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It's my weekend off so I thought it would be nice to practice outside with the sunlit blue sky, green trees and birds chirping away...

Also I let Lily [our fur tabby daughter] to have some fresh air and sunlight...

6-29-19
6:30 Am
Maria
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Posted: June 29, 2019
Last Comment: June 30, 2019
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Timothy Smith
Posted: June 30, 2019
Nicest yet IMHO. I was thinking the same thing about outdoors but haven't done it yet. Seems to help me play better.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: June 29, 2019
Hi Diane,

My A string is also higher than the D and E string. I noticed that in the video when doing the crossing Beth’s bow doesn’t travel up or down at the exact moment it moves over the A string, she is simply moving to another string, so the A string is silent. It is tricky.

Good luck.
Sonia

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019


Oh, Sonia thank you so much for pointing that out I thought I was missing or adding a note of those difficult passage measure 7,17 and 28 ---I might be missing the C# or D going back?

I will go try it out - just woke up [it's 10:30 pm] from a long nap...Thank you much for your help, appreciated it much.

P.S. And oh that section from E string to D string and back to E string is indeed tricky as well I noticed my A string height was high making more difficult because when I press the the note F# on D string it goes so deep and low -not sure how to go about it than practice a way to get use to it because not letting anyone local redo Angelina- it may totally change her voice...I'm afraid.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: June 29, 2019
Hi Maria 
I enjoyed hearing you play, what a wonderful setting.

This piece is very lovely and I find there are a couple of tricky sections - the ‘turn’ that I think you identified.. I may be wrong but I think there is a note missing? 

The other area is the string crossing when you have to go from G to the octave below, essentially pivoting over the A string. This is hard to stop the A from sounding as you move over it. Maybe Beth has a video on this?

I look forwards to seeing your progress, your vibrato and intonation are good.

Sonia

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019


Good afternoon Dianne thank you for your kind review on my practice, appreciated it...Yes, I love nature like you I also camp on the grass in our backyard lol, or just spread a mat under a tree shade. In fact if I don't fall asleep I'm erecting my new tent later or early morning.

It would an honor to be a student of yours because you're very thorough and detailed with violin study and practice.

Oh, that would be fun! I will try your suggestion but I would still like to use the entire bow for sections that needs it especially on measure 17 and 18. I will try it tonight or tomorrow it's just that Samgeatang soup made me so sleepy.

Thank you again Dianne...
6-29-19 4pm
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Dear Barbara,

Thank you much ...Yes, my mom and relatives taught me how to be not so wasteful, it's a good trait to be frugal says the old folks. I respect/treasure their opinions and wisdom- they're golden and precious...

I'd love to say that it's my 3rd because I haven't fully mastered it...My first language is Tagalog then Visayan, broken Spanish[mostly for hospital setting/use] lastly English :) 
 And at one time I can communicate simple medical terms of another language when I was briefly assigned in Korean unit...You forget it if one does not practice it.

I only mainly play violin now and a bit of piano [mostly by ear], you are right you can not dance all the time in a wedding so I am concentrating on learning the violin.

6-29-19
4:10 Pm



Dianne
Posted: June 29, 2019
Maria I just watched your outdoor video- love these outdoor videos you do. Just beautiful playing and scenery. You have a lucky neighbor to hear you out there.

Barbara Habel
Posted: June 29, 2019
Dear Maria

I love it how you control the weight and balance point of the bow by putting strings around the tip and the leather. Better than having to buy a new bow :-)

And I thought that English is your 2nd language after what is spoken in Manila. I learned French for a year at school but quit it because I would confuse it with English. So for me 2 languages are enough. Just as I did not manage 3 instruments. The 1 year of playing the cello in 2014 was enough to teach me to just stick to 2 instruments.

In German there is a saying that you should not dance at every wedding (nicht auf allen Hochzeiten tanzen) because it just would be too much and would be considered lack of character. So I focus on what I can and regretfully say no to what I can not do. I find it very hard to accept my limitations.

But you manage 3 languages and multiple instruments. But I think your main instruments are the piano and the violin. And we are all different.

Thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

Dianne
Posted: June 29, 2019
Maria your vibrato and overall playing is really good. If you were my student :) I might ask you to see if you could try a fun project of trying to play this piece all at the lower third of the bow, so that you can work on getting the fullest sound possible that includes that part of the bow. There was a video I watched back in 2013 when I was a member here briefly, where Beth suggested playing in just one part of the bow. I never forgot it and do this to limber up my bow hand from time to time. It really works to free the bowing to explore all parts of the bow in real time where your hand will just go there automatically while playing the piece normally. I also play all at tip sometimes (hard) but you play well there already. You are using a Russian bow hold, and I do not use that though. Is it possible to get flexion with that hold?

