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Beth Blackerby
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This is an experiment. I wanted to somehow keep video posts and responses together. They often become quite separated an sent on down the pike.
Beth Blackerby
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Posted: December 7, 2011
Last Comment: January 18, 2012
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Andreas
Posted: January 18, 2012
Thank you Anne,
just finished another hour of practice :) Two month ago, it felt like my arm would fall off after 10 minutes of playing, so Im getting used to it ;) Had not much to do at work today so I re-watched all the "straight-bowing" videos... and the comparison-videos between violin and viola, where Bruce mentioned that you have to have a bit more pressure with the bow on the viola, just like you said Anne :)

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: January 18, 2012
Hi Andreas, I forgot at the time when you posted your second video. I have been too busy to keep up with everything... I had meant to say that your tone has improved much. My suggestion would have been to play with more arm weight. So it was interesting how Beth connects arm weight to finger/wrist flexibility. All the best wishes, and hope to hear more of your playing.

Andreas
Posted: January 18, 2012
Thank you , this will be very helpful  :D
I hope I am able to implement your advice; well see in the next video ;))
Andreas

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 17, 2012
I posted a new video, Andreas that was based on your most recent post. You'll find it in the Recently Added column on your home page.

Carol
Posted: January 11, 2012
Beth your experiment worked. What a powerful learning tool for us! Great idea!

Eileen
Posted: January 11, 2012
Lol Andreas !   I think your audience was thoroughly enjoying the music you were making !  Very nice !   There must be something very soothing about violin music to dogs.  I know mine always comes in when I'm playing and he'll just sit there with a far away look in his eyes when I play...sort of like your friends there only he's usually upright...LOL !

Andreas
Posted: January 11, 2012
The beasts have recovered and continue growling ;))

Its true, I think I have a lot of tension in the right arm, the bow begins to bounce very often, especially when I do long bowstrokes... Well thank you very much for your kind comments :)

KarenJ
Posted: January 10, 2012

Great! i can see a big improvement. 

BTW love the audience. :)


Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 10, 2012
Aah! So it's true. Music calms the savage beast! ...or knocks them unconscious..lol!

Nice job, Andreas! Great to hear your progress, and you've made some. Your bow speed on the quarter notes was better, and so your tone was better. You say your bow isn't staying at the sounding point, but I don't think that's the main issue. I bet if you memorized the song and watched your bow arm, all that would clear right up.

What I would like to see is more movement and flexibility in your wrist.  I wonder if the tension in the right hand fingers are to blame. If I tense my fingers, I notice my wrist wants to freeze up as well. If those two things were more relaxed, I think the bow arm would function quite well.  I'm thinking of an exercise to help that...will be working on a response soon.

Andreas
Posted: January 10, 2012
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Hi again :)
So I made another little video and I tried to improve my bowing but it is not as much better as wanted it to be ;) Still loosing the sounding point and the upper arm is moving too much... I do perpetual motion on all strings just to practice finger action and rythm :)
More practice in front of the mirror would be a good idea I think and maybe I should use the little straight-bowing-helper you mentioned in your video Beth :)
Greetings
Andreas