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Hi Beth,

Just wanted to share with everyone my first recital/duet with my 8 year old son. I've started playing about 10 months ago and am almost finished with Suzuki Book 1 with your help. This was probably the most nerve wrecking 2 minutes of my life...but it was worth the fun times spent with my son. Just wanted to say thank you and any criticisms are welcomed.

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Posted: March 4, 2012
Last Comment: March 6, 2012
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KarenJ
Posted: March 6, 2012

Awww.  that's so sweet!


Eileen
Posted: March 6, 2012
<:'-)


Posted: March 5, 2012
Thanks all for your encouragements and suggestions. I started incorporating those suggestions in my last practice and I can already see/hear a difference. This community is awesome and Beth, thank you for making dreams possible.

So that night when I was tucking my son to bed, he said to me "Dad, why do you have this big smile on your face??" I replied, "Because of you, son, thank you for playing with me today."


Posted: March 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing your post!  Good memorization, good intonation.  I think its natural to stay away from the frog especially when nervous b/c its harder to control and produce a smoother sound. It is a bad habit of mine that I am trying to break. Recording myself regularly has been good to get me aware of just how much I do it. Well, great job to you and your son.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 5, 2012
That's fantastic Sonny! You and your son make an adorable duo. Your "ensemble" (playing together) is excellent.  You guys are rhythmically very solid. And bravo on your intonation. It's quite good, and your left hand looks great! From what I can see on the video, your bow arm is looking and functioning well. THe bow looks like it's going straight, and you're controlling the speed well too. I think your bow grip, however might be keeping you from enjoying the lower half of your bow and getting a deeper more resonant tone from your violin.  

My advise is to put a bit more separation between your first and second finger of your bow hand, so that you can access that torque power that comes from the forearm. When we rotate the forearm in toward the violin, we put more pressure on the bow, which then gets more sound out of the violin. However we need the leverage of the index finger for that to happen, and if it's too close to the thumb then we won't have it.
ALthough you've only been playing for less than a year, try and warm up with lots of bow grip flexibility exercises. I think I have some in a video near the beginning of the video list. That will help in getting closer to the frog. If the fingers are not wanting to be flexible, then it's very hard to play in that region of the bow. 

I can't wait until your next video. You are doing such a fantastic job!


Posted: March 5, 2012
Congratulations to both of you :D
I think your bowing looks very good :)

Jim Gross
Posted: March 5, 2012
very nice!

Ray
Posted: March 5, 2012


Hi Sonny,

It must be great to be able to share exploring music with your son.  Well done on the performance and I noticed that your audience spontaniously clapped at the end and I'm sure I heard a few well done before the video ended.

Your bow hold looks good and you kept on the same sound point.  Your intonation was very good.  Well done.

Ray



Posted: March 5, 2012
Your performance was a joy to hear.


Posted: March 5, 2012
Hi Sonny,
A wonderful video.  It's great that you and your son are able to do this.  Both of you look quite confident. Nice round of applause at the end too.
Dave

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: March 5, 2012
Hi Sonny, and welcome to Violin Lab. I second everything that Eileen said. Excellent intonation, too.

Eileen
Posted: March 5, 2012
Wow Sonny !

You look and sound very competent for someone who's only been playing 10 months !  About the only thing I could see is that you need more pressure on the bow and get up more towards the frog, but....heh, that'll all come no problem as you progress.

I think that you and your son make a wonderful team and the two of you are going to very much enjoy learning your instruments and working together on this venture !  Loved your video and thank you so much for sharing that...nerve racking or not, you both did wonderfully !   x-)

BTW.....welcome to V-lab !   :-)


Posted: March 4, 2012
ooops...sorry about this...setting changed

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 4, 2012
Hi Sonny,

Can't wait to hear your recital! But you do have to change your settings to public. You can always change your video title to something obscure if you don't want to be found.


Posted: March 4, 2012
Hi, Sonny
It says the video is private, I think you have to change your YouTube setting.