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  • #9400

    Joshua Lopez
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    • Contribution Score 15

    A video to see if my youtube account works and to get some feedback here. I’ve got a long way to go but I’m making progress daily.

    #9404

    Mona T
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    • Contribution Score 63

    Crossing strings is such a challenging thing, great job!

    #9418

    Anteros
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    • Contribution Score 162

    I agree with Mona – good job!

    #9419

    Joanna Johnson
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    • Contribution Score 28

    I just posted on this video via the Social Network part of this site, but I will copy what I said here: 🙂 Your intonation is very good for the most part! On the few arpeggios where you have more difficult keeping good intonation, I would recommend practicing them as double stops. The other suggestion I have is to keep your bow shoulder down and relaxed. You are working a bit too hard with your shoulder. Just lift and lower your arm, not your shoulder. That should help it feel a little more relaxed. You’re doing very well! Keep it up!

    Let me know if you have any questions about my suggestions!

    #9457

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Joshua, this is really a beautiful etude, thanks for sharing! As a beginner I cannot advice much 🙂 But I can say I love etudes and hope to play this etude too some day! Keep enjoying!!

    #9458

    Celia Levy
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    • Contribution Score 48

    Nice job, keeping working at it but it was really nice.

    #9460

    Cindy Wallen
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    • Contribution Score 1

    Nice. I heard you relax, instantly your intonation improved! Awesome job.

    #9466

    William Bickerstaff
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    • Contribution Score 290

    Nice string crossings!

    #9485

    thinkoutsidethebachs
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    • Contribution Score 41

    NIce job! You might try slowing it down and playing with a metronome to even out the rhythm. However, the rhythm was already fairly consistent! 🙂

    #9494

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

    Awesome! As a follow up to the suggestions offered by Joanna Johnson, specifically alternate ways to practice the arpeggios, I think playing them as chords is a great suggestion for fine tuning intonation. Re-create this piece by playing the bottom two notes of the arpeggio as a chord, on a long bow, for tone, followed by the upper two notes as a chord, for tone. Don’t go all through the piece, just a couple lines. You play this piece very well with very little intonation problems. But often in such a piece where the left hand is really challenged, I tell my students to eliminate the left hand all together. So one way to practices is slow, broken up chords — a new and beautiful piece! A second way for relaxing the string crossing is take the fingers away, and just do the exact bowing, open strings. Listen for tone. Attend to a proper bow arm motion with the elbow swinging freely and leading as the bow travels from G to E, and following the hand (staying under) as the up bow travels from E to G. Try it in reverse. Travel from G to E starting up bow, then down bow from E to G. Observe your movements in a mirror. Keep the shoulder relaxed. Sometimes playing the reverse makes as written seem easy. So much more can be explored with such a talented player and a challenging piece. But my final suggestion is to find the music beyond the technique of this piece. Hear the bottom notes stepping up, pull them a bit, cheat time, caress this ascending melodic movement with warm vibrato and sometimes a little more length than mere metronomic playing will allow. Conversely, consider the top of the chords, notes on the E string as ‘arriving’, completing, answering the melody apparent in the rising bottom notes. Again, make music of it. Vibrato, stretch time a little, make love to certain notes within the chord that change tonalities, give these emphatically to the listener, because he/ she might miss their beauty. So you have more than notes, bowings, fingerings, etc to achieve here. You already do that part. Now make the music as I have suggested here, one loving phrase at a time, building your own understanding of the composer’s intention, and improving your performance with each roll of the bow. Thank you for sharing this video. I always find it such a pleasure to see young men striving for brilliance. It’s a beautiful thing!

    #9549

    Joshua Lopez
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    • Contribution Score 15

    A follow up (it’s only been a day so I haven’t made a huge improvement so you may want to skip this one)
    Still I have been playing with a metronome and trying to relax in my right arm. This violin does have its own set of difficulties so things might seem especially weird.

    #9568

    Chrystal
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    • Contribution Score 30

    Great job at stringcrossings. Keep it up

    #9577

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Just saw your second version and I think it does sound better than the first one. Good luck with your etude!

    #9579

    Lionel Tan
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    • Contribution Score 4

    Hey dude! That was such a privilege to listen to! Thank you for that:) You have really good intonation i must admit. Maybe you can also try practicing double stop passages to accustom your finger to the distance between the fingerboard and what not:) You can try paganini caprice no.1 in double stops as a training or warm up it really does help playing them slowly and also to retain what violinists call muscle memory. One thing maybe i could say is your shoulder (the bowing one) is a tad high? maybe its just me i guess but i feel its a little stiff though? But anyways good job on the de beriot piece it is a challenging one!

    #10909

    Celia Levy
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    • Contribution Score 48

    Nice job. Keep up the wonderful work.

    #11065

    muslimviolinist
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    • Contribution Score 19

    Nice job!!! Good job with keeping the sound smooth as you cross strings.

    #11077

    tfeldkamp87
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    • Contribution Score 26

    This was truly amazing! Great job!

    #11117

    Lydia Tran
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    • Contribution Score 30

    Agree with the others above. Crossing strings is pretty hard, but you did an awesome job. Keep up the great work! (:

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