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Dear Beth,

Getting back to violin nearly after 21 years!!!!!!!!
Wanna master this fantastic instrument.

Am trying to play D Major. Please comment on holding the violin and the tone.

Thank you.
Bonny.
bm
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Posted: August 28, 2011
Last Comment: August 29, 2011
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bm
Posted: August 29, 2011
Thank you Mr. Allan

sometimes we manage to play some tunes that are quite familiar with our ears, but, playing a scale with correct tone is scary ... lol

Best regards,
Bonny.

Allan
Posted: August 29, 2011
Hi there,

I'm not experienced enough to comment on your position but you are making a very nice sound...

bm
Posted: August 28, 2011
Hi Beth,

Thank you very much for the comments and valuable suggestions. Will definitely start practising the way you have suggested. I believe, getting the full bow has been my problem always, especially towards the frog and also getting the right tone. At times the bow tends to jump during downward movement. Will keep trying, bearing your suggestions in mind. Thanks once again

Best regards,
Bonny.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 28, 2011
Great job, Bonny! Everything is looking very good!  You have some nice flexibility in your wrist, and your bow arm in general looks relaxed. Your left hand looks pretty good too, although may be pronating out a bit too far with the left wrist (it's sticking out a tad too far away from you), but not so  much that I think it's impeding your progress.

Your tone is nice and clean, but I would suggest and would like to see you try and get a little more depth in the tone by really allowing the weight of your right arm to create more friction, and therefore more sound. Do you practice your scales with long slow bow strokes close to the bridge?  That's a basic exercise that benefits anyone, from beginner to advanced.  Even some of the most famous soloists would spend hours playing super slow bows close to the bridge.
I know it may not be the sound you like to hear under the ear, but it is a practice tool, expand your tone immensely.  It will also force the issue of  bowing all the way to the frog.
I say this not only to you, but to just about anyone I've ever taught to play the violin: Getting comfortable at the frog takes effort (and time), but nothing will make your phrasing more polished, than maximizing the bow all the way down to the frog.

Thank you for sharing your video.  It is so incredibly helpful to me as I prepare future lessons.

bm
Posted: August 28, 2011
Sorry, now it is done.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 28, 2011
Hi Bonny,
I look forward to hearing the video, but first you need to change the settings in your Youtube account. If you want to keep it semi-private, you can change the settings to "unlisted" and just copy the link here, or make it public and embed the video.