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    William Bickerstaff
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    Here is, I think, the exercise(s) you suggested to me Dianne. Please let me know if I am doing them as instructed… too fast or just right. After that I will add them to my daily practice routine until I have them down as muscle memory. Thanks!

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    William Bickerstaff
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    It is easier to do vibrato like this with the elbow tucked.

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    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    William. If you were here, you’d be hearing my GOOD!’s and my OH MY GAH!’s. I am SO pleased at your progress on this one little thing. And it’s a big thing, actually, isn’t it? You did it PERFECTLY. Violin position. GOOD. Sirens. GOOD. Thumb moving with shift. GOOD. Intonation. GOOD. I mean you fixed EVERYTHING. And I hope you hear the difference, because anybody paying attention will be really impressed. Congrats! So what’s next?

    Well, keep doing this kind of practice, because as you try new things, this will backslide into old, comfortable habits. One other thing I want you to try while you’re practicing these shifts and slides, etc is to hold a bubble in your mouth. Fill your mouth with an imaginary bubble, not so much that your cheeks poof out, but just enough so that your jaw is open, but your lips remain together. Let me know how this goes!

    Also, just doing the motion of left hand in first position, without the violin, moving like a siren toward your shoulder till the pinkie tip touches your shoulder, or your ear… back down, and up about ten times. This let’s you look at the way the arm ‘pronates’ for upper positions, and the elbow goes further inward or under where the violin would be. Simple muscle memory exercises like this help make it easier when the violin is in place.

    Fantastic progress, William. I couldn’t be more pleased! I’ll be happy to provide feedback on anything else in future. Just message me if you want.

    #13052 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    No backsliding! I will add the exercises to my practice regime until they are “the way it is”. Thank you very much! I will continue to post here. Oh… and I’ve gotten over playing for the cold, unresponsive video recorder. It’s become another member of my audience, along with my cats and my teacher during my weekly lesson… and those waiting in the foyer awaiting their turn.

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    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    I wish these forums had a ‘like’ button, ha hah! Great attitude William!

    #13066 Reply

    DeaconBlue
    Participant

    Nice job William! I know it is supposed to sound like that, but how do you keep your wife from throwing you out of the house, and your pets from running away? I just tried it, and my best buddy (my 8 year old male Basenji dog – the breed that doesn’t bark) gave me a look that said “hey, I don’t bark and bother you,why are you doing that to me”, jumped off of the bed where he was snoozing while I practiced, and then ran out of the room!

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    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    My pets (kitties) kinda like it. They stick around. I’m divorced, but I found the person who is right for me… and it’s ME! My grandson is in school 5 days a week, plays outside year-round and my son doesn’t seem to mind, at least no complaints. When asked if I have a retirement plan I say “Why, of course! I plan on playing the violin.”

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