February 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm #12852
Here is my first violin recital piece. Please give me your honest opinions, but be kind. What am I doing right and wrong?
I received my violin for Christmas, but broke the G string first thing. The bridge was tilted so I had to loosen the strings to stand it back up and over-tightened the G string. Since my local music shop sells mostly guitars and band instruments, they didn’t have any violin strings in stock. It took a week for the new set to arrive. So, it has been just a little over a month that I’ve actually been able to practice. I already play the guitar, ukulele and mountain dulcimer so figured the violin couldn’t be too hard. After all, you usually play only one note at a time. Ha ha! Well, I found out it isn’t that easy. The first couple weeks was mostly screeches and whistles.
The violin is a Cecilio electric, student quality. I got the electric so I could amplify the screeches and whistles! The bow isn’t great (better than nothing though) so a new bow will be my next investment. I am thinking of a carbon fiber one. Now that I know more about strings, I will also get a nicer set of strings. The violin itself, I am quite happy with. I am hoping a decent bow will make it even better.February 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm #12853
Can’t find the video or link…February 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm #12858February 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm #12860February 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm #12861February 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm #12862
I don’t know what I did differently this time, but my video “took”.
I would love your feedback!February 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm #12864
You have many talents! I think your intonation and bowing would improve tremendously if you didn’hold the violin so high. You might find that the sound improves and there will be fewer double-stringed notes. I am surprised at how relaxed your right shoulder is , which is a good thing. Watch some of Michael’s videos on proper positioning, and try it again. I think that will make a big difference and maybe save you some money on strings/a new bow!February 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm #13050
i really enjoyed your piece. i am an adult student too. i think the comment about not holding the violin so high is helpful. you seem very relaxed. I have the most trouble relaxing while playing, not being tense. keep going! i practice almost every morning, it is my favorite time of day.February 13, 2016 at 1:06 am #13060
Gayle, I liked SO much about this video. I liked that you had the piece memorized. (I think!) But most of all I loved the joyous smile on your face! Everyone becomes an angel when their head is on a violin 🙂 But your smile carried all the way through my screen!
So, I have to agree, the scroll of the violin is a bit high. I tell my students the scroll must be ‘cake eating’ high. Too high or too low and the cake rolls off! And then, you get no cake! The same happens to your bow. Too high and the bow travels over the bridge. Too low and it travels over the fingerboard. Although you kept very good control of bow placement, you had to work harder to do that, because of the super high position of your scroll. Try to level the scroll even with the height of your mouth (cake!). Test by letting go with the left hand. All good things begin with this getting fixed.
Sometimes we adjust position of the violin to better see the fingers. If this is the case, please challenge yourself to play eyes closed after re-positioning the violin to its proper level. When eyes are opened, look at the bow and listen to the fingers. This will train your ear, make bow control easier, allow you to develop tone and coordinate bow with fingers a lot better.
Feel free to ask me any questions or post another video! I’m always here to help!February 13, 2016 at 4:44 am #13076
Thank you, Diane! Today I played around with my shoulder rest. I had it adjusted too high so it ended up pushing my violin scroll end up. I think I have it adjusted better now. My strings now look parallel to the floor – even in a mirror. As soon as I learn another song, I will post it so you can see if it looks more level. That particular song was pretty simple, so I was able to memorize it (just repeats 4 times!). As they get harder, I will TRY to memorize them as well before I video tape them.
I am still not convinced I have the correct chin rest for me. I am currently using the typical chin rest that comes with student quality violins. It seems higher than it needs to be. I usually get my supplies from Amazon and they have a flatter, thinner rest that looks interesting. Any suggestions on one to try? I know you can’t tell without seeing me in person, but is there a chin rest shape that fits more people? This one works, but I am hoping another shape would be more comfortable and require less neck muscles to hold the violin up.
The only other question I have right now is about bows. Will a better quality bow (still under $100) make a real difference in sound quality? The one that came with the violin is pretty cheap. It must be plastic. It does have real horsehair, but doesn’t tighten or loosen like it should.
Thanks so much!
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