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First try at a recording for Minuet 2. I got lost at the end. This is the longest video I've ever recorded
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Posted: February 21, 2018

Kenneth Ozimek
Raising violin neck angle-tone, cost
Hello Violin friends, Here's a tech question for you. I recently purchased a very old pawn shop violin(100 years+). It has a beautiful tone  and good wood quality but the neck is  a bit low. Does anyone have an Idea how raising the neck will effect tone and any idea how much this repair should cost. Thank you!

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Posted: February 20, 2018

Introduction et Tarantella
Hey guys, my interest level is at its peak with this piece. So even though itís well beyond me at the moment, I just canít help but give it a try. It sounds pretty sloppy at the moment but just being able to play a little bit makes me feel very happy. Thanks for listening and happy practicing! ^_^
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Posted: February 18, 2018

Chin Rest Cover
I am searching for a solution to help protect my neck from chin rest hardware pressure when I go back to practicing. I was thinking of trying the Velcro attached medium or large Strad Pad.  I think it might also provide a bit of added security. Has anyone tried it with the SAS chin rest? What size do you think I should try? Why do you think the Strad Pads appear to be the same ones in medium & large, but range in price from $16.99 US to $33.99 US? Some are attached by elastic, some are attached by Velcro, some are in different shades, but even within those categories the price varies widely. I guess I could call them to find out, but thought I'd ask here first. Also, do know of any other solutions that might work for chin rest covers that are not slippery?

Here are my questions in summary:
-will it fit the SAS 32"?
-should I order medium or large?
-why the difference in price even within categories?
-is there another solution/product that might work?

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Posted: February 16, 2018

Seeing Elke's post about a chart she found reminded me of one I found. I have no idea where I found it, it may have even been here! haha But it helps me so I'm sure it will help others if they haven't seen it yet

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Posted: February 18, 2018

Elke Meier
Hi everybody, I have some very exciting news - well, I don't know whether you will find it as exciting as I, maybe you have used something like this for a long time...

Yesterday I stumbled over this little chart. It said "fingering chart for all keys". Wow, I thought, is that possible, to have something like this?? When I saw the thing I noticed that it was not just for all keys but with some adjustment it could also be made such that it would display the finger spacing patterns for each position for each key!! This is something I have been looking for for a long time now. There is the positions chart on the resource page, but it just gives a rough idea. The morning today was planned for something else, but I got so excited, I just HAD to do try out whether my hunch would work. I think it does.

If you are interested in seeing it, you find the PDF file in my dropbox. But it was too difficult to explain how it worked in writing, so I made a little video with an explanation. That will show it easily.

I am sure I will use this extensively, and I would be more than happy if the work was not just done for myself, but if some of you could benefit from it also.

For non-US people: make sure you disable any scaling ("scale to paper size" or "scale to print margins") when you print out the document. Since most people here are from the US, I did it as a letter size document. It will print out without problems on A4, just I don't know whether things will line up any more if you allow the computer to adjust the paper size.
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Posted: July 22, 2015

Mary Reeley
Hi Beth   Sevcik opus 3 variations has intrigued me to get the book and start on them. I am starting on Suzuki book 4 and wonder if these exercises will help with the pieces.  any chance you will do tutorials on the variations?

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Posted: January 6, 2018

Fun With Scales and Arpeggios
I really love these Scales, They are so beneficial and a great way to warm up 

Thank you Beth :)
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Posted: February 8, 2018

Jerry Wright
Oh Lord, what have I gotten myself into this time?
Greetings Violinlabers,

I don't know a lot about it, but I've somehow let myself agree to compete in a music competition on the March 24, 2018.  My understanding is that it's hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs and I will perform two songs from memory with piano accompaniment in front of my teacher and a panel of judges.  They will then rate me on a scale of 1 - 5, with 5 being the highest (I think that is how it works).  Just typing those sentences has rippled panic throughout my body, I think I might throw up........... nope we're good. 

My mandatory song will be Gavotte in G Minor by Bach (Suzuki book 3, song 3) and I chose Minuet by Bach (Suzuki book 3, song 2) as my optional song.  
I have 5 more weeks to get ready and I could use your feedback on some focus items.  I've really tried to work on my intonation for this one over the past couple of weeks, I can hear that it still needs work.  

Here is the Gavotte, I don't have the entire Minuet memorized yet.  

Thank you in advance for your constructive feedback.


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Posted: February 16, 2018

Beth Blackerby
Step 3 Walking Fingers and Rhythmic fingers
Taking these steps at first may seem like it puts off playing for a long time, but the goal is once you're fluent with the process, these preparatory steps go much faster. Scanning through music marking every place the fingers are placed in a Ĺ step relationship to each other will only take a few minutes. Other steps you'll find are most useful for certain sections of the piece and not always necessary to go through. Also, some strategies may be more useful for some and less for others. For instance, the second part of this step will benefit anyone whose rhythm may be weak, but for those who have no trouble playing with a metronome, perhaps it's less beneficial. But for now, I hope and believe you all will gather so many insights, that it is worth doing and will overhaul the way you approach learning a piece forever. You'll become sensitive to and will take steps to avoid "practicing in mistakes".

I forgot to add to this video:  in the rhythmic walk through, increase the metronome speed until you are close to "performance tempo", which for this piece is somewhere between bpm 96-120 for the quarter note. You can also use my recorded tracks to walk the fingers along with.

Have fun!
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Posted: February 16, 2018

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