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Urban Kristan
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Hi everyone!

Finally renewed my membership, so here's another video from me after quite a while. Critiques very welcome. 

I can see that my pinky still probably isn't sufficiently bent. Also the winding on my A string came loose. 
Urban Kristan
9 Responses
Posted: August 20, 2017
Last Comment: August 23, 2017

Urban Kristan
Posted: August 23, 2017
Very valuable polishing video, thank you! When I bought my violin I felt kind of silly to imagine that I could start learning it and make any progress. You and this site have been very helpful.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 22, 2017
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Urban Kristan
Posted: August 21, 2017
Thanks! You're enthusiasm is infectious :)

Thanks you! Yes it is a bit of a shift but it is also very freeing to play with a higher hand. 

I've been working on intonation, so I'm glad it's not in vain. Still work to do! Thanks for you comment! 

Posted: August 21, 2017
Very nicely played Urban! Great intonation and super-smooth bowing. There's nothing I can add by way of critique which has not been already been mentioned by fellow VLers. You're doing great, keep it up!

Posted: August 20, 2017
Hi Urban, Terrific playing of this piece. I like your full use of the bow, and your bow arm mechanics look great. Ditto on the left hand needing to be a bit higher on the fingerboard, and since your intonation is so good, you might have to take a little time to reorient your intonation when you change that. Fabulous retakes- carefully place the bow before bowing to settle the bow, & it will be professionally done!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 20, 2017
Urban! Excellent! I see relaxed bowing, relaxed violin hold. I hear smooth beautiful intonation... LOVE the performance! Keep it up! :0)

Urban Kristan
Posted: August 20, 2017
@Barbara Habel
Wow, that is very much on point and extremely helpful! I'll be working on that for sure. Thank you very much for being so observant, this makes so much sense! I suppose I wasn't paying attention at some point... or maybe I forgot in the course of time. 

Thank you! Among my favorites so far as well. :) 

Posted: August 20, 2017

Well done!

Enjoyed listening to you and this is my fave piece on the the study book...

Barbara Habel
Posted: August 20, 2017
Dear Urban

This sounds very nice.

I can not see your left elbow. But judging by how your wrist bends on the higher strings, it seems to me that your left elbow is very much fixed.

Moving your fingers from string to string becomes easier if you keep the same hand/finger frame and rotate the left elbow to facilitate that your fingers are hovering over the different strings. Then you just need to put them down. And your arm/hand line remains straight and that on all strings, just by rotating the left elbow under the violin.

Your elbow needs to be facing your back when on the E string and facing the front on the G string. The others fall in between.

The 2nd point I would like to make is that your left hand fingers are very low over the fingerboard. Watch how the top of the fingerboard is more than half way up the first part of the index finger. It ought to be at the base of that index finger. This will give you more freedom when doing vibrato.

You do some nice bowings and a quick retake. And your playing is very melodic. So well done.