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Kristin Garcia
Newbie hello and vibrato?
Hello everyone!
I'm new here to ViolinLab, having just joined a few weeks ago and lurking in the background:) I've been working with a teacher, and after running across VL really enjoyed Beth's in-depth discussion of various techniques with such detail! It has been helping me to approach things from different directions.

In attempts to work on my beginning vibrato, I've been practicing along with "Vibrato Practice Part 1", and "Dr. Laurie Scott, part 9: Training Vibrato" 

Two questions... 1) When learning wrist vibrato, how much flexibility is necessary in the first knuckle joint (the one closest to your fingernail)? It's difficult to tell in the videos, but I'm not getting much amplitude in sound, and wonder if this might be why? I can see plenty of motion in that joint with arm vibrato, but the wrist seems to be more of a waving motion from the wrist itself.

2) Does anyone have favorites on the site when it comes to practicing vibrato, in particular wrist vibrato?

Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!

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Posted: February 20, 2017

Film From Different Angles
I just filmed myself looking left front of the music stand while playing Gavotte from Suzuki Book I standing up to see how it was going and, wow. I have some things to work on. I had no idea I wasn't swinging my arm level for the left hand. Yikes. When my teacher used to walk all around me, she was looking for things like this. Now that I am on my own, I have to walk around myself and keep an eye on things. :) Diane, and others, have mentioned filming from all angles to see a setup, and I think this is also very good advice for checking on  playing in general! And no, I won't be posting my Gavotte- it's terrible! :) Lots to work on with this one! Maybe later!

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Posted: February 24, 2017

Demiflat Notes
Where can you play an F demiflat on the violin ??

Head scratcher 

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Posted: February 24, 2017

Urban Kristan
Bad day: violin bridge broken
So after discovering that my bridge was in the wrong position, and readjusting it, it suddenly broke in half under my bow. I don't know exactly where the fault lies, but the violin is very cheap, because when I bought it I half-expected that I would not be able to learn it at all. 

Anyway, I suppose I should buy a new bridge. However, if I understand correctly, the bridge comes unshaped, and has to be adjusted. I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be doing this myself, correct? It seems like it's quite an exact art. 

Any suggestions? 

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Posted: February 23, 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

Bach Sarabande | How to keep motivation up
Hey guys, 
here's my take on how to keep motivation up as a beginning student. 
In this video, I played 2 lines of Bach Sarabande in D minor
(as you can tell I still have a long way with this piece).
I'm very interested to know what are your motivational tools to help you stay committed to continue to learning this beautiful instrument?

Thanks for listening. 
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Posted: February 19, 2017

John Eric Domingo
Should my neck and my arms hurt after practicing for an hour or so or am I doing something wrong? 

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Posted: February 24, 2017

Simon Fischer Scales For Viola
The long awaited Simon Fischer Scales For Viola has just been published and is available for purchase.

"For viola players at all levels from intermediate to soloist."

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Posted: February 23, 2017

Terry Thrower
check boxes in the Video Library
Are these boxes for the purpose of checking off videos you have watched?


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Posted: February 23, 2017

Different Colors
Hello dear family

I hope that all of you are doing well,
Today i want to share with you a bit of eastern musical culture in Violin, this is an Egyptian Orchestra playing one of the early pieces of the Egyptian singer " Oum Keltom " 

Different colors of Music

Hope you enjoy

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Posted: February 23, 2017

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