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Ray
Using Back Muscles To Lift The Right Arm
Spent about a half hour, trying to use back muscles instead of shoulder muscles, in the raising of the arm.  At first with open strings with only focus was on the back muscles.  After a while, actually a relatively short period of time, I thought I could hear a qualitative difference in the sound.  The closest comparison that I can think of is when you play a ring tone in tune.  The note did not have an edge to it.  

Then I played the bow line rhythm for Simple Gifts.  Again no thoughts past focussing on using those back muscles.  What I found was: I was not as sore at the end of playing the piece a few times straight through.  I would first hear the tension creep back in, then feel the tight muscles, then told them to relax and restarted to use the back muscles.  My hand felt more relaxed.  And lastly, it was easier to stay on the sound point.  The bow hair seemed to want to stay where I placed it.  

Long story short, I need to make this a daily routine, yes with open strings for now but also integrate this method into all of my playing.  The goal, of course, is to make it automatic in all of my playing without thinking about it.

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Posted: December 5, 2018

Malachi
Hi Beth,

There are usually check boxes next to the video lessons, but they looked like they disappeared.  I use them to check and uncheck lessons as you instructed.  I opened Violinlab with my other computers, and I donít see them.  Is this me, or is this a website error?  Thank you for again!  I love Violinlab!

Sincerely,
Malachi

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Posted: December 4, 2018

Ray
Thank you Beth, for taking the time to make your latest video: Improve Tone - Get Rid of Bow Arm Tension: http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=756

I started today to integrate that idea into my practice exercises.  Thanks again.  :))) 

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Posted: December 4, 2018

irene fusi


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Posted: December 5, 2018

E.J.
Open string bowing
Can someone point me to the recordings of the piano accompaniment for the Leopold Auer Book 1 exercises?

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Posted: November 29, 2018

Beth Blackerby
I love this new Youtube video of Hillary Hahn. She's just a wonder. I got a kick out of the fact that she has to hack her shoulder rest like I do. She uses duck tape, I use rubber bands. That's about all we have in common :)
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Posted: November 4, 2018

Stephen
Hello from a newby!
I'm a just-beginning violinist and am so thankful that I found ViolinLab. Thank you, Beth, for giving me the opportunity to start this journey by learning from you online. I have so much to learn that I remind myself that the only thing that matters is to enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination -- especially when viewing the video of Hilary Hahn's performance!

Even so, my dream is to one day be able to play some of my own musical compositions on the violin rather than rely on others to play for me, as I do now.

Anyway, in case anyone is interested, here's something I composed for violin, viola, cello, and piano. If anyone would like the sheet music, you can download from the link, assuming I did it right.
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Posted: December 2, 2018

Ray
Note Reading Level 1 Unit 5 Unit A Preparatory Exercise 1
Hi Everyone Comments would be great on how to improve my rhythm and staying on correct sound point of Beth's recommended 2.5.  Hoping everyone has a fabulous day.


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Posted: December 2, 2018

Dianne

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Posted: November 30, 2018

Maria
Wii be working on this impromptu violin part composition

"Manga Bulong (Ko) Sa Hangin" or "Whispers In The Wind"


A new impromptu violin part composition that I'll be working this month...Mapping and jotting down all the notes and eventually able to play/replicate it again minus the unwanted extra sounds while  i was note hunting and playing along with the piano background.

Thank you classmates and wish me luck! Good night...




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Posted: November 1, 2018

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