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Ray
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Hi Everyone Comments would be great on how to improve my rhythm and staying on correct sound point of Beth's recommended 2.5.  Hoping everyone has a fabulous day.


Ray
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Posted: December 2, 2018
Last Comment: December 3, 2018
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Ted Adachi
Posted: December 3, 2018
Hi Ray,
That was much better!

You lost concentration near the end and especially when you tried to do longer bows to the frog, your shoulder started pumping. But again I say that I found this extremely difficult. It is something you have to be conscious of all the time because it is such an unnatural movement.

And I think that by all means you should start using your left hand.

Ray
Posted: December 3, 2018
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I'm thinking that tomorrow I am ready to move onto playing a one-octave scale for Exercise 1.  What do you think?



Ray
Posted: December 3, 2018
Great observation, Ted, I reviewed the video.  I could have started the down bow stroke with my elbow more in a square.  I had set the tempo at 100 bpm so it was unlikely that I would have been using the whole bow for a quarter note value.  Thanks for the comments.

Ted Adachi
Posted: December 3, 2018
Hi Ray,
This instrument is so hard! There are just too many things our brain needs to concentrate on at the same time.

I see that your shoulder moves a lot while you play. So rather than your elbow flexing and the motion of your lower arm (between your hand and your elbow) moving the bow, it is your whole arm doing this. As a consequence, it is much more difficult for you to keep the bow straight.

I spent several weeks (months maybe?) playing in front of a mirror, keeping a close eye on my elbow. At first, it was very difficult for me to 'feel' the difference between flexing my elbow (good) and locking my elbow and moving at the shoulder (not so good). One thing I tried was to 'lock' my shoulder against the side of my body in order to get the feeling of moving the bow with only my elbow. This is okay for practice to get that feeling but not practical for normal playing.

Sorry to comment with a critical note but this was a real problem that took me a long time and a lot of work to overcome but made a huge difference to my playing.

Keep at it. Practice a lot.