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Hi Everyone,

Yes, this is confession time.  A score that I WAS feeling that I knew so well that I could skip the first few videos was: Moon Over Ruined Castle.  I thought I had gotten to the point, in learning this piece,  where I could begin to learn how to musically shape the notes into a story.  WRONG!!!

But something in the back of my mind kept telling me that my intonation was not consistent.  So today I marked all the half note intervals throughout the piece and am now focusing on intonation.  Rhythm, for this piece, I have down pat so now I can redirect my focus on intonation.  When the intonation is consistent I imagine I will need to next move onto string crossings since I am not too pleased with my string crossings. 

So the musically shaping of my music will have to wait a while longer.
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Posted: July 10, 2018
Last Comment: July 11, 2018

Posted: July 11, 2018
Focused intonation practice is working thanks to Beth's instructions.  Like I have mentioned I returning after a few (or more) months away from the violin.  So I have gone back to the basics: hand placement, posture, and isolating finger action.  Over the past couple of days I am now striking the E natural on the D string 4-5 times out of 5.  Now to put this into context this is very deliberate setting up and when I am not coming at that note from another note nor with any sort of speed.  This will come.  So there is progress and a good place to build a base.

Posted: July 11, 2018
Thanks Barbara, it is little more than going back and looking at a piece with 'new' eyes or in the case ears. 

You are right Dianne, I need to develop the ability to block specific amount of time for each area of development.  Likely I will spend most of my time on intonation but I could also block off time to develop contact point as this relates to good intonation as well as musicality.

Posted: July 11, 2018
You are hearing things in your own playing and that is a skill. You will conquer these other skills such as string crossings in no time. But I think you can still work on phrasing and sculpting at the same time, if I'm not mistaken...

Barbara Habel
Posted: July 11, 2018
Dear Ray

Thank you for your honest comment. It hurts when one has to confess that things are not the way we thought they are.

Keep up the good work and God bless.