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Posted by Miss LoraLa on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This is such a fun instrument to play, it's just so hard to move the bow to another string without coming in contact with another one. Any suggestions on how to play better??

7 comments on “Violin”

notlwonk Says:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @3:21:20 PM

What helps me with that problem is......Play slowly and when it comes time to move to another string, stop and make a very deliberate adjustment and then play that string ,etc. Do that a few times and gradually increase your speed.

richdissmore Says:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @3:51:23 PM

try to keep the string your playing on the tip of your finger bow slowly it will come don,t give up do you have a teacher if you do that will speed thing up

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @6:16:57 AM

Wha? You're having problems with such an easy thing as bowing and string changes! Sheeeesh...okay, I guess I'll propound some o' my sagacious confabulation--if the other strings get grabbed by your bowstroke--play loudly! Make the other strings part of your tune! You gotta show this instrument that YOU are in control. It does not respect timidity.

nancymae Says:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @10:47:07 AM

I asked my teacher that very same question. She gave me an exercise that will help. It's called "Silent Bowing". You move the bow, contact with all the strings, one at a time, and try not to make a sound. Rock it from G to E...but without making a sound on any string. It helped me!

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @12:28:02 PM

Lora, getting control of the bow, is at least half of learning this instrument. Keep at it.

bj Says:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @2:13:17 PM

You might benefit from searching on the forum for the term "little circles" to learn more about string changes. And put in that woodshed time! Play often and have fun with it.

Miss LoraLa Says:
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @1:22:00 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions--they all sound like great tips!! & I'll be sure to try them all :) I don't want to give up, so I'll let you all know how I'm doing next time I'm on!! Thanks again.

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