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mostafa azizi
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Hi . I'm mostafa . It's been almost 2 years that I'm playing violin . Here is me playing lebslide the easy version :D . I would like u to help me with bowing and vibrato . I think these two are horrible in my playings . 
appreciate ur help . 
mostafa azizi
20 Responses
Posted: April 20, 2016
Last Comment: May 2, 2016
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Kathleen Lewandowski
Posted: May 2, 2016
Hi Mostafa,
You play beautifully.  I look forward to see your progress in the coming months.  Please continue to post videos.

mostafa azizi
Posted: April 24, 2016
Beth , thanks a lot for your great advise and I really appreciate your concern . It was awesome hearing back from you as an skilled professional teacher .It gave me such a relief that you thought my intonation was OK. I really loved your comments and try to work on them as much as I can to make my bowing better .

Elke Meier ,thank you for your kind comment and thanks for helping me for embedding my future videos .your notes were great and will definitely help me with my future uploads . As I said before this may seem weird but it was my first upload to youtube :D . Is this song's  name German ? thanks for helping me out again . By the way it's mostafa which rhymes with moderato :D .
Diane , thanks for your great comments on my play .

Elke Meier
Posted: April 24, 2016
Ditto to what the others said, Mustafa. Your playing was very, very enjoyable! And congratulations on tackling this piece after only two years of playing!

Here are a couple of non-muscial comments:
About the title. When I pronounced the title of your video the english way I came up with the right pronounciation. But I think it will help in interpreting the song if you know the meaning of the German: „Liebesleid“ – Liebe = love, s = genitive marker, leid = sorrow, so it is „Love’s sorrow“
About the embedding. Make sure when you embed the video to only choose the size suggested in the embed document (in the embed code that you copy it should say: iframe width="640" height="360" src="hat…). At one point I thought: why would I choose only 640x360? That will result in a really bad quality. But then I ended up with a post like this one where you have to scroll sideways for each entry (at least on a computer – don’t know whether it would have the same effect on a mobil phone/tablet) – and I found out that the 640x360 has nothing to do with the quality of the video display. That one is determined by how you recorded it. 640x360 only describes the size of the little clickable rectangle in the post where you click to see the video. You can change the embedding setting either manually or by clicking on the „Show more“ line under the embed code in Youtube.
I don’t think you can change this post any more without loosing everything (that would be a real pity!), so this is just a note for further posts. 

Dianne, I also find it very difficult (but very helpful) to practice without the left hand. What I do is I put in a colored line under the notes with each string having its own color (see the example below - there I even added the rhythm so I could concentrate only on these markings).



Dianne
Posted: April 24, 2016
Hi Beth, Great video response and we really do all learn from this! I just wanted to say that toward the end of the video response you mentioned that you weren't sure if playing right hand only on open strings and leaving out the left hand would be easy to do- and it really wasn't- atleast for me. I was just doing this tonight while playing Wohlfahrt #4 which had 8th and 16th notes across 4 strings, and while working on bow distribution, I really would have to pencil in the string names. I was surprised at how hard it was. I thought it would be easy but it wasn't! Maybe it is something that can be developed over time. But leaving out the left hand made all the difference in my practice session. Thanks again and thanks to Mostafa for posting.


Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 23, 2016
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Barb Wimmer
Posted: April 23, 2016
great tone

Rustam Gill
Posted: April 23, 2016
Hi Mostafa,
Great playing. This is a really great song and you did it justice. Your intonation was great.

I saw some discussion of your bow hold. It seems to me that you are using a Russian bow hold, with a pronated hand that contacts the bow on the digit of the index finger closest to the hand. This pronated hand leads to the pinky being straighter on the bow. It looks funny but it feels pretty relaxed, in my experience. You are in fine company playing with that bow hold, as great players like Heifetz and Milstein used it. Also, you are getting a good tone out of your violin, so its not a huge concern.

I used to play with this bow hold and noticed that it is easier to play near the tip of the bow.

However, I should mention that I switched to a more conventional Franco-Belgian bow hold that Beth describes on this site. Three issues I had with the Russian grip was that I was less comfortable playing at the frog in general, while playing on the G string I really had to raise my elbow to get a good sound, and getting smooth bow changes was harder because it was harder to use my fingers as a "cushion".  These problems were fixed for me by switching to the Franco-Belgian bow hold that Beth teaches here. I would encourage you to watch her videos on the bow hold and try it out. You can always switch back later.

Maria
Posted: April 23, 2016


My pinkie when tensed -stands straight like an eager soldier ready for battle...

When relaxed it only rides the bow when nearing the frog and it gets off or goes straight when the bow gets farther from the frog... I think that is acceptable.

mostafa azizi
Posted: April 22, 2016
Thanks alot Elieen . thanks for ur advice . I try to practice on my bow hold more . I try to keep my pinkie curved and on the bow rather than stiff and off the bow . I don't know why at the begginig I do every thing right , put my curved pinkie on the bow but as I start playing my pinkie comes off and I don't notice it , and my hand starts to tilt the bow automatically I don't know if this is normal or not . 

Hi Maria 
thank you for your complements . hahaha every one keeps telling me that its dark voice and varnish is magical . glad u liked the voice of my violin . I say thanks on behalf of my violin too :D . 

mostafa azizi
Posted: April 22, 2016
To dear Beth
To dear Beth
Hi Beth . 
thank you very much . I will be waiting for ur video response . sorry these are my first youtube uploads and I've got no clue . I've made it a private video unintentionally 

I've just made it unlisted . Is it ok ?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 22, 2016
Hi Mostafa,
 I was gong to make a video response for you. Can you change your settings and make it unlisted? That way Youtube at large can't find you, but we'll be able to see you.

