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                                                 Today's Practice...

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Posted: January 20, 2017

Michelle Williams
large hands
Hi Everyone, 
I have just started to learn the viloin and am thoroughly enjoying it.  I have played the piano since I was a child and have always wanted to learn violin.  I think because of all the piano I have fairly large hands and long fingers, as you would expect an octave is not a stretch for me.  So my questions is, are there any adjustments to both bow hold and left hand placement that I could try as I feel that my hands and fingers are all squashed when using the anatomical markers, particularly on the right hand

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Posted: January 21, 2017

Hello Fellowship Vlabbers,

My computer crashed and along many other notes on various projects I am involved with my recordings for the vertual recital was wiped clean.   Anyone have the Web site address?  Cheers.

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Posted: January 21, 2017

Juan Pablo Pimienta
My Lagan's love.
Hi folks, I came across this tune called My Lagan's love and really loved it. It is a mixture between haunting and sweet. I am still working on it but I wanted to show you guys what I have so far.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.


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Posted: January 21, 2017

Mary Freeman
M working on Dvorak Op 75 1st Movement
I am finally recovering from a shoulder injury
This Op has me really relating with Ray and all of his work with the metronome
If I am on with the timing at the beginning then I seem to be off at the end and vise versa
Suggestions are most welcome
especially when it comes to working with the metronome
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Posted: January 21, 2017

Just wanted to share the joy.....

Wandering around youtube and looking here and there I came across this fella Benjamin Zander and some of his masterclasses.   Wonderful man...and I love his philosophy of playing.....that it's a gift and something to be given away.  It's not about the musician and his/her instrument, but about telling a wonderful story and your abilities and the instrument are only a means to that end.

Most of the students I watched were...nervous, obviously....and focused mostly on themselves and their instrument..wanting very much to make a good impression...don't we all.   But this young lady here.....what a joy watching and listening to her play.   She's got it !  and Mr Zander had very little in the way of advice/corrections to share with her.   You've got to hear/see her play the 3rd movement which she does after Mr Zander stops to talk with her a bit....."inspiring!"

I don't know that I will ever be able to play as freely and "let go" quite so recklessly as she does...but wouldn't it be wonderful !   :-)
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Posted: January 19, 2017

Bach's Allemande practice #4
This weeks' 'Violin practice with me', I tackle the last 2 sections of Bach's Partita no. 2 Allemande. It's been so enlightening doing this weekly video uploads and it's given me the focus I need to keep moving forward with learning this piece. I hope you guys are all doing well with your own practice.. :-) 

Will probably get started with the workshop pieces after this project.. 
Thanks for listening.

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Posted: January 22, 2017

Ann Meeker
Beginner - Bk2 (pieces 1&2)

Hello friends.  Sharing first two pieces of SuzukiBk2.   I get frustrated with my tinny sound, oh I want so much to play Beautifully, how can I approach that goal better?!  Making this recording I can see just doing the recording is a good tool in itself, I see crooked bowing and hmmm, my left hand is not hovering over the fingerboard so maybe thatís why Iím having struggle with intonation and faster playing.  Appreciate any counsel you may share!

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Posted: January 16, 2017

F Minor Natural
Hey Guys :) 

Beth suggested i should try and find a fingering that works so I've uploaded 2 video's,  (#1) is the fingering Dianne suggested, and the other (#2) is the fingering i made up, 

I started the scale with a 4th finger on the G string, i really don't know if it's ok to do so, and when descending i returned using the first finger as shown in the photo, 

so tell me what you guys think

I also practiced with an F Drone which is what always to when practicing scales 
(it changes Depending on what scale am practicing)

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3 Responses
Posted: January 17, 2017

Corey Trager
Repeating the same note within a slur. How to bow it?

In the score you can see that within a slur there are repeated notes, A-flat, A-flat, G, G.  In the video you can see that the players take it with one bow.  But to me, it sounds like each note is articulated.  The repeated 1/8 notes don't sound to me to be shmooshed together like a tie.

So, what are the players doing with their bow?  Are they using pressure, to kinda pulse the articulation?  I don't think they are stopping the bow.

3 Responses
Posted: January 21, 2017

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