progress..

said: Jul 28, 2006
 20 posts

Been practicing an hour a day now for a couple of months (although I’ve pretty much only practiced scales the last month) and I’m now on the “Gavotte from Mignon” in Book 2. This is a really difficult piece for me. Fourth finger obviously needs strengthening. Intonation is getting better and better but the second part in this piece (when it changes to Bb major instead of G major) is tricky. Still haven’t seen a teacher but I feel I’m making good progress. May see a teacher at the end of book 2, depending on how I feel I’m doing.

One question.. as you go higher up a string, you need to press harder with your fingers to push down the string. It’s really hard to get intonation right when you have to press so far down. Should I have the bridge lowered? The E string is approx. 5 mm from the fingerboard (at the end). I have a feeling this height could be the cause of some excessive bow bouncing too.

Thanks!

Connie Sunday said: Jul 28, 2006
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

vlthomas

One question.. as you go higher up a string, you need to press harder with your fingers to push down the string. It’s really hard to get intonation right when you have to press so far down. Should I have the bridge lowered? The E string is approx. 5 mm from the fingerboard (at the end). I have a feeling this height could be the cause of some excessive bow bouncing too.

Thanks!

There is absolutely NO way of telling via email. You should take it to a luthier (violin repair/maker expert) and have them look at it. BTW: don’t you have a teacher?

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said: Jul 29, 2006
 22 posts

I suppose that the higher up you go, the farther down you would have to press because the fingerboard is getting ‘lower’-but I’ve never really thought about it. The fact that you are concerned about it means that something most likely could be done about it. Congrats! Gavotte from Mignon is one of my favorite Book 2 songs :D

“Practice! Practice until you go crazy….then do it five more times.”

said: Jul 29, 2006
 32 posts

The measurement at the end of the fingerboard up to the E string is to be 1/8 inch. 5 mm is a bit high, if I am doing my conversion correctly, but not tons….
Fingerboards can’t be too low, as then they would buzz in the lower positions.
There are, of course, many adjustments that can be made to a violin. Where did you get yours from?

said: Jul 30, 2006
 20 posts

Thanks, guys! I’m taking it to a violin builder tomorrow to have it checked. I bought it off of Ebay for $200. It’s a chinese violin. Probably one of the crappiest you can get, but I bought a nice new bow for it that cost about the same as the violin. Also got new strings for it. Had a quick checkup at a violin builder but I don’t think he was very competent so I’m taking it to a new guy.

Gavotte from Mignon is indeed a great piece, and challenging too! I’m getting there, though. Practicing my intonation in the Bb part. Earlier on I’ve always gone with the open string instead of 4th finger whenever I was given the option, and I see now that may have been a bad idea as my fourth finger has hardly had any practice at all.. so I’m trying hard to get it up to shape now.

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