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Mohammed Hajjar
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dear friends, 

I have recorded Gavotte of Martini from Suzuki Book 3. Please give me your feedback 

I have noticed that I have issues in the following areas:
1. Music expression where sound is still flat
2. Missing the notes in certain areas. 

I'm not able to embed the link since I'm using an iPad and can't figure out how to do it. So here's the link.




Mohammed Hajjar
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Posted: March 25, 2017
Last Comment: March 28, 2017
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Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: March 28, 2017
Thanks Beth for commenting through a video recording.  Your comments are very valuable.  :)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 27, 2017
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Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: March 26, 2017
Thanks Jaime & Diedre for the comments and encouragement.

I have discovered something, re: bow hold, that I'd like to share. When doing an up-bow, I think the third finger should uplift the bow a bit, to counter balance with the pressure or weight from the arm.  By doing this, I noticed that the sound becomes softer.




Dianne
Posted: March 25, 2017
Hi Mohammed, I believe that is right @ the index finger. I find an awareness of sounding point hard but I am working on it, as well as an awareness of where I am in the bow at all times- a new concept for me!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 25, 2017
Awesome performance Mohammed! Truly inspirational as I am just being introduced shifting! BRAVO! :0)

Deirdre
Posted: March 25, 2017
I'm impressed, Mohammed!

You are such a good and careful student of the violin that I think you already know what would be best for you to work on, so I'll just tell you what I admired.

You have lovely tone and fluidity, and you keep going! That makes everything in your performance look so polished - it's very educational for us all.

I don't think I could play without a shoulder rest, so I can't speak to the technical questions you have. 

I enjoyed hearing you play - thank you!

Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: March 25, 2017
Thanks Dianne for the interesting comment.  So basically, what you are suggesting is that when i move the scroll, I should flick the bow a little backward with the index to keep in the same sound lane.

After reading your comment, I went back and watched the video again.   You're right, the bow seems to be skidding towards the scroll, like a car on ice :))



Dianne
Posted: March 25, 2017
Hello Mohammed, Your performance was grand! I think you played with great expression and fluidity. I heard the flow of the piece, and as you said, there were just a few places after shifting where the note was not in tune.  I did notice that your bow tracking was the only thing that I think you could improve on in this piece that would make your sound take off. Your tracking in general is excellent, but when you moved your scroll down, the bow moved toward the fingerboard. This makes perfect sense, because it takes a great deal of bow control to keep it tracking straight when doing this-very hard to do. Bravo, and thank you for posting-very much enjoyed listening to your performance.

Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: March 25, 2017
Thanks Rustam for your constructive comments. Well noted.

Regarding the shoulder rest, I've strugled on & off, but i can't seem to be comfortable with one, it keeps slipping.  Besides I like the sensation of the violin vibrating into the body :)

I am still trying to find my way around playing with one.  Hopefully will get there.

By the way, How long do you think it will take until a piece like Gavotte is played in a clean & professional matter? This is the million dollar question that I'm not able to figure out :)))

Rustam Gill
Posted: March 25, 2017
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Check out this amazing rendition of Monti's Csardas and how many times Chuanyun Li lifts his head off the rest as he plays and resets it. Try to recreate that freedom and relaxation of the head when you play.
This is easier said than done, of course :) He has played this way his whole life and is a prodigy in the truest sens of the word. Still, it's something to work towards.


Rustam Gill
Posted: March 25, 2017

Hi Mohammed,
Nice job on this piece. You are bravely incorporating shifts, too. I did not shift when I learned this piece but in retrospect I think with shifting the sooner you start the better, so good job.

Be sure to double check the rhythm. You played it incorrectly in a few spots. Also, try watching some videos of professional players. I don't think Beth has a performance of this but she has a tutorial that will help.

I wanted to comment on your shoulder rest-less setup. Take this with a grain of salt as I am no expert but I play without a rest. You seem to be clamping down with your neck to keep the violin in place. I worry this will lead to neck problems down the road. When you ditch the rest you have to ditch this habit of holding the violin up with the neck, too. Without a rest, your left hand should be holding the violin up, not your neck. Your head should just be gently resting on the chin rest and only serves to stabilize the violin to keep it from tilting.

There are some exceptions to this like Anna Sophie Mutter who seems to be able to hold up the violin without her left hand or an SR. However she is the exception among restless players. And even she isn't using her neck exclusively but her shoulder and neck together.

It's challenging to play like this at first. A good way to practice is to try playing with your head off the chin rest completely for while till it feels relaxed. Then try to recreate that feeling with your head gently resting on the chin rest.

Good luck!