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trying again...
Luis
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Posted: July 11, 2010
Last Comment: August 19, 2010
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Eileen
Posted: August 19, 2010
I wish you had some vids of this girl playing !

Diane
Posted: August 19, 2010
p.s. Beth has some videos here with Paula on bow tone.

Diane
Posted: August 19, 2010
I have an entirely new perspective on movement. I just spent an entire afternoon with Beth's friend Paula Bird. Paula taught a masterclass for local students here in Bend, OR. This one girl performed with so much passion and wow - she was a mover! She was all over the place. I knew Paula had to address this issue and couldn't wait to see her approach. Paula pointed out to the student that she wasn't using the printed bowing symbols. She told us that this student obviously was a kinesthetic learner. In plain words - her body remembers the feel of things really easily and she experiences life through movement. But - she wasn't someone with super focus powers and therefore did random bowings. Paula seized this girl's strength and went with it. She asked the girl to really pay attention to the bowing - but - at the same time to over exaggerate her body movements. Over exaggerate? Are you kidding me? This girl was already over the top! So - the girl starts to play a small phrase, trying really hard to focus on the bowing, and over exaggerating her body movements. Because of her kinesthetic learning style, she only had to repeat the phrase a couple of times and "bingo" she had the bowing embedded in her body for life! Too bad this girl's 20 minutes with Paula ended. It was super fun to watch!

jojo
Posted: August 19, 2010
hey Luis, I have ordered a comford cradle shoulder rest, I just hear too many good things about it (the only negative its weight) so I feel like I 'have to' try it :) as Beth mentioned it seemed 'low' I have ordered the 'tall version' which is 3/4 of an inch taller than the ordinary one....will let you know what I think when I get it. There seems to be a 'supply crisis' of this rest at the moment and I had to call MANY shops in the U.S., most didn't have any in stock and didn't know when if at all they can get more, some had the regular height in stock, and finally I found one who had 2 of the tall ones left in stock and ordered it, they will post it today :) will let you know what I think of it :) can't wait ;)

jack
Posted: July 15, 2010
Great job Luis! I truly enjoyed watching you and your daughter play together. Thank you for sharing it with us, that was very nice indeed. You are progressing nicely and tackling some challenging pieces. Nicely done!

Eileen
Posted: July 15, 2010
So that's what that was....a while ago I had seen a video of a trio of violinists accompanied by a piano. The violinists were all swaying all over the place while they played....the music was absolutely beautiful but I was distracted by all the movement they were making. I thought it was just that they were really getting into what they were playing....obviously they were but now I can see that there was a method and reason for it too. I don't move a whole lot when I play (so focused on technique) but since watching your vid I've payed more attention. I'm starting to work on putting more "feeling" into my playing and I'll certainly be keeping that technique in mind....thank you !

agentkb
Posted: July 13, 2010
now, that was a very helpful tip!!!! Thanks

Diane
Posted: July 13, 2010
Go for it! Smiles!

Luis
Posted: July 12, 2010
Diane - thank you very much for the video clip. I tend to move a lot, and so I might as well put it to good use. Excellent description, with examples, on how to use it. Very pedagogical. Thanks again. It is a pleasure to have so many playing mistakes in this forum! :-) ---- I will practice and repost. Promise. Luis

Diane
Posted: July 12, 2010
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The violin plays the bow!

Eileen
Posted: July 12, 2010
Nice job to the both of you ! Very enjoyable vid and Emma Too :-D

jojo
Posted: July 12, 2010
LUIS!!! yours and Chloe's story is BEAUTIFUL! so sweet! and the video is great! you two are so good together, she's great and doing really well, how lovely the two of you are together! This little girl will grow up with such nice memories of her childhood :) I really enjoyed the video, you played well together :)

Luis
Posted: July 12, 2010
Beth - thank you very much for, as always, such a detailed response. When I watched the video, I realized how tense I was while playing it :-) As a matter of fact, you can see the thumb sticking out high, and the neck firmly trapped... Also, with regards to playing closer to the frog, great tip for the chord! Optimizing the movement makes ton of sense.

I will practice and repost in a few days... Thanks again.
Luis
PS: Yes, I find the shoulder rest low (which I like). However, one thing that my teacher does not like is that it is a bit "fixed" and if you move the violin sometimes (he does) then you can't really do it all that much with this type. For me, it works great.

Luis
Posted: July 11, 2010
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Jojo, the child in the profile picture is Chloe, and she is the reason I started violin. I am an "accidental violinist" I guess, as one weekend I found myself in "music camp", with this thing in my hand, and my loving daughter eyes studying my every reaction. So I pretended to play and like it, started going with her to classes, and soon I was taking classes of my own. If it helps, here's Chloe and I going "off book" (she's Suzuki book 1, but we take detours together). In short, it started as a means to teach Chloe the value of perseverance, and it ended up being so much more than that. :-) Oh, the shoulder rest is called "Violin Shoulder Cradle" by Comfort LLC. It was a bit more expensive, and it is rather heavy, but I tend to like. Thanks for the comments. Luis
PS: the one crossing the frame at one point is Emma, and she's learning too

jojo
Posted: July 11, 2010
Luis, I don't know the piece you are playing so haven't got any suggestions for you really, only one thing I'd like to say: thank you for posting your video, I am so happy to be in this community and not 'feel lonely' that we are all here joined together by this eagerness to learn and improve on our loved instrument :) :) can I ask you, what shoulder rest are you using? the PSR? is it the original or super or the komfort kurve? and who is that lovely child in your profile photo? :) :) :) please post more videos, I will post another one of mine soon :) PS I love the BIG sigh of relief at the end of your video, made me chuckle ;) LOL

Luis
Posted: July 11, 2010
Thanks Diane. Upon looping at The video (I usually do one take and whatever gets recorded gets posted :-) I realized how much I was moving. And, I was not moving to maximize playing as you mention... I imagine my teacher will have a thing or two to say about this when ge sees the video! --- I will practice it a bit and re-record in a few days. Thanks much. Luis

Diane
Posted: July 11, 2010
Luis - I love how you are clear and outline the phrases. That's what its all about! I have one comment about the interaction between the violin and the bow. I love movement because it helps keep your muscles free. However the movement needs to serve the violin playing. If you imagine an accordion player, their hands pull away from each other and then move in towards each other. The violin and bow should interact the same. During down bows the violin scroll could go the opposite direction - out. During up bows the violin scroll could move back in towards the bow hand. This describes violin movement on a horizontal plane. The other movement describes the violin in a perpendicular way. If you were to play on the E string, you turn the violin in a way that lifts the E string up. If you were to play on the G string you could roll the violin so the G string is up. Have fun experimenting! To me these movements bring out a more organic sound.