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Hi Everyone,

Posting a video showing my fourth day of focusing on finger motion.  Trying to shorten the disruption of sound at bow changes.  I have also included a couple of string crossings. 

If you could be as critical as anything because that is the only way that I can improve.  What ever areas that you see that are  weak will be what I focus on in my next practice. 

May The Beat Be With You,


4 Responses
Posted: November 13, 2017
Last Comment: November 14, 2017

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 14, 2017
Good job, Ray. I can see the flexibility in your hand!

Barbara Habel
Posted: November 14, 2017
Dear Ray

I liked your playing, nice and even sound.

Of course I have something non musical to find fault with. Namely your violin looks pretty steep. I mean the violin body does not have to be parallel to the floor. But it ought to be tilted more in the direction of parallel than it is now. Your present position looks as if playing on the E string is difficult, especially for whole bows.

The solution would be to alter your shoulderrest. Lower the side of the G string and raise the side of the E string. However, be aware that the consequence of this alteration is that you have to learn anew the elbow levels of your bowing arm.

Keep up the good work practicing and youŽll make progress. And remember to look back to where you come from and how much you have improved already. Because you have improved a lot.

Posted: November 14, 2017
Terrific observations, Dianne!  I will write up notes from your critiques and focus on them tomorrow.  Cheers.

Posted: November 14, 2017
Hi Ray, You had great tone in this exercise.

If you are feeling some tension in the wrist or hand, you could take a day or two off and come back and you might even have a better result- that is exactly what happened to me while I was doing these types of exercises.

When you change at the tip, lean into the bow with the index finger, so you do not lose the sound at the change, unless you are purposely doing a taper.

At the frog, you could try experimenting with relaxing the whole hand into the string (with no tension in the hand or fingers), both on the up and the down movement at the frog, even if it risks a bad sound, so that there is not a gap in sound at the change at the frog. Then you can choose the type of weight and motion that works for you, and gives you the best tone. I found that it was all about experimenting with weight in the hand, but with the least amount of movement needed. I could also change using just the fingers, but that would be tiresome, because the hand is much better at taking the weight, and the fingers follow. These are just some random ideas. Hope this helps or makes sense.