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Now that the pain of He's a Pirate is over, I am working on learning Greensleeves. Here is my first ever try to play the song. I had just written my cheats below the notes, hung a fingering chart on the wall, since it is not the same key as He's a Pirate, got the camera going, and .... voila!
I never realized how much I frown when I concentrate.... or how badly my wrist was bent while I was playing.
I wanted to dedicate this one for you in my next video but you beat me to it lol. I'll have to find another song for you . You got all the notes there are some nasty sharps in there (or flats?) well done Didi!
"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov
Great, for a first run through a new song. The wonderful thing about first tries is that we always sound better on the later ones! Doing good.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
That's great Dionysia! Your progress with the instrument is obvious, maybe learning for Pirate has brought this on.
I wonder about your bow arm and hand. When you get more comfortable with the notes, would it give you a better quality note if your hand and arm was above the bow, so that you are using the weight of the bow to help the note quality, rather than lifting the bow over the strings.
I might be talking the muck that you spread on your vegetable plot ( you know, the stuff that comes out the back end of a horse lol) but it seemed to help me to think of my arm weight coming down onto the bow and strings rather than feeling like I'm lifting.
Does this make sense? Or maybe it's just a difference between playing a violin and fiddle.
Anyhows, I'm really looking forward to hearing (and seeing) your next attempt.
(oh yeah, and I love the look of concentration on your face, following by the joy of relief that you made it all the way through, 10/10!)
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
@Joe You already have a much larger repertoire than I do, so I think we both know who has been working harder!!
@ Terry I haven't weighed my bow, but I think it might be on the heavy side. I don't consciously put more or less pressure when I play, I just sorta slide it over the strings.
At any rate, when working on He's a Pirate I couldn't make Madame do the piano/forte stuff to save my life. She sings full volume or she doesn't sing at all. It is probably due to the fiddle setup.
I haven't messed with anything beyond replacing the strings. I am considering letting a luthier have a peek at her - not because I think she needs anything right now, but because I want to know what she will probably need down the road a bit. I also want to see if my two other bows are worth the cost of rehairing.
@everyone else I will see if I can put up another vid over the course of the weekend. Even the second try went much better than this one!!
Dio, you're showing good determination there. If I may just suggest this - work on simple scales, just to get a bit of fluency in your bowing and fingering. I think this will help when you are learning to play a tune.
I have some vids on YouTube on good scale practise (they are different from the usual stuff) which could help you. Let me find them 🙂
Keep up the good work, wee hen! (an endearing Glasgow expression)
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