@11:41 pm trying out new styles !!!!! .
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I did it! Woke up and thought.. No time like the presence .. do it now! So I got up, got dressed and off I went. So impressed with myself. I ran for a total of 8 minutes. Nearly didn't do the last run but then thought... think of the abs that are coming through 😁 what have you done this morning? 🤔🤩
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Larsen Il Cannone went on without a hitch! But later in the process of retuning, I was flustered, thought I was turning the A peg, and snapped the E (pictured here installed, before it was broken). I guess it was inevitable. I'd never snapped a string before, and I was in an uncomfortable setting dressed from recording and in bright lighting not in a right mind. This picture was taken before the bridge was corrected (while a bit tilted forward). So we are back to the Pirastro Gold E until Monday or Tuesday, when a replacement will be here.

Much to my delight, I actually believe I would prefer a whole set of soloists which will be cheaper in future. I will be able to order from Amazon for right at around $80 instead of individually elsewhere for around $11 more. It makes some sense. My Chinese violin is sprayed polyurethane which inhibits vibration. It makes sense to me it works better with a higher-tension string.

The G and E Il Cannone soloists both have shocking warmth to them at the heart of the sound. All four strings still sound quite metallic, as Larsens do in beginning, particularly the Il Cannone strings. But that is breaking in fast, and these strings are real monsters. They are so very powerful, can play insane dynamics, including a crystal-clear pianissimo, and the G has just the kind of cut to it and extra kick I was looking for to play more in-balance on my instrument. The Larsen red rosin is much-less dust than the Pirastro Goldflex and plays very, very well, so I am also quite pleased with that!

The other drastic difference is the feel under the fingers! They feel quite metallic. They will definitely be a finger strengthener for me! They will give me fingertips of steel. LOL.

The unpackaging and setup video is linked in my bio!

More experimenting with my #canon #telephoto lens. Snapped a few photos of #birds and #butterflies in my garden. A couple of nice #buildings too.

The birds were especially difficult to #photograph due to their skittish nature. A crudely made bird hide (hiding behind my curtains) helped me get some great shots.

Quite impressed with the #bokeh from 1.5 meters out.

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BEHOLD: Il Cannone, by Larsen Strings

As you can hear, these strings have a great core to them, and there is such a wonderful balance from the lowest string to the highest! I no longer am faced with a dull, muffled G string sound! I am truly in love!

I will be adding the second finger, soon, in my newest exercise set I just finished. I will, however, share a few final first finger (first, third, and fifth position) exercises and my progress before moving on! I look to share some more progress videos Monday or Tuesday before putting these exercises to bed.

I will be uploading the full unpacking, installation, demo, and review video to YouTube very soon and putting the link in my bio!

A shoulder rest plays a huge role in not only the violin's stability on a player's shoulder, but also the angle at which the violin sits on the shoulder. My old shoulder rest had my violin oriented frustratingly-flat, closer to 20-30° than the around-45° angle my new one sits the instrument at.

I would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation to @rusandapanfili, one of my favorite professional violinists. I deeply admire the care she takes as an artist in her ideal violin and accessories setup. It's because of her playing and detail I fell in love with the @larsenstrings Il Cannone violin strings, and I also particularly loved how her choice of shoulder rest sits, when she plays. It drove me to find a shoulder rest similar, if not identical, and I couldn't be more pleased with the choice. You should check out her YouTube video of the Musilia P1 violin case, as well, another fantastic, innovative product for violinists!

I'm glad I saved sharing this progress for after the new shoulder rest arrived! Reaching the lower strings and playing left-hand pizzicato are both far easier, when the instrument is tilted closer to a 45° angle than my old shoulder rest allowed for. It sat closer to a 20-30° angle.

Enjoy! I plan on now beginning to implement the second finger in first position with new exercises!

My unpackaging, installation, demonstration, and review video for the Il Cannone violin strings by @larsenstrings has been uploaded to my YouTube account! Link is in my bio.

“New bridge, who dis?” ☠️ But seriously… Aubert of France, extremely high quality . . . and entirely pre-shaped and self-adjusting.

