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Stacy Bird
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Hi again,

Sorry.  I did not correctly embed my video the first time.  I am trying again.

This is me playing Violin 3 for the virtual ensemble.  I think that I still have time to make corrections before the deadline.  

I am nervous, but I don't think that I will be able to improve much without a more objective eye than my own.

Thank you!

Stacy




Stacy Bird
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Posted: April 16, 2013
Last Comment: April 20, 2013
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Stacy Bird
Posted: April 20, 2013
Hi everyone,

Thank you for the feedback Beth.  I'm trying to adjust my arm now.  It might take some doing, because I got very comfortable with it so far forward.  I'm trying to imagine myself falling asleep in order to try to loosen it up a bit.

I didn't see your question Michael when I first checked messages -- sorry about that.  My recording equipment is "YouCam" software that came with my laptop, and a logitech USB desktop microphone.  It's not too expensive and it works really well.

I've got my laptop on the top shelf of a bookcase, high enough to get a good angle, and I'm propping up two floor lamps with books and chairs to get them high enough to provide decent lighting without bleaching everything in their glare.  I'm still moving everything around to find the best position.  My only advice with the microphone is to get it as far away from the computer as possible, because it really picks up the hum of the machine.  Luckily, it comes with a long chord.


Posted: April 18, 2013
Congratulations to your first video posting Stacy, I think you are doing great :) I donīt think I would have been able to do that part after just 5 month so keep up the good work :))
Oh and thanks Beth for mentioning that the pinky doesnīt have to be perfect curved on the lower strings, because when I had my first lesson I played the notes on the fourth finger constantly too low and so my teacher told me to flaten the pinky a bit... and I just thought: oh o Beth told us to keep a curved pinky :-O  So itīs a bit of a relief ;))
Best regards
Andreas

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 18, 2013
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Posted: April 18, 2013

Really sounds great, such progress in a short time!

What kind of recording equipment are you using? I am going to upgrade my camera here and am interested in what folks are using that provide nice audio qualilty, in addition to video. Once again, keep at it and good job.



Joe P
Posted: April 17, 2013
Something I tried, that helped calm my camera nerves a lot, was to  record a tune a day and post it to YT publicly.  I kept it up for almost 2 weeks until I ran out of tunes... though I guess I could have done twinkle twinkle :-)
For those working on the Virtual Ensemble, I would recommend recording yourself playing-thru as often as possible, like once a day.
just my 2 cents.
joe


Posted: April 17, 2013
I like the camera angle. I think that I will try the same view. If a person video taped one practice session each week than after a couple of months, the camera should not interfere by causing tension during a song.

Stacy Bird
Posted: April 17, 2013
Thank you Beth.  Thank you everyone.  I was so nervous when I looked for responses this morning that your encouragement almost made me cry.

Best morning ever!





Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 16, 2013
Stacy, I just saw your previous post, and I didn't realize you had been only playing for 5 months! You are doing a fantastic job!  Tomorrow I'm making a shifting exercise video per Lily's request, and I'll make you a response video. I want to address your left hand posture. I think you'd find more comfort if your arm was hanging in a more relaxed manner. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 16, 2013
Excellent job, Stacy. In support of Joe's comment about blending: He's exactly right. The whole will be far greater than sum of the parts. You may not realize just how well you are going to compliment the ensemble. Your tone and accuracy will be an asset. No need to be nervous! Everyone, just tell yourselves that it's ok to do 100 takes. Side story:  I was recording a part for a some project, and I kept making little stupid errors. I was getting more and more frustrated and nervous. The engineer was light hearted and said he had all day, that he would be fine to do 100 takes. That released the pressure valve, and I felt much better and more focused. So before I record anything now, I say to myself before I roll the camera or recording software. "This is the first of 100 takes."



Posted: April 16, 2013
Your stance looks neat. You have the violin securely held. Your elbow is turned in which is better than not doing it, letting it drop down because it is than more difficult to reach out the fourth finger. 


Posted: April 16, 2013

Sounded good to me too!

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
Posted: April 16, 2013
Hi Stacy,

That sounded very good and your very focused.
I wish I could curve my pinky finger like that.

Joe P
Posted: April 16, 2013
Yay You!
I thought that sounded great!  Keep practicing along with the play-along audio while recording.  It will help a lot with the nerves.
If you, or anyone is interested, I can try mixing your audio along with the non-tick full ensemble recording that Beth (and friends) made.  I think most would be surprised how well they blend in.
For these preliminary "mixes" I will not be doing any editing and will only be doing a rough job of synchronization so realize in advance that the final product will sound even better!
joe