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Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho

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Posted: November 10, 2018

Still practicing my violin composition "Maria"

On day___ still trying to improve plying my violin composition...

I wish I can practice it everyday but I can't for the same reason farmers rotate the crops they plant or mix it with different kinds.

Thanks and goodnight...Going to work soon.
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Posted: November 13, 2018

Karen Wyatte
Hi Beth,
Re-watched the Best Practices for your Best Practices video and I was wondering what the difference was between warm-ups and exercises? So I can be on the look-out and know where to put them on my list?

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Posted: November 16, 2018

Ask and you shall receive.  Thank you Beth for the latest three videos recently posted.  The PDF sheets and exercises were exactly what I was looking for especially the last exercise.  It narrowed the choices down to a workable chunk for a beginner to dynamics.  

The videos were well laid out and presented in mangable subchunks.  Well done you.

That last exercise is now part of my practice routine, ideally on a daily basis..  :)))

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Posted: November 14, 2018

Partita in D minor - J.S.Bach
Hello Dear VLabbers 
Hope you're all doing well, i really missed you all :) It's been a while since i posted anything, here is the Partita in D minor which i'm still working on, it's a very challenging piece especially with the shifts in 2nd positions, i'm still rusty 
I hope you'll like it , and any help is much appreciated :)

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Posted: November 9, 2018

Janice Branley
I am working on musicality at the moment, and trying to understand how to shape notes and phrases of essentially a simply melody line, like moon river, or amazing graze.  I'm working on kreutzer 2 and 4 with different rhythms each day to develop some sensitivity in the bow arm.  

I have two different musical groups which I play with now, each with a different repertoire and style, so it makes me aware of how we can change or evolve our own style as wish;  and the dots on the paper are the starting point, but it is up to us to 'tell the story'...

This is less to do with technical gymnastics and more to do with the heart, I think......

Do you aspire to play in a certain style, and if you do, could you describe it or post a video?
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Posted: November 14, 2018

Alan Barnicoat
Sounding Point Boot Camp?

Are there etudes or exercises specifically geared toward  sounding point training?  Or is it a skill learned over time once you decide to concentrate on it -along with everything else and hope that you remember to include it?  Lately I have been experimenting with committing to particular sounding points while practicing scales, but in a rather arbitrary fashion.

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Posted: November 13, 2018

Day 13 0f 30 On working on Simple Gifts, Day 2 of  02 working on left hand finger placement, and Day 7 of 07 being sick.  But who is counting.  Need to work on stretching the 2nd and 3rd fingers so that they land where I want them to land.  I also need to stop my finger from flailing above the strings and often away from the strings.  Need to prepare for the next notes better as well.  Now I have my initial goals for the left hand.  I am also 'still' working on the right hand techniques as well.

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Posted: November 13, 2018

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family!
After much busy busy times, I finally was able to meet again with local teacher. I confessed to him, not  enough time lately to practice... not at all, but wanted to make it to a class anyways, since next weekend visiting my son at college and the following (thanksgiving weekend) will be traveling. I just didn't want for him to forget who I am! hehe

Anyways, just stumbled with a very clumsy sight reading through a Wohlfart piece. Immediately he diplomatically pointed out.... I do need to practice some more... but the call this time.... TIP/FROG change. 

He states that for a fraction of a second...very slight... my detache sounds more like a staccato.... he says as I focus so much on intonation, my shifts at either end of the bow are ever so slightly INTERRUPTED...

Of course... as he had me play over and over the first few measures.... the more aware I became... the more stressed I was... .the more I was morphing my detache into a staccato.

I really tried, but was he was then observing is that when I concentrated and started the first few measures.... I went on... unconsciously I would go at it again!!.

Any suggestions aside from practicing... practicing....and practicing some more?

Thanks in advance! :0)

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Posted: November 11, 2018

Barb Wimmer
I have been exploring doing the Alexander Technique cycle, helps me relax.

It also helps me focus and figure out what I really need to work on.

Back to Beth's 186 video on rhythm and pulse. I am trying to think less in number notes and just play- and I think that is why I don't count real well 1 and 2 and. So I wrote out the counting but am glad by Beth's video I don't have to have all those numbers in my head.

I did play this before I rereviewed Beth's video and I think I will be pulsing with the bow and going slower but internalizing the beat I think I am starting to get clearer. I will be bobbing my head a lot more.  Hopeful but long ways to go on rhythm
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Posted: November 12, 2018

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