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Candace Del Valle
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I have been working on a new piece for a while now. I just started getting lessons again which I am really excited about.

I am trying to practice regularly now and for longer and have been seeing a little progress, but I am still not where I want to be with my sound and vibrato especially. 

In this piece I am supposed to be working on dynamics (during a few weeks off of lessons) and I am hoping to get some feedback on that as well as any other advice you all, especially Beth can give! 
Thank you!!
Candace Del Valle
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Posted: August 9, 2019
Last Comment: August 13, 2019

Timothy Smith
Posted: August 13, 2019
To my untrained violin ears I thought this was pretty good. What more can one cite here than nuance ?
There was a discussion not long ago on v.com about playing with feeling. Some sided with the opinion that a really good musician can play when in a bad mood or not into the music and fool everyone. Others said  we can evoke our own energy into the music. Soloists regularly add some of themselves into a piece either deliberately or unintentionally. In my opinion we need to be skilled listeners to pick up on a lot of it. I don't claim to be a wonderful skilled listener. Too much concentration on the technical aspects of the  material and I loose the vibe of it, but that's me. This is probably a much deeper subject that I'm only scratching the surface of.

Jose Felix Martí Masso
Posted: August 10, 2019
Kids and emotions

Thank you Cande and thank you very much Beth for the video that I think is very useful to many of us. I feel alluded to. I am surprised that children with great technique in the violin, already have this capacity developed from very early stages. I think it's worth several videos of Natsuho Murata, Himari Yoshimura, Chloe Chua and Christian Li. It is worth watching the video of the Montreal Prize, not only for the interpretation of Natsuho's Winter (Vivaldi), but also for the final comments. https://youtu.be/FaJPt4sv6W8

Candace Del Valle
Posted: August 10, 2019
Thank you!
 Thank you everyone!

Thank you for the detailed video Beth, it was very encouraging and I took a lot from it. I liked what you said about how a musician has to craft every phrase and note to make the music expresses something “human.” I didn’t understand it that way before. I’m excited to work on it now with a fresh vision!

Posted: August 9, 2019
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embrace. it for you and for others to watch ur vd...pardon -too sleepy

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 9, 2019
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Posted: August 9, 2019
Hi Candace,
Wow, it all flows together so beautifully -- my playing is more like a bunch of individual notes banging into each other. Great pacing and bow dynamics too. I can't comment on your vibrato since I'm not even there yet. But I would agree with Sonia about the sounding point (and bowline exercises). Not that it sounds "bad" when the bow is closer to the fingerboard, just that it will sound even richer when it's closer to the bridge. Something I am working on at present too...
Keep posting videos!

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: August 9, 2019
Hi Candace,

Nice playing. I like how you use the bow speed for dynamics, I would also think about sound point and this will with dynamics too.

It’s certainly a busy piece, so perhaps just work on the dynamics in the bow line, taking out the fingering?

Your vibrato is pretty, just more needed I think. Have you done Beth’s  vibrato course because that help me a lot.

Let us know how you get on.