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Ray
RETURNING HOME
Hi Beth and fellow Violin Lab students,

I had to take off 4 or 5 months from either working in my violin shop or even playing the violin.  There were just too many balls in the air which had to take priority.  But I now have found the time to reacquaint myself with all things musical.  Like returning home.

So over the next couple of days I will be sharpening chisels and rosining up the bow.  Right after this post I will be looking over Beth's group of videos entitled:  Recovering Skills After Hiatus.  Great resource found in the video library. 




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Posted: June 18, 2018

Sonia Lancaster
How much to put on each piece of music?
Hi
As I work through the various practice notation exercises, I notice my music getting ever more crowded. What do you put on each piece to make it legible and useful but not overcrowded?

Thanks

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Posted: June 19, 2018

Dianne
Lateral Moves Markings?
As I start to mark up my music, can you tell me what you chose as markings for the sequential and the fingers in between lateral moves? I think I've run out of ideas and want to be able to interpret later. There's going to be so many markings. I tried to find an example of what works for you but can't find anything.

PS Each of these videos feels like taking a course in itself, because of my note taking. But after the notes are completed, filed and printed, I'm glad I did it. To read these notes is where I get another aha moment. Otherwise, I might just watch video after video and not get a full understanding of what we are trying to accomplish.

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Posted: June 18, 2018

Dianne
Practice Course Question
In the video for holding fingers down (4th video), Beth you say that this happens along one string, so not necessarily for string crossings. Does it ever make sense to do that on string crossings? Would that be for double stops and chords for instance?

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Posted: June 18, 2018

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Happy Father's Day!
Dedicated to those fathers far away from families or departed... its called "Remember Me", by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson - Lopez. Hope you like! :0)
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Posted: June 17, 2018

Deirdre
This year's Father's Day Recital

Good evening, everyone, and I hope all the Dads among us have been enjoying a very Happy Father's Day!

Here's a video from today's recital. (Many thanks to my sister, Mary, for filming it!)

My teacher, Gabe, was working with me on how to keep playing no matter what. You will see that there were a couple of glitches, but I did keep going, and for me that is an accomplishment.

And now I was going to start criticizing, but I'll leave that to you. ;-)

The piece is a canon in unison by Telemann, arranged for two violas. I hope you enjoy it!
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Posted: June 17, 2018

Dianne
Piano Method Book
Can someone suggest a method book for adults teaching themselves learning piano? I am looking at either Hal Leonard or Alfred, and I suppose it really doesn't matter, as all of them probably have their strengths, but there are literally dozens of piano method books out there.

I would like to learn beginning to intermediate piano, and have an acoustic piano coming in a couple of weeks on loan.

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Posted: June 16, 2018

Elke Meier
Beethoven Minuet in G
I was going to record this next week with the normal piano accompaniment, but since Assumpció mentioned Kerstin Wartberg in a post I decided to go ahead today and record it with her accompaniment. This is part of the Suzuki Trios that she has brought out, together with a CD. This is an accompaniment I like to play along with, but for recording I noticed that it has its disadvantages... - Intonation problems stare you in the face much more than with a piano accompaniment. And the synchronization for the video was a REAL challenge. But this way you get an idea of what this CD sounds like. 

Learning this piece was a really encouraging experience! I started it from scratch after posting Lully Gavotte two weeks ago. In the beginning it was so difficult and I thought it would take ages to learn it! But I started it with the steps in the practice track, very consciously separating the left and right hand. And I am totally amazed at how quickly I got to a somewhat acceptable stage with it. As you can hear there are still lots of challenges, inconsistent intonation, heavy landing after the spiccato, unbalanced tones, etc. But still, I have never learned a new Suzuki piece that quickly, and even having it memorized after such a short time. Me! Who has such problems memorizing pieces! Well, the memorization tends to go out the window a bit once the camera rolls..., but still, it is memorized better than most other things I have played! All that is definitely a result of the practice course! - Thank you again, Beth!!
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Posted: June 16, 2018

Maria
Learning to shift a mile long and stepping on the breaks!


Shooting for a high note and arriving exactly is quite a task...So I'll be practicing more.

Happy FD to all classmates.

Happy Sunday!
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Posted: June 17, 2018

Barb Wimmer
Starting the practice course and can only improve. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest. Lots more practice videos to go through. Rhythm and bowing can definitely improve but I am getting the notes slowly but surely. Needs to be crisper. Anyone suggestions if I am on track etc thanks
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Posted: June 17, 2018

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