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Raśl Rivas
Hello to all.
Here you have my last pieces. I'm never happy with them, but if they were perfect who would want to improve?

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Posted: September 30, 2017

Building Stamina
I hope you can go directly to this link and read the terrific account (the 5th one down of a violist) of what happened when they didn't keep up daily practice to build and maintain stamina to perform a long piece in orchestra.

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Posted: October 7, 2017

Sight reading practice...

I woke up at 5:30 Am and randomly chose a short passage to practice sight reading for about 35 minutes. This was considered long for me, my arms, neck and fingers were tired already so my bowing was greatly affected, sigh!

There were so many musical marks not really sure if I translated it nearly as it should be, I don't want to stop since it's the 1st phase anyway.

Second phase I will review/read what the musical marking means etc. etc. etc.

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Posted: October 6, 2017

Barb Wimmer
Counting - just asking how everyone counts, I have been doing by numbers because it needs to be four quarter notes in this song but maybe I should try by ta, ti tu. I get lost in this one -the fifth measure. Suggestions on just counting appreciated.

Sorry for the dog interruption
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Posted: October 4, 2017

Hey VLabbers

I have a question, i noticed in this video that the violinists tend to use vibrato on the 3rd finger on D string, but they are playing The open G string with staccato bow strokes, 

I was wondering does it really add the effect of vibrato or what exactly ?

Thank you
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Posted: October 5, 2017


Here is an audio recording of me playing the base line to the melody being played on the CD from Laurie and Bill's book Playing Together.  

This the next phase in my year-long goal in playing in rhythm with other people.  The base line is in 3/4 time and all the notes are whole notes.  

Critiques are always welcome and for me to improve a necessity.  Cheers.

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Posted: October 3, 2017

Alex Rabiee
Electric Violin Fingering Differences
Is the fingering on an electric violin different than an acoustic violin? I need a near-silent violin so am considering an electric model (such as Yamaha) so I can play while others in my house sleep. I do not however want to adapt to different fingering on an electric violin that differs from what I would do on an acoustic violin. Thank you in advance if anyone has experience with this!

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Posted: October 3, 2017

Back to basic practice...
Finding a comfortable bow hold  in order to have a flexible wrist and flatter knuckles...

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Posted: October 2, 2017

Haven't been playing in awhile, but after watching Beth's video on this etude, I decided to give it a try.  It's so fun to play and easy to memorize.  Don't think I'm doing all the things Beth said, but it's a start.  Comments/tips welcome! Thanks.
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Posted: September 30, 2017

Preparation for book 4

Hi Beth,

In video 407 you mentioned that there might be a video to prepare for book 4.  Was that video ever made? What types of things would be in it?

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Posted: October 1, 2017

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