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David Burns said:

I have been working on this one for a while.

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I reduced the file size when I converted it to a wmv I did not listen to it though. Holy cow, the audio is terrible. I am going to re-convert it at a higher bit rate. Yech!

 

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GennaLea said:

David Burns said:

I have been working on this one for a while.

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Dave

Dave, you did a great job. How long have you been working on that piece? 

Here's this I found about how to stand when playing. It might be helpful.

 

"Balance is the key to good posture and position. In a standing position, the feet are spread, outlining a slight "V" shape. The left foot is slid forward to establish a shoulder width stance." I noticed your feet seemed to be in line with each other. "This allows freedom to rock obliquely from side to side with flexible knees, thereby avoiding stiffness and excessive tension. This stance will allow for natural movement during performance."

 

Hope that helps. Oh, and remember, don't lock your knees or you may end up fainting. I saw it happen first hand when I was in choir. :)

I have been playing for about 2 months. Thanks for the compliment and the advice as well. I know about the locking the knees thing...Army Training Sir! I really need to work on the posture!

 

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pky said:

I wouldn't be offended either, the video post is supposed to welcome critiques --

-ve and +ve. However, I'm not as brave as Robyn and David. I'm trying, maybe in a few days I will post mine:). i have to learn how to upload a video as well.

David, one thing my daughter's teacher told her to do is: when you're playing, your scroll should be as high as your nose, that may help you to stand up straight. My daughter seems to have a lazy left arm that after a few strokes the scroll is already pointing toward the floor.

I also noticed that when you are playing G and maybe D string, you tend to lean down so your bow hand could reach. I have seen people rocking while playing but I don't know if that affect your posture or not.

Robin, I think you just need to practice more. Try do it slower, especially the campbell piece.

I need courage!!!!

All I want to do now is get my violin out and stand up straight and play!!

But I have to go to work. Thank you for the advice, I am going to try to "get the scroll even with my nose" and keep it there. If I continue the way I have been going, the scroll will be on the floor by Christmas!

 

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LOL, Over the nose is to small kids to get them not to drop the scroll way too low. It's good advice but for us it's good if the audience can see your face and you can see the music and colleagues that are playing with you. Be happy if the violin is parallel to the ground. I'd say slightly lower is fine. Your bowing will be easier as well if you have the fiddle up a little higher.

Great work with the advice and playing too everyone.

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Fiddlerman said:

Everyone, please continue to post your performances and keep the advice coming as well. Since we have no rules here, give advice in moderation, only a few things at a time, combine advice with something that was good as well, and only helpful advice.

None of the last suggestions were made as a result of anyones actions. I just want to do what I can to insure that this great atmosphere continues. Most sites have rules but I feel that we members take care of that automatically.heart

You know, my favorite non-violin forum has grown to over 1.5 million registered users in four years so they have had to adopt some rules. My very favorite rule is DBAJ (Don't be a jerk). I think that is a good life rule in general. So far, not a jerk in site here. Isn't it lovely?

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Oops. I screwed up the block quote thing. Still learning.

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I fixed it for you. When you surpass 99 posts you will be able to edit your own posts.dancing

This forum is growing fast and I'm always open to suggestions. If anyone wants to put together some rules, we can discuss them and make a rules section. I want to keep it friendly as it is now. heartheartheart

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I vote for Anarchy...until someone gets hurt.

So far so good, but humans will be inhumane at some point. As Ted Kennedy once said, "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

 

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I don't think we need rules yet either. Us fiddlers seem to be pretty patient peeps.

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Then it's decided exactly

I feel like you guys will help me if a bad apple lands on this site.afro

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yes! no rules:)

Like two year olds, if you kept saying no to them, their first word would be "NO!"

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Ok, seeing as this is actually MY forum page, I'd like to get back to ME ...

Sorry guys ... I'd never be rude to you all.

Just wanted to let you know I'm uploading a heap of dreadful videos to YouTube, if you really want to torture your ears look for Robyn19fnq.

Having said that, if there's anything you can say to help me get out of the mess I've created, please feel free.

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Loud n clear Robyn, I can't wait to hear more of you. I'm getting ready for more uploads too.

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... and I figured out how to make them smaller, I've adjusted the camera's resolution to the low one.  Doesn't seem to make much difference to the uploaded video quality, but it sure makes it faster to download.

And BTW, you can ignore the piano stuff, that was just mucking around with different qualities, all bad.

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Robyn, I watched your video of the Christmas selection and I noticed your bowing is pretty angled and uneven. You may want to pay attention to that. :) All in all though thumbs-up. I can't wait to see/hear more! dancing

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Thanks Genna, I noticed that myself.  Something else to work on, I'll add it to the list of things to correct.

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smooth placement of fingers. very nice robyn!  I could not see your bow hold.  But after the hiccup at 1.00 you played with a smile on your face.  You enjoyed your playing for you moved along with your playing.  But as usual our expert FM will give his opinion and that is final.  I really enjoyed  your playing and watched it 3 times.thumbs-up

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I have been advised by my teacher to hold the violin straight against the sheet so that I can see the music and occasionally the fingerboard.  I am comfortable with the advice.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Cool Suresh, I'll try that too, any advice I receive is very welcome.

Thanks.

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You have a lot of videos uploaded. I just listen to most of them. Nice piano playing too...

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