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Hi all,

as I promised in the "new violin" thread I post some videos. I'm still waiting to get the file of the complete twinkle variations with piano. So I recorded the twinkle theme and lightly row (solo violin).

Any suggestion really appreciated. Now that I've finally got the new violin I definitely need a new bowing arm and that's will be a lot more difficult to get!


13 Responses
Posted: February 27, 2015
Last Comment: March 3, 2015
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CC
Posted: March 3, 2015
Looking forward to more from you Gian Paolo!


Posted: March 3, 2015
That' s correct!


Posted: March 3, 2015
I don't have any comments about your playing. I think Beth covered that in detail. But, being Italian, I assume you go by Gian Paolo (John Paul). is that correct. Most of the VL people have been calling you Gian.


Posted: March 3, 2015

Thank you Beth! I'm following your traning advice! Still fighting with the pinky, the pinky is always a problem both in piano and in violin tecnique! I hope to post some video soon, maybe the song of the wind :-)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 2, 2015
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Posted: March 2, 2015
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Hi Beth,

a video taken from yesterday practice session. Do not mind the notes, it's a little studio from the other method I'm using. Just to check if I have to adjust the violin farther to the left or is now correct.

Thank you


Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: February 28, 2015
Thanks for posting the videos Gian! I enjoyed them very much! I also keep learning from Beth advice, so she is very helpful to all of us ! Hope to see more vids soon ! :0)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 28, 2015
Yes. Try that and post another video so I can make sure your violin hold looks good.


Posted: February 28, 2015
Thank to Beth and everyone!
So i have to turn the violin slightly more towards my left-hand side and lowering a bit the left shoulder (perhaps adjusting the pad, I think you mean by increasing its heigh)t? Is that correct?
Thanks for the very precise explanations.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 27, 2015
Hi Gian, Congrats on your first video post! You are off to a great start! You already have good intonation and a nice healthy tone. My comments are cautionary and have to do with your bow hold and violin hold. Check out the pictures below. I posted screenshots of your bow grip and mine. The pictures of my bow hold are at different points during the bow stroke. The first one is at the frog, and the second one is in the middle of the bow. Notice how curved my fingers are and how straight yours are. One of the most important aspects of having a good bow arm is to get those bow hand fingers curved and flexible! Also I think your violin is pulled to far in front of you. It's making your left shoulder have to pull too far toward center, which causes tension to sit in the shoulder. Try and release your shoulder and then let the violin move to where the arm just naturally hangs from the shoulder. You may have to adjust your shoulder pad. It's possible the shoulder pad is forcing the angle of the violin.





Ray
Posted: February 27, 2015
Hi Gain,

What I enjoyed was precise beginning of each note.  Good articulation.  As has been suggested to me is to change one technique at a time.  If you haven't watched the video yet take a look at Beth's video on Bow Hold.  Videos 11 and 12'.  Hope this helps.

Maria
Posted: February 27, 2015
Nice even tone/intonation and very clean playing there...You did very well, no accidental hitting another string very good and impressive for a beginner.

Maria
Posted: February 27, 2015
Hi Gian,

Thanks for sharing and taking the courage to post...

Happy to hear/know that you have a new violin now...I hope it will give you more inspiration to practice. May we know about your new violin and congratulations by the way.

Wow, that is a very sweet sounding violin and great playing btw, my fave was the last piece called 'Lightly Row'...

I know you are still learning like us so with practice and watching Beth's videos you'll improve your bow hold and proper way of holding or positioning the violin.