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Hi VL,

this is my 4 months' progress video - Suzuki 3 - 1 Martini Gavotte.

The backing track is from a german Suzuki site (link can be found in Resources section).
I'm halfway through book 3, but now that I got the piano accompaniment package, I want to go through each song again and record them.

I added a very light reverb to the violin sound + EQ'd it a bit to try to match it with the piano sound.

15 Responses
Posted: September 27, 2015
Last Comment: October 3, 2015

Posted: October 3, 2015
Thanks for another great VL instructional video Beth! It may be tailored specifically for you Balazs but we all learn so much from Beth's videos! And this would not have happened if you didn't post your video to begin with! This shows how important it is to post progress vids! It stimulates so much debate, activity and learning.

Posted: October 3, 2015
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I couldn't agree more Treble. Treblette's video illustrates how important working on the right hand is for improving tone.

Here's a video of my Musette duets to gauge how my tone has changed over time. I would advocate Elke's and Rustam's recommendation to start learning the Leopold Auer Book 1 and focus alot of your energies on the right hand.

Posted: October 3, 2015
Hi Beth,

I just arrived back from my London business trip - I had super nice weather, much more sunshine than I expected.

Beth, many many thanks for this video - greatly appreciated.
You pronounced my name very well - the last "zs" is confusing for most of my colleagues. It sounds like the end of "Garage", so imagine my name written as "Balage".

Your analysis helps me a lot, I will surely work on these things.
I'll keep posting new vids, will try to integrate these new tips into my playing.

Thanks again!

Posted: October 1, 2015

Hi Balasz,

You've made remarkable progress - well done!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 30, 2015
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Posted: September 30, 2015
Pleasure to watch and listen. Also very impressed that you've been playing only for four months! Look forward to Beth's feedback as I learn a lot through these posts. 

Posted: September 28, 2015
Thanks everybody for the feedback.
Beth, getting a video message would be fantastic. I'm also out of town this week, so can't get my hands on my violin for a while.

I started to play 4 months ago, early June.

My priority so far has been to make my right wrist more relaxed. I feel it much better now, of course there is always room for improvement.
What I'm working on now is to have a consistent bow placement - when I get tired I tend to go towards the fingerboard. In my first video (daylight one) I think I controlled it much better than in the second.

Playing to backing tracks gives me much better feeling over each song, so I see myself buying the Book 2 tracks very soon.

Posted: September 28, 2015
 That's all I can say. I'm also at that minuet, but the short piece in book one! Haha!!
I guess that it will be a long time before I will reach your level...
Thank you very much for the delightful piece of music!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 28, 2015
Wow, Balazs! How long have you been playing? Your playing is excellent. From the teachers' standpoint, it's harder to give feedback because you're doing everything right, so it makes my job more challenging :). So, congratulations! I'd like to give you feedback in a video but I'm out of town right now and will be back to Austin on Tuesday. GIve me a few days, and I'll give you some tips to take your playing to the next level.

Posted: September 27, 2015
Ohhh, that's charming!  Thank you for inspiration.  This is the piece I left off with when I picked up the piano so really I need to get back into playing the violin. 

Elke Meier
Posted: September 27, 2015
Ditto to what the others said! A really enjoyable performance! Congratulations! The one thing I noticed  that would be something to watch out for was that your left elbow seemed rather stationary. I saw change in the angle of your wrist when you adjusted to playing on a higher string, but the elbow seemed not to move. However, I am not sure though whether it was just the angle of the camera that did not capture the adjustment of the elbow and whether it would look different from the front.

Posted: September 27, 2015
Pay attention to your 4th finger, the pinky. It's your main problem in this moment, I guess.
Good luck, fabiano

Hélène Mathers
Posted: September 27, 2015
Balazs, I'll leave constructive criticism to my betters but personally, I really enjoyed both your performances!  I like your straight bowing, great intonation, great sound... I wish I could play these pieces as well as you do!


Posted: September 27, 2015
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And another one, I recorded this in the evening - Suzuki 3 - 2 Bach Minuet.

As I got tired towards the end of the day, this doesn't sound as good as the first clip, despite all settings being the same.

Posted: September 27, 2015
That was awesome
you sure captured the spirit of it 
nice intonation and strait bowing