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Valerio de Franchis
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Hi everybody!
Found the courage to post something, at last. 

This is the hardest piece I'm working on, the Rieding concerto in Bm
My intonation and rythm are a mess, sorry!

I'd like to recieve some feedback on my bow arm and bow hold,
I'm not sure they are functioning as they should.

Thank you all

Valerio de Franchis
11 Responses
Posted: January 31, 2019
Last Comment: February 7, 2019

Janet Doherty
Posted: February 7, 2019
I was very much impressed with how relaxed your bow fingers looked for your time of study..... I could see the fingers give and move on some of the bow direction changes.... something that has been hard for me to conquer....  Really enjoyed your video!!


Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 7, 2019
JosÚ, there are many, many factors that go into the difference in the "student" violin sound and the "professional" sound. I do have a very valuable Italian instrument that will sound good almost no matter what I do, on the other hand, if I were to use an unbalanced ratio of speed, weight, and sounding point, I could pretty easily get a "beginning"sound. 

I have all the information on how to sound professional within the content of my videos. Every suggestion I make about the bow is to train you guys to sound like a pro. Specifically all the videos on Tone, and the Expression (search those tag words) videos are all about conveying the information you need to think about and work on in order to sound like me :)

So as I mentioned, it can't possibly be narrowed down to one thing, but the balance of everything! And a great instrument and bow doesn't hurt!

Juan Pimienta
Posted: February 7, 2019
Hi Valerio!!! Nice to meet you. I liked your playing a lot. Believe me i know what it feels like to record yourself over and over because of nervousness!!! I am playing the piece as well so i couldnt believe my ears when i heard it. Great playing!!!


Posted: February 7, 2019
You have been playing only for 1.5 years? You are certainly making good progress. I would have thought you were playing for atleast a few years. Bravo!

Jose Felix MartÝ Masso
Posted: February 7, 2019
ThankValerio for posting and Beth for the video, that I think is very useful for the rest of violinlabers with similar  problems. My question is: the difference of the sound of the violin of Valerio with that of Beth is mainly due to the position of the elbow and to the relaxation ?. That has to do especially with the weight of the bow on the string? How much does the speed of the bow, or the quality of the bow and the violin?
I'm trying to find video clips that allow me to try to imitate the sound of Beth's violin. Any suggestions for easy videos for this practice?

David Rowland
Posted: February 7, 2019
Impressive playing Valerio. Excellent video response from Beth which covers many of the things I struggle with as well. Beth seems to think you are starting to develop an arm vibrato. Good tip to get an arm vibrato to relax is to put a sock on the end of your violin and push it up against the wall with your shoulder. This stops the violin moving and takes the stress out of your neck and shoulders. Very impressed with your change of position which is something I have yet to master. Look forward to more videos from you.

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: February 7, 2019
Hi Beth! Thank you so much for your video response! :)
I am really happy that you liked my playing, really really happy.

I discovered your website by chance on youtube about 10 years ago, 
couldn't begin playing the violin until my first sign-up here, a year and a half-ish ago!
(I'm about to finish med school, and until recently I was too stressed to start this journey)

I've been too shy to post, I was so eager to know what you'd think about my "progress".
I totally love your playing and your website is so cool.

I'll work to fix my issues with tension and get back here to post something else-
big thank you again!

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: February 7, 2019
Sonia and Lee
thank you guys for the encouragements! I feel much better now ^^ 
and Lee, okay.. I'll try and post something as soon as I get better :) 

Lee Gordon Seebach
Posted: February 1, 2019
Hello Valerio,
Thanks for posting this.  I enjoyed it! Now that you've broken the ice, I hope you show us more of your playing.  And wow, a video response from Beth!  A treat for us all.  :)
Keep up the good work,

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 31, 2019
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Sonia Lancaster
Posted: January 31, 2019
Hi Valerio,

Well done on posting your video. I would say you look to have a lovely bow hold. It looks relaxed, fingers gently curling and thumb bent. You bow pretty straight as well.

Keep up the good work.