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Jerry Wright
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Musette Video (4.5 months playing - 49 year old beginner)
Hello everyone,

I'm excited to start Suzuki Vol. 2.  Took me over a month to pass Gavotte, but my instructor finally let me move on. 

Here is my current performance of Musette (Song 2, Vol. 2).  What do you see that I need to work on?

Thank you for the great site and learning opportunities that you provide.

Jerry Wright
8 Responses
Posted: April 23, 2017
Last Comment: April 27, 2017

Elke Meier
Posted: April 27, 2017
Interesting, Jaime! That was exactly the title under which I have filed this in the Resources section :). Yes, I always think it is amazing that in each video answer there is something new, even though you would think that the topics repeat themselves. I really like them too! 

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: April 27, 2017
I agree indeed Jerry! You are evolving by leaps and bounds!

Its always so amazing that Beth will take time from her ultra busy schedule to video respond! I always enjoy them and learn always something new! My take home message in this one was about the bow in motion, with string crossings and keeping the fluidity at the elbow! So important!

You are doing superb and I hope I can see more of your videos! You are progressing exceptionally well! Keep it up! :0)

Jerry Wright
Posted: April 26, 2017

WOW!!!, I was not expecting that.  Thank you so much for the personal video response.  I can see and I understand the things that you're pointing out and will concentrate on them in my practice. 
I do appreciate the positive comments, it helps to know that I'm at least making some progress. 

I love and appreciate the website and the opportunities that you are providing.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 26, 2017
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Ted Adachi
Posted: April 24, 2017
Hi Jerry,
I think you are doing great.

You might want to watch your bow patterns on this song. Most phrases start with an up bow.

Like you, around 5 months in I really noticed how little bow I was using and started to play with more full bows. But don't do like me! I really wasn't careful and most of my bow action came from the shoulder. Right now, your elbow looks really good and flexible so as you add more bow, be concious of flexing your elbow (and not locking your elbow and moving from the shoulder) to add more bow. 

Watching yourself playing in the mirror, keeping an eye on your shoulder and elbow as you play helps a lot.

Jerry Wright
Posted: April 24, 2017
Mohammed and Barbara, thank you for the constructive critique.  I will start working on these areas. 

Barbara Habel
Posted: April 24, 2017
Hi Jerry
In addition to what Mohammed said I would suggest you try longer bowstrokes in this piece. This will bring out the sound of your violin more. As this is quite difficult in the beginning try the longer bowstrokes on open strings as Mohammed suggests.

Once you have mastered the longer bow strokes in the music you can try alternating long bowstrokes (forte) with short bow strokes (piano).

Your playing is excellent for 4 1/2 months playing. Keep up the good work.

Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: April 24, 2017
Hi Jerry,

It's good to hear you playing.  Great stuff.  Couple of areas to watch for:
1. your bow keeps skidding down toward the fingerboard: I suggest you practice long bows and watch your position.  You need to provide a bit more weight on the bow
2. Your hand position: As you bow up and you reach the frog, your hand need to be bent to make sure you maintain a straight bow.

Look at videos from Beth's Library to learn more about the above.  Good Luck!