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Fiddlestix said
 Picklefish:  I just shared the pic of my momma playin. shes in the middle if you see it.

 

Sorry, I guess I misunderstood. I read what you said in the shout box and thought your mom was in the pic. 

 

Juan is on my FB, I posted the pics there.

heres the link to the gallery where all the performance pics are located.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.....38;theater

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Looks like fun Robert. Thanks for sharing the photo.

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So my lesson this week was switched to thursdays. As for my tone production I get an A. But my bowing is still a trainwreck, slurred bowings to be precise. My brains just dont like some of the directions and combinations. And to add a new wrinkle to the mix, accented notes vs staccato notes and how they sound different. And yes, dynamics is still in play too, havent quite got the hang of those. The good news, I have good intonation.

What could possibly be the tip of the week,, um keep practicing! Although its going to take time, keep at it. I know I will get the hang of these things and then there will be new challenges to work on. I'm not getting discouraged and you shouldn't either.

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when you say "brains"..you mean left brain,right brain  ??  wink

Robert, that is the tip...keep practicing. Let me share something you and most everyone else has experienced .With your playing you will reach points where you feel like 2 or 3 months have passed and why am I not progressing. Then POW !!! a break through and youre doing things on the fiddle that you just cant explain.

Keep playing, keep practicing, dont forget to jam with reckless abandon from time to time as it helps to free you to express and find what works.

 

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Thanks for the tips guys :-)

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New week, new tip; Well, it seems I am progressing nicely. This is preferrable to regressing nicely IMO. All the above still applys and I am currently working out the bowing kinks in my head. I have mastered the slurred bowings but now I have separate staccattos to play and my brain wants to hook bow them. Im gonna have to somehow set up partitions in my brain and not let the diff parts talk to each other, ha ha! I am also focusing on using the fourth finger more and have some scalular exercises to use to do this. My knee jerk reaction has been to do the open string when playing and training this reaction out of my habits is also proving difficult. Now, he wants me to bring non suzuki sheet music in that I want to learn to have more variety and alternate sources to practice these new skills. In comes the classic wedding tunes starting with Canon! (can I get a woot woot!) Sorry its not more contemporary but I want to eventually play in a wedding string ensemble and the Theme from Titanic might not be top of the list in repetoir. There is about 8 different classic tunes including Jesu, Joy of mans desiring among others. I also told him I was interested in learning movie themes, Schindlers List, The Promentory from Last of the Mohicans, etc. oh, the tip

So I'm dynamically moving from F to P and when playing P my tone suffers. I have to find the balance of pressure and bow speed that provides the audible P with that beautiful clarity of Tone that we all love so much. I'm working on it. Pfish.

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Thanks for the tips.

When you play piano, make sure that you are playing with a contact point close to the fingerboard and don't use too little bow.

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yeah, I forgot to mention the playing closer to the fingerboard part! lol. alot of little nuances!

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picklefish said
yeah, I forgot to mention the playing closer to the fingerboard part! lol. alot of little nuances!

Yep! And You can try to turn the bow towards to your body a little (almost with no angle between hair surface and string) to prevent hissing on pp. Works for me at least...dunno

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Had my lesson for this week and I still didnt play my assignment well enough. Its in the second Suzuki book, song two; Musette by Bach. The slur arrangement makes the bowings tricky for me but I'm getting on top of it. The major hang up is that danged fourth finger of mine! I did peek at my hand this week while playing which is why I did so much better, lol. I feel like I cheated a bit. So, as instructed I brought some non-Suzuki music to add to the variety. I figured since we were having it as a group project, I took him the arrangement I have of Canon in D, which oddly enough is in G maj. lol. I didn't look at it before hand and it has lots of 4th fingerings and slurs! Rats! I thought my teacher would oppose the piece since it represents the quintessential dread of overplayed repertoire and experienced person tends to avoid. He was fine with it, I love this music so I'm down with learning it.

- whats the tip? keep at it again! lol, there has been no advancement on the technique front so its practice, practice and practice somemore. I do have to add that I am trying to play with dynamics. This adds another layer to the difficulty cake for me.

- I used to think I was really good at this, self delusional or deluted not sure which. Then I started trying to record myself and eventually I felt like I was really good at that. Not so much. Then I started playing with others....you get the drift! Self re-visualization is a (begins with b)! Ah well, I am still having fun, I am still learning and hopefully you can avoid some of the pitfalls and do-overs that I am going through. Pfish.

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If you want to confront the difficulty of the fourth finger, you could play something in D, A, E, or B.  Then it's likely you will be using the pinky in first position on 1, 2, 3, or 4 strings!

I have been shy of using my pinky, but yesterday I played a piece in A, using pinky on the G and D strings.  It went surprisingly well.

Presumably your sheet of Canon in D Transposed to G specifies fourth fingerings instead of open strings.

