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    William Bickerstaff
    #7145 Reply

    Michael Sanchez

    Very good job Will! You have a very fluid bow stroke! Your left hand is very good–good finger angles your fingers are being placed very efficiently. For those that watched this video, Will is able to play the song fast and cleanly because of his left hand being so efficient. Good job!

    What I would say that could be improved Will would be getting your hand more on top of the bow so that you can cross strings cleaner. Try using more index finger to guide the stroke especially in situations the quick crossover. You are using your arm slightly too much in a few spots where you have rapid string crossings. This is my best drill that would help you achieve more muscle memory in this area: The Wall Index Drill

    The only other thing I would say Will is try using more 4th fingers in more spots–it would avoid you having to cross strings so often. I think your playing is also well above the quality of your violin–that would be my last observation. :). Great job overall–this was the first time I’ve seen you play!

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    Hi Will, you played this very beautifully! I’ve been practicing this piece recently too but you play it way faster than I can. Nice job! 🙂

    #7201 Reply


    Great work! Your posture is perfect, in sitting position, hand position, and bow grip. You pay careful attention to accidentals and dynamics as well, you can hear the swells in the ascending runs. Very good work, keep it up!

    #7285 Reply

    William Bickerstaff

    Thanks y’all. I will be checking that Wall Index Drill out. This video was made before I started taking lessons a few weeks ago.

    #7293 Reply


    Dude, that rocked! I wished I could play it that well, but I make too many mistakes. Just a couple of ideas.

    First, do you use bifocals or even trifocals? I found I couldn’t reliably see the music without squinting, even with a new prescription. I think that’s because those lenses depend on being able to move your head so you can look through that tiny bit that is right for the viewing distance. When you play violin you can’t move your head: it’s clamped to the fiddle. So I had my eye guy set me up with violin playing specs. I keep them in my fiddle case. ^_^

    Second, what do you think about your down bow bounce? Don’t know if you were just nervous or if that’s a problem you’re working on, but I *think* it’s caused by your bow hand form. I like your wrist, but I think your fingers are too close together, If you space them just a tiny bit more apart, something like a quarter finger’s width, I think you’ll have less down bow bounce. You probably already know the little finger is your stabilizer and shock absorber, right? 🙂

    #7366 Reply

    William Bickerstaff

    hmoulding I am a trifocal man. I have thought about getting a pair of “fiddler specs” just as you have already done. In the meantime, I have been trying to memorize each piece I play so that I am not so dependent on the sheet music on the stand.
    Part of the bow bounce is nervousness before a camera, but not so much when I play for others (live performances). You may be right about the finger spacing of my right hand. I’ll try to remember that as I practice.

    Thanks for all the constructive comments, y’all.

    #8399 Reply

    Celia Levy

    I love this song and you did a great job. I love playing this piece since I found out that’s how Paul McCartney started the song Blackbird by messing up the second half of the song or got the first part wrong.

    #8401 Reply


    Good job Will. That was really well done.

    #8481 Reply

    William Bickerstaff

    Thanks y’all…. practice and don’t give up!

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