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Idea Borrowed from watching Hilary Hahn
Here might be a fun way to critique our left hand at work.  Whether finger taps, stretches, thumb placement and movement (or lack there of for me ), and working on only left hand notes of what ever piece you may be working on and everyone else is asleep.  You can also find out about whether you are squeezing the neck or not.  Depends on the perspective of the camera of course.  You could also incorporate a mirror for added information on left hand techniques.

I borrowed this idea from watching a post, Hilary Hahn, on Instagram.

So what do you think of my left hand techniques?  At first I was nervous and self conscious about holding the camera with my right hand and using my left hand.  That leaves after a while and then I remembered that while we are playing that is exactly what we are asking our two hand to do.  Two different activities at the same time.  :)))

Critiques would be great.

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Posted: October 16, 2018

Beth Blackerby
If you love Bach...
you'll think you died and went to heaven. Oh my. Someone showed this website to me yesterday. These are the most beautifully recorded Bach performances I've never seen and heard. Everything is performed with Baroque instruments in Baroque style. 

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Posted: September 25, 2018

Perpetual Violin Strings
Has anyone tried Perpetual Strings on their instrument?

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Posted: October 14, 2018

Twinkle String Crossing Exercises Here I Come :)))
Very exciting as I feel that I am now ready to approach the Twinkle String Crossings exercises.  Introducing that left hand opens a lot more than I use to think.  To point me in the right direction I will be making use of many other of Beth's videos than on string crossings.  The Cleaning Up My Playing series, coordinating left hand with the right hand videos,  quick drop and release videos, and others.  Intonation will also need to addressed.  By the time I have worked through the various exercises of the Twinkle series I will have the skill set to approach etudes.  I have decided to go back to the basics and with a more solid foundation.  The goal, of course is to apply these skills to pieces of music.  As well as working on these Twinkle exercises I am also applying the string crossing skills to Simple Gifts and Ecossaise bow lines.  That is how I am approaching the Twinkle string crossing exercises.  So here is string crossing exercise #4.  Next stop Twinkle.

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Posted: October 13, 2018

Polymer Violin
I remember a long time ago, Mary posted about violin playing figures she was making, and this reminded me of that!
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Posted: October 13, 2018

Increase size and darkness of text on the site
is there a way you can have all the text on your site increased and made darker? I have such a hard time finding my way around and a lot of the issue is the tiny text and the fact that it is so light. Can you change the text to black, even if you canít enlarge it? Enlarging it can cause formatting issues, I realize that, so maybe try just making the text black, and think about enlarging it later? 

I know it looks pretty and comforting the way it is, but I canít read it without having to enlarge my iPad screen with my fingers all the time. It is not practical.

I am having a hard time starting the course and I know one issue is the difficulty in seeing what is on the pages. The other is that there is so much thrown out at once and I am trying to break it down, leads me back to the text issue.

I have not been able to find a violin teacher where I am, so I am relying on this course.

Thank you for listening.


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Posted: October 11, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I am now working on string crossing exercise #4 of Beth's series on string crossings.  Yeh!  Then I can move onto the Twinkle String Crossing Exercises.  With that in mind I am setting up the goal for after the Twinkle string crossings.  This is part of the fun.  I have decided to select an etude from: Franz Wohlfahrt's 60 Studies for Violin Op.45. Which would be your top 3 etudes?  The focus needs to be on , yes you guessed it, string crossings.  

Thsnks for any suggestions and youall have a great day. 

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Posted: October 11, 2018

16th Notes @ 88 BPM/Quarter
I am posting a series of videos and pictures for your review...

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Posted: October 8, 2018

Lee Gordon Seebach
Starting to get some vibrato into playing pieces
Hi guys,
After many months of doing Beth's vibrato training exercises, I'm finally getting some vibrato working in a piece of music!

I've mostly been doing daily training with #15 from the vibrato course, at different speeds for different fingers.  I feel the progress as my fingers are getting stronger and more and more able to stay down on the fingerboard.  I also use the bow with this exercise using all fingers - completely not in tune with the music, however, and no attempt at it: it's just training to get the bow and left hand working with together.

Here's Tennessee Waltz and Swallowtail Jig, both of which are new to me.  My bow stroke, contact point, and intonation "go out the window" as I focus on getting vibrato, but I'll work on getting them all going together.  At least I'm getting some vibrato!  Woohoo!

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Posted: October 5, 2018

Valerio de Franchis
Hi everybody,
I'm Valerio. I am 26 and I live in Rome (Italy).

This is the first time I post (I'm quite shy),
but it's been a year since my first subscription.

So I've been playing for almost a year,
and I would like to have some feedback to my violin and bow holds. So I'm attaching some pictures.

thank you in advance,
hope to hear from you soon!

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Posted: September 15, 2018

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