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Sonia Lancaster
Trial Violin

Here are couple of videos of me playing my "old" violin and the potential "new" one that I'm trying out. I'm playing the first part of the Accolay violin concerto.

Any thoughts on the differences, sounds and preferences between the two?


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Posted: July 23, 2017

Barb Wimmer
ok this is going to be a challenge   rhythm        

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Posted: July 25, 2017

Arthur Schwartz
Low or no Chin Rest
I read a lot about people with long necks that need a custom chin rest. What about the opposite problem? I have a short neck and find that all chin rests are too thick. Can I get away with no chin rest? Right now I am using a pad of gel. (It is actually a pad intended for women wearing high heels) Does anybody know of a very low chin rest?

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Posted: July 26, 2017

Lukas Wedrychowski
Practice Session | C Major Scale
Hey everyone

it's been quite some time (again lol).
I wanted to share with you a practice video that I did (and am planning on doing regularly).
This time it is the C major scale that I wanted to practice. The objectives for this session were:

1. Intonation
2. Bowing
3. Notes of the C Major Scale

I'm looking forward reading your comments. I know it is not perfect and I would really liket you to pin-point my mistakes.  Thanks! :) 

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Posted: July 19, 2017

Courtney Marx
I just can't seem to get these half and whole notes down.


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Posted: July 23, 2017

Koa- another attempt still on G minor key and still...Was it too fast?

Tempo practice...


Still trying to practice...Opus 34 no. 14

My D string broke on the violin I'd like to practice on tonight...

So to make things more difficult I guess I use my ukulele to try [my purpose is to slow me down since and try to count]. 

Thank you Dianne for the string suggestion.

And thank you so much Barbara for taking the time to listen to my practice videos and giving valuable feedback and for understanding and seeing it beyond measured lines and dotted notes. Trying my best to count but ended up with my own version, sigh..
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Posted: July 25, 2017

Courtney Marx
Guys, look at this youtube channel for videos about music theory. I've only watched the first one but I learned so much. There's 47 videos!

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Posted: July 24, 2017

After only 4 months my dominant D strings gave up at the saddle near the ball end, the thread unravelled and the string was about to ____[run out of translation- maputol],so I was forced to use the twangy sounding generic/factory D string. 

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Posted: July 24, 2017

Hi Everyone

Decided to take Elke and Diane's advice and post a video of the melody line (right- hand only) for Moon Over Ruined Castle by:   荒城の月  "Kōjō no Tsuki"  in 1901.  It was written as musical lesson and inspired by the ruins of the Capo Castle in Japan.

I would like critique on the accuracy of my timing or rhythm.  It is written in common time.  Rhythm is a very weak area, and will spend the rest of this year to work on improving it to the point in being able to play with other people. 

For those not familar with the piece I have included a video (up to roughly 1.00 of the video but watch and enjoy the full video) which will give an idea of the melody.

 Please remember I am only using the right hand for the melody line.  Later I will include the left hand, the harmony line, as well as the bass line.

All critiques are welcome and taken very seriously then I will analize my playing to include your suggestions.  Cheers. 



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Posted: July 20, 2017

Barbara Habel
Disaster - watch what you think!

Today I had a lesson early afternoon and late afternoon there was a recital scheduled for all the violin students at my music school.

My lesson was a total disaster. The piece: "Are you lonesome tonight" - with lots of shifting from 1st to 3rd to 4th position.

Guess where I struggled the most? The beginning with the first 2 notes: an e and a g in 1st position. I just could not get a clean bow movement without hitting the G string.

The shifting instead went quite well.

The 2nd piece: The first 18 measures of Rachmaninoff - Vocalise in E-minor with 1#.
Forgett it, the intonation was just terrible. I just could not focus on the piece.

What had happened?

Last week I played both pieces quite well, in tune and with no stumbles. But I was not satisfied with my playing then and commented my playing loud to my teacher as disaster.

I was so schocked by my harsh criticism of myself, that, as the week progressed, I had completely lost faith in my ability to play the pieces.

And the harvest of my seeds of self-criticism I got today: I no longer could play the pieces. So I did not participate in the recital. I just could not face it.

So watch out what you think and say to and about yourself !!! You will have to pay the price for it.

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Posted: July 19, 2017

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