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Ray
Open String Duet Set 1 Exercise 4 Critique Needed
Hi Everyone,

I've worked on Set 1 Exercise 4 of Beth's Open String Duet Series.  The rhythm, I believe?, I have fairly close so I have been working on retakes (which exercise 4 has 2) and releasing tension in my wrists and and shoulders.  The first dozen times I really crashed in my retakes and used too pressure throughout the bow stroke.  If you could give a critique on my retakes and whether you can hear a raspy too much pressure in the bow strokes that would be great.  If you are able to hear or see anything else I should pat attention FANTASTIC!  

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray


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Posted: February 17, 2019

Juan Pimienta
Recreating the day of the audition.
Hi everyone, in the spirit of battling my nerves i decided to dress up just as if it was the audition. Of course I will have a more formal tie lol. Hope you folks enjoy. Im doing my very best.

Juan.
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Posted: February 14, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Ok it gets better the more I practice need to keep practicing- maybe less bow pressure on line 18 with the second set of g a and then more bow pressure with the g b?
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Posted: February 15, 2019

Gammaw
app use
I’ve been away for a while, now I’m back and have a question.
I can log in via internet on my IPad Pro with no problem but when I try to log in using the Violin Lab app, I repeatedly get an “invalid login” though I carefully log in each time?

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Posted: February 8, 2019

Candace Del Valle
New here!
Hello, I am new here and just got the courage to upload a video. I hope you could give me an evaluation on how I am doing and what I should work on. 

I have been playing on and off for about 13 years and am mostly self-taught. I got a violin when I was 16 and only had about a year of lessons. A couple of years ago I decided to get serious and study in the classical genre instead of folk because my taste had changed. I had another nine months or so of lessons from a grad student and she helped me a lot! I had to stop for a while (after having a baby) so I am still trying to recover my skills I gained then as well as try to continue advancing.

I’m sorry the video isn’t of the full song. I am trying to do this while my kids are asleep. :D 
Thank you! 
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Posted: February 8, 2019

Alan Barnicoat
Nomenclature
I'm still hanging out in beginner level 3 and am currently working on Deeply Grow the Roots. I can execute the mordants okay and just attempted the second style of embellishment notated with ascending mini-eighth notes. Just wondering what the musical term is for these? (see below).



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Posted: February 14, 2019

Maria
Unable to attach Pictures
 Back to study 📖 

Beginning  or beginners etude on 3rds...

First thing I did was recite aloud the names of the notes and then I wrote a little notation for me to remember. I came up with this little cues like “lines means  odd numbers of 1 and 3 and spaces means even numbers of 2 and 4 “ befitting this particular etude...

And sure enough it made my brain remember quickly which finger to engage!

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Posted: February 15, 2019

Maria
Question number 2
Here's the piano version I used to do aural practice and learn to harmonize...The pianist said he improvised here [perhaps the intro portion and the last portion wherein the key changed and was using combination minor 6th ascending and descending which I need to know with your help...

What is minor 6th descending/ minor 6th ascending and how you apply it on music or musical pieces?

Can someone please explain it to me?

Thank you
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Posted: February 11, 2019

Barbara Habel
Help needed - Finger Sonata

Dear All

This is the Finger Sonata in Bb Major (with 2 b´s) from "10 Sonatas for 2 violins" available from:


This is Op 5. Scroll down to No 2.

I have a recital next Friday with this piece and this Friday is my first time that I will play it with my teacher on second violin and a piano student on the piano.

With so little time left I wonder what would be the most beneficial change that I need to make to playing this piece?

My teacher wants me to play it in Baroque style. Meaning long notes are played shorter, like staccato. And she wants me to play it in the upper part of the bow with "short" bow strokes.

All the time I have been training myself to play "long" bows and now I need to play the reverse. It is really hard to flip bowing style. But you can play faster with using shorter bows. That is the idea behind it.

Thanks for any help you can give me!!!
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Posted: February 14, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Looking for someone with exquisite hand writing
I'm working on a new approach to practicing scales. What started out as an idea about how to approach exchange type shifts in ascending scale passages is now turning into a whole big scale system. Some of the examples require hand writing and notation. No matter how hard I try to make things beautiful and neat, I cannot.

Does anyone of you pride themselves in the neat and lovely appearance of their writing and want to help me? Basically the writing would include staff notes,  finger numbers, a little bit of lettering, half step marks, and bow direction marks.

Please feel free to email if you'd prefer not to post here. violinlab@gmail.com

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Posted: February 14, 2019

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