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Hey everyone

I'm Pooria. I joined violinlab a couple of months ago. Thanks to Beth for accepting me. I haven't been active in the community but that is about to change. Aside from having the opportunity to learn new stuff about the violin I'd love to make new friends- particularly violinist friends cos I don't have a lot of them. Here is a video of me playing the first movement of the Rieding concerto opus 35. I know there are a lot of problems with it, but it would mean a lot to me if my fellow violinist friends would watch it. Thanks everyone. Looking forward to making friends in the community.

Thanks again and please tell me what you think.

Lots of love

12 Responses
Posted: August 31, 2016
Last Comment: September 3, 2016

Posted: September 3, 2016
Someone who loves making videos
That is awesome
You are going to want to do the next virtual recital 

Posted: September 2, 2016
Thanks everybody for your lovely  comments.
Shashwat Singhal(I don't know what your name is) I have played the violin for 7 years and nice to meet you. I sure don't sound like someone who has played the violin for 7 years but I can tell you playing the violin for 7 years has been a great privilege. 
I might even post a video and introduce myself properly to all you guys(I just love making videos).

Posted: September 2, 2016
Hello Pooria,

Very well played.
How long have you been playing for ?

Posted: September 1, 2016
Hello Pooria….a warm welcome to you.  One thing I noticed is that your upper left arm and elbow seems to be resting against your body.  At least it appears so from your video.  When this happen it does not allow your elbow to move freely and pivot when you change strings or use the left hand more freely.  Watch Beth's video again and notice how her left elbow is away from her body and she moves the elbow either to the left or right slightly when changing strings from E to D and even A to D….when the elbow is more free from the body the whole left arm, wrist and hand with fingers seems to function better and with less tension. I have been working on this aspect with my teacher in playing a 15 inch viola…sometimes I just want to cramp up with that left elbow.  Nice playing and your video and then Beth's teaching video are very inspirational to many of us and myself. Thanks for posting. 
Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal

Posted: September 1, 2016

A warm welcome to our new member Pooria from an old VL member who is a faithful watcher of the community page. I enjoyed the sound of your music and congratulations for having discovered Beth's ViolinLab.

I also write to thank Beth and say how much I appreciate these personal response videos you make for members who post their question videos. These are truly valuable learning tools you generously share with all members. To my knowledge this is unmatched anywhere on the internet.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 1, 2016
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Posted: September 1, 2016
Very clean and even 
Your intonation is great 
You may want to try playing it a bit slower
I can't wait to hear what Beth says
Welcome to Violin Lab:-)

Hélène Mathers
Posted: September 1, 2016
Very well done and welcome to Violin Lab!  I love the tone of your violin!

Posted: September 1, 2016
Hello Pooria! 

Great, great playing! I'm not qualified enough to give you feedback but listening you was amazing. Very nice tone, nice bowing... I'm not sure but I guess there was a left hand squeezing problem going on... If you are squeezing, I would suggest you to watch Beth's series on the subject.

Anyways, great playing!!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 1, 2016
Hi Pooria, very nice playing! I hope to have a chance to make you a video response tomorrow. I also want to address Elke's comment about knuckle angle as well.

Elke Meier
Posted: August 31, 2016
Nice playing, Pooria! And a very warm sounding violin! - Well, and a beautiful piece. Somehow I don't get tired of this piece :). And welcome to the community! For me this is such an important place. I have gotten so much helpful feedback here in the community!

I have a few small observations on your playing, mainly things that I am concerned about myself at the moment... This is how it normally goes, isn't it?

These last few days I have been working with "Warming up" by Simon Fischer. He stresses over and over again that the left wrist should NOT be pronated. If anything, he says, you should have a giving wrist (the opposite of what you see for example at :11). A pronated wrist creates tension in the wrist, a giving wrist can release tension. In your case your wrist is pretty straight most of the time. When it isn't I have the feeling that it isn't because your left elbow does not change position when you change strings. It should swing freely and help your hand reach the strings. If it doesn't the wrist has to accommodate for the missing elbow movement. Watch for example :27 for an example of this.

And another tiny detail is how much movement you have in the left hand. Watch what happens between :12 and :17. Your left hand kind of folds out until the knuckle line is at a pretty steep angle to the fingerboard. Then, when the fourth finger is needed you need to bring the whole hand in and bring the knuckle line into the more normal 45 degree angle to the fingerboard. But as soon as the fourth finger is done the hand goes back to this 70 or 80 degree angle. That is a lot of extra movement which will make quick finger action more difficult.

Have you also tackled the other two movements?

Posted: August 31, 2016

Hello Pooria,

That was truly melodic and beautifully played... So pleasant to listen to, your hard work have paid off.

Smooth phrasing and you connected each notes neatly that made it into one beautiful story/piece.


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