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Last month I posted a video and received excellent feedback. I corrected my head posture and also corrected the left wrist. I feel I have been improving, I keep practicing every day. When I play open strings I can keep the bow straight but I still have trouble with controlling the bow when I am playing notes, I think I arch it and that is why I keep hitting other strings. Also I am having some trouble playing in tune, specially the D string.

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Posted: April 5, 2016
Last Comment: April 6, 2016

Posted: April 6, 2016

Thank you SO MUCH for your video response, I am working on those aspects immediately. I will tell my daughter to move slower next time she records me :). I bought the electric violin to avoid disturbing my children's sleep before I knew I could get a mute on an acoustic one, maybe in the future I will be able to afford a new violin.


Thank you so much for all the feedback you wrote, I think I do have long arms (28 inches). I have tried to put the violin more in-front of me but it kinda always ends up where you see it on the video, feels more confortable. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 5, 2016
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Posted: April 5, 2016
Yay your violin is in tune
what a great improvement from the last video

Posted: April 5, 2016
Hi Maria!

Nice job! Lots of memorized songs! You really have been  practicing hard! You had nice straight bowing and were opening/closing from the elbow nicely. It sounded like you had good contact with the strings, and you were even able to play while someone was walking around you- that is not easy to do! You had a whistling "E" string at 2:07 and that is the nature of the whistling "E"! Not much you can do @ it unless you want to play around with your bow tracking or get a non-whistling "E".

The other things I noticed were:
  • In the song that started @ 1:00, your bow arm started to skew but it was just this one song. It might have been bow arm tension because the song was challenging.
  • In all songs you were looking @ your fingers, but if you could also watch your bow tracking as well, it might help you to keep it straight even in the song above.
  • 99% of the time your bow was nice & straight, but if you just moved outward like the throwing of the dart motion  just a little bit more when moving towards the tip on a down bow, the bow would be 100% straight.
  • On long, slow up bows, I saw the beginning of a flexible bow wrist! Nice!
  • Nice job on Ode to Joy- that is a hard one, and fast!
  • Not sure @ this, but thought I'd mention it- is your left thumb hanging on the fingerboard with downward pressure when you play? Are you pressing really hard with your head on the chinrest? If so, try to disengage both and have a tension free left hand and neck. Your hand & posture looked excellent from all other angles.
  • -Do you have really long arms? If so, your violin is placed correctly, but for me the violin would be just a little bit more out to the front.
Playing like this after 3 months is pretty incredible!

Posted: April 5, 2016
Thank you very much Valeria; all songs where on the A and E string and I think the elbow is higher on the last song because I was playing on the D string. But I am not sure.

Posted: April 5, 2016
Hi Maria! I'm not an expert, but I think you progressed a lot in 3 months. Congratulations : D

Posted: April 5, 2016
Very nice play Maria!  That is a lot of progress after 3 months.  I am not an expert to advice anything, I only noticed that when you play the last piece the elbow of your right hand seems a little high.  It was lower in other pieces which is better.