I first noticed this phenomenon when heard a very good violinist play a long time ago at a recital. At the time, I had just started playing the violin, and did not know a lot about what it actually took to create a decent sound.
The violinist who gave that recital was a good friend of my teacher at the time, and I heard him warm up about two feet away before his performance. I couldn't help but notice just how noisy and unpleasant he sounded close to me, but when he performed from the stage about 20 feet away he was outstanding.
Lately I've been recording myself occasionally, and what I've noticed is that my sound in the recording is actually more focused and direct if I played more "edgy" under the ear as opposed to if I played timidly. Am I imagining things or is this actually a thing? How can one evaluate one's sound objectively and make adjustments based on what you hear while playing the violin?
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