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Shaheen Saliahmohamed
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There you go, here I post a video.

It's so hard to do this really. To  video myself, hear an awful sound and find so many things going wrong, then video it again and probably find the same and more things wrong!

I do need to work on my intonation and rhythm which feel the most obvious to me. I would be happy to be reviewed on other aspects of my technique.

There are also some nuances to this piece I'm not able to produce. There is no differences between my forte, mezzo forte and piano. Instead I feel I tend to slow down the rhythm for piano instead of the sound.. This is a past grade 1 ABRSM piece.

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
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Posted: August 19, 2016
Last Comment: August 22, 2016
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Shaheen Saliahmohamed
Posted: August 22, 2016
Thank you Beth!
Thank you for your video response and the encouragement :)
I would definitely give it a go on my next practice session.
I really like your chin rest and I remember you mentioning about it in one of the "getting started" video sequences.
Is there an online shop I could get it from?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 21, 2016
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Shaheen Saliahmohamed
Posted: August 20, 2016
Thank you Elke! I'll experiment with that too and post again to see how it all works out ☺

Elke Meier
Posted: August 19, 2016
Shaheen, you might also experiment with loosening your bow hair a bit. It seems pretty tight to me. When I have a piece that requires lots of spiccato I normally have the bow tightened a bit more. But for these soft pieces a little less tightening of the bow might make dynamics also easier. I don't know whether my intuition here is right, but this is what I feel happens. Maybe it is just imagination that bow tension would have a lot to do with dynamics - then I am sure Beth or one of the more experienced players will correct this:).

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
Posted: August 19, 2016
Great! thank you!

Mary Freeman
Posted: August 19, 2016
http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=402 Actually it starts at lesson 332 here is the first

Mary Freeman
Posted: August 19, 2016
go to video lesson library and type dynamics in the search engine
It starts with lesson 401

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
Posted: August 19, 2016
Thank you for your reviews!

I just watch the intro of the dynamic series by Beth, yes that's what I want to look into..but how do I access the other videos...? :D

Mary Freeman
Posted: August 19, 2016
http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=401 Beth has a great series on dynamics starting wit this one

ha21410
Posted: August 19, 2016

Hi,

I think you played wonderfully. Your bowing and bow arm is very good. I couldn't catch completely but you bent your fingers while playing which was really hard for me at first... you can establish nice, full bow strokes which is one of the most important thing for playing violin, in my opinion. 

On your forte, piano and pianissimo I would suggest to look at your playing really well. Did you notice what you did at the very end, when you finished the piece? You slowly went close to the fingerboard, which made your sound become softer. This is exactly what you should do while going for piano or pianissimo. You should slow down on your bowing, yes, but not quite that you stop 'bowing'. This apllies in the opposite way when going for forte. You move close to the bridge, and use a lot more bow speed. You should experiment these ideas, they don't come naturally but I know you can handle them. They're pretty easy after you handle the whole bow strokes, which you perfectly did in my opinion.

My intonation is not very good too.. But I would suggest you to try out the software: Intonia. It is incredible. You can find how to use it in Beth's lessons, just search for Intonia in the lessons library.

I remember a quota from Hilary Hahn, which she said that her teacher said this to her: Playing fast is hard, but playing slowly is harder. 

Or something like that... I can't remember the exact words... I'm sure the idea remains, tho. She was commenting on a piece played by Isaac Stern, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2, second movement.

So playing these slow pieces is not easy... Well done!

Mary Freeman
Posted: August 19, 2016
Sounds good with the rhythm
you have nice full bows
You might want to try playing with some dynamics
I am guessing this is about bow distribution(which I need a lot of work at)
With the first bow it was off but then you quickly fixed it. Good job
You sound good these legato pieces are not easy.