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MsPolkadotz
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Hello everyone,

This is my 'Project Tchaikovsky' video. 
I hope everyone is doing great. This is my second time uploading a progress video here on Violin lab. All your comments and advice are welcome. I hope to connect with as many V-Labbers as possible. If you have a YouTube channel, let me know what your username is so I can follow your journey too in learning to play this beautiful instrument. Thanks and have a great day!

PS. What piece are you currently working on? =)
MsPolkadotz
15 Responses
Posted: May 29, 2016
Last Comment: May 30, 2016
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 30, 2016
That's so interesting. Studies have shown that the brain starts mimicking the  actions of another person, just by watching. So you were already learning before you got your instrument! I'm very impressed!

Barb Wimmer
Posted: May 30, 2016
Very nicely done, and Beth's advice is great, I need to work on that. My youtube video stuff is auntbchristian I think.

MsPolkadotz
Posted: May 30, 2016
Hi Raul😊
I subscribed to your channel to keep up with your progress videos. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch the video and commenting. Indeed I need to work on my intonation and really hear the ring tones. Watching Beth demonstrate how to tune every note really helps.. Thanks again and have great day😊

MsPolkadotz
Posted: May 30, 2016
First and foremost thank you very much Beth for taking the time to make this video😊 
I am jittering with excitement as I write this down. I am a huge fan of your work😍
Thank you so much for all of your compliments. I'm not sure exactly how the vibrato and shifting happened so quickly but I was watching a lot of your videos before I actually purchased my first violin. I would say months before. In particular the vibrato in slow motion. I understood that the finger joints must be VERY relaxed to be able to do the motion and the flow of movement has to come from the hand not the wrist. I patiently waited for my violin to arrive so I can practice this immediately but of course it couldn't come any sooner. So I have my trusty old guitar at home and practiced with it instead. Lesson learned, this is not exactly the same when holding a violin on your neck. Anyways I tried vibrato the second I got my violin and experienced a lot of shaking and felt all kinds of tension. I knew I'd have to work at it right away if I wanted to play expressively. I think the key to my learning is that I meticulously watched your videos when I didn't have the violin. This meant that my focus wasn't divided and I could absorb the information in greater depth. It helps a lot that I had some training in the piano too so I just had to figure out where the notes are on the fingerboard which wasn't easy because there are no bars of course. Anyways, I think I got very lucky to have found your website and all the learning resources you provide for adult violin beginners. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

I will definitely work on my intonation and post my progress as soon as possible. Thank you again for all the encouragement. Have a wonderful day. 


Raúl Rivas
Posted: May 30, 2016
Hello Ms Polkadotz.

VERY VERY well done. If you started playing one year ago, you will be a really good player in few more years. It is amazing that you started so early with one of the most difficult violin concertos, and congratulations, the result is very good. I think you play really well and the first thing I would improve to sound even better is the intonation. In general is also very good, but sometimes is a bit out of tune, I'm sure you will be able to improve this, because if you have done such a good job in one year, you can do almost anything. Congratulations! when I were older, I would like to be like you.
By the way, my name is Raul, this is my youtube channel:
I store here some videos to see my progress over the time.
I'm currently working in Kaddish, you asked it. 
Here you have the piece if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNjOpTO2DFw


Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 30, 2016
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Ayoub
Posted: May 30, 2016
Amazing, you just inspired me even more :) 

cuz i've been playing for six months half way there:) 

keep up the good work, excellent 

Barbara Habel
Posted: May 29, 2016
I bought my violin on the internet too. It is a lefty violin and in the town where I was living the luthier told me he could not give me a lefty violin. I am very happy with it too. I think the internet is only bad on the low price range violins. You bought a Maestro one and it shows in the quality.

MsPolkadotz
Posted: May 29, 2016
Hey everyone😊
Thank you very much for all the lovely comments

Elke, my violin is from violinslover.com (I chose the maestro and I'm very happy with it so far. It was a bit of a gamble purchasing online without much experience at the very beginning but I researched it a lot and felt it well suited my needs). I'm interested to know how you found your violin too if you don't mind🙂
Barbara, yes indeed it's been 1 year and 1 month since I've started learning how to play the violin. It's Beth's videos that's helped me a lot. I tackled the vibrato and shifting early on because I wanted to play expressively and I didn't want to be stagnant in the first position. I'm very pleased with my progress so far  and look forward to improving in the future.

Beth I am so happy to hear you are making a video response. This happens to be one of my favourite concertos. Thank you so much. I look forward to your video 😊

Barbara Habel
Posted: May 29, 2016
Hallo MsPolkadotz

You play a beautiful vibrato and your shifting is excellent. Good intonation too.

Are you mean to say that you are playing 1 year and 1month on the violin? If that is the case you are playing excellently. Well beyond what one usually achieves in 1 year.

Very creative video too. I liked it.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: May 29, 2016
Beautiful performance! Way over my level to comment on anything. To me, everything is perfect! Thank you for sharing :0)

Laura
Posted: May 29, 2016
Such a beautiful playing . I love this piece ,

Hélène Mathers
Posted: May 29, 2016
I really enjoyed the piece and the playing!  I envy your vibrato, trills and shifting!  

Looking forward to Beth's tutorial just in case I'm ever advanced enough to attempt this piece!

Congratulations!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 29, 2016
Beautiful playing! I will make a video response for you in a few days. This is a fun piece to talk about :)

Elke Meier
Posted: May 29, 2016
Very nice, MsPolkadotz! Your violin has a very beautiful sound! And I especially enjoyed your fingering changes around 0:55-0:58. This is really hard to play the same note several times in a row with different fingers. Well done!