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Posted: December 31, 1969


Sarah Bondi
Posted: December 4, 2019
Hi Ray
You are sounding better every time I  hear you.  Good job..I  don't  know how eligable I am to give advice but here it goes.  I notice your bowing wrist is very straight when you get near the frog.  If your wrist is more flexible at the frog you might get more usage of that end of the bow.  I am not sure if Beth has videos about wrist flexibility..I know her hand flexibility videos really helped me out.  Keep up the great work!

Barb Wimmer
Posted: December 3, 2019
Very good. Very consistent     Do you think in notes when you play this song or do you count? Just wondering. Just like Elke said but most of song good rhythm I think. 

Posted: December 3, 2019
Just thought I'd mention that the beginner violin I purchased caused my bow to slip all over the place today, no matter my technique or rosin applied etc. I tried another bow and got the same thing and that is when I realized that the violin came with some really cheap and old strings. One had snapped on me already when tuning, but I tried not to believe I had to change the others. The E string was new apparently, or atleast not played on much. But the G and the A had to go. So I changed the G & A strings to match the $ used D I had put on, and what a difference! Bow tracking was back. Your strings might not be old and worn out, but just in case I thought I'd share this very strange problem I had today that I had never run into before.

Elke Meier
Posted: December 3, 2019
One thing I observed, Ray, which will also be important for any other piece: Watch what you do at the half notes at the end of a phrase. They are often cut short (pronounced at 1:18 and 1:58, slightly at 1:02, at 1:30 you hesitated with the tone and kind of "waited" for the music to catch up), and I don't think the main reason is the problem you say you have with rhythm. As far as I can see is that you run out of bow on the up-bows - unnecessarily so, because you neglect at least 4 inches of bow before the frog. But for the bow speed you use you cannot afford to neglect part of the bow. So on those long up-bows if you went closer to the frog you would have no need to cut short long notes and it would be easier to stay with the rhythm. 

Posted: December 3, 2019
Very nice Ray. I have two comments that might help and I think they are minor. One is to lessen the bow tilt to get more grab on the hair, and the other may be related. It is to either add more rosin/raise the scroll/or really dig into that sounding point to avoid the bow slippage. I say these are minor because you really seem to have this piece well in hand otherwise.