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019
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Dear Barbara,

Here's a close up of my violin Angelina and my current bow Luma...I think it must be the instrument that created the beautiful sound you heard while I was practicing on the deck.

I tried Natalia [ century old violin 7/8] but she sounded different must be because I seldom use her plus her strings are really, really old! Older than Angelina's strings but I look at it again it is not rusted so she might need to be played often so the wood grain would open again and would resonate well later.

I hope I ____ your curiosity/questions...[it's hard when English is my 3rd language, plus it's difficult to translate exactly the Tagalog words in English. Oftentimes there's no exact translation].

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019


Dear Barbara,

Good morning and thank you once more...Lol! It's so convenient to just lay my phone flat on the table and concentrate on practicing

I am one of those who will continue to use something until it breaks, my Luma bow has the same hair since I bought it many years ago and my strings are mixed I think since I bought Angelina[GLiga master edition violin] and which was in 2015 or 2014 and the mixed in newest strings were Tonica I bought in 2017 I believe.

Thank you again and take care always...

6-29-19 Sat.
10Am

Barbara Habel
Posted: June 29, 2019
Dear Maria

That was a very nice playing and a pleasant change to your ceiling :-)

How often do you change your strings and rehair your bows?

You sound beautiful. But I would like to know whether it is just your playing or the equipment also.

Enjoy your work free weekend. God bless you.

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019

Maria 


Practiced again last night before going to work...

Recorded myself so you all could see what I was doing with my bow, violin, hands and fingers...



P.S. Thank you once again Barbara, Jaime, Dianne, Tim, Urban and Fabiano
Maria 
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Posted: June 27, 2019
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Maria 
Posted: June 28, 2019



THAnk you Ray...Trying my best to try to practice whenever I have off and if I wasn't too tired...

Ray
Posted: June 28, 2019
Beautifully played.  Your vibrato is really coming along and your intonation is spot on.  Well done you.  

Maria 
Posted: June 28, 2019
I can't get off this tune out of my head, I believe I have no choice but to linger on it a bit longer...The melody is like ambrosia that you go back to it again and again!


>>Jaime, thank you much but from my experience the longer I stay on one piece my playing deteriorated it must be my brain rejecting it and getting tired of it :) Have a safe journey to you and your entire family. {I love Fiestas, we have it also back home, tasty succulent lechons with super crispy skin, it's to die for! lol [for the amazing deliciousness and for artery clogging effect leading to massive heart attack jajaja].

>>Dear Barbara,
Thank you very much for all the pointers I appreciate it a lot and so on the 3rd day of practice I was trying to nail that measure 28 ...I'm not sure how but must be mind over matter and the urge and desire to learn this tutorial generously provided by Beth...As soon as I get this tune off my head I will move on to her next tutorial...Again thank you Barbara, take care always.

>> Good morning Dianne, thank you much for the support appreciated it a lot...That fast rhythmic group of notes was hard, if my fingers gets tired I can't move it fast enough to follow the beat/piano accompaniment. I love the scale portion of it going to A then Eb it sounded great on the violin. I don't have the manuscript but it's near the ending after the repeat on the mid part...Vibrato; I tried to do it but I realized that it tires my finger eventually after 30-40 min of straight practice.

>> Good morning Mary, thank you much for watching/listening to my practice, welcome back and nice to see you here again. I remember you were playing Bach Gounod Ave Maria, I was trying to learn it but it's really hard so I postponed it until I gathered all my courage to try practice it again.

>>Good morning Tim and thank you very much...I did some readings about this piece and found that it has available lyrics in the internet and so I found out that it's a poem/art song [etc.] written in Italian and translated it into English to fully understand it although few words were almost like Spanish but my limited command of the Spanish language was little so Sir Goggle helped a lot. Thank you again and have a great long weekend. 

Maria 
Posted: June 27, 2019
Thank you Mary and welcome back! 

Nice to see you again...

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019


Maria 
DAY 2

6-25-2019 
8Am

Good morning, 

I tried practicing for straight 40 minutes solely with the piano accompaniment to get used to it and play in the right tempo. In my own experience I noticed that the longer I prolonged practicing in slow tempo [yes, definitely in the beginning it will be slow] the more it was difficult for me to jump to a faster rhythm.

I made slight changes with the bowing especially those problematic/difficult "turns" and those group of notes after it. In order to play it I slurred/skewered them together in one bow while imagining that delicious SOUVLAKI I had in Greece :) . It honestly helped me to relax and not panic when approaching/encountering it again and again.

I need to practice more on measure 28, hopefully I will get it sooner. 

Thank you much Beth for this wonderful tutorial and practice pieces, we are forever grateful and thankful!

