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Hey all. It's probably too early for me to be posting a vid, but,I said I would, and I'm a man of my word.

This is just a quick cell phone vid of me incorporating my left hand for the first time, on the D and A string. Any feedback on my bowing hand position, and anything else would be much appreciated. thanks. Also, I'm having an issue with thumb tension. I can keep it bent, but I feel a lot of tension there. any ideas?

8 Responses
Posted: March 1, 2016
Last Comment: March 2, 2016

Posted: March 2, 2016
Beth, and everyone, thanks for the responses. I actually do have a shoulder rest(a cheap one I bought when I got my violin), but I'm actually going to get a Bon Musica later this week. I'll make sure to use one from now on. Everything you said was right on, Beth. I was holding the violin with my left hand, and I was looking at my hand. I'm probably skipping ahead faster than I should be, but impatience has always been one of my "issues".  I'll tighten up the bow; and I'll keep at it. Have an awesome day, everyone..

Posted: March 2, 2016
Bow hair
I noticed someone made a quick comment about your bow; I notice that the bow hair is completely loose? It seems to me it is because the stick is touching the strings and I see hair hanging by the frog. The bow needs to be tightened, but not too much. I'm sure Beth has a video on how tighten the bow.

Posted: March 2, 2016
Nothing to add to Beth's great video response, but I still wanted to congratulate you with your first video post! keep them coming :)

Elke Meier
Posted: March 2, 2016
Sean, have a look at this website: http://violinistinbalance.nl/

I discovered this site just a few weeks into my playing. It is about a Dutch project with violin students. Reading about the different experiences of the participants and observing how they solved their specific questions (some rather tall, others small, some with long necks, others with short necks) I learned a TON about chin rests and shoulder rests - and why there is no one-fits-all solution.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 2, 2016
This discussion includes members-only video content

Here's the link to the video I mention in the response.

Posted: March 1, 2016
I am not sure if you are reading music or if you have tapes on you violin? I agree with what was mentioned in a previous beginner post about just getting used used to bowing on open strings. There is a lot to think about with the right and left hand work so it is easier to work on them independently. You are doing way better than I did when I first picked up a violin.

Posted: March 1, 2016
Hey Sean, welcome to the world of tension-full violin playing! Tension, tension, everywhere - it's a process of learning to focus tension in the right places, and learning to relax in other places. For "just a quick cell phone vid", I'd say it was pretty -- good lighting, and great visibility on your bow hand. But... no doubt you've seen that your left hand wasn't in the picture.

But you're off to a great start, with a nice video this early. From here on, it's steady practice to make progress... Welcome to the club!

Posted: March 1, 2016
Thanks for your first vid Sean, I know how nervous I was when I posted online.

The only thing that stands out to me is it looks like your bow isn't as tight as it could be.
But I'm sure more experienced members will give your more constructive advice.