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violin is not golf, but sorta :-)
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bocaholly
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Hi Everyone,

Three weeks ago a bunch of you offered up some great feedback on my first video. My takeaway was that I should use longer bow strokes where appropriate and be a little more brave with bow pressure (and rosin 🙂

As I mentioned, this was something my teacher was also prodding me to do. Those points - and relaxing - have been my main assignments of the last 3 weeks. We even backed up and started Suzuki Book 1 from the beginning after having finished "Elements 1" to try and get the fundamentals on more solid ground.

Here's a somewhat laconic version of the Allegretto # 10 in Suzuki Book 1. Any faster and the bow strokes get tiny again :-0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....pf6yFzkxA4

I feel an improvement... just not sure that I SEE one when comparing the videos.

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Love the beginning of the video with the deep breath, and it’s so recognizing ? You are doing well with the long bowing.  It’s quit difficult, especially by the frog. And all the way up and down with a straight bow. I play mostly short bows and should practice the long bow more often, your video reminds me of this, so thanks ?

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

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@bocaholly The deep breath was great! You are doing really well, and your tone is good (pitch). In terms of comparing golf to violin, I find violin has always felt less competitive, and I drink less beer while playing violin compared to golf. (or maybe I just save it until after, not at the 9th hole). I get peace, tranquility, and positive thoughts from playing - it always helps me to feel better and de-stress, and there is always something new to explore.

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intrepidgirl said
... - it always helps me to feel better and de-stress, ...

Stress and absence thereof... such a central issue. 

So far we've only mentioned the positive analogies in this thread but I'm just discovering that both with golf and with violin, it's possible to dig in, in a not-so-positive way. 

Every golfer knows days on the course where a couple of shots in a row go wrong and instead of just letting go, you wind up playing 18 holes compounding your uncertainty. 

Well, that just happened to me with the B major scale that my teacher insisted I learn. Every run through, I was thinking about the previous fingering mistakes and my bow felt like I had never held one before... groan. I was feeling seriously over-stretched. We agreed that we'd let the 5 sharps rest for a couple of weeks and revisit when I was ready to cut out the self-sabotage 🙂 

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I also have days that it looks like every thing went wrong ? I remind myself that not everything can go perfect and that I’m learning, with the accent on learning.  The most important thing is that I enjoy it. I’m not in a hurry to learn new things in a quick tempo, I do it step by step and I feel happy with it! 

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@bocaholly - You are moving forward by leaps and bounds.
I love the sigh too. LOL

Are you wanting critique for all your videos? Just asking because we have a critique corner. In the past we had players that just wanted to post and share but didn't want critique which is why we created that forum.

You get a badge (should have gotten one earlier but I didn't think of it) but I don't know which one to give you yet. Critique or performance. 🙂 In one way, it's both but we just did it this way for some reason.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman (alias Pierre)

Thanks... I am getting so much out of everyone's feedback. It's amazing what fundamental stuff you and others can notice from a short video!

The last round of feedback was all about relaxing and learning to use the whole bow. Easier said than done. In the process of trying (too hard) I antagonized a decades old cartilage crack (more like a slow leak) on my wrist near the base of my thumb. (Graphic content and TMI follows 🙂