Only one problem: I ordered a low-height bridge. Amazon made no distinction. I originally was ticked at how widely-spaced the string grooves were and that I didn't realize it until I penciled them and set the strings. They were so faintly-nicked originally that I could have re-spaced or even sanded them down without much to show for it.

But then I came to find out this was a low bridge and found online this bridge also comes in high and medium. Low is generally for fiddle players, fraction-sized instruments, and custom-made instruments. I have a medium-height option coming from eBay and will send this one back to Amazon on Monday, when that new one comes. The only real shame is how hard bridge changes are on the strings. But while excruciatingly expensive, my strings are fortunately very resilient and are not a line of strings known to break when properly cared for. Change them, when tone quality deteriorates…

But I can honestly say… I adore the luthiers I follow and am fascinated by the craft. I hope to buy a proper, artist-quality instrument one day. But I am thoroughly impressed by this line of self-adjusting, pre-made, standardized bridges. The three height options give a great range to find a solid fit to the specifics of your instrument, and the carving work is exquisite. I love the option for low-cost, kit instruments!

The shape is great, in my opinion, and I look forward to seeing if the medium provides the best fit. If not, I only have to pay return shipping to send that one back to eBay and get a high bridge. But this low one already gets a far-better sound and response than my old bridge that came with my low-cost violin. The wood and carving are far-superior.

The bridge has a slight gap at the feet in the back in this picture, but as it was just installed, it requires constant tuning, which pulls the bridge forward slightly. I've since tilted it back, and when it's in its ideal place, there really is minimal gap at the feet! I'm pleased with the fit at the price of only $25!

Adding fingers on the violin is altogether far-trickier and involving more fine motor skills than most methods and teachers recognize. Not only are you dealing with the precise location of each individual finger, you are training your hand as to the relationships between each finger and in consistent posture.

Tuning is the primary concern. I have been spending no small amount of time at a keyboard making absolute certain I am training my hand and ear to find the exact centers of pitch so I maintain a stable learning process for each finger as added.

I probably spend north of 3 hours a day practicing, which to some may seem quite impossible with such simple-seeming exercises. But mastering other disciplines has embedded in me how crucial it is to get the coordinations right from the very beginning.

The second set of second finger exercises is almost finished. I hope to post another video from this set on Monday, after the medium-height bridge arrives and is installed. After that, it's on to a bit-more-demanding second finger in first position exercises! I will be learning second finger in the third and fifth positions next, and after that I will be adding chromatics to the fingers and positions thus-far.

Tried #arielhoop for the first time today and found out I was better than I thought I’d be - stepping outside of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for yourself🌸

Thanks to @it_saboy and @hpnotiqrequiem for helping me tonight

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Jeder Frühling trägt den Zauber eines Anfangs in sich. ☀️💕🌸 Dieser Frühling erinnert heute zwar eher an einen Hochsommertag, aber umso besser. Das bedeutet wir können Sonne tanken und die Wärme auf der Haut genießen. 😌 ich freue mich auf die kommende Zeit. Es stehen wieder viele Feste, Feiertage und tolle Pläne an. Und ich bin gespannt, wie der Sommer dieses Jahr wird. Ich bin gespannt, welchen Zauber der Sommer bereit hält. 💕

Auf jeden Fall wird es Sonne, Sand und Meer geben. Das verzaubert mich sowieso immer total! Was habt ihr für den Sommer geplant?
Heute gönne ich mir einen Restday und werde ganz gemütlich in der Sonne eine kleine Runde laufen. Was habt ihr so vor bei dem tollen Wetter? ☀️ Die Sonne muss man unbedingt nochmal genießen. Wunderschönen Sonntag euch 🌸💕 #training #trainhard #fitness #motivation #fitnessgirl #sport #sportgirl #workout #restday #laufen #spring #summer #fitfam #instafit #fitspo #ena #stuttgart #sunglasses #sunday #weekend #quotes #inspiration #magic #beginner #gains #nopainnogain #power #car #makeup #hair

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