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Mario Bishara
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Mario Bishara
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Posted: November 29, 2019
Last Comment: December 3, 2019

Mario Bishara
Posted: December 3, 2019
Thank you all for commenting on the video, I appreciate all the feedback,
Special thanks to Mrs Beckerley for the positive feedback, I will try to work on all the points you mentioned in the video.

No, unfortunately I don't have an acoustic violin, and I can't afford one just yet so maybe a string upgrade is in order, and thanks for the comment, I will be considering it for my practice, I don't know yet what will be my next piece.

No, dear Fabiano I am from Egypt 

Timothy Smith
Posted: December 2, 2019
Thanks for sharing this!  Sounds quite good on that electric violin. 

I have been attempting to wrap my head around the concept of playing these songs as it relates to the bow. Beth's video was helpful.
 The way one person described this to me was that during a time in the music when you  are ending one passage and beginning another they suggested going as close to the frog as possible. I'll make a comparison to a swimmer who comes up for air, then dives back under for several strokes. "Coming up for air"  is that long stroke to the frog right before another passage. The shorter strokes are the in between passages where you have enough bow to play them. It was described to me in terms of "long" and "short" bows.
Beth mentions one caveat that I had not considered, that's in doing this in a timed way corresponding to the music. In order to get this totally right I need to have my bow strokes in order beginning with the proper "up" or "down" stroke  marking this on the score. This is covered in Beth's practice course. I am finding that I often get on the wrong stroke at the wrong time...or maybe that's the wrong stroke at the right time? It's basically choreographing the music ahead of time so that it eventually becomes a habit. In a nutshell- Bow moves based on timing, length of bows based on passages with bow moving up close to the frog, bow position also based on where it should be at each place in the song.

If the strokes are too short you'll end up trying to fill in at an awkward place in the music or interrupt a slur. The music simply won't flow properly. Easier said than done on some material.

Posted: December 1, 2019
So glad you shared this, Mario, and thank you, Beth, for the sheet music and tutorial.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 1, 2019
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Hi Mario, I wanted to share some ideas you might like for your lovely Christmas Carol!

Here's the notated music

Posted: November 30, 2019
Yes, Barbara is quite wright, an electric violin narrow the effects of the study. Then the sound is shaped electrically, making distant the musician body from the strings. There's a king of barrier between the instrtrument and the player.

Welcome!!! Are you from Lebanon?

Barbara Habel
Posted: November 30, 2019
Dear Mario

Welcome to the community here.

Nice playing and nice vibrato. You have a good sounding point and your bow looks straight from what I can tell from this camera angle.

I too have an electric violin which I play without a loudspeaker / an amplifier. I use it at late hours as not to disturb my neighbours.

But Mario, please be aware that if you only play on the electric, you will never hear the scratches and sounds a real violin will give off.

Do you have an acoustic violin also?

Looking forward to your next video. What are you working on?

Happy practicing and welcome again.

Posted: November 29, 2019
Very nice playing, thanks for sharing!