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Maria
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Practice day 2---It is not so simple after all...

Thank very much classmates Sonia, Dianne, Barb and Jaime for all your suggestions, I am still trying to practice this and it was surprisingly tough.

I thought choosing this favorite childhood folk song was easy and simple but I was dead wrong.

I find it hard to get the right timing to do string crossing from G string while doing vibrato to C/C# first finger on A string as well as prolonging vibrato.

Thanks again...
Maria
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Posted: December 2, 2017
Last Comment: December 6, 2017
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Dianne
Posted: December 6, 2017
Hi Maria, to keep the vibrato going, I have found it easiest to train with slow scales, and work the metronome up only after able to sustain on a one or two octave scale with a relaxed left hand. Picking long notes in pieces, and keeping the vibrato going on just those notes right to the end of the note can be done because of rests in between on the passages not marked for vibrato. That helps alongside the scale/worksheet/simple piece project. Working on vibrato on fast notes is important as well and can also be a project. A Wohlfahrt etude is perfect for this. This can be fatiguing and needs to be built up as well, by just doing just a couple of measures, and then adding more measures when it feels easier.

On a side note, slow vibrato always feels easier, and that is a good place to stay for a long while, and build up very slowly.

Ray
Posted: December 6, 2017
I enjoyed your playing.   Heard some dynamics and vibrato and started to get some imagery.  Cheers.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: December 5, 2017
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Maria, 
Added a few slurs, sacrificing greatly my bow distribution, but wanted to show you... hope you like! :0)

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: December 4, 2017
Dandansoy.... nice melody Maria! I see you are using more bow! You may also want to add a few slurs.... it brings more... sweetness to the melody...
I listened to it, but will need to practice some more... in order to video .... 
THANKS again for the post! :0)

Maria
Posted: December 4, 2017
Thank you much Barbara, I promise will watch the video you mentioned....


I have to work on my bowing and the bending of the wrist you suggested, my bow hand feels stiff...

Thank you again.

Maria
Posted: December 4, 2017
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Maria
Posted: December 4, 2017


Set of notes I used with Bb-Eb...I have to check on the piano if it's correct...

Maria
Posted: December 4, 2017
Alright finally the video is ready...

This is raw video of my practice with metronome, so which set of bowing do you think is better?


Thanks...BTW, I change a bit in the melody by prolonging some words/notes and sliding a bit.

Maria
Posted: December 4, 2017
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Oh, Jaime that great! I was impressed with how quick you were able to get the melody and beautiful vibrato! Thank you for showing me.

If you are interested to play the song here is the original song with lyrics...


I will post my practice video in a while, it's still processing and it takes forever!

Please post anytime if you have any suggestions...Thanks much again.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: December 3, 2017
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Maria, excellent as always!
One thing I notice when I mute... you do excellent down bow,  with full bow use
,then  on the up bow... you restrict yourself a little towards the frog.... be more "at ease" with your up bow... you still have ample "space" towards the frog that you can still use...this in turn will ease the return to the up bow... giving you more area to cover.

As vibrato goes... may I suggest practicing a sloooow bow... both up and down bows, trying to keep a sustained... stable ... persistent vibrato.... I think that will build strength and conditioning to your sustained vibrato - applying my workout ideas to the violin! hehe


Barbara Habel
Posted: December 3, 2017
Dear Maria

Watch the first bow stroke. It reaches round the back of your head. To get a straight bow when bowing at the frog is to "bend" the wrist. If you start to bend it it will give you a straight bow.

Watch Bethīs "Slow Motion Doīs and Donīts". She shows how the continuous vibrato goes.

Have fun with it.

Maria
Posted: December 3, 2017
Dianne, Jaime, Barb, Sonia and classmates, I tried to use whole bow but it's hard at this point but I'll try to practice more.

As for vibrato, my it's a task, quite a task to keep the vibrato going. I have never tried vibrating on every note...how do you do that? I can't yet sustain my vibrato my arm gets tired and I get short of air, I noticed that breathing goes hand in hand with my vibrato...