Tagged: Sabbath Prayer blueroseviolin
February 20, 2016 at 2:46 am #13464February 20, 2016 at 2:46 am #13465February 20, 2016 at 7:23 am #13467
Bluerose, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful rendition! So much good stuff going on here. Musically expressive. Relaxed whole body movements that enhance the performance and bow function. Vibrato. Excellent shifting. This was so very pleasant to watch, thank you! As the local ‘tipster’, I can think of two small things to focus on to improve your playing. One tip for each hand!
For the left hand, especially in this piece, which sounds yiddish, a wider, slower vibrato would be good. Your vibrato is fast and intense. And you’re going to need that for intense pieces. But for prayerful pieces, a wider vibrato will lend a more soulful sound to the performance.
For the right side, the bow elbow seems a bit high, most prominently leading on up bows. I suggest letting the arm drop and relax just a little. This will keep your bow arm from getting tired and when you’re playing on acoustic violin, you can use the weight of your arm to work on tone production.
It’s very hard to comment without making some suggestions about tone production, but while playing on electric violin, we really can’t get a good idea of what kind of tone production you are making. It seems such an integral part of violin playing, I hope you’ll consider playing acoustic violin too! Thanks again!
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Hi, Diaane. Thank you for the feedback. I am recovering still from a car accident in October which left me with a crushed left hand, (had four pins in it until December), and a broken rib on my right side. My main concern had been regarding the use of my left pinky, which I think I have overcome. I am aware of the issues you mentioned. My goal was to just to try and showcase the instrument a bit-which I hope with produce a better tone after using it awhile and adjusting settings on the amplifier. This was also the first time I used the Everest shoulder rest. Perhaps that contributed to the right arm height? I will try the piece again with my acoustic violin and incorporate your very helpful suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to view and review my post!February 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm #13512
Bluerose, my friend!!! You are so welcome! I’m so impressed with what you are able to do with the injuries you’ve described! I don’t know much about the electric violins, or how to make them sound better, but I don’t think a shoulder rest would effect bow arm function. I could be wrong about that. Just check when you’re playing up bow that the hand goes up first and the elbow follows. Not elbow first. Elbow leads on the down bow. It falls closer to the body, and the hand comes down after it.
If you can imagine yourself in the kitchen standing in front of a high shelf. On the shelf is a cookie jar 🙂 You reach for the cookies. As you reach, the hand goes up and the elbow follows. Now you have a cookie. YAY! As you pull down, the elbow falls first and the hand follows. This is very natural, just the way our body works. If you reach again, trying to let the elbow go first, you see how awkward and ‘inefficient’ is that approach to cookie stealing. 😉 The same is for violin. On the UP bows, let the bow hand go UP first, if you spend enough bow, your elbow will also rise to follow the hand. As you pull DOWN bow, the elbow leads first and the hand follows. Two main objectives are in play. One, to use the body in as natural a motion as possible, similar to other activities in life. Two, to always keep the elbow under the hand, whether on UP or DOWN bows.
I look forward to chatting with you again soon!
Electric Violins at Superior Violins!February 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm #13521
I love the analogy! I was thinking that perhaps the shoulder rest causes me to hold the violin too high, thus causing my bow arm to elevate as well? I will try the cookie jar cookie stealer visualization anyway. I really did expect the violin to have a bigger sound… I had the opportunity to choose the skull edition, but am not a fan of skulls, nor could I envision myself playing on one of those at Synagogue or at a Holocaust-related event, both of which I do frequently.
Thank you , again.