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Mohammed Hajjar
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i have been practicing this piece for about 3 weeks. Sometimes I sound ok and sometimes itís horrible. I think I still have an issue with my right arm: itís moving too much. 
Mohammed Hajjar
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Posted: March 17, 2018
Last Comment: March 18, 2018
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Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: March 18, 2018
Thanks everyone for the great comments.

Alan: I will check Beth videos.  Always great stuff.

Elke: Indeed, I still have an issue raising my elbow specially when I play a little faster.  I have spent time, practicing slowly and it seems I play much better when I do that.  It gives me time to think and analyze what I'm doing.

Dianne: thank you for the encouragement and yes the bow was skidding at some point.

Beth: Thank you for taking the time and recording a video.  You're always inspirational.  I recently, realized that I don't break the music score into small pieces and that's why it seems the issues accumulate.  I love how you described that I should isolate the issues and practice them separately.

Lastly, I will take about two weeks to practicing using everyone's comments and will record then.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 17, 2018
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Elke Meier
Posted: March 17, 2018
Mohammed, could it be that some of the excess movement you feel comes from the fact that sometimes with up-bows you raise your elbow and the whole upper arm? Then the elbow and the hand are on very different levels... See 1:16 or 1:33 - those are two places where it was really pronounced.

Alan Barnicoat
Posted: March 17, 2018
Sorry, that second video on Bow Distribution was posted on Feb 21, not Feb 27.

Alan Barnicoat
Posted: March 17, 2018
Hi Mohammed,

If you feel that you have issues with your right arm, I suggest you take a look at Beth's practice video's while they are still available in which she introduces the use of a second staff as a great way for analyzing problems by isolating the right arm's job (see first screenshot below of posting dated Feb. 18). The second video below (posted Feb. 27) discusses bow distribution which ties in with the use of this second "bowing staff."  I realize these will be out of context since you were not able to to start from the beginning with these "practicing videos" I think you would still find them really interesting.