How to embed your video
8687 Items Found
<    << 1 2 3 4 5 >>    >

Need some help? Start a discussion.

Kody Morgan
Group Project
Would anyone be interested in doing a group project on a piece of music? You may have seen them on some other forums if you've searched around. Basically the way it works is I would find a piece with multiple parts that isn't too hard so everyone would be able to participate.

You would record yourself playing whichever part you like, and then after we get enough submissions I would put them all together in a collage video and it would be like our own little ensemble. If anyone is interested I can start looking at some options. 

8 Responses
Posted: January 10, 2019

How I plan on meeting my 2019 Goal
Thought I would start a new stream of discussion that is related to the New Years Resolution post.  That is the steps I am taking to achieve my goal of learning the rhythm for 5 new pieces of music in 6 months.

  1. I am pledging to play those 5 pieces, every day, even if it is for 'only' 10 minutes on each piece.  It could be 10 minutes this hour or 20 minutes a different time, but the important part is consistency. 
  2. I am initially using a 3 prong approach:  Focusing on rhythm, right hand, and left hand.  At some point those  3 areas will converge.  I am hoping by the beginning of May all 5 pieces will be at full tempo.
  3. Rhythm:  I started, this week, in clapping and stepping the rhythm.  I use a metronome app called: Pro Metronome.  This app is great.  It is free and of course there is an option to pay for other features.  Not sure of the cost.  What is really good is that there is a practice tempo feature with 3 settings.  So if the performance tempo is 100 bpm the tempo can be set to incrementally increase, say 50%,75%, and finally full tempo.  I use this a lot.  I am hoping by the end of next week I will be able to also hum or sing (with no one else around :)))  ).  After, perhaps a week of that I will be ready to use the right hand.  Also, I will listen to a good recording of all 5 pieces and follow along reading the sheet music.  This I have already started.  Goal date is January 24.
  4. Right Hand: I will find a slow enough  tempo today so that I will start learning the correct bowing and bow distribution for each piece.  This sounds similar to Number 3, but for me it is very different.  My right hand goal is to be at full tempo by March 15.
  5. Left Hand: I am following as many tips as I can manage from Beth's videos and comments on the comment page.  Consistency is key here along with focused practice with apps such as: Intonia.  The Goal date will be March 15. 
This plan will give me about 2-3 months to woodshed problem areas and to have more 5 pieces that I will be able to continuously work on past the deadline.  By the middle of June I hope to be to play one of these pieces with someone else.  Or even in front of someone.  Who knows.  Then I start on another group of music.  :)))

Again, enough about how and what mini deadlines I need in order to complete my 2019 goal.  How about you'all?  What resources will you bring to bare to accomplish your 2019 goal?  I, for one, would love to know. 

Here's to 2019.

pro Metro

2 Responses
Posted: January 10, 2019

Stephen Nill

Began playing
October, 2018

Level 1
Lesson 56

Open String Duets with Beth -- Separate files
Though I am just starting to play them, I am already enjoying, and learning from, lessons 55 and 56, Open String Duets with Beth.

I found it a little easier to break each of the duets into individual sound files, since I can more easily repeat the particular piece I'm working on rather than constantly estimate where the piece starts on the original combined recording.

In case this is of benefit to others, I've make them available for download here. Once downloaded, unzip the eight files. File "1.wav" corresponds to the first duet, "2.wav" corresponds to the second duet, etc.

2 Responses
Posted: January 9, 2019

Now I know why Suzuki students memorize their music.

3 Responses
Posted: January 7, 2019

Fine Tuners
My violin came with a beautiful boxwood tailpiece and one fine tuner on the E string. Do I have to change the tailpiece if I want to add fine tuners on all strings for orchestra? The Passione strings do sometimes change during rehearsal, and the peg tuning is still not polished.

9 Responses
Posted: January 8, 2019

Advice On Buying Electric Violins
Hi Everyone,

In the spring I will be moving into an apartment and would like to buy an electric violin.  I am beginning my research now so that I have time to fully research options.  I was wondering about brands, what to look for, really any advice would be great.  What are people using now?  Why?  What do you like and not like?  I have a small amp which can either clip on my belt or stand on a table.  

Any tips will be greatly appreciated as a jumping off point for more research.  Thanks, in advance, for any thoughts.


10 Responses
Posted: January 6, 2019

Kody Morgan
Tips to remember tempos
Hello, would anyone happen to have some tips or mnemonic devices to help remember the different tempo workds, like adagio, allegro, presto, etc.? 

There are a bunch of different ones and i keep needing to go refer to a list because i can't remember them. 

2 Responses
Posted: January 2, 2019

Karen Grace
Hello Beth/ fellow violinists.

So I've been teaching for a couple of years and now teaching vibrato for the first time. I remember very little about how I learnt, hence the following questions ...

I have looked at some of the videos in the vibrato section which I'm finding really helpful ... I taught my first lesson based on the 'trick to develop basic motion' exercises and it went really well. So my question is- which video is the next one to look at to build on that basic motion? I have rooted around quite a bit and it wasn't entirely clear to me.

What I do remember from learning is that I did exercises where I did vibrato with a metronome starting really slow and then building up the speed gradually- do you have this exercise or similar in one of the videos?

I appreciate that every learner has their own 'quirks' to iron out so perhaps there isn't an obvious step by step 'one size fits all' order to things, but is there a general order to the videos that you would suggest Beth, to guide me through effective steps for teaching vibrato?

Many thanks and loving the videos !


6 Responses
Posted: January 4, 2019

Mariana Aguirre
Hello Beth has You app violínlab for Android?

4 Responses
Posted: December 31, 2018

Kate Smith
O come, little children music pdf missing?
Hi all, Time to tackle 4th finger! I can't find the music pdf for this anywhere? Can someone point me in the right direction? There isn't anything below the tutorial and I couldn't see it on the music downloads page. Thanks

4 Responses
Posted: January 6, 2019

<    << 1 2 3 4 5 >>    >