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    This was a few months ago. ;). Thanks Toni


    Michael Sanchez
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    Thanks for posting! You are doing a great job creating a good sound in many areas! I wasn’t able to see your left-hand clearly, but I could tell your intonation was good in most spots. What I would suggest to work on (and I give a lot of students this tip) is for you to use more index finger in the stroke. Right now what you are doing is using your upper arm and forearm to guide the stroke, which causes bow bounces in some areas and unnecessary accents. Here are the top 3 drills I would work on which should explain everything about the index finger as the motor of your bow stroke.

    Motion of the Index Finger
    The Index Drill
    The Wall Index Drill

    Once you start understanding more about how to use the index, you will be able to move the bow faster, and not feel like you are working so hard! Overall great job–thanks again for posting a video!


    • Contribution Score 31

    Your phrasing was unhurried & song-like, as if you were singing from the inside.
    Well done !


    • Contribution Score 281

    I like your sound and you’re really into the piece! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


    • Contribution Score 91

    Very nice sound, one of my favorites.


    John Henry Adams
    • Contribution Score 15

    Great job. I didn’t I hear one mistake. Cool song. One of my favorite.


    William Bickerstaff
    • Contribution Score 290

    It is good that you are not afraid of using the whole bow.


    Celia Levy
    • Contribution Score 48

    Good job! I love this song.


    Danny Block
    • Contribution Score 28

    Really nice long tones, and use of the whole bow. That “bounce” in the down bows that you get occasionally can be helped by loosening up yor wrist and leaning on your index finger a little bit. Like letting the weight of your index finger be supported by your bow.


    • Contribution Score 41

    Good job! Occasionally, your bow whistled a little, which means you were either using too much bow or not enough pressure. As you practice, you can listen for that and adjust your bow arm. 🙂


    Emi Smith
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    One of my very favorite songs! It sounds great, and you did a great job keeping in time. I find for me personally that slower songs are always hard to keep the right pace, so bravo!


    • Contribution Score 98

    I sense you feel the music. You play with good expression. keep up the good work. I think you’re going to be great! 🙂


    Dianne Adkins
    • Contribution Score 325

    Love this song! You played it really well. I especially love the little curl at the end of the phrase! So, for feedback, since I couldn’t see your hands, I would only say maybe you could get more tone, as the bow seems to be only skimming the surface of the string, rather than maintaining consistent depth of tone from beginning of the stroke to end of the stroke. One way to start thinking about improving this is thinking about the position of the elbow. Since the bow grip is often very hard to master, players often tend to ‘carry’ the bow with the arm positioned above the stick of the bow. Ideally, the bow arm is below the hand. This means you can use the weight of your arm in a relaxed position to provide depth of tone into the string. Try placing your bow on E. Then roll the placement of your fingers back so your elbow is hanging naturally next to your side. Then play on E without raising the elbow. Now play on A, but leave your arm and elbow down where it was for E. Just lift the hand up toward A, but leave elbow on E. Elbow should always be one string lower than the string you play on.

    Another good exercise for strengthening the bow grip is to begin again on E, set a relaxed E string elbow. Then raise the bow above the string on which it sits 4 times, extending the arm above your head and then back on the string. Sort of like push ups! But you’re setting the bow grip while the bow is sitting on the string, relaxing the elbow, then raising the hand up with bow grip intact, as elbow follows going up and leads returning to the original on the string position. Do this on all strings, noting the elbow stays below the hand when reaching up and returning to the string.

    Finally, elbow placement is most often trickiest during string crossing. So for clean string crossings, look in the music for the notes involving a string crossing. Then practice that without fingers, open strings only, making sure the elbow isn’t making unnecessary movements, or there isn’t some unnoticed bowing problem. Once you’re sure your bow is functioning properly, then add the fingering back and it should be clean and good tone.

    Thanks for sharing your video!


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    Nice interpretation and also the song ! It sounded a bit scratchy at some point but it’s fine at all ,good job !


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    Good job. 🙂


    Sherry Keef
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    I think you did an awesome job with this song.


    Madelyn Presley
    • Contribution Score 10

    Very pretty! If I knew more of the words to the song, I’d be singing right along with you! (Though I did with what lyrics I do know…)


    Sherry Keef
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    I truly enjoyed this song and you were awesome. Keep up the good work.

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