Maria
Posted: April 21, 2016


All I can say is it's very melodious and beautifully played...So pleasing to the ears.

Curious about your violin, was drawn to its sweet voice and dark varnish...

Eileen
Posted: April 21, 2016
Wow...Mostafa, There is so much that you are doing right here !  Your left hand is very competent and your bow arm is as well.  Some work with your bow "hold" and general confidence with that can make a big difference in your sound I think.

I was watching your right pinkie on the bow.  It's very straight and stiff and sometimes does not really sit on the bow.    I have a very good teacher...and she gave me an exercise to help me with my pinkie and general bow control overall that I think worked very well.

In her words to me....this is what she wanted me to do.....using piece #14 in Josephine Trott's "Melodious Doublestops" book.

"Bow Hand - Bend bow Thumb and pinky.  Hold bow hand at middle of bow and then bow between between hand and Frog.  Keep pinky and thumb bent.   Tight curl in bow fingers.  Don’t let thumb or pinky go straight.   Play Double stop.  #14.

I don't know if that is very understandable...but what she wanted me to do was to get that "curled fingers" hold at the "middle" of the bow.....it's quite awkward really and a challenge to try and play anything that way, especially a doublestop, but it does help to strengthen those fingers  and learn how to control the bow better which will allow you to be more confident.

BTW....your bowing is quite good as far as how you "use" it....I just think a better hold will help quite a bit.  Let me know if this little exercise helps !  I imagine you can try and play any little piece with that technique, it doesn't necessarily have to be that #14  :-)




mostafa azizi
Posted: April 21, 2016
photos of my music sheet
http://i67.tinypic.com/9j3f5y.jpg

mostafa azizi
Posted: April 21, 2016
Diane
Thanks alot Diane for responding to my question . Well as I told Nick . I didn't watch Beth's video about this piece . I hade it in my book and I haven't played it in position befor . it was a simplified version of libeslide . I will put the music sheets here . your right . actually I will try to do the piece with Beth's method but the problem is I can not go further than 3rd position . :( . well as u may have noticed my violin is a bit smaller than a 4/4 violin . well I've bought it as a 4/4 violin for about 150$ . but I've noticed that it's a bit smaller than a normal one . I told my teacher but he told me because u have small fingers this violin will fit u much better than a normal 4/4 violin . So at first position I've notice that if I vibrate in a larger range my knuckles will hit the pegs and would make my E string out of tune .From then on I 'm afraid of having a wide range vibrato with my first finger . :(
I haven't practice vibrato on my 4th finger much so I'm afraid to do it I guess . that was intentional . I prefer to go to 3rd position to make it  more beautiful and also my 4th finger usually doesn't give me the desired sound I expect .

here are the music sheets that I've played this piece from :



mostafa azizi
Posted: April 21, 2016
nick
Thanks a lot nick . your very kind . well actually I played this song without watching beth's video of libeslied . yeah ur right , well I don't like my bow hold cause I think I'm not getting the most of it . and still trying to correct my bow hold . my teacher tells me it's ok though . He 's not very strict and doesn't correct my bow hold . It's been a mixure of how I am comfortable holding the bow and a couple of videos I've seen from beth . :D

thank u for ur comment and I will sure work more on my bow hold . 

Nick
Posted: April 20, 2016
Sorry Dianne, there are two n's in your name!

Nick
Posted: April 20, 2016
Diane, thanks for linking Beth's video. It's great to watch it in context with a piece being played. I had not seen Beth's vid before (i'm saving these for later!). Watching Beth's vid shows what is possible in terms of expression for this piece.

Mostafa, you have a great technical proficiency and with Beth's guidance video series, i'm sure you will accentuate the mood of sentimentality and melancholy for this piece to a greater degree. It's great how Beth gives you options and demonstrates the difference in sound of those options...

I am very intrigued by your bow hold. You seem to be using the Russian method with a slanted right hand (towards the tip) and an almost upright pinky. Is this the way your teacher taught you, or did you adopt this style through experimentation? You are achieving a very nice tone.

Nick
Posted: April 20, 2016
Wow, Mostafa! That was stunning!
You have made quite remarkable progress in such a short amount of time.
I feel like asking you for advice rather than giving you any!
Nothing in your playing can be described as "horrible", you play beautifully.

I'm at a loss to critique your playing - i'm sure there are other members who can give you a more valuable response, all I can say is Bravo! and Welcome to ViolinLab!

Dianne
Posted: April 20, 2016
Hello Mostafa,  With a brand new video tutorial nearly 23 minute long from Beth, I knew this had to be a challenging piece to play- and it is. I have not played it and I commend you for playing this piece so well at two years of playing. Your sound is good. Your intonation is good, but there were some notes played in positions sharp, so that your open A sounded flat. Your arm vibrato on 2nd and 3rd fingers is good. Your 1st finger vibrato needed more width, but the notes that I noticed this on were short- so that is hard. On one longer note with 1st finger vibrato, the width looked good. I did not see 4th finger vibrato and that may have been intentional on your part. You did not quite make it all the way to the frog to begin dotted half notes where Beth had suggested. You have what looks like a Russian bow hold, and getting all the way to the frog means playing under the hand which can be hard. I think you can easily correct it by just concentrating on starting those half notes right at the frog. Looking just at measure 1 @ 4:40 in Beth's video, she approaches the accented dotted half notes on an up bow @ the tip (the two grace notes) and a few notes later, she lifts the bow right at the frog at the note just prior to the dotted half note, and starts the dotted half note on a down bow right at the frog all the way to the tip. This will give you the sound and fluidity that you want in your bowing. I look forward to other's comments and hope these help. I would like to play this piece if only I had time to work on it.