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Open Note Bowing

Things are progressing a little more slowly with my violin learning that I might like, mostly due to work overload and the resulting stress and exhaustion, but I have learned some very useful bits of information about how to prepare my violin and bow.

I had no idea what kind of tension is required for good playing, so I've done a fair amount of reading and Youtube perusing, as well as messing around with my own bow to see where it feels and plays the smoothest, so I think I have that problem ironed out.

I also got it in tune. It was all kinds of wonky straight out of the box, one of the strings was even slipping off the neck. So once I got that sorted out I sat down with Tyler's electric tuner and hammered out the sequence of G, D, A, and E. Fine tuners are a godsend, lemme tell ya. If I had to do all of that using the pegs, I would have been in a world of hurt.

So now, following my Youtube instructor's advice, my next step will be to practice bowing on the open strings a…