This is the opening phrase of what will eventually be a violin/flute duet that my sister and I will be playing in church in a few weeks. It’s been a few months since I last played, so that’s super awkward. I can definitely feel how hard I’m squeezing the fingerboard, but I can’t seem too loosen up without completely killing the sound. It’s a bit easier on the E string, which is why I made sure to stay on the lower strings for this. I noticed when I played it back that my bow isn’t perfectly perpendicular to the strings. That’s something I struggled with in high school, and I guess I never grew out of it. I know that’s probably contributing to the lameness of the sound. I haven’t been able to look around the site very much in the last month or so, so if there are any posts, forum threads, or videos that cover any of this, I’d love to know. Thanks in advance!
Ok. I can see you have skill. Two recommendations: Stand up straight. Stop swaying till you have mastered the piece. The bow is slipping to the scroll side. I think standing up straight will stop this. Try standing up against a wall or edge of a wall for a few mins before starting.