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Susan Hollister
question on exercise 4 from Schradieck book 1
Have any of you experienced violinists worked through Schradieck Book 1? If so I have a question for you. What is meant by the instructions for the Exercise IV?  They read as follows:

"Exercises to be practiced with wrist-movement only, keeping the right arm perfectly quiet."

The notes go back and forth from the D string to the A string with 8 groups of 16th notes on one bow.  I would love to see a video of someone doing this! 

Thank you very much!

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Posted: January 18, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello everyone! How happy to be back! Trying to get back on track in 2017. My newest assignment from my violin teacher, wohlfahrt op. 45 no. 4 allegretto! What a fun piece! Been practicing it since last weekend...still in the rough... but wanted to share the progress since its been a while visiting my VL family! HAPPY 2017!
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Posted: January 17, 2017


Today's practice...

                             (Details and video within...)

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Posted: September 24, 2015

Ann Meeker
Beginner - Bk2 (pieces 1&2)

Hello friends.  Sharing first two pieces of SuzukiBk2.   I get frustrated with my tinny sound, oh I want so much to play Beautifully, how can I approach that goal better?!  Making this recording I can see just doing the recording is a good tool in itself, I see crooked bowing and hmmm, my left hand is not hovering over the fingerboard so maybe thatís why Iím having struggle with intonation and faster playing.  Appreciate any counsel you may share!

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Posted: January 16, 2017

Robyn Stirling
Hi all,
Back with the random questions again. Does anyone here become so full of self doubt they just stare at the case and decide not to open it just in case? I've been hovering over posting a video for ages but held back for my own anxious reasons and after yesterdays lesson which included the repertoire for May more so than ever. Also my video is of some Christmas carols which is I'm sure what everyone wants to hear in January... So my question is how does everyone combat those nerves?

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Posted: January 17, 2017

Kenneth Ozimek
Violin wood construction materials
Hello Violin Friends,
  I have an equipment question for you. I come from the woodwind world where much experimentation has been done with materials to change the sound of the instrument. This has led to some incredible improvements it the sound of clarinets, flutes, oboes, saxes and bassoons. On to my question.
   I had the chance to work with a violin professor at a local college here in Nashville and he introduced me to a new wood for the chin rest. It had a great effect on the tone of the violin.(My guess is that it is cocobolo wood , but I'm not sure.) The teacher told me he was so impressed with the change in sound that he was having a hand carved tailpiece made of the same wood since it is not commercially available.
  Do any of you know of experiments with different types of materials for pegs, fingerboards,tailpiece, chinrest or soundpost and how they might effect the sound? 
   I purchased one of these mystery wood chin rests for my main violin and it really brought out a resonance, volume and core to the sound that improved it.

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Posted: January 16, 2017

Juan Pablo Pimienta
Sad romance
Hi folks, here is my first shot at the sad romance. I confess I did evreything but follow the sheet that is why it came out kind of messy, that one's on me lol. However, I think it sounds kind of decent. Of course I will keep on working on it. Hope you guys enjoy the first try.


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Posted: January 13, 2017

Elke Meier
Such beautiful music! And on first sight this looked rather straightforward and easy - just a few measures that would be really challenging. But now, when I started to work on it in earnest, I found it not quite so clear - and anything but easy. Intonation is going to be a real challenge! And then the shifts... I will have to practice each one individually. Those high notes are quite a bit outside my comfort zone... Can those of you with more experience please look at my marked up music and tell me whether my markup makes sense? I am especially interested in what you think about the shifts.

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Posted: January 10, 2017

Elke Meier
Here comes a happy little announcement:

I just finished updating the Resources section. Beth's Video Responses now includes all the video responses Beth has made through the years of Violinlab's existence. Check it out. There is a WEALTH of really good information to be found!

I like those video answers so much because they give instruction in the context of real students' experiences. As someone without a local teacher I am dependent on sharpening my own observational skills. I have been surprised countless times when Beth commented on some aspect of a member's playing that I had completely missed - and most often because I had the same problem :).

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Posted: January 15, 2017

F Minor Natural
Hey Guys :) 

Beth suggested i should try and find a fingering that works so I've uploaded 2 video's,  (#1) is the fingering Dianne suggested, and the other (#2) is the fingering i made up, 

I started the scale with a 4th finger on the G string, i really don't know if it's ok to do so, and when descending i returned using the first finger as shown in the photo, 

so tell me what you guys think

I also practiced with an F Drone which is what always to when practicing scales 
(it changes Depending on what scale am practicing)

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Posted: January 17, 2017

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