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Janice Branley
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This etude seems harder to play than it seems that it should..........

I wanted to get away from playing only with the top half of my bow!   This etude is a challenge to get me to the frog.  It reminded me of learning to drive and having too many things to think of at once.  I've been working on my pinkie, fingerboard tapping etc. and trying to beef it up a bit.

I found the drones on the site today too, and they do have a zen like effect,  
Janice Branley
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Posted: August 27, 2017
Last Comment: September 5, 2017
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David Rowland
Posted: September 5, 2017
Great sound Janice. Vibrato impressive.

Janice Branley
Posted: August 29, 2017
Thank you so much for that advice Elke.  I will do that marking with tape and challenge myself to distribute the bow.  The control at the frog will be key and I will work on that.  I will do some exercises that Beth has on the site, practicing playing the left hand on a different string while bowing to check for billowing speed!  

My vibrato was for me naturally an arm vibrato, but over the last couple of years I have been working through all the basic building exercises that I could find for wrist vibrato and I have gone through some excruciating stages including having to lodge the scroll against a wall (padded) because the violin was moving around so much with the forces and mis-placed tension involved.  I practiced a lot without the bow too (that's a good one for the neighbours at night). 



Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 28, 2017
Elke, we were thinking along the same lines :)


Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 28, 2017
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Elke Meier
Posted: August 28, 2017
That really is one of the very beautiful Wohlfahrt etudes, isn't it? I love the flow of the melody. And you are right, it is a good one to challenge you to use FULL bows :). But I think you need to trick yourself a bit to really do it... Here is what I would do: put at least one little masking tape mark at the middle of your bow. That is your "count mark" for three beats. So you start at the frog, and at the end of the first measure you should be at this mark, at the end of the second measure you are at the tip. The same pattern on the next two measures, just on an up-bow. Apart from the last few measures that is the pattern all the time. And if you want more challenge, divide the bow into six equal parts and then record yourself and watch whether you distribute the bow evenly across the measures. I have my bow divided into four parts. Actually, in the beginning I did it just for this reason: to be able to get a realistic view of my bow use. I often FELT that I was really at the frog, but when I looked at a recording I noticed that I was hardly getting into the lowest fourth of the bow... So these marks were a good tool to somehow line up my perception and reality :). What was meant as just a very temporary measure has been with me now for a long time. I still use those little marks. 

I noticed one more thing that you should keep an eye on: Watch what happens just before you change bow direction. To me it seems like you have this little "fling", speeding up the bow just before you change - which makes the legato uneven as it gives this tone just before the change more emphasis. 

Your vibrato is really, really nice! I worked a little on this etude some time ago just for bow distribution. For vibrato, I am still at the exercise stage, but when I saw your video I thought maybe I should go back to it and start using this as a practice piece for implementing vibrato. It is so beautiful!

Janice Branley
Posted: August 28, 2017
Thanks Dianne, I hadn't noticed that, and with my 'fiddling' I should know about staying on the string.  I think with classical where the notes jump around more I'm thinking of them as more separate and need to 'knit' them together.I think my pause in bar 16 was too short too but I could keep recording it and do something terrible in another bit.  I notice I am not going right down to the frog either, so maybe an exercise down there to get more control   I'm going to give myself a break today though,  and hit the drones....mmmmmmm



Dianne
Posted: August 27, 2017
Nice job, Janice! You have a beautiful sound. The one thing that I noticed was that you had a tendency to lift the bow between phrases, but I think if you keep contact into the string, unless otherwise notated in the music, there will not be a loss of that beautiful sound. Great job!!! Look forward to others comments on this!