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One of these days, I swear I'll be playing like her.

13 Responses
Posted: November 1, 2011
Last Comment: November 4, 2011

Posted: November 4, 2011
Hi Donna, thanks for the suggestion about the mute...I do have one but I have a hearing deficiency that makes it difficult for me to play with one.  It's very hard for me to hear myself.  I can do it and I have, but it just adds to the frustration of everything else. 

Posted: November 4, 2011
Hi Eileen, just finished reading your Shelly's thread.  Sorry to hear about the storm, was wondering why you were not present for a long time. Hope things will return to normal soon and you get some alone time your your violin so you can play without having to use your mute.  

Posted: November 4, 2011
I also have that intense, almost compulsive feeling of playing the violin the same way as many great soloists do.  Ever since I was 5 y/o I wanted to play the violin.  If I did not have to work, I would spend all day practicing and practicing until I finally get to play a piece perfectly.

Eileen, I hope you can overcome your self criticism and be able to see that you play very well and very beautifully.  Have you tried playing with a mute?  I wanted to buy one, but my previous violin instructor told me that playing with a mute is not the same as playing without one.  One of the things that stop me from practicing really hard is that I sort of feel embarrassed because I know a lot of people can hear just how bad my intonation is.  

Shelly, movement is very important with violin playing, as Beth already told you. :D  While playing stacatto, I find it that my tone (if not intonation) improves if I move my head quickly on the opposite direction of the bow stroke.  Of course, that means I look like a chicken with a an attitude and bad case of neck spasm, but it does help.  I still hold my breath, though, so I'm trying to figure out ways to relax.

Posted: November 4, 2011
Well, thank you all for the encouragement....it's "always" appreciated !  

I think it all goes along with the "self critical" mind of a violinist.   Always looking for and working on ways to improve and do even better.   Like what I said .....when we get there, we won't even realize it because there's always something else to work on.  I've even heard Beth being critical of her own playing...lol   It just goes along with the territory I think and the fact that this instrument is so incredibly difficult ! 

Right now I'm waiting around patiently for my husband to leave so I can pull out that bad boy and get some stuff done before I have to leave to pick up my son....he and my daughter at least were able to get to school/college this week as those towns were up and running pretty quick.

Posted: November 4, 2011
Anne - my movement and playing has always been that way.  I don't know why I do it but it seems like it keeps me relaxed when I do so.  And no, I really don't think my teacher is THAT bad - she just has different opinions on what makes a good instrument, etc.  She likes the brighter tones while I tend to like the more mellow ones.  There are just some frustrations that I am working through with her but I think in the long run it will be ok.  :-)

And yes, Eileen is being WAY too modest! I think she plays wonderfully!!!

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: November 4, 2011
Great point, Shelly, about incorporating sense of movement and emotions into your practice from day one. Just what the experts recommend. Did you find this out by yourself. If your teacher told you, she can't be half bad, in spite of her low opinion of your violin.

And Eileen, always so modest, now downplaying your vibrato. Hope you don't mind if I nudge you once more to have more respect for yourself and what you have achieved so far. Great to have you back after another blackout.

Posted: November 4, 2011
Donna Marie... it's nice to know I'm not the only one who "sways" out there! ;-)  Now if only I could PLAY like her I would be so happy.  But as Eileen says - GO FORWARD!!

Eileen, I'm with you in that I have this great big ACHE (i.e., desire!!!) to improve, improve, improve!  I want to play beautifully for myself and for others.  It's a very intense feeling!  And I think with your vibrato, you need to let it come naturally in that you shouldn't force it.  I do it sometimes as part of the music and don't always know I'm doing it by my teacher always praises me for it.  It's when I'm really relaxed and into the piece I'm working on that it seems to come to me.  But this is after I've memorized a piece and can strictly work on the sound of the piece.  That is something that is important to me in my practice.  Memorizing the notes, the rhythm, and then the sound/feel.  I don't know if that will always work for me but for now it seems to help. I know you will get it though!!!

Posted: November 4, 2011
Ha, yeah....I did think of that instrument as I was listening, though I don't know what it's called. 

I too have great hopes of being able to play "lovely" music with my violin.  I don't know why it's such an important thing for me to do...but it's like this great big ache in the middle of my being that just won't go away and it's such a frustration that I'm not there yet after almost 10 years now (wow..has it been that long ?)....and I still can't do a decent vibrato after all that time !   x-( 

Eh....forward, always forward !   Who knows when we'll get there but ....most likely when we do we won't even realize it because it still won't be perfect....lol   

Now....to find a place to work on music that won't annoy the household....we've all been home all week with no power....just got it back yesterday.  Too early for all this white stuff and cold...even for New England !!  <:-[

Posted: November 3, 2011
I know what you mean, both you and my husband actually heard and said the same thing. He said that unless he saw the video, he would think that the song was being played using a traditional Chinese version of the violin. :D   

I wonder how long it would take for me to get up to her level.... I haven't touched my violin for days now, too busy working.....

Posted: November 3, 2011
Yeah, I noticed that the composer's name wasn't oriental/eastern, but still.....it sounded very Chinese to me.....funny how that is.

Posted: November 3, 2011
Hi Eileen and Shelly, thanks!.  It's my favorite.  

Funny thing is, the composition is English.  I've heard another soloist, Eleonora Turovsky, and with her you can feel the English roots of the music.  Janine's version is brighter, more uplifting while Eleonora's was nostalgic and will really remind you of the English country side.  

PS, Shelly, Eleonora sways almost like you. :D (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-J39NsO0Ag)

Posted: November 3, 2011
Atta Girl Donna !!  That's the spirit !  x-)   I have to toss a "ditto" in here to that sentiment !

Beautiful piece...it sounded very oriental to me and made me think of China.

Posted: November 2, 2011
Wonderful!!! Very beautiful piece!!  Thank you for sharing! :-)