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Finally had a day off and back to practice on finger crossover, more bow control after a retake to have a smooth and quieter bow landing on the strings, memorization, vibrato, shifting, lighter bowing on open string to even out the sound. Intonation and oh hoping not to accidentally touch the adjacent strings and many more...

Practiced on 2 different violin, Nena a student level and Angelina maestro model both by the same maker

13 Responses
Posted: December 1, 2019
Last Comment: December 2, 2019

Timothy Smith
Posted: December 2, 2019
Maria this is a very nice song played well. I enjoyed listening to it. I watched how well you made those bow changes at the tip of the bow on the lower strings. This motion requires your right arm to make the largest swing yet you did it with no issue. 
Such a smooth tone. Not sure how long you have been playing, coming along nicely and definitely well into intermediate territory now. Nice true intonation. This would go well in many settings I can think of....or on the beach barefoot :) By the end of this winter I will forget what my feet look like.

Posted: December 1, 2019

The finger crossover are...

Bb -F

Bow control landing challenge/to land smoothly are...

The hardest  landing was the beginning F to C to make smooth sweet and even tone, second hardest was from 4th finger on E string III pos. sustained note landing smoothly on the D note 1st finger on A string...Next will be landing on E string 3rd finger III pos. while starting vibrato as well, then from E string 2nd finger III pos  landing back to Bb on 1st finger A string.

Taxing to get a good sound, vibrato plus intonation from Eb on D string to low C on the G string and back and forth F open D to low C on G string...It zapping my strength quickly...

And cont. to vibrate sweetly on E string from F note to A, Bb C and D making sure to control the bow would not shake or bounce.

Hardest also how to smoothly connect the ending phrase of last sustained note D on E string to beginning phrase note D III pos. on A string....

Plus super hard to vibrate on 1st finger on Ab  Eb Bb  F  ---these tight corner notes at the nut.

These are few of the challenges I have on this beloved piece...


This was me practicing on this beautiful island of Bohol last month/October ...

Posted: December 1, 2019

Elke, lol :) I don't know either but was pretty sure I was already very tired on the second video. 

There were three 50 sec to minute and 1/2 video trying to play this piece on my 7/8 violin between video 1 and 2 ...But my century old 7/8 violin was very harsh sounding under my ear, this is where Dianne's theory/facts applies. I haven't played on it for a long long time so the wood grain must be tight and the strings must be very old. I need to change it soon, Cyber Monday is coming probably I'll get a discount.

Thank you much, trying hard to vibrate especially on the 1st finger my finger joint there is very stiff and was inflamed on and off [arthritis], the 4th finger I have to wave my hand/fingers to get the vibrato sound.

 A lot to improve and practice on this piece - the beautiful melody is just a bonus to entice and inspire me to practice the techniques and skills needed on this piece.

Elke Meier
Posted: December 1, 2019
Very beautiful melody, Maria! I am amazed at your fourth finger vibrato! And I am also amazed that you can switch violins and still get the intonation pretty straight. If I switch violins I wouldn't just have one "super flat" note...
At the first practice video I was wondering whether you switched also to a Russian bow hold, at the second one I wasn't sure any more :)

Posted: December 1, 2019

Sarah, it's indeed a very beautiful song...

This piece is very dear to me...Hard to explain, it just goes deep and beyond,  almost a prayer and solemn wish of one's soul.


Peter, glad you found it and hope you'll share your practice video of this piece.

Sarah Bondi
Posted: December 1, 2019
This is such a beautiful song.  I think I found the notes if anyone else is wanting to play this beautiful song.  I'm reading "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin by Martin Nievera" on Scribd. Check it out: https://www.scribd.com/doc/357316986

Peter Cranwell
Posted: December 1, 2019
Found it.

Thank you very much.


Posted: December 1, 2019

Ceci, thank you very much-- still working on the vibrato to make it more regular, I get tired easily...I need to build my stamina

My violins were from California made by Gliga Vasile, the maestro model I like the best it sounded smoother under my ears.

Posted: December 1, 2019
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Thank you much Peter...

This is one of my fave OPM [Original Pilipino Music], you can find the sheet music at MUSESCORE.COM  and type the title IKAW LANG ANG MAMAHALIN.

This version of mine I patterned it based on the accompaniment I found, I listened and mapped the notes and jot them down in letters on my spare 50 cents notebook.

Posted: December 1, 2019

Mary thank you much...

Posted: December 1, 2019
Very nice, your vibrato sounds great! I can hear the difference between the two violins. Who is the maker?

Peter Cranwell
Posted: December 1, 2019

Maria, can you point m o the sheet music.   I LOVE the piece.

pete at pcranwell dot com

Mary Freeman
Posted: December 1, 2019
Very Nice