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My violin adventure!
Keeping track of my progress
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Very nice! It was fun watching your progress 🙂 

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Well, that was awesome !  hats_off     What a fantastic "look-back" on your progress.  You not only have true commitment and dedication to the challenge of learning, you have also successfully shared that challenge, which, I am sure, will bring hope, inspiration and re-assurance to struggling beginners !   

Well done !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Thank you so much @BillyG!! So glad to hear that!! 🙂 I hope indeed that it will motivate other beginners. Thank you for taking the time to watch my video. 🙂

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Thanks for the video @Marikoli. I've practiced daily for about 3 years. Since about 10 years ago I've only practice sporadically. I've decided to stick with the practicing this time around. I watched a couple of Heather Broadbent videos and can see why you appreciate her. She seems like a very good teacher. I subscribed to her channel.

I've been working on Irish fiddle tunes, but I think I need to include other things. In your list of things you're working on, I saw Solvieg's Song from Fiddlerman. I'm going to print it out and add it to my practice routine to see what I can do with it. 

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That's great @RonB! I really do like the videos of Heather Broadbent. But there many other violin videos on YouTube that I do like very much too.

One of the first websites I found when I started learning the violin was this website and I've played several songs that the Fiddlerman has available on this website. Really like his sheet music because he shows the fingerings and the bowing patterns too, makes it easier to play.

Good luck to you!!

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Glad that you appreciate the bowing and fingering suggestions on some of my sheet music. 🙂 I unfortunately haven't taken the time on every transcription but hearing you say it encourages me to do it in the future.

Fun watching your progress. Look forward to more posts from you. 🙂

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Yes, the fingerings are great!!! Especially when starting to play. At first everything is so difficult and there is so much to think about, so it's great to just be able to follow the fingerings and bowings. 🙂

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Will keep it in mind. 🙂

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I enjoyed your videos and your progress.  I also loved your blog.  Keep up the great work!

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Thanks @Fran! I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I see you're new on the forum. For how long have you been playing?

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Hey @Marikoli! I played decades ago in Junior & High school orchestras. Now I'm retired and have time to pick it up again.  So I started this month June to pick it up again. I have some beginning books I'm using now.   I'm really enjoying myself. So I was looking around googling violin and found Fiddlerman!  I have a violin that's probably not that great but it does the job for now.

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Very nice progressing @Marikoli! I've been at it for about 16 months now and I'm still struggling to keep/get my bowing straight.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks @AnnyJ 🙂 Yeah straight bowing seems to be something that's really hard to learn. Last week I've been adjusting me violin posture. I'm holding it a bit higher and slightly more to the left. This makes it easier for me to play relaxed. But now I have to adjust my bowing too. Before it was going pretty straight, now it goes a bit crooked. So, I'm very focused on that now. 🙂 What are you doing to improve your straight bowing?

@Fran Woooow so cool that you're picking up the violin again! I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it! 🙂

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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@Marikoli I need to really get my bowing much better.  Still have scratchy sounds a lot.  I'm also looking to change my very old strings that are on the violin now.

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@Fran, I just changed my strings last week. It was the first time after having used my strings for 1 year. I can tell the difference is huge!!! It's so much easier now to play. Me new strings certainly respond much better to my bow and I can play more relaxed. It's much more fun to work on intonation because with my new strings I can hear the ring of the notes better. I don't know if this always happens when putting on new strings because it was the first time for me. But I'm very happy with the result. 🙂

Do you practice long bow strokes on open strings? Did you post a critique video on this website? You would receive some very useful tips. Maybe it's just some small thing you have to change to get your bowing straighter. But you might not know it yourself and when other people see you play they can advice you. Or they might suggest you a good exercise to do. 🙂

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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@Marikoli What kind of strings did you change to? I'm thinking of FM strings. I've never changed them either.  When I get the nerve I'LL video myself for critiques.

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I changed from Thomastik Vision to Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string. I'm very happy with this combination. But of course it's different for each violin.

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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@Marikoli I just ordered FM strings and will attempt to change strings for the 1st time. I've watched videos so I'm sure it'll go well

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@Fran Cool! Enjoy your new strings and let me know how you like them? Changing your strings for the first time is scary. I found it very scary... but I did watch Fiddlerman's video and followed all the steps. It took me about an hour to change all four strings but everything went well! I'm feeling very relieved 🙂 Good luck to you!

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Marikoli,

You are playing very well. Keep up the great work. Your violin has a very nice sound.

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