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Qiong Xia
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Qiong Xia
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Posted: February 19, 2018
Last Comment: February 22, 2018
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Dianne
Posted: February 22, 2018
Hello Qiong, Your shifting training is probably fine without a book or method because you can work through Beth's shifting videos, of which there are many. What makes shifting challenging I think, is practicing the timing of the shifts, keeping fingers down with the correct finger pressure, learning the different kinds of shifts, and building shifting practices that result in consistent intonation. For me, the sound of the shifts in later music is something that I find quite challenging right now, and these are just beautiful when performed by professionals or very, very advanced students.

Qiong Xia
Posted: February 21, 2018
Hi Beth, thank you so much for all those wonderful words and advices! I'll take them all. You have explained some of my major questions that I was struggling with the whole time! Thank you so much! 

Qiong Xia
Posted: February 21, 2018
Hi Dianne, thank you for your comments and support! I do have a hard time with the string crossing, I guess it's because of the bow arm not in the right level when I'm playing, I'll work more on that. As to the shifting, I don't have a technique book, I just shift. I don't understand why you said it requires a lot of time to develop. Maybe my way of shifting is so wrong, I should find more resources to figure that out. You also mentioned the 4th finger, I always have lots of tension on my right hand, especially when I'm playing notes that need more pressure. I'm still working on that. Again, thank you for your comments!

Qiong Xia
Posted: February 21, 2018
Hi Fabiano, to be honest I don't know how to practice Tai Chi, I have never learned that. I was just so eager to be able to play my favorite songs on violin, so whenever I have time and energy I pick up my violin and start practicing. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 21, 2018
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Dianne
Posted: February 21, 2018
Hello Qiong, The first thing I thought when viewing your video was that there would be no way I could make all the shifting and bow hand gestures that you are doing at 2 months of playing. I used to use a tiny, tiny amount of bow and did not shift yet. I think that you have a lot of potential for the violin, but there are playing issues to now zoom  in on so that you can clean them up. The major one I heard was string crossings. Try playing this at a slow tempo, and see if you can work on the bow arm levels for each string. Perhaps it was just the speed of the piece that caused it. Shifting requires a lot of time to develop. Do you have a shifting technique book that you are working through such as Whistler, or a resource here on Violin Lab? Try to take each of the shifts in isolation, and see if you can travel on each shift according to the steps. Finally, I saw that your bow hand 4th finger needed to be curved, but there could also be a general bow hold adjustment that is needed, such as thumb position. I look forward to Beth's response for you. Thanks for posting.

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: February 21, 2018
Qiong, how do you endure practicing violin for 5 hours (at a time? continuously?) Would tai chi practice  help it?

Qiong Xia
Posted: February 20, 2018
Hi Nicolinette and Fabiano, thank you very much for the support! I really appreciate that! I'll continue uploading more recordings when I'm getting better.

Qiong Xia
Posted: February 20, 2018
Hi Beth, thank you for your response! yes I have only been studying for two months and I have no private teacher. I have no musical training before expect for one year self-learning of ukulele. I got my violin and started following you two months ago, I'm utterly ignorant of staff before that. But I worked very hard on violin, I love playing so much! I practiced more than 5 hours a day on average and I watched lots of your videos. Your videos are of GREAT help to me, thanks a lot!

Nicolinette
Posted: February 20, 2018

Like the thaw of a river announcing the spring ... 

thank you Qiong


Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: February 20, 2018
Qiong,

Your performing, after 2 months of practice, puts my occidental way of seeing/feeling the musical world upside down.
I thank you for offering me this source of reflexion, about the relativity of my culture.

Go ahead, please.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 20, 2018
Hello Qiong, I'm very intrigued with your story. Have you really only been playing 2 months?  Have you had other musical training before?  Do you currently have a private teacher? 

 I will give you more detailed feedback when I get a chance to make a video, probably on Wednesday.