P.S> Barbara, thank you much for all your support and encouragement with my violin journey. After I've read your comment this morning, I went down and took my LUMA bow that I usually/regularly use, to address and resolve that bouncing bow issue. I was lazy last night to go down and just used my generic bow from Tsina. I smiled when you mentioned about me conquering my fear with sight-reading, soon I will try to conquer Mrs Trot as well. Once again for your kind and unwavering support and encouragement, appreciated it much.

Maria 
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Posted: June 25, 2019
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Timothy Smith
Posted: June 26, 2019
Very nicely done! I enjoyed the recording.You conveyed the emotion of the piece very well! Seems you are on the right track here!
Dianne
Posted: June 25, 2019
Nice job Maria! I can hear your use of continuous vibrato. There is so much going on in this piece- shifting, string crossings, vibrato, flat key, tricky rhythms, fixed piano accompaniment at a quick tempo. Well done!
Barbara Habel
Posted: June 25, 2019
Dear Maria

The third run on day 2 was the best with the last few notes. There you got a nice match with the accompanyment. It sounded very nice.

The progress from day 1 is enormous. So 40 minutes on this piece are a good investment. Well done Maria!!!

Mary Freeman
Posted: June 25, 2019
Very Pretty
Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: June 25, 2019
Maria, it only gets better all the time! :0)
Beautiful melody and you performance is superb! Keep it up!

Maria 
Posted: June 25, 2019


Maria 

Day 1 June 24, 2019

Started practicing sight reading Nina today...[Caution: raw practice video]

Focusing  on the "turn" and the rest of the piece, am I missing a note or adding a note? 

The turn on 5 measure and group of notes on measure 24 it ended up sounding the same, are they supposed to sound almost the same? [Those turns was seriously scrambling my brain big time :)]

Kindly correct me, thank you much.

P.S. THaNK you much Beth, Dianne, Barbara, Jaime, Urban, Fabiano---I will follow all your advice on that Kentucky piece.
Maria 
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Maria 
Posted: June 25, 2019


Barbara Habel
Posted: June 25, 2019
Dear Maria

How beautifully played. The slow version was much clearer and the bow more stabil. On the faster version with the piano accompanyment you did really well. It is quite difficult to play a piece fast and with lush vibrato. It sounded quite nice. Your playing is improving. You no longer are scared of sheetmusic. Well done Maria.

Maria 
Posted: June 25, 2019

6-25-19 12 MN

Good evening Jaime, thank you much...Appreciated your kind support and encouragement, btw, I listened to your playing but I need to research more/everything about that piece then listen to you again. I hope you don't mind, it's a habit I can't sometimes stop- even when eating cereal or drinking a bottle of beverage I would read everything printed on the box or container lol! In the grocery store It'll take me forever because I read most of the labels before finally deciding to buy it. :)

I definitely need to practice more, it's my day off so I will try again.

I was searching this piece lyrics and finally was able to find it and a talented young lady singing it very clearly. This would definitely help me understand more/help me play this piece with more understanding. Not just blindly[meaning oblivious to the history/every aspects of this Italian composition]playing the notes but knowing the words, the story and emotions it's trying to convey. How each words/expressions translated into notes.

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Tre giorni son che Nina che Nina che Nina In letto se n'esta. In letto se n'esta. Tre giorni son che Nina che Nina che Nina In letto se n'esta. In letto se n'esta. Pifferi, timpani, cimbali Svegliate mi Ninetta Svegliate mi Ninetta Acciò non dorma più! Acciò non dorma più! Svegliate mi Ninetta Svegliate mi Ninetta Acciò non dorma più! Pifferi, timpani, cimbali Svegliate mi Ninetta Svegliate mi Ninetta Acciò non dorma più! Acciò non dorma più! Svegliate mi Ninetta Svegliate mi Ninetta Acciò non dorma più! Acciò non dorma più!




Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: June 24, 2019
Beautiful melody Maria! Love the intonation and the vibrato, along with the soft playing... a true joy to listen to! Thanks ! :0)

Maria 
Posted: June 24, 2019
6-24-19 10:30Pm

Lesley, good evening, indeed it's really a lovely piece and thank you for the link [appreciated it much].

Lol! Those turns on measure 5, 17 and the mirrored de constructed group of notes  on measure 23, 24 made me stumble many times, but once played correctly it sounded so beautifully and was really the icing on this piece.


So, I tried it again this time with Beth's piano accompaniment in real time! It was really fast for me [the chorus part of piece tempo, I was running after it lol! BUT Then I told my brain "Relaxed! Just glide and ride with it!"

Definitely, it's much better to practice with the accompaniment it will train your brain the right tempo right away...


Lesley
Posted: June 24, 2019