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Dianne
New Video
Thank you, Beth for the new video for Moon Over Ruined Castle in BLL2. I remember Ray was working on this, and I had not heard of that piece before. Last night, I looked it up on a Japanese tour site for the area, and was amazed at the historical background for the piece. Your performance of this piece with your amazing vibrato palette was unlike anything I have ever heard before. It showed me that I have far to go with vibrato, and how the vibrato, along with the right hand, can really sound like an expressive voice. I will use this piece to practice it. It's perfect for it! Also, the piano accompaniment is so, so well done as well. Wow!

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Posted: September 19, 2017

Ray


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Posted: September 18, 2017

joao pedro
wanted a tip on how not to let the finger stay straight when holding the bow

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Posted: September 18, 2017

Ray
Needing Suggestions
Hi Everyone,

For my 15 day rhythm challenge to find and play 6 varied tempos, which I established my bench marks last night, I found Alegro needs the most work.  The tempo is 120 bpm, and at 4/4 time, and with eighth notes.

For all the pieces I am learning I have made a score with all the pitches removed.  Exactly like Beth has laid out in her Note Reading Course.  

 The two solutions I have come up with for finding my internal rhythm, for Alegro, is to either slow the tempo down then slowly bring increase the speed or first eliminate the eighth notes and introduce them later.

Which would you recommend?  Or can you make other suggestions.   Willing to try all ideas.  :)))

Best,

Ray

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Posted: September 18, 2017

Barb Wimmer
rhythm continues
metronome vs no metronome.Yes metronome is better in some ways. Will go back to basics on easier music. Still working on rhythm. Last one is just simple one note practicing eighth notes and quarter notes. The camera I don't know how I did sideways but thanks for listening. Kinda getting it. Try try again eventually. Have a ways to go.  Suggestions welcome.
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Posted: September 17, 2017

Ayoub
Sautillé Is it correct ?
Hey VLabbers 

So I've been preparing for the Seitz concerto in G major ,and as Beth suggested the Sautillé is a technique that should be practiced separately, so i was wondering if I'm doing it correctly ?

Hope that you can help me Beth.

Thank you 

P.S. I used the G major scale
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Posted: September 17, 2017

Barbara Habel
Slow Vibrato Practice

My violin is shaking pretty badly when doing long bows with vibrato. In the past I had practiced vibrato "without" the bow for a long time and have achieved a fast rhythm.

But now that I practice again I find that I can not just take my fast vibrato I learned "without" the bow to do practice "with" the bow. It just does not work.

So here I am trying to gain some control again by practicing with 4 vibrato motions to a full bow. At least that is the idea. The practice of it is less acurately so. Then the idea is to double the speed to 8 a bow.

However, I keep speeding up. Learning to be "in control" of the speed used for the vibrato motion is quite a challenge for me. But with "slow" vibrato, the full bowing becomes easier and the shaking is almost gone.

Critique and suggestions welcome!
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Posted: September 13, 2017

Ray
New Rhythm Chellenge
Hello My Friends,

I am setting a new rhythm challenge for myself.  The goals will be designed to make me ready to try and pass the RCM Violin Preparatory Exam, in Vancouver, come January, 2018.

So the first rhythm challenge is a 15 day rhythm challenge to be able to play the following:

1.   60 bpm 2/4

2.   60 bpm 3/4 with eighth notes

3.   65 bpm 4/4 with eighth notes

4. 104 bpm 3/4 

5. 120 bpm 3/4 and

6. 120 bpm 4/4 with eighth notes

I will be posting every 5 days.  And of course critiques are always welcomed.  Cheers!

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Posted: September 16, 2017

Barb Wimmer
chords
Just asking what I am doing right and wrong on Chords. Watched Beth's video. Tip or frog of bow start at, looking at Gavotte in Book 5. Keeping it even is my question? When do you know if you play the bottom note first instead of the top note as usual? Thanks for listening.
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Posted: September 15, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hi family! Lucky that we are done with hurricane Irma in Florida!
Fortunate enough to suffer minor damages, only one roof leak and damaged pool screens, lucky that we did so well, as many of the coastal south west areas were greatly damaged, especially at the Florida Keys!

Today practicing Spotlight on the R arm technique.... great exercise! Really emphasizes on all the pertinent issues to the bow! Here are the first two measures to etude 1 of Kayser.... challenging but fun! :0)
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Posted: September 14, 2017

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