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Lisa, Houston-TX
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Good morning Labbers!  I've been practicing longer bow strokes the past few days.  Not quite there yet, but improving.  I'm attaching two videos of Minuet #1 since I flubbed on different parts in each one.  I'm finding that when I play close to the bridge i get a "flighty" sound.  I think I'm not realizing my proximity to the bridge and not applying enough pressure to the bow.  Will work on this definitely!

Thanks, in advance, for listening.  Hope everyone has a great week.  In the words of the great Lawrence Welk; Adios, Au Revoir, Avitersain (sp?)!
Lisa, Houston-TX
13 Responses
Posted: March 20, 2017
Last Comment: March 22, 2017

Posted: March 22, 2017
Hi Lisa, I have a bow review to edit which I hope to post soon. It includes a cf bow (admittedly quite a chap one)  compared to an affordable wood bow, German $400, a German $3500 bow, and two French bows.... expensive. It's interesting that the harmonics totally disappear with the cheap cf bow.

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: March 22, 2017
Off Subject..Looking for Violin Teacher in Houston.
Hi Lisa.  I see that you live in Houston.  I have a good friend who just moved there with her 9 year old daughter and they are looking for a violin teacher…her zip code is 77044. Would you happen to know of any good teachers that this family might contact?
Here is my email if you know of anyone.  Thanks. 
Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal.  

Posted: March 21, 2017
Again great videos Lisa, I like your playing and the straight bowing :)
Do you use your phone to record?
P.S.: I think the last word in the Welk-quote is "Auf Wiedersehen", it´s german ;))

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 21, 2017
Hi Nick, Yes, it's a carbon fiber bow.  It came with my violin.  I was thinking of saving up for a nice wooden one to gauge the difference.

Posted: March 21, 2017
Nice to hear you Lisa!
Your bow mechanics were excellent! you play really well! My only point of critique is your intonation could be improved (this applies to all of us of course, inc professionals!) through scales.

The only other thing I noticed was the bow retakes, there could be smoother bow landings...Watch Beth's no 52 lesson on this.

Your 'straight bowing' was great though...can I ask if you play with a carbon fibre bow? My teacher mentioned something about CF bows and the loss of harmonics and it would be interested to know which bow you use.
Looking forward to more progress vids!

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 21, 2017
Thank you all for the compliments and suggestions.  I've been working today on my right pinky placement.  For some reason I can't get the 2nd knuckle to bend properly.  The one nearest the fingernail bends just fine.  I'm still working on it.  Argh!

Mary Freeman
Posted: March 20, 2017
Your playing flows very well 
I like your bow control

Elke Meier
Posted: March 20, 2017
Ditto to what the others said, Lisa! This was real progress! 

I just have two little comments: 
Watch your pinky on the bow hand! It is still very straight and if you allow it to get into this habit it will severely hinder your bowing later on. 
And I also noticed the interesting fact that all your open As were sharp. It could be that your A is tuned too high. But the other notes on that string wer okay. What this tells me is that you have a good ear for intervals. That is that you hear what the difference should be between a D and C# or B. So the relative distance between those fingers is correct. However, when you get to the open string you cannot correct/adjust anything any more. But this then can tell you that you need to check your tuning - or that your whole hand is a bit too low on the fingerboard. One way to remedy this is first to start to LISTEN for the ringing sound in the ring tones (any note that has a corresponding open string) and second to check each ring tone against the corresponding open string. So whenever a third finger A, or D, or G, or a fourth finger E or A is played, just stop for a moment and check it against the open string and listen to the octave. That would train your hand very quickly to be in the right spot.  

Posted: March 20, 2017
Hi Lisa, you can really see that you have played before in school, wow! I can see your talent and ease with the instrument. Anything you have learned earlier you haven't lost. I think you are really doing well on this piece. The only thing I noticed was that it seemed like one of your strings may have been tuned a little high (it could be my speakers), but you played in tune when you put your fingers down! Very nice playing, and thanks for posting!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 20, 2017
Well done Lisa! I see more bow use, still excellent rhythm.... KEEP IT UP!
Placing this up so hopefully Beth can see and comment as well! :0)

Posted: March 20, 2017
Well done Lisa... 

Nice longer bowing and intonation, impressive! 

P.S. thank you for your comment on my post, it was fun to play Sun and Moon by ear [not too sure lol, but def from the play Miss Saigon] :)

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 20, 2017
Thank you, Ted, for such a glowing compliment!  Your words made my day!

Ted Adachi
Posted: March 20, 2017
Hi Lisa,
I am not at all qualified to give any sort of advice or commentary but I think you have made a huge improvement over the past few days.
You are using much more bow and, unlike me, have managed to learn to bow from the elbow and not from the shoulder (an issue I am presently working on).

Minuet 1 is also the first of the more serious pieces in the Suzuki 1 book and you are progressing with it nicely after only a short time back with the violin.