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    Dianne Adkins
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    Here’s the thread I was referring to Petra. Look for my post with video.

    #13673 Reply

    Petra
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    Thank You very much Dianne for replying that soon. I measured the size of my violin like you said. Hmm… I feel like my elbow bents right and my palm doesn”t feel to close to my face (if I did it right). Still I noticed that knuckle of my first finger is tuching a tunning peg (a lot). It feels really wierd. I am not sure if that is supposed to be that way.
    I don”t know if my shoulder rest is problematic. It bends when I put my head down. I feel very scared when I practice holding my violin only with my head because I think that my violin is about to fall every second. One time I played on other violin with different shoulder rest that doesn”t bent a bit and feels very firm and I still felt uncomfortable. I don”t know if I felt that way because I just needed to adjust to it or…? How can I fix my problems ( if they really are problems)? Hope You will find time to give me some answers and tips. I really appreciate it.
    With respect
    Petra

    #13674 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
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    Hi Petra, if you can post a picture of your left hand here, to show me how your knuckle touches the peg, I can help you better. It seems an easy solution would be to bring the left hand in line with the beginning of the neck. If you are playing low 1 (B Flat, F natural, for example) sometimes the knuckle might touch a peg but that’s ok. When you play regular 1 (B natural, F sharp, etc), your hand should be clear of the pegs. You are in ‘first position’. The thumb is opposite the base of the first finger. None of the thumb extends up above the fingerboard. The hand is approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch away from the peg box. Set 1 on A to play B natural. When the first finger sits down on the fingerboard comfortably, in a square shape, this is where your first position hand should be. Keep this position when playing flats. Just extend the finger back but not the whole hand.

    As to the shoulder rest bending when you put your head on it. If it is touching the violin in the middle at that moment, this is not good. It can scratch your instrument. It also can cause buzzing. And it can muffle the vibration of a good sound coming from your violin. Please tell me what kind of shoulder rest are you using? Don’t let go of the violin with the left hand until we sort out why your shoulder rest feels insecure. Once you get a shoulder rest that works, you can practice letting go with the violin over your bed, so if you drop it, it will land on a nice soft mattress. Once you have a shoulder rest that works, and an environment that you feel makes a dropped violin safer, then you must overcome the fear and work on this one thing. It is the most important thing in your playing right now. If you don’t address this, then later when you do shifting, vibrato and more advanced playing, you will have troubles.

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    Here are the shoulder rests offered at Superior Violins.
    < a href=”http://www.superiorviolins.com/kun-original-violin-shoulder-rest?acc=eccbc87e4b5ce2fe28308fd9f2a7baf3″>I use the KUN Violin Shoulder Rest and recommend it to all my students.

    #13675 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    < a href=”http://www.superiorviolins.com/kun-original-violin-shoulder-rest?acc=eccbc87e4b5ce2fe28308fd9f2a7baf3″>I use the KUN Violin Shoulder Rest and recommend it to all my students. Sorry the forum is not allowing me to edit my own posts at the moment. So I am reposting this link for you.

    #13676 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    < a href=”http://www.superiorviolins.com/kun-original-violin-shoulder-rest?acc=eccbc87e4b5ce2fe28308fd9f2a7baf3″>I use the KUN Violin Shoulder Rest and recommend it to all my students.

    #13677 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    K that’s just weird. Sorry lol

    #13825 Reply

    Once i read an article on Stringsmagazine about how to develop a warm and pure vibrato, what makes I confuse is “If you experience uneven rhythm and distance, try eliminating any counting of beats. The pendulum that is inherent in a vibrato relies on a different rhythm from our usual metronomic counting system.” Ater trying to practice the movement without bow hand at the fast speed, I find it hard to vibrate slowly from 2 per bow or 4 per bow, my fingers tend to tense up to follow the counting of beats. Would you give me some advice? Can I vibrate smoothly and quickly without counting beats?

    #13828 Reply

    vixxy501
    Participant

    Getting it to not sound nervous.

    #13853 Reply

    Caroll
    Participant

    I get discouraged because I tense up after a short while. Also, my hand aches (yes, I know, too tense!). Sometimes I think I am getting it, and then when I play with the orchestra at church I can’t do it and still keep up.

    #13857 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    Nguyenthienchan, please make sure you read the thread I posted about vibrato. Scroll up a little and find the link in a big box. It says: What’s Important When Starting to Learn Vibrato.

    I’m not 100% sure about the problem you are having, but I can give some general ideas. I don’t advise using a metronome, but I have had students practice a vibrato motion with measured, slow vibrato motions. Keep this in mind: If what you are doing is too hard, simplify it. So I have students do this simple arpeggio, two long 1/2 notes per note, slow, big tone, memorized.

    D3, A1, A3, E2 (g natural), E3, E4, E3, A3, A4, A3, A1, D3

    Once memorized, roll each finger back and TO the pitch, rhythmically, TWICE. Two rolls per note/ bow. Third finger is easiest, because it is a weak, loose finger. One is tight. Four is weak and distant. Both those fingers are less easy. Two should be pretty easy also.

    When that’s easy, double the rhythm, rolling four times on each note/bow. After that, you will double it again, but you wont count rolls, you will just double the motion speed.

    If you are finding that your fingers are tensing up still, please simplify. Practice vibrato on A3 only. Make sure you are doing the right motion. (refer to the link above) and then, release the violin thumb from the neck so that during the A3 vibrato, you are only touching the violin with the third finger tip. Let me know if this helps you!

    If you dont want to measure the rhythmic rolls, practice vibrato motion without a timed beat, but make sure it is wide enough and still slow. Keep the thumb in place. When you feel tension, release the thumb, continuing the vibrato motion. Eventually, do this on all strings, with all fingers. Good luck!!

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