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    William Bickerstaff
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    I usually do this in 3rd position, but for some reason for this recording I didn’t. (video recorder nervousness I guess)

    #9817 Reply

    Emi Smith
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    Absolutely lovely! I wish I had more to say, but I just loved it all around. You picked a beautiful piece and played in beautifully. 🙂 bravo! <3 <3

    #9820 Reply

    Anteros
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    Very nice Will. Good job. 🙂

    #9832 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
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    I’ll pick on myself. A bit of problem with a bow bounce, but that is happening less and less. Intonation problem with one of the notes using 4th finger… and another one… don’t remember where.

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    Nicholas Guess
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    Beautiful! Love it!

    #9939 Reply

    Blueroseviolin
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    I enjoyed listening! This is one of the pieces I will be performing tomorrow at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day event. I will be reading off the sheets though, not playing from memory.

    #13429 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
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    I have a few Jewish friends, so when I mentioned that I will be playing this, they offer to accompany me on guitar.

    #13430 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
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    I played this one about a month ago before I had help from Dianne. The bow I am using is the one that broke.

    #13860 Reply

    Joanna Johnson
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    I love this piece! Very well done, Will! Your intonation and phrasing is great! I would recommend trying to stay a little more in the middle of your bow. Most of this piece was played at the tip, but try experimenting with different areas of the bow for different sounds and variation in dynamics. It should be easier to keep the bow connected to the string in the middle portion of the bow too. Violinists tend to jerk the bow or suddenly move the bow faster at string changes, but try to keep it slow and smooth to connect the notes a little more. If you can end the piece on a down bow, that will be the easiest way to end smoothly. Your left hand is working very well. The vibrato just sounds a little bit tight. I recommend some slow vibrato practice trying to keep the vibrato wide and even sounding one note at a time. Then bring it slowly faster trying to keep it wide and even. Another suggestion for vibrato: instead of going directly from an open string to suddenly a strong vibrato, try fading the vibrato in. Does that make sense? One more tip for your left hand: try adding a couple embellishments and maybe a few slurs.

    Blessings!

    Joanna

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    William Bickerstaff
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    Thanks… and the fading in vibrato makes lots of sense. I normally play this tune in 3rd position which eliminates the open strings, but alas, I, when I did this recording, was nervous in front of the video recorder and did the whole thing in 1st position and didn’t even think. I have since gotten over that nervousness. Also, since this recording, I have slightly changed my left hand/arm position by moving my elbow more under the violin so that my left hand is more relaxed and the vibrato is not so tight. I also adjusted the shoulder rest so that I only need the left hand for the finger board and my head and shoulders support the violin. (In this video I have the violin neck kinda clamped between my thumb and the knuckle of my first finger) Now, the knuckle is barely holding the violin so that it rubs the neck rather than clamping the neck allowing my vibrato to loosen up a bit.

    I still fight with myself to use more of the bow (getting away from the upper third all the time). I think I should invest in a mirror to watch myself. When I see it that way, I will more readily make the adjustments.

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