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Sue Strack
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This is my first attempt at embedding the video and first time taking a video of me playing the violin. I felt as nervous as performing in public - crazy. Any feedback is very welcomed. I did notice that my pinky finger seems very stiff and straight on the bow, too much tension there and my bow did slide towards the finger board until I noticed it and corrected. I know it's hard to hear me over the violin lab play along. I may try the open string duets so I can be heard.
Sue Strack
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Posted: November 13, 2019
Last Comment: November 15, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 15, 2019
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 13, 2019
So great to meet you Sue! I make all new video posts a response video, so I look forward to doing that for you tomorrow. Well done! With a few adjustments you're going to have a fabulous bow arm!

Elke Meier
Posted: November 13, 2019
Ha Sue! I feel your bow wandering toward the fingerboard is not a problem at all. After all, you didn't even look at it! You kept the bow amazingly straight without looking! Well done! 

I wouldn't be too concerned about your pinky either. I would suspect it is so straight because of the position of the other fingers. It looks like you keep your bow between your fingerTIPS - which does not make for a very secure bow hold, so the pinky cannot really relax. It needs be "alert" because, who knows, when the bow will slip out of your hand? I would rewatch the bow hold video: Compare where your middle and your ring finger are supposed to be on the stick with what you see in your video. I suspect that your thumb is not really bent as it should be. At least I can not imagine bending the thumb with the fingertips holding the bow.

That is one of the wonderful things when you record yourself: The camera is so ruthless. It has happened to me so many times that I felt I was doing one thing and the camera revealed something slightly - or sometimes even quite different... Then one finds out what to work on.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: November 13, 2019
Well done Sue.

 I would say we all get nervous when being videoís. Itís good preparation for playing in public! Recording yourself playing is very revealing and will improve your playing a lot. I would say perhaps the bow slippage was due to your right hand position on the bow, which should be much more wrapped round the bow than perched on top. The general shape of your hand was good though.

Look forward to many more videos from you and enjoy your violin journey.


Posted: November 13, 2019
Go ahead, Sue!!! It' an excellent begining!!