Thursday, July 14, 2011
Since March, I've redirected my 30-60 minutes of daily violin practice to a few 'non-hobby' endeavors. Fortunately, those things will be completed by September/October and I expect to resume practicing at that time. :)
Thanks for being patient!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Woo hoo! My new chin rest arrived and it's awesome!
The initial chin rest was fairly uncomfortable even after I made postural adjustments, so I decided to buy a different style: guarneri. It isn't perfect, but much better; I no longer struggle to hold the violin. I think this style works [for me] because it lies over the tailpiece (center-mounted) and allows me to 'hook' onto the chin rest. I may try the ohrenform style if the guarneri doesn't hold to my expectations. My jaw margin is a bit bony too, so I'll continue to use a soft cloth over the chin rest as well.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Though I'm anxious to begin playing a song, I prefer to spend the next couple of weeks correcting some handling issues I've seen. I'm also learning left hand positioning and there's a lot of minor but very important details I need to work on. ...My left hand has a mind of its own... I swear it's primitive. So I'll spend the next couple of weeks working to liberate my left hand from the right and training it. Libre mi mano!
Tune in next week for my first intonation video!
Monday, February 21, 2011
A bit overdue... but here's a vid of my "first bow strokes". The clips are from Feb 7th to Feb 20th.
There was great amount of improvement over 2 weeks - much more than I would have anticipated. I practice about 30 minutes/day and it's actually paying off - it's nice to now see my bow hand relaxed and extension with my elbow [instead of moving my upper arm]. At times, I'd rest my left arm against my body for support, but I stopped doing that very early from what I just watched... My posture was also off a bit initially - I'd tilt my head instead of turning my neck to hold the violin. So yeah, there's been a lot of improvement and much more to come!
I've learned to bow at the frog and tip, so I'll work on whole bow strokes this week. Hopefully I'll have enough time to get to left-hand placement over the weekend.