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Suzuki, book 3 finally
The first song in the Suzuki, bk. 3...Gavotte and his foray into 5th and 6th positions
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Thomas B.
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I don't know about you all but it took me FOREVER to get 3d position down, let alone 5th and 6th. But I gotta tell ya, this young man is learning soooo quickly. His teacher told him to now begin practicing G major in 3 octaves AND the appeggio in 3 octaves up into 6th position. He seems to do it and learn it so much easier than I did it as a teen. 

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Wow I am impressed, his tone is starting to sound really something else, quite beautiful to hear no doubt about it. I also like he way he corrected you about the title, made me laugh, excellent intonation as well, though you dont need to be told that.

Wish I could learn as fast I am jealous.

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@stringy I am jealous as well. and he will be very excited to hear your comments, thank you my friend

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@Thomas B. -

Sounds wonderful! 

I hear great progress overall! 

Can't wait to hear what you find at the Festival! 

Thank you for sharing this! 

 

- Emily

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Thomas B. said

@stringy I am jealous as well. and he will be very excited to hear your comments, thank you my friend

  

No problem mate its the truth.

Bit more, bit more, snap #*÷?×[email protected]?#[email protected]

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@Thomas B.  Great work on the G arpeggio! And wonderful playing on the Martini Gavotte, too!

Arpeggios are so important—I’ve been focusing more time practicing them. It’s helping me feel the patterns better so I can play faster.

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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Very very nice. 

🐭

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Thomas B.

Great progress, I really like his bow articulation,

He's making a great sound and he appears to be very relaxed when playing.

Great job!

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Sounds really good. Well done.

If I had to give you advice on how to improve it? At times it sounds a bit rushed and perfunctory - maybe think more about the feeling of the music. 

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That has been a problem since day one Jim, but I just chalk that up to his age. I remember as a child his age, my Dad used to get so mad at me for the same exact reason and not only was it because I was young, but I wanted something exciting to happen in the song . In other words, either I just wanted to get it over with or I wanted my exercises and lessons to be more fun. I think once he understands the music behind his playing and the relevance of how to interpret it, that will show in his playing. He reminds me of a robot playing most of the time, no individual expression often and jsut playing for the sake of playing. That is another aspect I think will come in time

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@Thomas B. -

Maybe the Fiddle Festival will help change that. 😊

Has Thomas listened to or watched any Jazz or Blues played on the violin? 

I also have some other music to suggest, but you may hate me when Thomas starts asking for an electric violin and looping pedals. 🤣

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@ELCBK a little but not much. I think you are right bout the fiddle festival though. Btw, too late. He really wants an electric fiddle already. Go ahead and suggest away. I will show him anything if it means his love of music, fiddlin or other genres will be heightened

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@Thomas B. -

🤔... I'll have to think about this. 

I will recommend (when it's time to look at an EV) - consider a 5 or 6 string.  Nothing hard to learn, just more of the same - but additional lower pitch range to have fun with!

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Just watched the video really loving Thomas’ playing ! Very enjoyable to watch !! Looking very relaxed as well, I’m feeling inspired after watching that !

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@Thomas B. -

Thought I'd recommend a thread of fun special bowing effects that pertain to different Violin/Fiddle styles that Thomas might have fun learning. 

If he enjoys anything in particular, I'm sure we can help find some Violin/Fiddle tunes to try using them! 

Scratch & Squeak 😖 How NOT To, or How To? Thread

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/a4/6f/c0a46f4a2d6370d2ed9512536ce19823.jpg

 

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@Thomas B - Don't chalk it up to age as you said. Explain it to him. When it comes to rhythm, maybe use dance as an example. How would someone be able to dance to his playing if he doesn't hold the notes values out completely or rush the piece. Concerning dynamics, tell him that dynamics are like colors, that the colors make the music (painting) more beautiful. Soft piano parts make the stronger, contrasting, more exciting forte climaxes more interesting. If you only play one dynamic all the time, there isn't much of a climax. Soft playing in itself can be very exciting. Have him play the whole piece as softly as humanly possible without changing the dynamics, perhaps with a metronome, then play the whole thing at the same speed as loudly as he can. Most people want to play faster when they play loudly and slower when they play softly. One must feel the rhythm and fight that urge. Afterwards, have him play the piece with exaggerated dynamics. A little rule of thumb when you are not feeling the dynamics automatically is to play crescendos on rising passages and diminuendos on passages descending.
Obviously this is just a way to teach the beginnings of dynamics. One plays stronger on the more beautiful building sections of a piece which is more obvious to some than to others. Have him talk to you about where he thinks the piece should climax to see if he already feels it.
Good luck, and keep up the great work!!!

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