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Wow, I never realized how much you can learn from recording your own practice. I will have to do it more often. The out of tune notes make me cringe. Thanks for taking the time to listen. After watching and listening a few times I see that I have to work on: INTONATION, timing, subdividing, articulation and of course the ever present death grip. I realize there is a lot more to work on than those listed above, they're just the ones that jumped out at me. 

I played Judas Maccabeus twice hoping the second time would be an improvement. I started practising that song yesterday and Red Rose this afternoon.
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Posted: March 28, 2012

Jim Gross
Hi Everyone;
Not everything goes according to plan as you will see, I just had to include it for completions sake.  Beth, when I started, you said to treat it like a syllabus, not check anything and start at the beginning.  I have been doing that, but the next piece is May Song on your list, but  O Come Little Children in the book.  I know that you kept 'B' for last with twinkle, and maybe you have a reason for May Song before O Come Little Children.  Should I start with May Song?  I still include all the previous songs in my practice routine.
Here's Go Tell Aunt Rhody:


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Posted: March 27, 2012


Hello everyone :)
So I just did another little video... I didnīt think I would have the time but between putting tiles on the floor and repapering the kitchen there was a little space ;)
- still struggling with the sounding point
- I have to do exercises for the fourth finger!!
- hmm often touching the other strings with the bow, I change the arm level unknowingly while playing and so I often play two strings where itīs not recommended ;)
- liked the tone of the instrument sometimes
- I think elbow movement got better
Greetings
Andreas


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Posted: March 27, 2012


On the subject of left thumbs lightly adhering to necks;-

My thumb isn't sticky at all, at least not on the varnished neck of the borrowed violin I'm using recently. My own violin has an unvarnished neck, but I don't seem to 'stick' to that one either (It's away being repaired, so I can't remember clearly whether it's much better than the varnished neck.)

Does anyone else have this problem? My thumb slides around, which may be because I'm tense from trying to make it stay put, but it does seem to be a very unsticky digit...

Is there any known remedy for dry thumbs?!
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Posted: March 27, 2012



Ok I am a little nervous but here is my first video of me playing.  This a bit scary and I know I need help here, but am looking for suggestions on a "first plan of attack" to improve my sound. 

Hope this embeds correctly, I have never done this before...here goes...

 

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Posted: March 23, 2012

Dick Stanley
Beth, I've watched Dr. Yon's videos over and over on keeping the left hand fingers light on the strings and the thumb relaxed. I'm doing her exercises and will keep doing them, even though my hand, fingers, wrist, arm, elbow, you name it, are rebelling.

But I can't help wondering about the thumb. Doesn't it provide some kind of basis (?), not squeezing, I know, but some sort of base for the fingers to work against? I mean if the thumb was amputated, could the fingers play the notes at all? Is that the sort of situation we're to imagine? That the thumb is missing and of no importance?
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Posted: March 24, 2012



I've still not gotten around to recording myself. Seems the only time I can play is when kids are sleeping, and have to play with a mute on. Anyway, thought I would share a video of a performance instead (much more pleasant to hear)... just a classic song performed by a classic violinist that I find so moving.
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Posted: March 27, 2012

Jim Gross
In my minds eye, I'm using more bow, but here I'm hardly using about one third of the bow.  With all the excitement about the Workshop it is getting hard to focus.  I think my tempo is picking up in this piece.  I don't have any accompaniment, and somewhere I saw that we shouldn't use a metronome just yet.  Anyway, here's "Song of the Wind":
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Posted: March 24, 2012

Vicky
What general guidelines do folks use for how "well" we should be playing the tunes in the Suzuki books (1 + 2) before we give ourselves permission move on to a new tune?  

I tend to be a bit on the obsessive side, wanting a tune to sound quite good before allowing myself to move on to the next lesson - and I never seem to move very far along  in the books.  Should I be telling myself I need to be able to play along with the "Official Suzuki CD's" before giving myself permission to move along, or is playing at 75% speed or some other speed acceptable?  Currently, I'm using the ability to play along with CD as my goal (and falling short......).

I'm currently working in Book 2.

Thank you!

Vicky
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Posted: March 22, 2012


Hi Everyone,

I have been trying to learn the violin for 12months now. Until i tried to learn vibrato recently, i did not realise what a problem my left hand was in. I can not get my hand to comfortably leave a space between the neck and  the first finger. I get such a cramp in my wrist trying to reach further around the neck that i dont think that i will be able to continue. and this has come from only practicing on the e and a strings. dont even think about D and G. My method before trying to learn vibrato had the neck resting on the base nuckle for most of the time.

I believe this is because i have short pudgy fingers and i suppose short arms as well. ARe there any accomplished fiddlers out there with short fingers that can give me hope that my hand will adapt? Is there maybe some tricks to utilise for short fingered players? I have even tried to take up the guitar recently to get my fingers to stretch. I have re-watched all the early one videos about holding the violin correctly and the left hand position so i think i am holding them in the right way.

I am unable to get a  live intructor as i live in a rural area that has no fiddle teachers. Cello yes....but not violin. Go figure.

Any help would be appreciate. I don't want to give up just yet.

Kirsty

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Posted: March 26, 2012

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