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Day 2 G-minor key 4th finger practice

Second day practice of G-minor key piece for my 4th finger...

Also working on intonation, I hope it gotten a bit better than yesterday.

P.S. Thank you Mary for listening and commenting, appreciate it much.
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Posted: June 23, 2017

Sad but True Story
Last weekend I traveled over 2000 miles one way to drop off my daughter at a music camp. While settling her in a dorm I met other parents with whom I became friends. Back home now I've been receiving a few blurry pictures and 5 second videos of camp from my daughter that I've shared with the other parents. One mother posted that all she got from her daughter in 3 days is the picture shown here, with the message, "It's the cafeteria." Sad!

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Posted: June 22, 2017

Mary Freeman
Some parts are a bit out of tune but YAY 
I think I have got the rhythm down
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Posted: June 21, 2017

practicing and working on my 4th finger with this hard G-minor piece

Still working on my 4th finger with this G-minor piece, I specifically chose it bec. it has Eb, Bb and accidental Ab which is perfect for my 4th finger. Unfortunately it was hard and a challenge for me to stay in tune especially there were scattered accidentals.

The composer is a fave of mine since I was 16 y/o, his music I played over and over again while I'm on the roof hanging my handwashed college uniforms :)
Well, I used to have this cute 80's sky blue radio cassette player and whenever I tune in to this classical station I would wait for his pieces to be played and then with a blank cassette tape I would record pieces that I like. 
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Posted: June 22, 2017

Elke Meier
What a difference!!

When I picked up my restored beloved violin from the luthier a couple of months ago we talked again about my left hand limitations. She mentioned that she had lowered the bridge for a friend of hers who had arthritic hands and found it hard to play on "standard" measurements. Today a visited her again and had her lower my strings also. She lowered the nut a bit. When I asked how much that now was she just smiled. "You won't be able to measure it in millimeters, but you will feel the difference." And she lowered the bridge a bit. Actually, that was not that much either. The G-string now is maybe one and a half millimeters closer to the fingerboard at the end of the fingerboard. But boy, can I feel the difference! I can now actually produce a (consistent) TONE on the G-string in third position :). In first position there is no strength required at all. The strings are stopped just about automatically. It feels so good! I have included the before and after picture inside the post. 

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Posted: June 21, 2017

Melissa Mitchell
2017 Chamber Orchestra in Austin, TX
This is the 2017 Chamber Orchestra in Austin. 
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Posted: June 17, 2017

Sylvia Gregg
A graduation video
Hello everyone. I want to share a video that my middle child, Shane, made for my daughter's graduation party this year. It's of my daughter, my oldest boy, and myself playing on the piano. I wanted to play the violin to add to the video but we rushed to get the video done and I didn't quite have a song to confidently play on the violin. The video is not professionally done but I'm happy with it and happy that my kids came together to do the video. Warning, it is 15 minutes long but I hope you get a chance to view it.

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Posted: June 18, 2017

Jerry Wright
6 1/2 months on violin - Gavotte From "Mignon"
I've been working on Gavotte from "Mignon" for about two weeks.  It still needs work, but I'm trying to figure out why I'm sounding so squeaky?  I'll take critique on other problem areas you see.  PS:  I added a few extra notes just for good measure. :)

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Posted: June 20, 2017

Elke Meier
How on earth do you slur these two notes with good intonation? Just moving the third finger over does not work - it has to scoot backwards, but then I get a very strong extra noise.

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Posted: June 11, 2017

Courtney Marx
Can we talk about rosin for a second? I know this is a hot topic on the internet! lol

I'm looking for a rosin for a humid climate. Andrea A Piacere is too grippy (I think this is a green rosin). I'm having trouble with my bowing sounding too harsh, like I'm applying a lot of pressure, and the Andrea makes it worse. I don't FEEL like I'm applying a lot of pressure.. still trying to figure this out lol

Anyway, wondering what I should try?

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Posted: June 19, 2017

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