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Jason Eke
Hello everyone,

Boy time flies, it's already been another month. So, I've made another video of my progress, this is me after 3 months.

This month my focus has been on working through some of the songs found in the Fiddleworks vol. 1, and reviewing what I've covered so far in Suzuki vol. 1. I have only just begun to move forward with Suzuki (this week), so there isn't anything in this months recording from that curriculum.

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Unfortunately I'm not that happy with my progress. I was working on bowing closer to the frog (using more bow) and trying to not move my upper arm so much, but it appears in the video that I haven't made much ground on either. That said, with regards to the amount of bow that I'm using, I wonder if it has to do with the choice of songs. With these fiddle songs, there seems to be a focus on short bows.

Anyhow, as promised here is the latest video.

Jason Eke
8 Responses
Posted: March 25, 2012
Last Comment: March 26, 2012

Jason Eke
Posted: March 26, 2012
Thank you everyone.

I'm going to watch the video's (suggested) and I've also started playing a bit with my back to a wall, so I can't pull my elbow back.

I'll also try to relax the bow hand.

Thanks again for the positive feedback.

Posted: March 26, 2012
Wow Jason very good :D
I like especially the first tune and will try to learn it too :)

BTW I didnīt have much time for practice this month and so I didnīt record a video... and here is the reason why ;)))  :

This is our living room last week ;) 
Sorry Jason for being off topic :)


Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 25, 2012
Jason, Good job! I do see improvement from your last video! THe pieces you are playing are significantly more difficult, and you're string crossing/finger action coordination is impressive. Your tone is more open and you're using more bow in general. Your fingers and wrist (right hand) are still stiff and are preventing your bow from going straight. It also makes it more difficult to play at the frog, but I know you already know that. Did you see this video? I also added a few new videos on the collé bow stroke that might help you. I know you're not ready to use that technique yet, but starting the exercise will help loosen those fingers.

Bravo on intonation! 

Jim Gross
Posted: March 25, 2012
Hi Jason;
It seems you and I have been playing for about the same amount of time.  You obviously have taken a more aggressive tact and I applaud you for it.  About the arm thing, Beth sent me the following address to some of her videos concerning straight bow.  I gained great insight from them and have made improvements in using more elbow and keeping the upper arm still when using the upper bow.  They have been a great help to me, and you might find them useful.  Great job! keep after it!


J. David
Posted: March 25, 2012
You've built up quite an impressive repotoire after only 3 months - and all from memory!
Your intonation sounds great given that short amount of time.
Maybe Beth can think if an exercise to help with the bowing arm.
Keep up the good work!

Posted: March 25, 2012
Jason, Karen's right....that's pretty darn good for only 3 months.   You have more work to do with you bow arm, but don't be discouraged.  You aren't traveling terribly far out of the sounding point, but you're right, you do need to work on trying to keep that upper arm still.  Think "elbow" when you bow.  Practice moving your forearm...pushing "away" from your violin instead of a saw like motion.  Try it just sitting in your chair without the violin and see the difference.

Now...take any advice I give with a grain of salt.  I'm no teacher and I'm not very good at explaining myself sometimes but I'm sure Beth will be along with some wonderful insight and advice....along with loads of encouragement ! 

Keep going....and like I said....don't be discouraged !    You'll be amazed at yourself by this time next year I'm sure !   

Posted: March 25, 2012

IMO that's really great for  3 months.  Keep going.  I love the updates.

Jason Eke
Posted: March 25, 2012
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