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Liv Ferrari
Introduction and question: alternatives to Suzuki book 3 pieces/Grade 3ish repertoire?
Hello everyone,

I have not introduced myself on here yet although I posted once about the 4th finger.  I am Liv, 31, currently living in Vietnam.  At the start of this year I started violin again from scratch.  It is the 3rd time I have started violin, the first time when I was a young teenager and the second time in my early twenties.  

I had played for about a total of three years total previously, each time getting to roughly ABRSM grade 2-3 level (practising pieces around grade 3 level but not in a polished way that would pass the exam).  

It was frustrating starting from scratch again given that, while I 'knew what to do', I was unable to feel like I had a head start in any way as compared with a complete beginner.  My main problem is getting too impatient with progressing quickly and not spending enough time working on important basics for bowing and tone production, but I am working on this.  

I also find myself really not wanting to re-learn the pieces from Suzuki book 3.  For some reason I dislike most of them even though I have really enjoyed re-learning all the book 2 pieces.  But until I am good enough to start learning the Vivaldi Concerto 1st movement in A minor from Suzuki 4, I am searching for some good ideas for some good in-between pieces. 

I have just finished playing through the Rieding Concerto and am looking for similar things level-wise to this.  I will polish it a bit more and then post a video of it for feedback.  

Pieces that I been trying to learn but are a bit too hard right now too hard include:
- Sad romance
The paginini piece had plenty of challenges, and sad romance seems deceptively simple for the left hand but I have a lot of work to do on tone production and vibrato before I can start making it sound even slightly nice.  

Another example of a piece I am trying to learn is 'Concerning Hobbits', and while pretty challenging I am having a lot of fun with it (sheet music is linked under the video)

So to summarize, does anyone have any recommendations for more pieces to play that are:
- Between suzuki book 2 and book 4 in difficulty level
- Like the Rieding Concerto in terms of difficulty level, and in being fairly 'forgiving' for someone with only basic vibrato, but who is quite impatient to play pieces that are more difficult
- Any style/period or genre!

Thanks a lot in advance for any ideas you may have!

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Posted: June 17, 2018

Barb Wimmer
I am enjoying the practice course and am thinking I am going to be going very slowly through the practice course. I have a habit of jumping ahead out of excitement of seeing where the improvement I can make. Ok so now I am back to Left Hand walk throughs.  I understand it that I need to analyze each note-oh my but I so see the benefit. I am thinking this is why I am kind of choppy  in my playing and get frustrated when I start a new song. I am thinking maybe I should take an easy song like Twinkle Little Star and go through each step in the practice course.  Then go through it again with the song I really want to play well. I am afraid to do the recommended songs Beth that you recommend because I am afraid I might get lazy and copy your playing. I want to understand how you think, not just copy if that makes sense. I would love to have the goal eventually to know how to improvise a song and make up a part so I could play it for example like in church. I think I am much further away from that goal though than I thought.  Thank you for doing this course

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Posted: June 16, 2018

Song of the Wind
Starting at the beginning. Starting at my weakest? with Song of the Wind.
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Posted: June 14, 2018

Studies in Lyricism
I stumbled on this book. Can anyone tell me more about what this kind of study is. and if there are exercises here on ViolinLab that could be used?

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Posted: June 15, 2018

Go Tell Aunt Rhody
I did two videos. This is the second song. Slightly more complicated.
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Posted: June 14, 2018

Arthur Mendez
Kavatine by Alec Rowley

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Posted: June 14, 2018

Beth Blackerby
Practice Course Launched!!
Finally done!! The Practice Course is ready!!

You'll have to clear your cache to see the new Practice Course tab in it's new position on the menu bar. Currently you'll see it under the home button, but obscured in the header. So sorry that you have to clear your cache, but such is the tech way of life.

As we just launched, there might be a bug or two. Hopefully not! I tested by making fake new accounts and all was working properly. 

I think you will learn so much from working through the course. If you sign up, a bonus treat will arrive in your inbox.

The price will go up in a few months, so if you want the discount buy it now. Even if you're not ready to watch the videos, you have your life to do it. 

Subtitlers, you should have access to the Practice videos. I thank all of you for you quick help!

Spanish subtitles coming soon!

39 Responses
Posted: June 4, 2018

Seitz No.5 3rd Mov.
I have been practicing this piece very slowly for a while now, working on spiccato,  shifting, slurs, chords, tempo changes, vibrato, playing with accompaniment, ... and still have lots of work to do, but today I recorded this, trying the "Slow Practice Tempo" on the Recital Training CD. I made it 3/4 of the way through, then dropped out. Funny thing is, the sautillé passage at the end is ridiculously slow at this tempo, but the rest of the piece feels fast at this 'slow practice tempo' for where I am. What is good @ this is that it gets my fingers moving, and reminds me in the chord section of putting 2 feet down in dance steps at once. Slow practice will not get that fast reflex going, especially in and out of certain measures, so this was fun to try. Comments welcome.
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Posted: June 11, 2018

Gerri Hynes
Practice Course Pieces
Hello Beth,
I was wondering if there are sound files of the pieces in the practice course? I found Berceuse, and some renditions of others on YouTube but some of the pieces i can't find any at all or just very advanced version. I'm very auditory, so i like to hear pieces as I learn them. You probably have already answered this elsewhere, so I apologize if this is a repeat question. Appreciate any guidance you can offer. Thanks!
Regards, Gerri

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Posted: June 12, 2018

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Again, Summertime, another sound of the same piece.

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Posted: June 14, 2018

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