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Elke Meier
Traveling with an instrument
I just found an article from the Musician's Union which rated airlines according to their policy regarding instruments on flights. I thought this could be interesting to you.

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Posted: March 21, 2017

Beth Blackerby
Hi everyone, I added a new lesson today. Chords!!  I'd like to add future videos with more exercise to train chords, but hopefully this will get some of you started.
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Posted: March 22, 2017

Maria
Be inspired, starting over and accepting each one of us is special/ unique!

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Posted: March 23, 2017

Ann Meeker
Finger taps
In going systematically through Beth's Beginner tutorials, have just encountered first video about finger tapping.  I tried the tapping and was surprised to notice an immediate difference in playing a piece afterwards, I'm sold!  Adding this to my Daily Practice list.  Feels a bit awkward but surely it will get better as I get stronger.  Please advise if you think I'm doing something not right on it!
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Posted: March 22, 2017

Dianne
Suzuki Bk 2- Gavotte from Mignon P.1
Hi, Here is my progress on the 1st page of Gavotte from Mignon. I'm just getting familiar with the bow strokes and rhythms, and this is my 3rd day w/it. Challenging piece!! It's been a while since I posted a video, and many have joined since then also, so hello to all, and comments are welcome.
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Posted: March 18, 2017

Lisa, Houston-TX
Practice Videos Minuet #1
Good morning Labbers!  I've been practicing longer bow strokes the past few days.  Not quite there yet, but improving.  I'm attaching two videos of Minuet #1 since I flubbed on different parts in each one.  I'm finding that when I play close to the bridge i get a "flighty" sound.  I think I'm not realizing my proximity to the bridge and not applying enough pressure to the bow.  Will work on this definitely!

Thanks, in advance, for listening.  Hope everyone has a great week.  In the words of the great Lawrence Welk; Adios, Au Revoir, Avitersain (sp?)!
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Posted: March 20, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Quick question... local teacher is introducing shifting. He first wants me to shift between 1st and 2nd position. We are starting with shifting in a way where the "dragging" sound doesn't show. As he explains .... "if I close my eyes and I'm listening... I don't want to be able to hear the shifting sound"... watching Beth videos - his approach is a little different .

He is  starting between 1st and 2nd position ( we are using  Belwin course for strings - actually - second and fourth position - but first exercises are between first and second positions in that book).

So...is this initial approach he wants to adopt for now is what its called " classical shifting"? - just curious. Thank you in advance! :0)

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Posted: March 20, 2017

Treble

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Posted: March 15, 2017

Dianne
How A Bow Is Made
Nice new video from Johnson String. Geared towards children, very informative.

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Posted: March 18, 2017

Ayoub
Difficult 4th Fingers
When i started to play the violin, i've always maintained my left thumb very close to the nut of the instrument, and when i began using the fourth finger it was always impossible to get E notes clearly, it was very frustrating at times, but then something changed and at first i didn't know what it was, i noticed while i was playing a piece (where i had to use the 4th finger on an A string) that it became so natural and easy to get that E correctly and cleanly, 
After i while i watched some of my old and new videos and compared them to figure out how it happened,  and i saw that my thumb moved up between the first and second finger, and it was very relaxed.

So what do you guys think, Does the position of the thumb help to play 4th Fingers Cleanly ? or are there other ways to achieve that? 

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Posted: March 20, 2017

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