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Sean
Hello everyone. Here's a video of me playing Are You Sleeping in A Major. I would really appreciate any piece of advice or suggestion as to improve my playing, because I haven't been doing the video tutorials for long, and I want to catch any improvements or bad habits as early as possible. Thanks :)

Sean
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Posted: August 19, 2011
Last Comment: August 29, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 29, 2011
That's a good point, Tomi. Sometimes the bridge isn't angled correctly, and that can make it easier to accidentally hit other strings.


Sean. I can't remember if I say in the video you watched, that a great practice technique, is to practice the piece or exercise without the fingers.  Do ONLY the bowings. It's amazing what you'll come to understand about what your right hand has to do. I also think slowing down a little bit. and making sure that when you cross strings you are minimizing the distance by preparing the string crossing. I describe this somewhere in the series on String Crossing Efficiency.

As to your other questions, I think everything looks quite good. Your wrist angles and positions look great!

tomi
Posted: August 29, 2011
I have one tip on your hitting other strings problem. I had my violin set up so that the strings were too much on level for may taste (skills?). I had a luthier to fix that and it made playing much easier. She also said that the bridge was not set up properly, so it wasn't just me blaming the tools for my shortcomings :)

Sean
Posted: August 29, 2011
Thank you very much to the both of you :)
But after having watched it, I was wondering if you could double check a couple of things for me...

-How did my bow hold look? I often wonder if I'm getting the most control that I could/should...

-How did my left wrist (my bow wrist) look? To me it looks a little stiff, and I was wondering what kind of exercises/videos you would suggest to get it more relaxed and flexible.

-Was my right wrist angled enough, or should I bring it closer towards me, more parallel with the fingerboard of the violin?

-And finally, is there any kind of tricks to not hit other strings!? I watched the video on accidentally hitting other strings, and I will try to keep an eye out for how low or high I am playing to the bridge. Although, I still find I hit the odd string even when I am at a good sounding point, and it's so frustrating!!! Any other piece of advice/tips?

So thats it for now. Didn't mean to bombard anyone with questions, but any kind of answer or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Eileen
Posted: August 20, 2011
I'm with Beth, looked very nice and smooth Sean !   I'm not qualified to teach anyone, but I really didn't see anything to point out.  Your bow looks nice and straight and as Beth mentioned, you are very relaxed all around.   Fantastic beginning Sean !

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 19, 2011
Excellent job, Sean!! You are a natural! Both hands look relaxed, joints are moving.  The string crossings look smooth and organic. The bow is moving straight and I don't see clenching with the left hand. So you are totally on the right track. You anticipated the string crossing well with the bow too and got your 3rd finger down in time (better the 2nd time) to produce a good tone. I like how you're not afraid to use bow speed to maximize the amount of bow you use. It makes the tone more open.  My suggestion would be to (in this case) use a little less bow. The amount you're using now is perfect for a slower tempo, but at the tempo you are playing (which is nice and snappy) using a little less bow will allow for better traction with the bow hair.  I would like to see (and hear) you get as much tonal depth and resonance you can from the instrument. Bravo, and thanks for posting.