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    Brandon.jones085
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    Recently I have been working on my vibrato and bow strokes. Taking it really slowly and trying to make sure I have a good foundation before I speed up at all. Last night, I noticed that my work is paying off and I began to notice a substantial amount of improvement. It’s a good feeling to see your hard work pay off. It seems like I have these moments about every one or two months and when I finally see and feel the improvement, I get excited about playing. Then it’s difficult to put my violin down. In my experience, playing the violin is so fluid. Some days I have no idea why my instrument doesn’t sound good, and others I can’t set it down. I was wondering how often other people notice their improvements and if they have a similar experience?

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    Fran
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    I m working on “C” major & “G” major scales in 3 books I have now. One of them has simple songs. I started out 30 minutes/day and now doing 40 minutes after about a month playing. However like today it went really pretty good compared to prior in the week and before I knew it 45 minuted had passed! So I stopped and am happy with my slight improvements. Thinking of taking lessons however Would probably help me improve much more plus stop any bad habits I now have.

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    Shiroi98
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    You can always do a weekly video recording of your progress and see how it goes from one week to another, I’m sure you will notice that you will be improving. Intonation mistakes show up in videos for some reason, when you’re playing close to the violin sometimes you might not realize it.

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    HDuaneaz
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    That’s great that your practice is paying off for you. I really like the structure of the practice sessions that Mike teaches. When was playing with Chandler Symphony, which is a really good orchestra in our area, I took violin lessons from Jack who is still the principal conductor. I thought he was old then, but that was 10 years ago, and he is still going strong. He would really get frustrated with me because I couldn’t relax my bow hand. He tried to help me by showing me how my hand should look when I am using the bow; however, I just couldn’t figure out how to make that happen. Jack told me if would never be able to play fast until I figure that out.

    Since I learned the quarter drill from Mike, I feel like I am having significant progress after only 13 days. Now, if someone saw me play, they may think my hand isn’t relaxed, but I tell you, there is definite improvement. I also have pretty bad nerve damage in both hands, so that doesn’t help. Sometime soon, I will post a video somewhere and let you tell me if the nerve damage is having a lot of effect.

    #16783 Reply

    Musicloverk
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    HDuaneaz where did you find the quarter drill from Michael? I don’t recall seeing it in the lessons. Could someone post a link to it? I also have had issues with relaxing. As a kid I freaked out when my teacher told me to relax my left hand. I was trying so hard and relaxing seemed like an oxymoron. The exercises and specific ideas instead of just a general instruction to relax are necessary for me. I also am seeing some progress with this.

    #16786 Reply

    Shiroi98
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    Quarter drills can be found here

    http://m.dummies.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-823829.html

    Michael is the author of Fiddle for dummies book 🙂

    #17521 Reply

    Musicloverk
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    Thanks. I tried it while bowing on open strings before you posted the link and was able to keep the coin balanced without much difficulty.

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