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Please feel free to point out any mistakes/bad habits I have. 

Your constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

7 Responses
Posted: October 28, 2017
Last Comment: October 31, 2017

Posted: October 31, 2017
Thank you everyone for your comments, and special thanks to Beth for the video response!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 30, 2017
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Posted: October 30, 2017

Great playing!

You played in such a relaxed/tranquil manner, almost floating in clouds.

Looking 4ward on your next piece...

Posted: October 30, 2017
Hey Xing, beautiful playing! Your left hand frame and and bow hand looks really good😊 great job on this piece. I see what Elke means about your neck so be careful not to put strain on it while holding your Violin. Iím in awe of how you are holding it without a shoulder rest! 🙂 Anyways, thanks for sharing your progress. Keep up the good work and hope to hear more of your playing. 

Elke Meier
Posted: October 29, 2017
Congratulations, Xing! What came to my attention first were exactly the things Dianne mentioned: your nice tone and the great and flexible bow hand. Really nice. I also was concerned about your bent neck. This will eventually present you with pain... I am not sure though whether the height of the chin rest is the problem or whether it is just a habit to hold the head sideways toward the violin. Do you know the site Violinist in Balance? I learned A TON about posture and how to adjust it from this site! But I think one of the very simple rules that would help you immediately is how to "approach" the violin: You turn (not bend!) your head toward the left to the chin rest and then give a slight nod. This should secure the hold on your violin.

The other thing I noticed is the bow stroke you used for the hooked eigth and sixteenth notes. Have you watched the tutorials for witches dance? In the first of the tutorials Beth explains the special bow stroke that is used for this so you get a crisp sixteenth note and not just a slur.

Happy practicing!

Posted: October 29, 2017
Hello Xing,  Really nice job with this! You have a lovely bow hand and good tone. What I think I see, and this may be a camera angle, but watch to keep the base knuckle of your left hand index finger aligned with the fingerboard to avoid getting a bend in the wrist. Also, do you feel as if your head is leaning down to reach the chin rest? If so, you could possibly get a taller chin rest- but setup is something a teacher can help you with, this is only a guess.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: October 29, 2017
Sounds great in tone and rhythm

Bow pressure is my suggestion, I am not sure but just thinking maybe less and more bow pressure? 

I am no expert so just a thought sounds great