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Barb Wimmer
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Trying to think of everything. Hoping I have improved on bowing a little. Trying to think don't be stiff. At least I see the reasoning to it- bowing that is. Still even though wrote down the bowings, still messed up some. Thinking long bows, thinking a little vibrato, trying not to stiffen up or to sound choppy. And rhythm. Seems when I get down the bowing it does improve, that is marking each up down bow and putting middle bow here etc does bring improvements. Still choppier than I like. Thoughts, suggestions, comments appreciated thanks for listening. So much to think about
Barb Wimmer
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Posted: August 9, 2018
Last Comment: August 13, 2018

Barb Wimmer
Posted: August 13, 2018
Thanks Lesley-I definitely have a hard time with concentration on everything- even smiling takes concentration for me. Thanks Elke- always amazed at your knowledge and will try that and think I will work again on the open notes underneath-that helps add different perspective more understanding and hard. Thanks Jaime your rhythm consistency in improving is great. Dianne up bows good point. Barbara I am kinda counting and think I need to focus on just counting sometimes.  Thanks for comment Jaime on rhythm I didn’t even know if I am in rhythm just keep trying to get closer

Lesley McCubbin
Posted: August 13, 2018
bow arm
I am pretty well a total newbie to this forum -- this is my first post. Your bow arm looks great! So solid!! I too am working on my bow arm, I think it is the source of many (not all) of my woes! So many things to keep track of... Yours seems to stay bang in the middle and you seem to have hit on the right amount of pressure. Way to go!

Elke Meier
Posted: August 10, 2018
I agree with the others, Barb: Your playing is so different since you started to gain control of the bow! A real pleasure to listen to! 

I also think the long up-bows are not very conducive. They would sound better on down-bows. As Dianne said, you need to work backwards. You think: Which notes do I really want to have on a down bow? And from there you look what you have to do to the notes before to get to this place. So either add a slur or a hooked bow somewhere or take a slur out. For a piece like this, I think you can take quite a few of the slurs out. Unless you have choppy bow changes it would still sound beautiful. Here is a suggestion for different bowing in the first line. Try it out and see whether it works and what you like and don't like about it. And then you adjust the rest accordingly. 

As you can see I also adjusted the very first note. If this is on a down bow it gets a lot longer than the 32th note it has in the music...

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 10, 2018
Very well done Barb!!
I love the intonation! Rhythm is spot on!
Like Barbara mention, on your long bows, just keep an even, soft long relaxed stroke while counting in your mind, also on your string crossings, try to do  more of a “swift” change, so as not to interrupt the flow... otherwise you are doing superb!!

Barbara Habel
Posted: August 10, 2018
Dear Barb

This was the best rendition of any of your videos I have heart of you.

On long bows like the last one you are counting. Which is good. But you need to pull the bow through all the counting evenly. At the moment your bowing is almost like hooked bowing when you play long notes.

You can practice this by playing the bow on one string and holding your left hand fingers down on another string and do the counting. The bow has to be one continous long bow.

Well done for the progress you made.

Posted: August 10, 2018
Barb, I really enjoyed listening to this. I can't believe how good your bow arm looks- you have lots of flexibility and finger motion. I would say that you have some long upbows at the end of phrases where they would probably be easier to control on a down bow. You would have to work your way back from there to see how you could get there. Also, you could also try using a slow and wide vibrato for this slow piece.