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    sumta
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    basic scale up, should have had my phone placed differently, but at least you get a clear image of left hand ability so far. 2 months in.

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    sumta
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    hearthelionroar
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    You did a LOT better than I did after two months of playing!

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    Michael Sanchez
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    Great job after just a few months of playing! The biggest thing that I would love for others to see here is your effort in keeping the knuckles up high. This is exactly right, and you are doing it better than even most intermediate players. Keep up the good work!

    Intonation – 8/10 – You are really in a good position to find notes because of your knuckles being high. One thing you are doing though that is causing it difficult to be perfect with finger placement is that your fingers are lifting up too high when you place others down. This tells me you are putting too much pressure down on each note, so placing lighter would drastically improve overall intonation. Make sure your violin is in tune as your D string was quite a bit flat.

    Technical Tips – Another thing I would suggest is make sure that you hold the bow properly with your pinky being on top of the bow as you move back and forth. I highly recommend watching my bow hold video and make sure your fingers are more over top of the stick. This will help you with moving the bow more fluently in tougher pieces.

    I highly recommend checking out any of the drills I have laid out in Chapter 5 from my book here. This would be great practice for any students out there looking to improve their skills. Overall great work for 2 months!

    Overall Grade – B+

    #3275 Reply

    sumta
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    thank you for the feedback michael, i cant effectively use my pinky with the bow remember? i have a trigger finger effect, either the pinking will be slitting as you put it, or it will snap to grip what i’m holding. thats why my ring finger is doubling for this as per your suggestion months ago instead of learning to play left handed

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    benchanviolin
    Participant

    Good job, sumta, especially for 2 months of playing! I agree with Michael’s observations – I would suggest getting a tuning app on your phone/mobile device so you can make sure that your strings are in tune – your D string was so flat that it would probably read as a C on a tuner! Tuning is tricky but very important whenever you begin practicing – definitely tune before each session! Otherwise, I congratulate you on your brave attempt and look forward to your next one!

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I forgot about that regarding your finger. In that case you are doing the best you can. Keep up the good work!

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    Cynthia
    Participant

    I can’t wait to do basic scales. I’m just starting so I’m practicing my bow hold and how to hold the violin. Your video has inspired me!

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    sumta
    Participant

    awwwww, thank you 🙂

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