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Johnie Bischell
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I finally worked up the courage and made the time to submit my first 3 videos.  Now I'm learning the how to share them.  Hope this works!  Here is Lightly Row, and the other 2 should follow.  Hope this works!  I'm ready for comments - I think :)
Johnie Bischell
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Posted: August 3, 2015
Last Comment: August 4, 2015
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Nick
Posted: August 4, 2015

Nicely played Johnie - your string crossings were super-smooth!


Johnie Bischell
Posted: August 4, 2015
You all are so kind.  Thank you for your support and encouragement. 
Beth, thank you so much your personal attention. 
Elizabeth, and all, I posted my other 2 songs just a few minutes after Lightly Row.  I was unable to record them all at once (long story).  I do not have a teacher who gives me regular lessons.  I have a friend, who is a violin teacher and a school orchestra director.  We get together now and then when we can.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 3, 2015
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Hi Johnie,

Kudos for your bravery!! I'm sure having read all the supportive comments from your peers makes you glad you took that plunge. Congratulations on your excellent intonation and rhythm! So many things are going very well for you. You are getting a nice tone, your bow is moving straight,  your bow and fingers are well corrugated, and your basic postures look very good. The one exception however, is your bow hand. The little bounces you are hearing in the bow is coming from tension in the thumb. Try and keep it very relaxed while drawing the bow, focusing your attention letting it remain passive and not coming between the weight of the bow and the strings.  It's also possible that your thumb is straight underneath the frog. I can't see it but I suspect that it may be straight. I also agree that your pinky needs attention. The more curved and relaxed the fingers are the less you will want to squeeze with the thumb as well.  I posted this video in response to a different thread but I think it will  give you some things to think about in regards to your thumb.  Nice to meet you and hear you play!

CC
Posted: August 3, 2015
Lovely, keep it up. Your bow is nice and straight and your left hand looks very nice. Yes, watch the right pinky - keep it curved and relaxed. You came to the right place. Nice to have you. 

Elke Meier
Posted: August 3, 2015
Welcome and congratulations to your first post :). How nice! You have a very clear intonation - and a nice violin!

I liked the wrist movement in your bow hand! - Just watch out for the fourth finger of your bow hand. It should be curved and not stiff. If you have it soft it can much more easily absorb some of the dancing of the bow which happened here and there.

Elizabeth Lacey
Posted: August 3, 2015
Hi Johnie,
Welcome. I'm glad you found the courage to post your videos. You do a good job of lightly row. I can hardly wait to see the others. Do you have a local teacher?
Elizabeth (Canada)

Simon Cowley
Posted: August 3, 2015

Hi Johnie,

Welcome to Violinlab! and congratulations on your first video post. You have a nice clear sound, Well played!