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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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@Demoiselle Glad you're happy with your digital organ results. Am I the only one who can't get the audio snippet (8 sec.) to play?

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bocaholly said ...............Am I the only one who can't get the audio snippet (8 sec.) to play?  

Works for me. 

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bocaholly said
@Demoiselle Glad you're happy with your digital organ results. Am I the only one who can't get the audio snippet (8 sec.) to play?  

Your problem seems very unusual with me. A browser not accepting mp3? Most common audio standard these days. But you should be able to listen to it offline, if you download that mp3 with a right click. I can't imagine a device not playing mp3 unless it's age-old stuff like Windows'95.

My organs work like drugs: now and then I need a bigger shot. I programmed Schnitger's 1600s organ in December which inspired me a lot at the violin. It helped me to find new ideas while improvising. This year I felt like more bass could cause more of a kick after getting used to the plain Schnitger organ sound. So I tried to edit more bass into various basic organ sounds. It never was enough to me, so I took the FM-parameter of an electric bass guitar, gave it an organ shape, made it sound more like an organ and named it my "16 foot bass pipe". Then I split the keyboard of my synthesizer so that the Schnitger sound is all over it and the bass pipe just on the left side added on like organ pedal. The effect is enormous. If I play just in the middle or treble, I have the plain Schnitger and where my left pinkie suddenly starts to involve the bass by jumping lower, it deeply rocks me. It really sounds like the deep humming of a church organs bass pipes. I'd like to take my SY22 and play in a church, not telling them it's an electronic instrument. What would they say?

Months ago it was accordion that rocked me, what's next? It always helps me to wake up and go on with more inspiration if I feel tired. It's always best to add keyboard as second instrument. It opens so many possibilities.

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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Got it to run (play) today, @Demoiselle. I think my player was just frozen.

That's nice deep sound... speaking of soulful! Looking forward to hear what you do with it.

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Beautiful sound and a beautiful mask. It seems that you really enjoy your new project, good luck and I’m looking forward to it.

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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I bought more masks. They all come from Woodworth. Carnival's everywhere right now, but I buy for all seasons of course. I can also add a creepy guy with a looong Venetian nose, hahaha! I think the Harlequin girl will kill him finally with laser beams out of her pretty eyes. LOL

Things have changed, the library around two corners has WiFi now, so I said goodbey to Telekom. No internet at home now.

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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Passacaille d'Armide

So I was pondering the question how to connect my A minor vocal with the F# minor CD track I will then dance to. They key is obviously G minor, but ancient music is mostly played in 415 Hz pitch, which is half a tone lower then 440 Hz. I pondered that question for weeks. Today I tried out some possible transition chords, until I realized that the note A is the third of F# minor. Which is wonderful!

Already 2015 I sang the final note of the vocal part on the first bar of the dance part. I can continue doing so and I think it going to sound very fascinating. There will be no transition chord, it will just happen abruptly. And it will not be the sunkings whole orchestra. I have this version of Passacaille d'Armide on CD (that is, I have this whole CD) and use it:

In jazz language this could be called the sunkings small club combo. I will sing to spinet plus cello and before I sing I play the violin. I already hear, that blending from my duo to this CD track will work just beautifully.

The first notes, with the cute little octave leap will be started by cello (and spinet in the background). My violin will join in with a second voice where it's repeated. So no 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, or metronome tic-tic-tic in the beginning. Second voice will be easy, so I can slowly play myself warm. Cold start is always bad for me. I can already hear the result, it's going to sound beautifully.

Well, this is about stage performance. The video I'm planing needs more light from the balcony door than I get in February. And it must be warmer outside because I need to open the balcony door to have full daylight. I'll fix a red curtain at the opposite wall and remove furniture .... and maybe add ancient Greek pillars in the background....

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 have to state, it's a long-long way to agility of 3rd and 4th finger especially on far to reach strings. I'm at it since 2016 and now can say: My 3rd finger can trill on far to reach strings almost like the 2nd finger. My big problem was a trill on D and C with 3rd and 2nd finger. This works pretty well now. As left-handed person that D is difficult to reach. It was NOT a matter of overstretching as I assumed in the first place! It is the difficulty of a longer lever while the finger reached out. Trilling with D and C# is easier than with D and C. Because I have a longer lever within the trill if I hit D and C. Training that daily was very hard in the first place, but finally it came quicker and quicker. It seems to be a typical problem in learning the violin that you are stuck with problems for a long time. People who want to vibrate probably agree.

I now decided to also learn guitar. Learning a couple chords on guitar doesn't take as much time as building a small spinettino. I bought a cheap classical guitar and my progress on it is fast. I have to press harder than on the violin but nonetheless it's easier. I already grab all the chords of LA FOLIA in A minor. Well, I feel like I have to be able to support other people with chords too and not just profit from other people playing guitar for me. Besides I can introduce pieces like LA FOLIA to other instrumentalists if I use a guitar. In a way that means more influence for me because people depend on those who play chords. I just say, "Well, let's do this now...." And I will NOT say, "These are my favorite baroque chaconnes." No, I'll be like, "This is Spanish renaissance folk dance." Where the chaconne comes from very much indeed.

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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My impression more an more is:

Making the 3rd finger stronger and more agile is the key to slowly mastering the violin. In my case it really takes a long time because my 3rd finger was so much weaker than the first an second finger.

As I have experienced it: It can't be achieved in one year and not in two years. Because I would hurt my 3rd finger gravely if I'd rush the poor little thing too fast.

On May 2nd I will be playing the violin for 4 years. And it looks like I can then say, that I managed to make my 3rd finger almost equal to the 1st and 2nd finger.

Where did my 3rd finger struggle most? Its biggest problem was trilling. 1st and 2nd finger learned that within month, the 3rd finger struggled for over 3 years. The halftone step is easier, whole-tone step hurt a lot. Same goes for fast legato scales up to the 3rd finger. The first finger always made the whole scale impossible. Which hindered agility on the whole.

Looking back I'm sure, my biggest problem always was lacking equality of fingers. Making the 3rd finger equal is my main goal.

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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What about your 4th finger? 😏

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