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Ray

Hi Beth,

This is more of an observation. First, I'm finding more freedom with my left hand fingers when the knuckle is not against the neck. Ofcourse this makes sense and it is one thing to see and listen to the advice on a video, but at some point and it might as well as be now, you have to put the advice into practice. And low and behold it works. Again, thanks for video and yes you are right intonation needs work but it always does doesn't it?

Second, I've been practicing the A minor scale and arpeggio so that I will be able to achieve one of my goals and play everyone's favorite: Sad Romance. Any way, as I was practicing today, I began to listen to the colours of the sound in comparison to other major and minor scales and relating that to the song. And I began to see (hear) feel why the composer choose those colours. It made instant sense why A minor was choosen and I heard the song as I played the scales. I started to play the scales as though I was playing the Sad Romance.

Hope all this makes sense because like you say it is kind of 'out there'.

Cheers,

Ray

Ray
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Posted: September 7, 2011
Last Comment: September 7, 2011
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Ray
Posted: September 7, 2011

Hi Beth, Patricia;

Beth, creative practicing I love it.  I'm going to write that near the top of my lesson board.  Right above: BOOT CAMP TECHNIQUES.

Patricia, thanks for the two quotes.  I think this site is really cool because it brings together like minded people and others have come across ideas, concepts, techniques which futher the common goal of violins for everyone, whether it is useful for everyone or not.  In this case it is most definitely uselful.

Exchange of ideas-you gotta love it.

Cheers,

Ray


Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 7, 2011
Playing the scales as though you were playing the piece is an excellent way to work on everything from intonation to tone, to gaining comfort within a tonality (in this case, A minor). I love hearing about creative practicing!