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BU982T
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Hi Everyone,

Just thought I'd share a video of a song I've been practising and my first video here on VL. I had never heard it before but apparently it's by Mozart. Anyway, critic is always welcome. :)
BU982T
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Posted: June 15, 2016
Last Comment: June 18, 2016
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BU982T
Posted: June 18, 2016
@Elke: Thank you. Yes that is my current problem. Sometimes it's not so much that I have difficulties playing at the frog, but that I have generally always stuck to the upper half of the bow and it's a habit I'm trying to break. I realize there is so much more possibilities with using more bow and I just have to really consciously think about it. My other issue with long bowing is that I tend to then rush and they're not even - my teacher has assigned scales with various bowing patterns to help me with this. 

@Nick: Thank you. You noticed things that my teacher noticed. When I fist played this piece I played it a lot faster actually and was told it's actually meant to be a lot slower and is a love song. I must admit that I don't feel like I understand the musicality of the piece yet and it's something I'm still working on and trying to figure out. I think this accounts for a lot of the blandness I feel when playing it. I was actually trying to incorporate your suggestions while recording another video on Thursday, but my bow broke! I've gone ahead and purchased a new one and sense a lot more control - especially with volume. 

@Dianne: Thank you. I've taken a look at the level of the violin in a mirror and I feel it's okay and I'm not feeling any strain in my neck at the moment. I have been making adjustments to my shoulder rest though as I'm still trying to figure out the best setup for me. Regarding my left hand, yes I think you're right and I'm going to try my best to keep an eye on it. 

@Mary: Thank you. I'm still working on it!

@Beth: Thank you very much for the video! My teacher has asked me to make some adjustments to my bow hold and I am still trying to get used to it and the bow doesn't necessarily feel very secure in my hand just yet. It was very interesting to see the effect of the adjustment you're suggesting. I wouldn't have thought of it on my own and will definitely adjust my index finger. Regarding vibrato, it's a bit funny actually because I have always played with some kind of vibrato (I haven't gone ahead and checked whether it is correct vibrato) and I can easily make it very wide for example. However, since I haven't confirmed that it's proper vibrato I've been trying to stop using any vibrato at all until my teacher thinks it's a good moment to start. So the vibrato in the video is actually me trying not to as it's become automatic! I'm essentially trying to stop any potential bad habits I have, but it's tricky!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 17, 2016
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BU982T
Posted: June 17, 2016
There it is. Thanks Beth. 

Sorry, I'll respond to everyone later as I'm not home! 


BU982T
Posted: June 17, 2016
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 17, 2016
BU982T, very lovely playing! Your tone is very clear and melodic. I think though you could get a much wider dynamic range with one small change. The contact point with your right index finger is a little above the middle knuckle. If you change the contact point to the other side of the middle joint line (closer to the nail), it will bring your hand around so that the pinky is more bent.  This will then help you play more easily toward the frog. Try embedding your video on this thread and I will make a response for you. Just copy the embed code (different than the link) and click the embed button here on the text editor window. Then paste the embed code and your video will show up here.

Mary Freeman
Posted: June 17, 2016
I love love your crisp articulation


Dianne
Posted: June 16, 2016
Hello Bryan, Really nice playing! Two things I noticed were that, even though it is hard to be sure from the camera angle, it looks like you may want to lower the forward foot of your shoulder rest so that you are able to lower your head onto the chin rest. It almost looks as if the violin is pushing your head up a little, and this may result in neck strain. The 2nd thing I noticed was that your left hand seemed too low- try to bring the base of your 1st finger knuckle up to the edge of the fingerboard- this will give you better formed fingers and perhaps even help you with your vibrato as well. Once again, great job!

Nick
Posted: June 16, 2016

Hi Bryan,

Congrats on posting you first VL vid!

Very nicely played! You have solid technique and show a great sensitivity in your playing, especially in your bowing. You have a straight bow and your bow mechanics look good.

I noticed that you have a tendency to restrict your playing in the upper half of the bow and although you did well to maintain the tone at the tip of the bow, I am wondering whether the sound is “too thin” up there (I think you noticed this too as you rotated the bow for more contact with the bow hair while at the tip), and that it may be better move the bow to take you into parts of the bow which create a fuller sound, i.e. (floating/faster up bows) to bring you to mid-bow and the opportunity to play more “into the strings” for a more bolder tone.

Since it’s Mozart, I think you are quite right to be light and airy with the bow, but I think there are some parts of the piece which call for a fuller quality of sound with a “heavier” bow for some phrases. I think experimenting with dynamics would be great for this piece – I would be interested to see the dynamic markings on the music.

For example, I think the part where you play the trill (which was technically very good btw), I think this would sound great with a bigger sound then a diminuendo to finish off. I think dynamic contrasting would give a lot more interest to this piece.

Another example would be the phrase starting at 1.00, I think this is a perfect opportunity to crescendo here with a diminuendo from the fourth finger E and then descending…but these are only my amateur thoughts, it would be wise to wait for Beth’s response!

Technically speaking and intonation-wise, I think you are doing really great with it. Bravo!



Elke Meier
Posted: June 16, 2016
Congratulations! Very beautiful song, very nice intonation, clear tone - I really liked it! What I think you should work on is not deprive yourself of the bottom half of your bow :). Go to a mirror and have a look where you start when it feels like "okay, now I am using the full bow". Then, in front of the mirror, make sure that you really do use the full bow and register how this is different. You definitely use the bow to its very end :) - but the closest you got to the frog, was still about a third or a quarter of the bow length away from the frog. I like your tone a lot, but just imagine what it would be like if you had even more bow available :)

Barb Wimmer
Posted: June 15, 2016
I tried to pull up but could not. Would like to hear