My wonderful, 1790's violin made in Hermitage Bridge, London by maker Adam Martin has now been happily, thoroughly cleaned by the wonderful, ultimate cleaner by @laubachviolins
, followed up with a coat of violin wax! Laubach's cream-colored cleaner smells AMAZING, and the cotton cloth was black with dirt it cleaned off!
I am also loving the amazing Il Cannone Soloist strings made by @larsenstrings
! This wonderful company held a Christmas giveaway, and I have been able to try this higher gauge set. I love the roundness and boldness of the sound! I have played two sets of the medium gauge and love both versions. I think any player should give them a try, because these strings last a long time and sound wonderful!
The past couple of months have seen extreme overhauls in my violin technique. I've been slowly exploring different finger angles with the left hand which have been proving more and more liberating in playing freely, alongside playing almost exclusively with a drone Do pitch for stable intonation. I've also been working daily on the Ševčík bowing exercises to find more and more freedom in double stops and string changes.
I also have been using a new but still cheap bow! It will still be several months before I'm ready to invest in an artist-quality bow. But my new bow has been getting much more, deeper resonance out of my strings and speaks better in the higher positions.
The BIGGEST change, by far, is my new Otto Musica violin pad that I have replaced my shoulder rest with! It makes it so much easier to move my arm and shoulder underneath without moving the instrument, and it allows me to get a proper, more-vertical angle with the instrument! Shifting and string crossings have become so much easier. I can't wait to see what progress the pad will help me uncover! Playing with a shoulder rest was often be a huge deterrent, and I'm so excited to be playing with nothing more than a felt pad!
New videos coming soon. Happy violin playing! 🌟💙⛄️💫🌨❄️☃️❄️✨