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Dianne
Playing At Fast Tempos
My goal a few years ago was to play fiddle tunes with 8th notes at 120bpm, or the infamous Rieding Concerto 3rd movement at 108 bpm.

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Posted: August 16, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
first vid for comment - Bach's Minuet in D minor
Hi community,

My first video! So nerve-wracking!! Think the quality's probably pretty poor (not that that's an excuse, haha), but anyway. It's my attempt at Bach's Minuet in D minor from the practice course. Soooo many issues, including wandering bow and poor intonation... Think my bow hand looks stiff too. Sigh. I'm wondering if I'm at the point where I'm just recycling the same mistakes over and over again. Any specific comments on how to improve general sound welcome!
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9 Responses
Posted: August 16, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
birds + music
This is not actually a question, just something random I've noticed.

This summer I switched my practice area into my bedroom, which has a balcony. Soon it seemed that whenever I practiced, birds were showing up. (I generally practice with the door open, but there's a curtain-y thing so that they can't really SEE me, just hear me.) The local crew -- sparrows, starlings, finches. At first I was like, okay, so, cute coincidence. Then one sparrow in particular (a male) landed and stayed put for a good 30 seconds (which is about an hour in bird time), looking in my direction and cocking his head. I'm like, maybe not a coincidence?! So I started kind of looking for them to appear. And they do seem to appear, regularly, and to me it seems they're trying to track down the source of this strange birdlike-but-not-birdlike sound. In fact, just now a whole bunch of sparrows (males, females and young'uns) showed up, two even coming to the window to peer in, followed by two large starlings! Time to ask the all-knowing Google. Immediately found this New York Times article that would appear to confirm something I wondered: that birds do indeed respond to music. Though it would appear, the response is less about "appreciation" than "Find the intruder!" :-D

6 Responses
Posted: August 18, 2018

Janice Branley
Warchal Timbre,
Thank you Elke for the info about the special offer,  (didn't want to hjjack that thread)
I have been putting off replacing my Obligato's for so long!  It is quite an expense for me, so your 'heads up' to the Warchal strings was appreciated.  I've sent off for a set this morning.  It would be interesting if others reported back on how they sound on different violins.   On a 100yr old French violin, I'm currently using Obligato GDA and Warchal Amber E,  and I'm quite excited to try these new 'Timbre' strings.

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Posted: August 18, 2018

Maria
Yay! 29 to 39


I have not imagined  myself to sit and watch this long, but if you have a goal time is  immaterial...You will sit, pay attention and try to learn.

To be continued, time to go to work...


Good night! 

And thank you VL and Beth for these wonderful, wonderful vid. tutorials!

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Posted: August 17, 2018

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I am being pulled into the fun of playing minuets.  I've done some research and found out that around Mozart and Beethoven  the minuet form that Bach wrote had developed into a form called Minuet & Trio.  Would anyone know of a piece of music in the minuet & trio form which a beginner could have a reasonable chance of playing ( after many months of wood shedding of course)  :))) 

Thanks for any thoughts and ideas on the topic.

P.S. not necessarily by Mozart or Beethoven. 

Thanks
Ray

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Posted: August 16, 2018

Fero
My violin 3rd on D string does not vibrate G
Hello everyone,
Few months ago I noticed in some youtube tutorial and if I play 3rd note on D string (G note correctly), the G string will vibrate. It doesn't. I can look for it endlessly and my Gstring or any other string does not ring when I hit the same note on another string.

However when I play open G, my open D rings or vice versa! Is this due to quality of violin? It is Gewa brand and it cost me mere 105 EUR including bag, and bow. I was wondering.. 

5 Responses
Posted: August 17, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
practice course - Bach minuet
Hi,

I would love to find a video of somebody playing it, since I seem to learn a lot by ear. Beth, am I right in thinking it's the Minuet in F major? If so, I did find some videos online but they are all piano! Grr! Would you be able to post a performance video of you playing the whole piece (since there are only a few tantalizing bits in your video #20)?

Many thanks! When I get up the nerve, I will post a video of me trying to play it!

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Posted: August 13, 2018

Fero
Squeezing / pinching to reach out for far notes
Hello everyone,

Short summary about me and violin:

I am new to ViolinLab but I am not new to playing. I've started practicing on 22nd November last year and played for 30 minutes on average every day. Since learning about violinlab and chatting with Beth I switched to 1 hour a day practice ;-) I have had a private teacher but she is having summer vacation now and we do not meet as we did before (weekly 45m sessions).

Chapter 1

I have had a pinching/squeezing problem (right? as if noone else had it ha) . I found out several months ago when my left hand really hurt after some playing. I tried to focus on what's going on, my teacher couldn't spot the problem - well, I had to "let go";-)  I fixed big issues, I no longer feel pain in my hand, I get "bored" faster than my left hand has a chance to hurt again. That's good news BUT

Chapter 2

After watching the left hand squeezing videos here in VLL from Beth I realized I am not there yet. I thought I didn't squeeze but I do in the moment of when the counter pressure is the most needed and the strenght from finger should be the highest, after I releaase the string, my squeezing goes away. Alright, I worked on that today and I am on right truck. After playing Mazurka from Baklanova, I realized It feels much more free to maneuvre my fingers around! yay!

Chapter 3

I still squeeze on higher notes of (still 1 position) of D and G strings. After some analysis I realized I do this to compensate the arm swing which is obviously not what it should be.

During Chapter 2 time I knew and noticed that my left arm biceps was "pumped". Makes sense now, I was squeezing the neck just enough to use bicep muscle to "pull" the right part of my knuckles that includes 2-3, 3, and 4th finger closer to the bridge and to left part of my violin.

 I saw the exercise of pulling the arm under the violin whilst resting left hand on the top of it. Yes, I will do this exercise often and every day now. 

My questions are:

1. Should I ignore G and D strings on higher notes until I can comfortably reach them 
without this biceps trick?
2. I expect solutions include: arm exercises, and that I try to reach for those strings without the pinching and biceps, pushing the left arm to right under the violin - but my teacher told me there shouldn't be any pain whilst practicing. I am not saying it hurts!, it's just a feeling of really going somewhere I wasn't before and it takes a lot of strength to maintain the position to get to the note! Should I do that?!







3 Responses
Posted: August 16, 2018

Ayoub
Bowline question
How can i represent this measure in a bowline language ? 


p.s. the first "A" note is played on a fourth finger, the second "A" note is open string


8 Responses
Posted: August 15, 2018

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