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  1. Thanks for taking time to reply. I will try with the 2nd finger in 2nd position. I do see the logic behind it. (I used the 3rd position because I saw someone doing this on a YouTube video).
  2. I am working on Allegro moderato from Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75. I am starting piece with 1st finger in 3rd position on A string (D), then place down my third finger (F). Next want to shift down to first position and end up with my 2nd finger on D string(F). Question: When shifting down and crossing string at same time do I shift down on existing string or new string.... That is, do I shift down on the 3rd finger on the A string into 1st position and then place my 2nd finder on D string or.. should I place my 2nd finger on D string and slide down on the D string. Any help appreciated.
  3. Thanks for your entry. I went to their website but they only make violins. However, I sent them an email to see if they could recommend an electric cello supplier.
  4. I currently play an electric violin and like it very much. One of my desires to fool around with the cello. As I am not too sure what my commitment level will be, would like to buy an entry level electric cello that is not too expensive, just in case I find it doesn't work out. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Example, Ebay links or manufacturer's links. Here are some links in Ebay that I have recently reviewed: http://cgi.ebay.ca/New-4-4-Full-Size-Elect...DefaultDomain_0 http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEW-PRO-CONCERT-FULL-SI...bayphotohosting
  5. quote: It is not a trick of the middle finger, and the point is not to show that there should be no tension in the thumb. The exercise is to sensitize the fingers to the bow, and to feel what role the fingers have with the bow. I have been guided to do this exercise by an old violist in his late 80's who has brought numbers of people to performance level in his lifetime. It is very helpful even for a violinist. You do this exercise moving the bow around at different angles to the floor, preferably over a bed if you're afraid of dropping the bow, and it's amazing how much better you play afterward. I know this is a bit off topic, but, curious if you could describe this exercise.
  6. Thanks for clarifying the point about the thumb. That makes me feel better and less intimidated to learn this new approach.
  7. Here are some violin video questions and answers that may help you. In particular look at the answer to "Ottokar Novácek: Perpetuum mobile". I explains the technique for string crossings. http://media.virtuosi.fi/users/pdonner/saresto_04/ Also www.violinmasterclass.com has a lot of videos on how to hold the bow and how to increase flexibility of the hand. Another resource is YouTube.com. Search on "Yehudi Menuhin lessons". There are good lessons on how to hold the bow and practise flexibility of the fingers. Look specifically at the 3 part videos on lesson 2 of 6 right hand. Hope this helps.
  8. I also find if the humidity drops (example, during the winter, with no humidifier in case), that my pegs shrink slightly and the instrument will go out of tune easier. So.... keeping a constant humidity solves that problem for me.
  9. I think I understand the idea that the left thumb "balances" rather than "holds" the violin. The part I find difficult to understand is how Menuhin can hold the violin for short periods of time without his thumb holding it up. He did this during the video when demonstrating that the thumb is not suppose to hold up the violin and also when he shiftsto an upper position. It almost looks like "magic" to me. As soon as I try to release the pressure off my thumb, my violin falls down so far that i can no longer play on it. To try to hold it up without my thumb, even for a short time would require me to exert a great deal of pressure from my chin onto the chin rest. Am i holding it wrong, or is this a matter of building up my muscles? Will this come with time?
  10. quote: i hold my viola and violin like menuhin does. let me say that this is the most comfortable way to hold the instrument, but it took me several months to learn this hold. it takes so long because you have to learn how to balance the instrument properly on the thumb. Thanks xdmitrix420 for your reply. I will try your "thumb" position at my next practise. How did you go about "learning this hold"? Are there specific steps or things I can do to learn how to properly balance instrument on my thumb? For example: Do you recommend I do the left hand exercises suggested by menuhin? Any tips are greatly appreciated.
  11. I have to admit, that I'm in the same situation as Krugwaffle, in that, if I try to play without the shoulder rest, I get stress on my thumb because it is bearing some of the weight of the violin. So I have taken the following approach: 1) I have adjusted my shoulder rest to allow me to hold my violin in a manner similar to what is shown in the video. 2) at the beginning of my practise time I spend a few minutes reviewing his video and trying the exercises without the shoulder rest. 3) then I put the shoulder rest back on and try to hold the violin in a manner as if it wasn't there. If I get more comfortable with this hold, over time I will descrease the height of the shoulder rest so I will become less dependent on it. So far, using this approach, I have seen an improvement in the position and freedom of my fingers. This has also resulted in an improved vibrato.
  12. The reason why I asked the question, is that in the video, he claims that a shoulder rest would impede the free movement of the left shoulder. Any comment on that? Also, is the ability to hold up a violin without a shoulder rest a product of anatomy, or is something that can be learned?
  13. I saw the following "violin hold" lesson on youtube -> Left Hand Lesson (Part 1) Questions: Does anyone hold the violin this way? This seems different that what I read in Galamian's book. I was taught to hold the violin between my thumb and the side of first finger. I tried to follow his instructions but am not able to support my violin without a shoulder rest. Is this possible? If so any tips on how to achieve this?
  14. As to the change... I am impressed how much the changing of the balance point improved the feel of the bow in my hand. As to the total weight, unfortunately I don't have an accurate scale to know what it actually is. I have learned a lot from this discussion and will be better prepared when I buy my next bow.
  15. Thanks to everyone for your input. From the specs given above... I can see that my bow is tip heavy. As a test, I added enough weight to the button to bring the balance point within above specs. This seemed to make the bow feel lighter in my hand and respond better. Hope this is not just my expectations playing tricks on me... Anyways... re new bow... I will have to do the hard work and visit the music shops in my town and try out as many bows as I can before picking one. I have used my current bow for over 25 years. I guess it is time for an upgrade.