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Kate
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I've started working on Simple Gifts in the UK we took it, made it much faster and call it Lord of The Dance. I think this is why I'm having trouble slowing it down enough and the timing is a bit all over the place. Just keep wanting to play it faster & faster and sing along 'dance,dance wherever you may be...' 

I've posted video (I think) apologies about the face, haha, I either look really miserable or like a fish gasping for air - but thought I should keep the pressure up on the recording front. I want to try to do slower, with longer bow strokes and thought doing it with a metronome might help? Also, my fingers have started moving a bit all on their own - I have been just letting them do their own thing but I feel it may be time to start tackling them consciously. I think the reason it isn't flowing/ bow changes are a bit stilted is because I need to work on them and wrist movement? I also obviously need to work on the retake but yay!!! I remembered to put it in. Any help & advice gratefully received.


Kate
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Posted: April 12, 2019
Last Comment: April 15, 2019
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Kate
Posted: April 15, 2019
Thank you Lesley and thank you SO much Beth! That has answered something I've recently been thinking about re: left hand. Knew it wasn't right but couldn't work out what was wrong because I didn't feel like I was squeezing - I'll start working on it, and right shoulder tension. This is such an amazing site :) - I was watching the Moon Over Ruined Castle video last night and it highlighted something which I assumed was to do with my right hand (sounds when crossing strings) but I now think is to do with lifting fingers just before the cross so my left hand definitely needs some time & attention.

Lesley
Posted: April 14, 2019
I think you're doing amazing! Especially your bow hold. Your fingers look wonderfully flexible. Re. metronome, I have a love/hate relationship with the metronome but generally find it helpful for 'graduating' into higher speeds. Keep up the great work!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 14, 2019
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Kate
Posted: April 13, 2019
Thank you Beth! (and Dianne and Timothy), I am so looking forward to the video response too :)

Dianne
Posted: April 13, 2019
This was very nicely played! Looking forward to your response video!

Timothy Smith
Posted: April 12, 2019
Nice playing! I'm a beginner as well so not much to offer in terms of technique.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 12, 2019
Kate, that was lovely! You have excellent flow in all aspects of your technique. I'll be more specific about what I mean by that and shoot a video response for you in the days ahead.