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Elke Meier
Wow, what in inspirational little video clip: 

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Posted: April 25, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone
Thought I would show y'all a violin I am working on which is a family heiloom and about 120 years old.  It needs a new bass bar, cleats for one of the cracks, and the violin top restored but not lose any of the patiena. 

This video is the start of the restoration process and if you want I will post a couple more videos as the project continues.  If you have any questions please feel free to throw them my way.  If I do not know, I'll make sound like I do.  :)))

Best,

Ray
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Posted: April 24, 2017

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
2017 Virtual Ensemble


Hi Everyone,

I have been away from the V.L. site for awhile, so I wanted to post an update
regarding the 2017 Virtual Ensemble. 

The initial sign up for the ensemble totaled 58 players, but when the time came
for submitting recordings, the final number totaled 28.   Just one less than the 2015
ensemble.  All in all, a pretty good turnout.   

My sincere thanks to all the participants!

I am in the process of editing and arranging the final video.  With some minor
life distractions and moving slower than I once did, the editing process is moving
forward steadily but slowly.  I wonder sometimes if I will ever play anything faster than 1/16th notes?  Still, I hope to have the finished video completed in late May or early June.

There will be a group poster available for downloading in another week or so, so
watch for it on the Group Picture page.

Best regards to all,
Stephen

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Mohammed Hajjar
Can the sound of a violin change?
Hello colleagues,

i've noticed that sometimes my violin has a clear sound and sometimes it's a bit fuzzy or waffly.  Could that be because of change in humidity? I usually store it in the case, in a silk bag with a dampit inside the f hole.



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Posted: April 24, 2017

Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
Vibrato Practice
Hello all, 

Just for the record...I am working on beginners level three and as of today I started the vibrato series and the practicing exercises 👏 🎉
I intent to practice it daily with a metronome without a bow for three to four weeks and then add the bow for another month.

I will try to somehow post the progress. 

Have a nice practicing week!   

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Jerry Wright
Musette Video

Musette Video (4.5 months playing - 49 year old beginner)
Hello everyone,

I'm excited to start Suzuki Vol. 2.  Took me over a month to pass Gavotte, but my instructor finally let me move on. 

Here is my current performance of Musette (Song 2, Vol. 2).  What do you see that I need to work on?

Thank you for the great site and learning opportunities that you provide.

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Christian Rivera
Greetings! Can an adult begineer play these two pieces at a high level?
Hey there! 

I joined this website about a year or so ago but, this is my first post.  I'm an 29 year old adult beginner that picked up the violin because I was looking for a hobby, and this is the only one that grabbed my attention.  I've been practicing with a teacher not-too-seriously for about a year but, I want to kick it into overdrive.  I'm making a list of songs I would like to learn (in addition to anything to I have to learn for technique or just find interesting) and I found two that look hard/sexy.

Paganini - Caprice no.24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ307sM0t-0

Devil's Trill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7rxl5KsPjs

Assuming I practice about 18 hours a week and take 1 hour violin lessons; how feasible is it for an adult beginner to play these two songs at a high level? 

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Ray
Hi Beth,

You are right and finally I can hear the laziness of my left hand fingers when they leave the strings.   That fuzzy sound is really disruptive. Thanks for pointing out the problem.  

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Cheryl Frankfurth
Gavotte in D Major, Suzuki Book 3
Hi all...and Beth,

In the Gavotte in D Major, Suzuki Book 3, in the first full measure, there is an f# 8th note with a line through it...I've listened to Beth's video on this Gavotte and am curious as to any of you who have a 'live' teacher :) also.  Beth (and every youtube video I've watched) plays that note like you would a grace note...quickly...however my 'live' teacher tells me that the line through the note means that you hold it longer than a grace note...has anyone else heard this interpretation?  I intend to play it her way in my lesson but Beth's way at home as I think it sounds better.   Thanks for any feedback.

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Posted: April 22, 2017

Andrea Baroni
Musette & Judas Maccabaeus video (1 year & 3 months)
Hi everybody,

It has been a while now since my last video, but I finally managed to record some new pieces this week!
In the last couple of months, I have finally started studying volume 2 of the Suzuki book (along with some fiddle tunes which are always fun :) ). So I recorded Musette and Judas Maccabaeus.

I am quite happy about the left hand now, it looks a bit less bent. The bowing instead is a bit crooked, especially on Musette, but I suspect it also depends on having changed the shoulder rest recently (I am now using the Bon Musica one), since it took quite a while to get used to it, and I still feel that my arm movement still needs some adjustments compared to what I was used to...
Also, I am focusing a bit more on the dynamics and probably when I want to do a "piano" I tend to play closer to the fingerboard, but this transition from the fingerboard to the bridge makes the bowing less straight I think... I am making a bit of mess sometimes :)

As always, thanks for watching and for all your feedback!

ps: I have also started practicing vibrato in the last couple of months, but I am not trying it on this video (I will record another video soon of an easier song probably, so to start trying it on an actual piece!).
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Posted: April 18, 2017

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