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    Yinmui
    Participant

    My first post, a video of me playing Vivaldi. Constructive criticism is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    #3803 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting Yinmui! You are doing a lot of things great including having excelent finger angles for fingers 1, 2 and 3. That means that you are not moving your hand to find notes with those three fingers. Good job! Your shoulder is quite relaxed when you are playing which is great, and for the most part had good intonation.

    Let me start by talking about left-hand. When you are putting down your 4th finger, do you notice how some of your other fingers are popping up in the air? This is because you are needing to put too much effort into placing the 4th finger based on not having your hand high enough. This adjustment would go a long way in helping you in being able to reach your 4th finger intonation. Do you notice that sometimes when you place your 4th finger down you miss your C natural that follows? That is because your hand is slightly moving as you place the 4, and thus putting you out of position. I know you have a good concept of finger angles, so this is just one adjustment I would make. I suggest watching these two videos that I put together on setting up the left hand, and my finger angles test.

    Regarding your bow arm, the biggest thing I would suggest doing is working more on elbow position as you change strings. There needs to be a quicker, more deliberate movement (kind of like shifting gears in a car). The right elbow should be above the instrument when you are on the G, even with the instrument on D, below the instrument on A, and close to your side on E. I noticed that you weren’t always clean with your crossovers, which would be corrected with a more active right elbow.

    Overall great job! These comments are all meant to be constructive. Keep up the good work and let us know if you are doing well with the adjustments!

    #3820 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    I really like this concerto of Vivaldi. Hope I will be able to play it too some day… Looks like a complicated piece. At least for me, since I’m a beginner. 🙂 I’m sure you’ve practiced a lot!

    I checked out those video links Michael sent you about the position of the left hand and they look very interesting. I’m going to work on that too!

    Good luck Yinmui!! Hope you will post an other video later on!

    #3823 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    @ Michael, the reason I lifted up my fingers when I play fourth finger is because as of now, my fourth finger can’t reach the correct place. I lift up the other fingers so I can reach further down the fingerboard. I am still learning to stretch it. I will definitely try to practice with my elbow above the instrument. Thanks!

    @ Mariko, you will get there soon! Just keep practicing. I don’t practice as much as I should, or want, always something else on my mind and I get distracted. Thanks for commenting and watching!

    #3855 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Yinmui. My suggestions regarding the 4th finger would be to get your hand higher so that you can reach it. If you force the stretch, this is where other notes can easily get out of tune, and although it seems like the only option, the better one would be to make this adjustment. Any time your fingers are lifting up, you are creating more tension in the hand which actually works against you to reach farther. You would think more effort farther reach, but it is actually the opposite.

    Hope that helps!

    #4496 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant

    I have this concerto in my bucket list (the stuff I want to play before I kick it) and I hope I can play it as well as you. Good job, and as Itzhak says… “Practice slowly”.

    #4584 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I don’t think there is any better advice one can give than practice slowly. Most students do not follow this advice! 🙂

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