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Frieda
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Hello,
working on Schindler's list...
Feedback is very welcome, thanks for listening !
Frieda
Frieda
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Posted: August 20, 2017
Last Comment: August 23, 2017
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Frieda
Posted: August 23, 2017
Beth, thank you so much for taking the time to make a video response with such detailed and useful information!
It's so precious to have a video from you... I've already started to implement all the tips and instructions to improve my playing... THANKS!!!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 22, 2017
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 21, 2017
Excellent job Frieda. My daughter starts school tomorrow so I'll finally have some "me" time, which translates to Violin Lab time. I'll shoot a video response for you!

Frieda
Posted: August 21, 2017
Thanks Nick, you're right, it's a win-win-win! It gives energy and motivates us to push on...

Nick
Posted: August 21, 2017
Frieda, I am glad that you are not feeling alone anymore  - we are like a family here - we all have the same feelings and trepidations when posting videos because 'we are all in the same boat'. Getting feedback from fellow VLers and of course our teacher is the most efficient way to learn and progress on this difficult instrument. Your lessons may be few and far between (my live teacher is in Spain for a long time, her work takes her to all corners of the globe, and some VLers do not even have live teachers!) but Beth is always here for us and her videos are accessible 24/7! The importance of posting progress vids is to catch anything missed by your live teacher and prevents any technical issues becoming ingrained in your playing and having to be undone and relearned. Also, a video acts as a marker for your progress (when you look back after a year or so) and helps so many other VLers from the feedback of others and Beth's video responses. It's a win-win-win!
Happy practising and congrats for posting the first of hopefully many more videos!

Frieda
Posted: August 21, 2017
Thanks!
Hello all,
Thanks a lot for taking the time to listen and to send your kind words and helpful remarks, I will surely study them all!
Until now I followed your video's, comments, experiences... But more than once I felt like an outsider because I thought I will never have the courage to post anything.
Making a video of me playing and posting was a very weird experience. Normally I only work with audio-recordings and obviously I listen conscientiously to my teacher (although 30 minutes every three weeks is very little).
On top of that I must mention that I really 'devoured' the video lessons of Beth :-)
Finally... all of a sudden I don't feel 'alone' anymore on my 'violin-journey'... which is a fantastic feeling!!!
Kind regards,
Frieda

Nick
Posted: August 21, 2017
Hi Frieda, very nice playing! There's a lot going on in this piece and you played it so well.

I will say the usual: Beth will no doubt respond to you with the most sound advice (excuse the pun) but here are my observations anyway:

Focus on the right hand for this piece. e.g. maintaining string contact point with bow to prevent a 'wavering' tone, bend/curve your fourth finger/pinky of your right hand to absorb bow forces which you do to a large extent (when you reach the tip of the bow, you can lift your right hand pinky to prevent an awkward\uncomfortable contact with the bow (which may also effect your straight-bowing/bow mechanics. Watch your bow speed. Improving bow speed will greatly improve the tone of this piece because your intonation is great! Watch for string crossings, anticipate them to ensure that you're not moving too sharply with your right arm to reach the strings. Move towards the next string as you're still playing the previous note! i.e. smoothly, like the main theme. Watch 3:00 for e.g.
Great first video Frieda and lovely playing. Well done!

Dianne
Posted: August 20, 2017
I just caught your introduction- you have been playing for four years only and are playing like this??? Wow! Great job, Frieda!!

The only things I saw that I could comment on were things I 'heard' in your playing, which were to use full bows to the frog, and try to have no interruption in the sound when shifting- it seemed a couple of the shifts might have been fast, and if you made them more organic, they might blend better. These are just best guesses, and I am so impressed with your progress!!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 20, 2017
Frieda! you did wonderful! I am just beginning to learn position 2 and 4 ... so far its been very VERY challenging! As my teacher explains... at higher positions, the space between half and full notes becomes much narrower.. so therein lies the problem! hehe

I think are doing superb! Keep it up! :0)

Elke Meier
Posted: August 20, 2017
Congratulations on posting! And you start posting with such a challenge :). Congratulations for tackling this piece! I cannot tell you anything specific about the piece, it is way beyond my abilities. But I want to mention two things that caught my eye:
  • playing on the E-string: Your wrist often seems "folded in" when you play on the E-string. Watch what happens between 1:18 and 1:20. When you start vibrating on the E-string all of a sudden you have this nice straight line whereas before your wrist seems a bit crunched. 
  • playing in high positions (around 2:34): Now, this again is something I cannot really say anything about since I have never gone beyond fourth position. But even in fourth position we are told to bring the thumb under so the fingers don't have to be so stretched out. I am amazed that you can vibrate on such stretched out fingers. But I think it might become easier if you bring your thumb under. 

Maria
Posted: August 20, 2017
What lovely performance Frieda and complete piece you have played consistently with nice tone and good intonation...

This is a long and hard piece [for me at my current level it is] and you played it without stumbling, impressive and love how you played the fast passages!