙂

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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I'm trying to envision how your self-made, baroque bow will hold up against the relatively ginormous church organ pipes! Good luck and hope your Sunday improvisation sprouts wings (blüht und gedeiht 🙂

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Side planks are great too. I do the 7 minute workout from time to time, with more than 7 minutes now a days but those side planks are great for sure.

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I've seen the effect of body workout this summer. I had practiced too much on my violin and neglected baroque dance since early 2017. Summer 2018 came and I still tumbled through my choreographies (normally in summer it gets better, when spring lethargy goes away!). Was I getting old? No, a skeleton with just skin on can't keep the balance! Then my doctor's receptionist warned me: "You've lost weight!" They checked it: 4 kilo, from 60 kg to 56! Not working out means total ruin on long term. I had lumbago a couple times. My theory now is: lumbago meant weak muscles couldn't handle my skeleton any longer. I had no problems with lumbago for weeks now. Yes, I'm planning side planks, just want to develop basic musculature first, because that's very hard.

What keeps me busy this summer is autobiographic work. I typed down my childhood and youth and a couple traumas with it. I think this will give me more energy for music in the future. Not yet overcome traumas slow you down.

Trying to make myself stronger in two ways.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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bocaholly said
I'm trying to envision how your self-made, baroque bow will hold up against the relatively ginormous church organ pipes! Good luck and hope your Sunday improvisation sprouts wings (blüht und gedeiht 🙂  

It depends on organ registration. Baroque registration is not as full and loud as 19th century registration. I cooperated a lot with church organ players during the 90s and know my violin will hold up fairly well. My alto recorder did then and my violin matches that recorder easily. She was the loudest of all violins I checked out in the shop where I bought her. 🙂

My kind of improvisation means adapting my lesson to the form of the day. When I'm sort of under the weather I will not be overcharged. When my constitution is really great, I will surpass myself. I need that kind of flexibility since my constitution is pretty changeable.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string.

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