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this is just reposting the other video in the size ut should be.

Copy and paste: I feel like my sound is very flat in both etudes! After I watched it I felt like I couldn't pin point the problem! See at first I thought it was problems with flexibility, but now I'm not entirely sure of that. It could just be that I need more bow as well as it could mean that I might be holding something wrong or squeezing something wrong... Be it what it may be my sound isn't yet as good as it can be. So please help! Be as critical as you could maybe you could spot out something I missed! And put your speculations down below and I'll work on them! Thank you so much! I am very greatful to all of tou for helping me along this journey.

What I woud add to this is I also realized there were problems with intonation, but this is why we're here! To progress! In all fairness to myself this was only the second take in a kind of rushed session. But I would appreciate input in how to trouble shoot those problems. After all I'm training to be able to audition and survive in a music university gotta be critical now and fix those issues before I even start the repertoire (in October) for audition and obviously keep working on them (and others) after starting repertoire.

Thank you all,

9 Responses
Posted: August 15, 2016
Last Comment: August 22, 2016

Posted: August 22, 2016
Thank you so much, Beth and everyone! I'll be posting a video soon fixing the glitches you've all mentioned! See you soon!

Clifford Green
Posted: August 17, 2016
Concerning your posture.  I think that your posture could be helped by sitting further out on the chair so that your weight is also supported by your legs, kind of like a tripod.  Sitting deeply on an over cushioned chair allows you to get too comfortable with a stooping posture.

Clifford Green
Posted: August 17, 2016
You mentioned that you thought that your tone was flat and I assume you meant the sound not the pitch.  As Elke pointed out, too much rosin on the strings could be the problem or in the video and by the amount of rosin on the end of your finger board it may be that you are generally bowing too close over the end of the finger board or as some would call it lane 5.  Bowing more centered between the bridge and the FB will brighten your tone or as some would call it lane 3.
Isn't it great to have a personal lesson from Beth!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 16, 2016
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Posted: August 15, 2016
You do have a wonderful full tone
I loved hearing you play scales

Posted: August 15, 2016
Thank you so much Merctan for your input! You know it's funny I was actually thinking about that later today during my practice session I've been troubleshooting that, Thank you! Also I'm sure you are a wonderful player! Even id you feel far from it you will get there!:)

And hahaahahahahaha Elke yeah I agree! I was just in a bit of a rush and thought oh it won't even show up in the video, but there it was a huge white stain just highlighted by the lighting. And I'm sorry to hear that I had a teacher that always told me "when in doubt ise a drone" ;). And I was slumped? Oh my thanks for noticing! I've actually never even thought of that as a possibility! I'll start paying attention to that!

And awww thank you, Marķa that's very sweet! And okay! I'll go ahead and see in the video library how to fix my finger placement!

Thank you all so much! It makes me really happy to see you guys helping out! Especially seeing how much I've learned about my playing just by your input! Hope to see you again soon! And happy practicing!

Posted: August 15, 2016
Hey, Desiree, you played reaaaaally well! I'm not even near to that yet... But I would like to mention one or two things.

First one is a respond to your question: you felt a little bit flat while playing. This is because you play very near to the fingerboard. You should play at the middle, or sometimes near to the bridge (on E string, for example) this way you will improve your sound. I'm pretty sure you know that, but maybe forgot it. Give it a go!

Another thing is for your intonation. I have to say that I didn't hear any mistakes since I'm not very good at intonation myself, but I see that you want to improve your intonation. Try this really great thing called Intonia. It will help you very much! You can find it on the 'Resources' section and watch Beth's video on the subject. Just search 'Intonia' or something on the Video Lessons Library, you should be fine after that.

Elke Meier
Posted: August 15, 2016
Desiree, I am at no stage to correct what you are doing. So here are just two observations: I think your violin would benefit from wiping all the built up rosin away :). If you leave the rosin on the varnish it will eventually damage the varnish. And if you leave rosin build up on the strings it will affect your tone...
As I listened to you yesterday I thought: if I was in her place and wanted to audition for studying violin I think I would very much focus on intonation to get more secure there. And one thought I had that came just now in my own practice: For me, today was not a good day for intonation in shifting. Lots of hit and miss... But I noticed that my accuracy in intonation improved instantly if I stood up straight. I don't mean standing in contrast to sitting, but standing slumped over versus standing balanced over my spine. I noticed in your playing that you also tend to slump - check whether you can also see an effect on intonation if you sit up balanced over your spine.

Posted: August 15, 2016

You have such wonderful tone and bowing hand, I truly enjoyed listening plus you have that quality of playing where you can really draw the sweet notes and make your violin sing!

Very, very, very good indeed!

Just few glitches with finger placement that affects the intonation but that is easily can be corrected with practice.