Tagged: 1 year violin progress
June 4, 2016 at 1:19 am #15583
Hello everybody, I’m so excited today!! It’s been exactly one year since I’ve started to play the violin and I love it! Every day I’m looking forward to my practice hour. 🙂
So today I wanted to share this video with you. I am playing the 2nd movement of Concerto in B minor by Oskar Rieding. And it’s the first time I’ve memorized a piece and here I play it without the sheet music! At first it was hard but now it feels like freedom! I’ll be working to memorize more pieces from now on. Hope you like it! 😉June 4, 2016 at 11:11 pm #15584
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Good stuff Mariko. Congrats on hitting one year! 🙂June 5, 2016 at 1:44 am #15585
Thanks Anteros! :-)))) How are things going for you and your violin?June 7, 2016 at 3:03 am #15591
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My playing is going well. I have a very good teacher. We’ve been taking things a bit slowly over the past month or two in order to really hammer in some technique stuff and to pick a few songs to really learn well. It’s been working well. I have a few songs now that I’ve thoroughly memorized.
I’m very much enjoying myself still. 🙂June 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm #15595
I’m happy to hear that! It’s good to take things slow, really helpful to learn a technique. 🙂 It’s cool that you’ve memorized a few songs already! Good job!! Keep it up!! Did you post a video recently? Or do can you post the link to your YouTube channel? Would love to follow your progress (if you do videos) 🙂June 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm #15596
Created a new video with my progress from the past year, month by month. Gives an idea of what I’ve been practicing. Hope you enjoy!June 11, 2016 at 1:32 am #15602
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OMG! Mariko! that was Beautiful!!……I know it is not easy but you just did it. Congratulaltion in you first year. !!June 11, 2016 at 11:14 am #15603
Thank you so much Carmen!! So happy to hear that! 🙂
Wishing you a great day!June 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm #15605
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Dear Friend Mariko! I am listening to both these videos TODAY. I’m sorry it has taken so long! I will comment on both, but I know they will be very different!
On the first video:
I want to say, very nice bow grip! And congratulations on memorizing!!!!!! The next step is to get the eyes away from the fingers. To train the ears and to get the muscles that memorize the motions required to play, to connect to the ears, you must now play with eyes closed! You don’t have to do that on this piece but playing eyes on bow, and / or eyes closed is the best way to train ears and muscle memory to coordinate.
I also noticed that you are carefully setting and preparing the bow, and this is looking so nice. Try to make the setting completely silent and for this piece, the bow must sound weightless at the beginning of the down bows as you enter the music. One way of doing this is to breathe in, just before the down bow, and exhale as the down bow begins. So it will be as if your breath is blowing the bow downward, like a singer. While you do this, you make the action part of your being. Move your weight from left foot to right foot, to soften the ‘impact’ of the beginning of the down bow stroke.
Also, when you are playing legato, you have to concern yourself with the bow changes at the frog or lower part of the bow. Sometimes, they sound a little tight. Practice 1/4 bows as 8th notes (open string is fine) playing at the bottom of the bow. Let the bow elbow come up in this area of the bow and let the bow elbow move up and down with the bowing. Raising the arm will take some of the weight off the string and soften the sound of the bow changes.
At the end, while playing the open G, vibrato on D3 (which is also G) and the open string will vibrate sympathetically.
I also suggest open string practice on the segments which require slurred notes across string crossings. Get to know what the bow is doing during these string crossings, then add fingers back. Keep the bow elbow rising and falling when you play near the frog.
Where you enter the music with 4th finger, begin the vibrato before the bow starts, breathe in, exhale and begin down bow, move the body with bow direction. You will have then done almost all you could do to make that 4th finger a glorious sound!
Now I will watch the second video:
Oh wow. I think someday you will teach violin!
June 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm #15606
Thank you so much for your feedback Dianne!!!! I’m so happy to read your comments. I had tried very hard to play this movement beautifully but I was a bit sad that I kept having problems with the start of the notes. I want them to be softly. Your tip about the breathing will be very helpful for me.
The past days I’ve been practicing a lot of short bows at the frog because indeed this should improve a lot! I’ll keep doing this.
What a nice tip for doing vibrato on D3 to have the G string vibrato. I would never ever have thought of that myself, so thank you sooooo much!
I’ll have to keep working a lot to improve my vibrato, especially first finger (because it’s inaudible except for first finger on the G string) and fourth finger (sounds very tense).
You’ve just motivated me so much!!! Oh and I will definitely practice more with my eyes closed. 🙂 I just wonder why it is. When I use sheet music, I very few times watch my fingers. And when I memorized the piece all of a sudden I was looking constantly at my fingers. Very weird… Maybe I didn’t know what else to look at. 🙂 So better just close my eyes thenJune 15, 2016 at 12:35 am #15608
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Hi Mariko! These progress videos made me really excited and happy. It was really inspirational, especially seeing your memorization of your first piece.
I do have a question. I noticed that you seemed to always play with a straight bow. How was that? I ask because I never focused on mine when I first started playing four years ago, so I’m only now tackling that issue.
Did you first work on a straight bow right away after you got to practicing the instrument with certain exercises, and sort of thinking of it when playing pieces and it eventually became natural? Or did you start out pizzocatoing (sp), and add the bow later?
Sorry if my questions are confusing or a little annoying. I’m just about to start teaching new students, and want to ensure that I can have a beginners perspective on things (it’s been a while for me, lol).June 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm #15610
Hello Arlene, thanks for watching my video. 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 About the straight bowing, I’m still working on it… At times I really focus on it, other days not so. Especially on the E string I still struggle to have straight bows. Anyway, I started with the bow from day 1. But at first I only used the middle of the bow. I used very little bow. Later on I understood I had to use more bow and I started looking in the mirror to see if my bow went straight. I found it very complicated, it actually was very confusing for me to look in the mirror. That’s why I ordered the bow right tool that I also show in the video. After using it for a couple of weeks I noticed that my bowing was much straighter, even without using the bow right tool. So that’s what helped me a lot. Now I don’t use the bow right tool anymore but I keep practicing to improve my bowing. For example I play slow whole bows on open strings the first minutes of my practice, focusing on my right arm to see if it’s doing everything correctly to bow straight. I focus on how it feels and I find that it is helping me a lot.
Good luck with your students!! Must be great to teach the violin!June 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm #15811
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Very good!! and to thinkyou memorized it!Very good!June 25, 2016 at 2:38 am #15844
Thanks so much!! 🙂July 1, 2016 at 8:59 am #16115
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Oh my God Mariko your progress is great, it’s a great way you came up with to improve congratulations this shows us that the only thing that can stops us is ourselves!!! Keep going Mariko you’re doing greatJuly 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm #16129
Thank you so much j12mejor! 🙂 Great to hear that. Comments like yours keep me motivated 🙂 Good luck to you too!
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