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Hassan Haval
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Hello VL friends,

I’m really happy to be a part of this community. This forum is exactly what I need, it’s really great. I have been playing the violin for about a month and a half (that’s when I first bought my violin) and this video post is my progress after that period.

 I really find the videos here a great help, I don’t have a private teacher but I know Violin Lab website will hopefully teach me everything.

 I love playing the violin, and I do my best in comprehending violin techniques that Beth teaches and in applying them.

  In this video, I am playing the song ‘Etude’ from the first Suzuki book, and I’ll be waiting for feedbacks and critique from all of you.

Hassan Haval
18 Responses
Posted: November 8, 2016
Last Comment: November 11, 2016
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Laura
Posted: November 11, 2016
Welcome to VL.  Lovely playing :) 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 10, 2016
You're welcome Hassan. Always glad to help.

Hassan Haval
Posted: November 10, 2016
Thank you all guys for your nice comments and suggestions, I'll certainly reconsider about the things you suggest. And thanks again.

Hassan Haval
Posted: November 10, 2016

Thank you very much, Beth, for taking the time to make a video response. It’s really encouraging and helpful. And I’ll certainly work more on the things you mentioned. I am grateful to you.


Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 9, 2016
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Mary Freeman
Posted: November 9, 2016
Well done 
Nice steady rhythm
Some nice smooth bowing

Juliana Smith
Posted: November 9, 2016
All I can say is, Wow! I was nowhere near that good after 1 month and 15 days! Good work!

Dianne
Posted: November 8, 2016
Great job. The only things I see are perhaps work on (hard!) using less elbow and more wrist or finger motion to make the string crossings flow. Nice low second fingers! I would suggest also slowing it down to work on string crossings and tone to the best that you can get it- then speed it up incrementally.

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: November 8, 2016
Hi Hassan….so here is little bit about shoulder rest.  You don't want to get the shoulder rest too high because then you have to reach up higher to bow….so the first thing you want to do with your current setup is to get a higher chin rest..if you look at your video you will see that your jaw (chin is more centered over the tail piece.  My husband is a luthier and we have a home violin shop here in SoCal….if he finds that the center mounted chin rest is touching…he files it down underneath until it is not touching or he gets one that is a tiny bit higher…like the  Flesch model it is a bit taller. They come in two models. One with a round cup in the middle and one with a bump in the middle. You will want to get the chin rest taller before moving the shoulder rest up.  Hope that explains things a little better.

Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal

Hassan Haval
Posted: November 8, 2016
Ted,
Thank you so much for spotting that point, yes you're right, I did notice that myself and when I was practicing with a slow tempo I was using more bow and I really saw the notes coming out more beautifully but as I was recording the video and the tempo fast, I couldn't completely control that. I WILL practice it with longer bows too, on my own.

Hassan Haval
Posted: November 8, 2016
Oh, thanks a million, Beth, I can't wait for it, and I am very happy to see that you are satisfied. But I do need more time to develop the right technical skills. 
And I should have mentioned above how you were very kind when you gave me this special scholarship because of the situation I'm in. I will never forget this favour.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 8, 2016
Hello Hassan. Congrats on your first video post! You are doing extremely well after only 45 days!!! I make it my personal policy to be sure and make a video response for first time video posts, so I'll make you a response in the next few days.

Ted Adachi
Posted: November 8, 2016
Hi Hassan,
For the short while you have been playing that sounds really great.

I thought that I was steaming along though the Suzuki book but you are advancing pretty fast. Now I have only been playing a little less than 4 months so I don't know much but one thing I did notice was that I don't think you are using much bow. Now I could be mistaken here as I know those are fast notes so you can't use the whole bow anyway but I think you could probably be using more.

Here is my experience. I was rolling along through the Suzuki book, concentrating mostly on getting my intonation at least kind of close (it is still bad, especially when I first start practicing). But the other day, I was wondering why my violin with new strings still sounded so lousy and then I noticed how little bow I was using. So now, it's a bit like starting over. Of course as I concentrate on my bow, my intonation is all over the place!

I don't know what is better. To work on using a lot of bow now or like me, starting to work on this playing the later pieces and catching up with the older tunes. However it is something you may need to think about, if not now, then probably soon.

Hassan Haval
Posted: November 8, 2016

Kathleen,

Thanks a lot for the feedback. Yeah, you’re right my index finger does seem as if it’s lifting yet I am not losing the contact point, of that I am sure. Certainly, I will try to post another in this thread as soon as I can. Thanks.

 

Diane,

Thanks a lot for your suggestions and observations, my neck really is I think very long, I can’t lengthen my shoulder rest further up, that is why I must see if I can get myself another one. And about chin rest, yes I once tried a center mounted chin rest, it was very comfortable, but the only reason why I didn’t like it was because it was hitting the tail-piece under, and my tailpiece is very high above the wood. I feel comfortable with my chin but you’re right, I must find myself another higher shoulder rest. And about opening from the elbow, I’m still working on it but the song ‘Etude’ was a bit fast and I lost control by focusing on my left-hand fingers. Will work on that more. Thanks.


Diane in SOCAL
Posted: November 8, 2016
Nice Video…two things I see that will improve and help.
Hi Hassan…..Great first video….welcome to Violin lab and the community family here. Two things that I see that would help.  See if you can length your shoulder rest up some, your neck is showing some tension trying to bend down to the violin. The other thing would be to get a center mounted chin rest…because I can see that you favor your violin hold over the tailpiece and that is fine…we all need to find our personal are of comfort.  The area between your jaw (chin rest) and your chest needs to be filled up so your head is not lowered to help stabilize the violin.  Chin rest come in all different heights and styles.  If you have a violin shop in your area..you could ask them, if not look on Amazon for a Berber chin rest…this one fits over the tail piece and is higher. The Second thing I noticed is your moving your bow with your forearm instead of opening and closing your Right elbow.  All the action should come from your elbow; your upper arm should be quiet and still. The shoulder joint is used to help us move from a higher to a lower string or a lower to a higher.  Check out Beth's videos on beginning bowing and see how she keep the upper rt. arm still and opens and closed the elbow to help move the bow down or up.  This action will will help for more straight bowing across the strings.  Nice job….keep up the great practice and post a video often to show us your progress.  Nice to meet you. 
Stay tuned. Diane from Southern Ca. USA

Kathleen Lewandowski
Posted: November 8, 2016
Ciao Hassan!
Welcome to VL. 
I agree with Maria that your tone is very nice.  You keep good rhythm, too.  I think you should upload a new video showing your bow hold from a different angle.  It appears that you are lifting your index finger at times--but we can't see your bow hold very well from the angle in this video.


Hassan Haval
Posted: November 8, 2016
Thank you so much, Maria, for your immediate feedback... it encourages me.
I would certainly wait for her feedback.

Maria
Posted: November 8, 2016
Welcome to VL Hassan and your playing has a wonderful full solid tone...

Wait for Beth's feedback...

TFS