Technical advice for a better sound(video link posted)
Hi, I would like some technical advice to improve my sound. I have a video of me playing.
What I've noticed:
Left hand: Sometimes a bit tense, my vibrato is a bit tight, and I should try to make it more relaxed. When I shift, I tend to be a little bit sharp.
right hand: I'm trying something new with the bow arm, I try to lift a little bit near the frog. Is this the correct thing to do?
Which exercises or etudes should I do. Thanks!
What quality in particular would you like to hear from your sound that you are not getting?
Hi Lydia, so sound is very subjective. However, objectively I think my sound is not very rich when I play forte. I think my sound quality gets weaker briefly when I do bow change at times, and I want to sustain that better and play more cleanly in general. So one place in particular that I didn't like about my own video is at 0:22-0:25. Other than the fact that it is slightly sharp and that I had to mask the intonation with vibrato, then correct it, I used a lot of bow when I am on the E string, but it kind of doesn't have that zing kind of sound that I am looking for. I tried to slow it down, and mentally visualize the bow change, but still not getting that crispness that lots of violinists have.
I just got bummed yesterday by my own shitty sound at a solo performance and came here for some comfort - and LO AND BEHOLD, the first post is about sound.
Probably the first thing I would do is limit the amount of open strings that you allow, especially given that you're using consistent vibrato and seem comfortable shifting.
For exercises , I think the piece itself is the best exercise, but you might try kreutzer #1 to reinforce the slow, concentrated bowing concept.
Have you never done a solo performance before?
Hi Erik, thanks for the feedback. I am usually comfortable with playing near the bridge on scales, and open strings, but not as much in pieces. I will try to do some slow practicing transitioning between sounding points to see it it helps me get better results. I also have the same problem as Tony. I think what helps me is to have a good get ready sequence, and practice that many times.
Shawn in your response to Lydia you said you want a richer sound. Well first of all your sound is pretty good to start with, at least I think so. It's a little monochromatic. Schmaltz doesn't come from your heart -- it comes from your hands. You just have to make it happen. My hint is that you have room to exaggerate a little more.
Shawn - I agree with Paul on the bow usage.