 

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Interested to know, how are you doing after thuis June, 2012 posting?  Have you stayed with this teacher?  I have made what I think is "good" progress with self teaching, on the other hand I have Fiddlerman videos and also some good violinist friends.  So I'm not truly self taught.  If I get a good violin teacher I'm sure it will take me farther towards more of my goals rather than figuring everything out.  But at the same time I'm sure having fun with it, with or without a teacher!!

 

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Now hold on there PF. Your tip of multiple weeks has always been practice, keep up with it, don't give up, give more effort, practice again few times.

 

I'm starting to see a pattern here, but for the life of me, I just cant put a finger on it.wink

 

 

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@RosinedUp- yes, my version has alot of 4th finger oppourtunities! Slurred, tied and hooked notes and plenty of dynamic changes. Just cant get away from it, seems like more and more music is using these characteristics, very frustrating and challenging at the same time.

@Mt Fiddler- I am doing better than I was because my technique defficiencies have been thus far identified and I can isolate and improve. This was something I was not able to self discover as it were. And I am learning the subtleties of techniques like staccato, staccato slur, accented notes etc. These are not so easy to differentiate audibly since they sound so danged similar.

@Tyberius- The thing is surprisingly simple. My teacher has identified the areas that need to improve and until I improve he wont try to add to the burden. I am getting the hang of it, it just takes me longer. But I also am finding that it is taking alot of practice to make the improvements so I dont want to underemphasize the need for that. I also saw what you did there at the end of your comment, very pithy. bravo - pfish.

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PF

I'm about as beginner as you can get, still after almost 8 months of fabricating unrepeatable string vibrations. Yet, for the life of me, I just can't figure out how to put the blasted 4 lb (guessing) magical, wooden, 4 stringed, battleaxe down. I keep getting drawn to it like a fly to a camp fire. Before you know it, my wings are singed off and I'm looking not so smart. BUT, I still have my violin... my... my precious. LOL

 

That's what it feels like. My wife calls my violin the other woman. You must work and practice a loving relationship with your family, and again, you must do the same with your violin. Your tips are well worth the photons emitted from my flat screen, as are the tips from others. The collective we have here is pretty spectacular. Each of us contributes in our own little way to make it a place you want to return.

 

Thanks for the posts. I for 1, continue to look forward in OUR journey through your lessons.

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I hear your cries for some new information and am answering your call....or something dramatic like that.

I paid attention in class today, I should everyday but Im gonna blame the ADD on that. So I am finding that we are playing a passage and my mind will all of a sudden go blank. I thought I was having a stroke to be honest, it was freaky cause everything else but the bowing would continue. And then quick as a wink Id snap out of it and know where I had messed up. lol. And repeat...

Today we sat down as we played, of course I had to pretend from the waist up I was standing. I was hoping to show how well I played resting my left elbow on my leg or in the reclining posistion. No slacking today.

So everytime I play (I being we) it is a performance. I had heard that before, it was his way of saying Im not Performing the pieces but going through the motions. I was playing average, he was not amused. I straightened up.

When I perform a piece for him he expects it to be full speed and perfect. When we play the piece together its always super slow. Why? From what I can tell, he's able to see all the parts of my playing as they fit together when I move slower. When I practice these songs super slow and then perform them at full speed, guess what? Thats right, I do a better job, am more in tune, in other words I improve.

Theres your tip - Practice all day everyday as much as you can, as slow as you can and get it perfect. Then when you perform you will be improved. Also, practicing slow means pay attention to your form and fingerings! No sense practicing poorly expecting performance perfection....Pfish.

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Unfortunately I have run out of funds for lessons so I must put my lessons on hold until I get mo money. Looks like March I will be able to resume. Until then I will continue to practice his advice diligently and try to make as much progress as possible. My book has come in; The Suzuki Violinist by William Starr. It is a guide for teachers and parents of students for teaching the Suzuki method. William Starr was the American who travelled to Japan to study under Mr Suzuki and then brought the method to America. In my journey to become a registered Suzuki teacher, I thought I should read about it. lol....duh, right? So this is what I am doing also. If anyone out there needs help and is willing to be my guinea pig, I am available. (no charge, it is in no way a substitute for experienced or fully trained teachers and Fiddlerman offers real lessons too.)

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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PF .. you suck...... Y........o........u................S........u........c........k!  tongue

 

There nice and slow, good tone spacing and form wink

 

How the heck do you expect us to wait until march to find out more about our violin heroes conquest? I wonder if his willingness to listen to the instructor will continue? Will his stroke be officially diagnosed as a stroke or just too much TV, coffee and late night activities? Will he continue striving for his goal to own a Suzuki? Will it be a new model or an older model? Does our hero even build models? Is our here going to school to be a model? Is our Hero going to school? Why did our hero want to give lessons? Does he want to take your violin and not be a hero at all?

WE NEED ANSWERS!!!

 

Hmmm.... I'm going to be watching you mister so called violin hero. Oh yes, we all will be watching.rofl

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might I respectfully request you up your meds ever so slightly? lol.

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