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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Do you need a new block of rosin? If you post at least 5 good questions about the violin in the forum this week, I’ll ship one your way! I need some fuel to post great answers here in the forums.

    #2615 Reply

    clark
    Participant

    Hi Michael, I have a electric and a acoustic and i am wondering how to decide if i need to replace my strings? When i bow it sounds scratchy and i am curious if its my bowing or my strings or both its mostly my E string on the acoustic but it could be rosin as well? I was also wondering about my electric cause it has synthetic strings where my acoustic is silver core?

    #2647 Reply

    Madelyn Presley
    Participant

    Hi, Mr. Michael! I have recently picked up violin playing again. Either today or yesterday, I noticed that when I play a slow song on my violin, I sound very squeaky, shaky, and am prone to hitting other strings when I’m not on them. When I get to a faster song or part in the song, it sounds fine. I don’t think my former violin teacher ever taught me how to correct it. My question is, how do I not sound squeaky and shaky when I’m playing a slow song? Also, how do I keep from accidentally hitting the other strings when I’m not on them?

    #2818 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    These are all great questions Maddie. Everything you are saying relates to how you manage bow tension, which is something I preach heavily about as a teacher. Everything you are saying makes sense that you are perhaps pressing up against the bow too tight with your thumb, pinkie and/or arm, which makes it easy to get a bow bounce when the speed of the bow is going slow. The way you cross strings is also important as this can easily be done with your bicep, instead of just a drop in the arm.

    Since there is so much to say about this, I’ll start by suggestion this video for you to watch. Learn how to create a clean sound across the strings.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg so I would suggest attending a webinar class where I can help you further. I constantly teach about these concepts so you can be assured you will come out feeling a lot more confident about your playing!

    #2958 Reply

    Madelyn Presley
    Participant

    Interesting! Thank you! Are the classes at a specific time everyday? Also, what are the different classes and what would you suggest that I begin with?

    #2995 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Maddie, I just started doing a consistent schedule for the webinar classes. You can enroll and get a link to each class via email, by signing up on the webinar sign up page. My suggestion would be for you to aim conservatively regarding your ability level (easy class is better to start with), as you can always work your way up. I setup some the webinars so that you can jump into the next class if you found the previous class wasn’t advanced enough.

    #3028 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    hi michael! ok! here goes! 1) i haven’t really counted before and i’ve been playing for 10 yrs. my counting is atrocious.what would u recommend as a next step? my teacher says “the counting will come.” as he gives me schindler’s list in 7th position lol.they keep putting me by myself in my chamber group and i’m completely lost even tho i’m a pretty good player otherwise.

    2) should i be learning each scale one at a time w/exercises? would that help me remember them?i mean, since feb. i have learned 5 scales in three octaves.the problem is, i only know them if i am looking at the paper because the all shift at different times and some go up higher than others. how can i learn them better?

    3) do u think it is better to practice in the morning or later in the day? i’ve heard conflicting views.

    4) have you ever heard of “the bulletproof musician?” my friend just started sending me their emails. i ask because, remember i told u i was a bag of nerves in the beginning of my lessons? the last email addressed this by a psychologist who is on the faculty at juliard. i thought that was interesting.he has an online course but it costs a few hundred dollars. it may be worth it…(it may also help me to want to do recitals too…)

    5)i noticed that since i started playing with a real shoulder rest (used to have like a little shoulder pad thing) that when i play on the e string sometimes my bow hits my leg. what is up with that? i showed my friends and they said “i dunno. i don’t have that problem.” i’m too embarrassed to ask my teacher such a basic question even though i haven’t played in 25 years. should i be sitting with my right leg extended?

    #3029 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Jodi…could you post each one at a time in different areas of the forum? That would help people find the question and answer better. Thanks!

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