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Hi Everyone,

Simple question, "Am I playing musically?"

Critiques are welcomed and needed.  Cheers.


Ray

Ray
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Posted: April 2, 2018
Last Comment: April 6, 2018
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Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: April 6, 2018
I really liked very much this quick video lesson, Beth.

Very unfortunately I found out the value of exercises on open string just a year ago.


Barbara Habel
Posted: April 5, 2018
Thank You Beth for claryfying what musicallity really is at a specific skill level.

And Thank You Ray for bringing the matter to my attention.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: April 3, 2018
Thank you Beth and you're welcome Ray.... phrasing, adding tone, certainly brings the performance to life! :0)

Ray
Posted: April 3, 2018
Thank you the great answer, Beth, and for making the video response.  I'll start on all these great ideas right away.  Cheers.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 3, 2018
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Ray
Posted: April 3, 2018
Thank you for great observation of the shoulder, Christopher.  That was so cool Jaime you took the time to make and post a video.  Your sound has turned a corner and is taking on a musical quality.  And it is not because it is 'just' open strings.  It is your skill in playing that has turned a comer.  Well done.  Rhythm, eh, rhythm.  It is is my nemesis.  Thanks for keeping me honest.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: April 3, 2018
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Ray, well done... but keep an eye on bow distribution... to the tempo.
At the beginning you seem to fall behind, but then you manage to fall back on track.
I don't know the tempo of the pretty melody, but I think is around 75 bpm. I tried playing the entire piece at that beat... trying to use the whole bow....


So if you know the exact tempo, awesome! I then suggest perhaps you may want to try with a metronome, isolate that speed, and watch your bow distribution at that speed... then It will aid in keeping a robust, constant rhythmic bowing and at the end... contribute to the "musical" quality if you will....

Christopher Sinkule
Posted: April 3, 2018
I think you're doing great Ray. It's hard to tell from the video, but I think you might be raising your right shoulder when you go from a high string to a lower string, I have this problem and trying to eliminate it, myself.