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    William Bickerstaff
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    Played rubato

    #12931 Reply

    Blueroseviolin
    Participant

    Flawless! I usually play it with an accompaniment CD.

    #12944 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    Thanks for the comment, but…
    Well, I did have a small problem with my intonation, but I slid that finger in there. As far as using a CD accompaniment, I play this tune rubato, so I would need a live accompanist who could keep up with my tempo changes.

    #12946 Reply

    BethanyViolin
    Participant

    I love this tune! It’s a beautiful melody line and you can really get that “ethnic” sound with some ornaments!

    #12947 Reply

    Blueroseviolin
    Participant

    I liked the tempo changes and agree that you can’t play with that kind of freedom with a CD accompaniment. I was not implying that you should do it that way, just sharing my own experience. Sorry if I offended you.

    #12948 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    No offense… just an observation of my own style with this piece and the difficulties of playing it with a CD accompaniment. I do use them for other stuff… when I can find them or a backing track online, especially blues backing tracks.

    #12951 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
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    Such a beautiful, haunting melody! Thank you for sharing this. It’s a great piece! I want to get that music for a couple of my students. Meanwhile, WOW. I loved your expressive playing. I think your rubato was just right! I swear, I was nodding at every stage of this performance. Just as I was thinking, “oh wouldn’t it be nice to add a little ornamentation on this repeat”, you did that! It made the second time around interesting, where a simple, straight repeat would have typically lost the interest of your listeners. Such a nice job!

    May I suggest something completely off topic, regarding your vibrato? It’s already so good. But the base of the first finger of your left hand is stuck against the neck of the violin. The result is a vibrato that is inhibited. So, the objective is to be able to continue touching there but, as the hand waves toward your nose and away from your nose, the base of the first finger ‘rubs’ against the neck, moving forward and back with the rest of your hand.

    This is impossible to do, really, unless you hold the violin with your head only. Start by placing the violin on your shoulder and see if you can actually let go by dropping the left hand. If not, you’ll need to consider some solutions to help you do this. Maybe a shoulder rest or positional adjustment. If you want to submit another video, showing me how you hold your violin, say from the chin down at least (no worries! show all of you as you couldn’t be more self conscious than me!), I will gladly further advise you on that issue.

    After that’s all clear, practice some sirens. Place the first finger on any string. Now slide up toward your nose as far as you can go! Try without the bow, then with the bow. Go up and down. Drive your pets and family and friends crazy. It’s the most fun! Once sirens are easy with first finger, try them with other fingers!

    Here’s a summary: Hold the violin with head only, then sirens with all fingers, on all strings. Your vibrato is already excellent, but it is tight because of this one little detail. Great work!

    #12953 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    Thanks Dianne! I will give ‘er a try and then post another video of that…. sirens, if I understand your meaning, and all. I think my kitties might be interested in that also.

    #13087 Reply

    Nice one William. Liked it. You may focus on bow utilization. Use more part of it by having a more fluent bowing. Thank you.

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