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Moon Over Ruined Castle: The First Five Measures
Hi Everyone,
I'm continueing my study on the piece: Moon Over Ruined Castle.  Techniques that I have been concentrating on are:
  • Right-hand Rhythm
  • Articulation (or placement) of the first note
  • Lighter pressure for the half note found in m.3
  • Conserving the bow stroke during the first beat of the whole note found in m.5
  • During this video posting I started to play around with dynamics
If you could critique that would be fantastic.  Thanks for listening.

May the Beat Be With You


P.S. Would you recommend bringing these 5 measures to close to performance level before moving on to the next 4 measures or fairly soon after correcting any mistakes that you have heard on the video?  Cheers.

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Posted: November 21, 2017

Patrick Coleman
“Geurilla” Practice - Thoughts?
Hi everyone!  Hope you’re doing well.  Happy Thanksgiving soon!

I’ve just started a new job and my schedule became erratic.  However, I still want to put in practice on the violin.

I try to have between 30 and 60 minutes a day of practice, but a day may be so busy I can’t get that block of time, or I have a bonus of extra time in addition to this minimum amount.

Let’s say, a friend is picking me up and they’re running late - I can squeeze in a few scales or a little passage work during this extra time.  Although it’s not a 30 minute block, I’ve managed to do something for a few minutes.  Because this is an unplanned, unstructured, “get it done” time, I’ve ‘nicknamed it “Geurilla Practice”.

I’ve got a few questions - 

1.  Do you think this is a good idea, or could it actually hinder progress?  That is, is a short burst of practice going to add a bit of extra time and help build skill, or if no time is given to warm up does this actually set me back?

2.  Assuming this is a good idea, do you think it’s good for everything?  If I can pick up my instrument for just a few minutes, should I limit my practice during this time to scales?  Etudes?  Passages?  Or do anything?

3.  If this is good and should be done, would anyone suggest a structure?  Say, in the first half of the week use spare time for scales, and in the latter part of the week for etudes or passage work?  Can this become an integral part of practice?

My initial thought is that as long as it’s carefully done (i.e. quick does not equal sloppy) it should help.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Seattle, WA

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Posted: November 21, 2017

Styles of Playing
I greatly enjoyed the video where Beth explained the idea of styles in the Bach concerto Video tutorial, i found other examples where there is a very powerful style of playing (Which i REALLY love) (as seen in the video of Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh), and another style which combines modern and light beautiful baroque styles.

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Posted: November 20, 2017

Kim Thomas
I don't know if this has been posted before, but I just found the most inspiring thing.
Hilary Hahn has an instagram page @violincase and it has MULTIPLE videos of her PRACTICING!!!!!

I have always wondered how someone like her practices.  You can see her hit a note she doesn't like and repeat phrases until they're perfect.  Its so refreshing!! 

There's a video of her practicing a big arpeggio and she really had to practice the big shift! 

 I am still here!  Snooping away. I just started back up with lessons in September.  I had to stop in February 2017.  I had another little boy, and took some time off. 

I'm currently working on the Bach Double, Sitt shifting and position etudes, and Haydn violin duet in D.  Maybe i'll post a video soon!

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Posted: November 20, 2017

videos without subtitles
I have a certain difficulty when the videos are not subtitled. When I do not understand the her voice , I go to the subtitles.

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Posted: November 19, 2017

Elke Meier
Accompaniments for the Open String Duets

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Posted: November 19, 2017

Robyn Stirling
Hi everyone,
Not strictly violin related but I was wondering if anybody on here has had experience working with Sibelius software? 
There is a theory course with the Open University I would like to do and it uses the software so it would be good to get some practice in.
The other more practical reason is I recently bought some scores for our chamber music group and thought this would be a good way of having everything clearly laid out for everyone. Some of the imslp bar numbers don't match up or else I spend the morning colouring in the staff lines.
I know it's quite expensive but I believe there is a cheaper monthly option I might try until I start the course.
If anyone has any advice or alternatives it would be appreciated

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Posted: November 20, 2017

Bach Double Violin Concerto
Hey Guys
I've started The Bach double violin concerto last week, and i've told myself that i have to play it without the music sheet so i can memorize everything in it ( Bowing - Markings..etc)
I've played the A section entirely without the sheet music, and i'm still trying to apply what I've learned about style and light baroque bow strokes as mentioned by Beth in the video

gotta a Long way to go :) 

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Posted: November 15, 2017

Vivaldi Sonata
Hello VLabbers

I found this wonderful Sonata by Vivaldi, it's so lovely and full of colors.
I was wondering if you could help me put some markings on this piece (1st Movement) and also suggest several shifting parts in it.

Thank you :)

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Posted: November 18, 2017

Sonia Lancaster
Hi Guys
Just thinking about the mind and music. Has anyone experienced the flow? I know I have and find it fascinating. See
They have found that during flow, the brain acts like that which is in meditation. You are unable to think of everyday worries, your mind is quiet but active, things seems to come easier, you feel relaxed, happy and time is distorted. Other activities that can lead to flow are manual tasks that require little thought such as washing, cleaning, gardening etc. This set me wondering whether some of our problems in society to do with anxiety etc is that we have few opportunities to experience flow. One author came to the conclusion that humans are only truely happy when in a flow state.

Any thoughts?

Happy practicing and may the flow be with you...

2 Responses
Posted: November 19, 2017

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