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Dianne Adkins

Hi Chan! Nice to see your smiling face again, and thank you for your video!! <3 <3 What statements did I make that you couldn’t find, please remind me what I said, so I know what books to show you. All the pictures are just googled examples of my points that I wanted to show in pictures.

For feedback, two things. I know this is a really easy piece, so it is natural to play it as you hear the recordings, but for practice purposes, and to get control of both bow lift and tone, I recommend slowing it down to 60 bpm. If you need a metronome, there is one here: https://www.google.com/#q=metronome

At this slower tempo, be sure your martele bow stroke is a nice ‘K’ sound at the beginning each time, whether UP or DOWN bow, and open, ringing on the end.

Practice the next part with and without fingers to make sure the string crossing is clean and the bow elbow is functioning properly:

|| E1 A3 E3 E1 : ||
(Make sure 3rd finger is hopping across strings, not collapsing)

Then, the bow lift. If we slow this down, we discover 4 steps to the bow lift. They are: PLAY, STOP, CIRCLE, SET.

1. PLAY. Play the E0 before the lift.
1. STOP. Stop the bow, on the string.
1. CIRCLE. Bring the bow quickly back to prepare for the next down bow. Stay close to the string but still above the string.
1. SET. The most important step. Set the bow on the string silently before you play another note.

When you play very fast tempo, it is harder to get the SET and if you don’t SET the bow, the beginning of the sound is not as good as possible. I am so happy to see you again and playing so well! I have been very busy helping Michael these last 2 weeks. For your good work, I award you the following: