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Ray
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This is a first draft video without multible takes that I am posting for critique.

I will be waiting until tomorrow to have a listen and my own critique  of my playing.  I will watch the video in the morning, make notes, and that will govern what I will be working on tomorrow.  You all get a sneak preview of my video.  :))) 

 I am playing along with a recording of Beth, on violin, and a guitar accompiamant.  There is one obvious spot where I left the rhythm and did my own thing but later after a couple of measures I came back on track.  The focus of this video is of course the right hand rhythm.  Any and all critique as to is my bow straight, staying on contact point, quality of tone, consistant volume would be great.  I am presantly surprised that I continued to play and found my spot after I knew I was not playing in time any more.  So quite happy about that.  You all have a great day.
Ray
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Posted: November 8, 2018
Last Comment: November 10, 2018
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Janice Branley
Posted: November 10, 2018
Hello Ray,

I think you are very brave and are doing so well with this structured practice.  It is easy to drift from one thing to another but you are implementing an admirable regime.  I would not underestimate the skill it takes to record your playing and knowing it will be seen online.  That courage and ability to counter the 'adrenalin gremlins' will serve you well when you perform. 
I separate my practice into A. Learn  -  B. Interpret  -- C. Perform --  and each one needs a different way of looking.  'Perform' is a time to let the auto pilot carry out the instructions from A and B.
I  am working on allowing weight into my right arm, because I tend to lift my shoulder with the right elbow,  and the idea of allowing the weight of your arm to 'rest' into the string is a useful idea and can stop bouncing when you are playing 'under pressure'. 

 If you hold the  middle of the bow on the string, and don't move at all, but simply relax and allow your right arm to 'fall down though gravity', there will be so much natural pressure on the string you can hardly move the bow, and without pressing!  so it's like a magic key to tone!

My only other suggestion is to have a go at this fun exercise which you can do from time to time (even during the adverts on TV) keeping your bow safely over a soft surface of course.  https://www.violinist.com/blog/stein4strings/20189/27478/  (I'm guessing this well known exercise has already appeared somewhere here, but it deserves repetition.........
Good luck and best wishes for your practice

Ray
Posted: November 9, 2018
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rewatching the retake video: http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=69 , I do not like how hard I am landing on the A string.  My retake is similar to how this bird attempts to land.  Forward to 0:18.  I have some work to do.  

Ray
Posted: November 9, 2018
Thanks Beth.  I think part of the tension is coming from posting 'live'.  :)))  


Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 9, 2018
Definitely, watch the tension. Good practice technique, Ray.

Ray
Posted: November 9, 2018
Good call Dianne.  Sick yesturday and today but determined to continue posting something everyday on YouTube.  

Dianne
Posted: November 9, 2018
Hi Ray, your string crossings look great. I did notice some bow bounce on downbows on the upper two strings. I noticed this in your previous video as well. This could be hair tension or even the bow itself. It could be a lightening of pressure from the arm, or it could be tension in the hand or thumb. You have worked on those things already, so it might be just needing a bit more arm weight. Just a guess.