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Sautillé Practice
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Posted: November 12, 2017


Hello Barbara, [and VL classmates]

I was about to try your piece with accompaniment but the tune won't go to my head, so I tried another song by Elvis that became popular during the 80's or 90's because of the movie GHOST starring Whoopie, Demi and Bruce [1st name basis as if I know them personally:) lol...

Anyway, I thought I should play prior leaving in a few hours, this song I can sing in my head and play the notes by ear. There were mistakes here and there but I totally enjoyed it, good luck on your recital and hope to see it if only it is alright to share it with us here.

Have a lovely day all...
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Posted: November 18, 2017

Xing Gao
Suzuki 2: Minuet in G
Please feel free to point out any mistakes/bad habits I have. All comments are welcome.
Thank you.
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Posted: November 18, 2017

Elke Meier
Beth has been really active shooting and reshooting videos lately :). I thoroughly enjoy the new ones, both the open string duets as well as the Alec Rowley ones. 

Beth is also updating the Syllabus to include the new videos, and I have worked on adjusting the Excel spreadsheets that are also found in the Syllabus section accordingly. As I worked through them I noticed that there are not just new videos that are announced on the home page, there are also a number of early videos that she re-did. They won't be discovered necessarily by someone further on in their studies already, but I thought you might still want to check them out. So here is the list:

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Posted: November 19, 2017

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
Reading Ahead
It has been awhile since I last posted.  I am just
starting into my 6th year of violin and wonder if
anyone else has run into the same problem I am
starting to experience.

For the first couple of years I struggled with technique
and elliminating bad habits.  Now I feel comfortable with
better rthym and intonation, as well as playing faster.  At least
in 1st position.

Presently, I am finding that my site reading is lagging behind
my playing.  I can’t seem to read ahead of my playing as well
as I use too.

What would be a good exercise for improving my reading speed?

7 Responses
Posted: November 6, 2017

Rough draft of Hunter's Chorus. Really crooked bowing!
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Posted: November 16, 2017

Lydia Sliman
An introduction, and a question. :)
Hello, everyone!  I just joined violinlab a few months ago, but have not posted anything yet myself - although I have loved seeing all of your videos and posts.  I tend to be a bit of an introvert.  However, there is a piece of music I am working on, where I thought you guys might be able to help.

A little background on myself - I played violin as a kid, then when nearly 15 years barely picking up the instrument more than a few times a year.  When I finally tried to resume playing, I found that my bowing was awful, my left hand was awful, and my vibrato atrocious.  I have always suffered with slow vibrato issues, as well as bending at my wrist during vibrato, incorrectly, but it has somehow gotten even worse.  I have enjoyed using the videos at violin lab to attempt to regain my strengths, as well as break those old bad habits.

So, the music question.  I actually tried to upload the sheet music, but it deleted my post, so I'll do my best to describe it.  I am working on a Christmas piece that has a glissando from a B, on the G string, to a high C.  All in 2 beats at a speed of 86.  I have done short glissandos, but this escapes me.  Also, there is a run with 19 notes, from a low C, to a high F, also in 2 beats around the same speed, which I am struggling with how to even begin.  I'm not sure where the shifts should be of how to do it fast enough.  Normally, I break runs down, but this one is just a bit overwhelming.

I will try to embed the music again in a second. Thank you guys so much!

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Posted: November 17, 2017

Andrea Baroni
Hunters Chorus and Brahms Waltz
Hi everybody!

It has been quite a while since my last video... I had such a busy Summer at work that my violin learning had to lag behind :(

Anyway, here are two pieces from Suzuki vol.2 I finally managed to record.

I am not really happy with the result, but it's still better than nothing I guess.
I found Brahms Waltz particularly challenging: even if it's not a difficult piece at all (especially for the left hand), but it's so difficult to do the bowing without jumps and with a bit of expression.

As always, thanks so much for watching and for any feedback!
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6 Responses
Posted: November 16, 2017

Letting oneself loose...

One of those moments when you just let yourself be free, let your hair down and just play impromptu  music/melody that comes to mind without constraints and over analyzing it.

It's an unexplained rush...

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Posted: November 15, 2017

Vayia UK
Violin duets recommendations please :-)
What are your favourite violin duets?

I am hoping to play with my ten year old daughter who is catching up with me fast and soon will overtake me... 

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Posted: November 13, 2017

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