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Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have started a new (for me) piece of music.  Deck The Halls.  This version is found in the resources section along with many other Christmas carols.  Beth has the PDF, tutorial, and audio in the resources as well.

This is a good piece for me because it will give me a lot of practice of a few techniques that I learnt in Moon Over Ruined Castle:  dotted quarter, low 2nd finger, and of course rhythm.  It will also challenge me because while the first time through the tempo is slow it certainly speeds up on the repeat.  It also changes key signatures:  G Major to D Major then back to G Major.  And lets not forget about that 4th finger and being able to play beautifully on the E string.

So yesturday was the first day and I am using Beth's video http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=629  
Stages in Learning a New Piece of Music.

I am posting my first video, and like Beth has suggested, I have not reviewed my video yet.  That is for Day 02 or today.  I have started with right hand only and have also started with the first four measures.  Actually this is a great piece of music because there is a retake every four measures.  I have made lots of fine scribbles on the score sheet Beth and of course many more to come.  :)))

The first video is mostly talking but at around 3:40 or so I make my first attempts at right hand only those first four measures.  I have them on a loop.

So that I do not over run the community page, besides the first video, I will post regular updates on YouTube.  Another goal, for me, is to be more efficient in learning a piece of music and perhaps along the way learn something about myself.  :)))  So if you are curious and would like to follow me on YouTube, Day 01 of Learning Deck The Halls.   Oh AND PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS  along the way!!!  :)))

May The Beat Be With You,

Ray



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Posted: December 6, 2017

Dianne
Help With Vibrato
Please let me know if you have found any resources to direct me to, or have any ideas to help me. I have found nothing specific to my issue on the web or in books. On this blog, one student had this problem and was instructed to lower their hand- it was too upright. My hand is not like that.
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Posted: December 6, 2017

Ayoub
Bach Double 4th Week
Hey Guys :)

I hope you're all doing well.

Here is my progress so far, i'm almost there, i've played all these parts from memory, although i did miss a couple of notes and some bowings.

also i've slowed it down a bit so i can produce a clear tone and focus on intonation, i still have a lot to polish but i think it's coming together nicely

Any advice is more than welcome

Thx
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7 Responses
Posted: December 7, 2017

Sanfvsaz
Twinkle little star variation
hi.I cherished my courage and uploade my first video.
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4 Responses
Posted: December 7, 2017

Barb Wimmer
Trying to learn how to play well with others  (ha ha). Okay this is not great but I love this song. Attempting to play along, and attempting to improvise but I think I just kinda played along. Trying to figure out how not to just be a soloist. Thoughts? Suggestions? On how to make any progress - improvising seems a guessing game.  I put the camera down because I play better that way
Thanks
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Posted: November 30, 2017

Elke Meier
Accompaniments for the Open String Duets

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8 Responses
Posted: November 19, 2017

Sonia Lancaster
Learning a new piece
Hello
I have recently done my grade 6 Violin (still awaiting the result). For good or bad, I am starting on the AMEB grade 7 syllabus. I have to do a study and think I will do Kaysers Allegro con  fuoco No 35 from studies Op. 20. This is a longer piece than Iíve done before, running to 4 pages. My question is what is the best approach to learning? Do I do 1 page at a time, learning to play it well, then move on to the next. Or do I start at the beginning and do the whole lot. The only issue with the whole lot, is I think I need to know the notes pretty well before I can speed it up and learning 4 pages at once is a lot to remember.
Do you have any strategies?

Thanks
Sonia

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Posted: December 6, 2017

Maria
Practice day 2---It is not so simple after all...
Practice day 2---It is not so simple after all...

Thank very much classmates Sonia, Dianne, Barb and Jaime for all your suggestions, I am still trying to practice this and it was surprisingly tough.

I thought choosing this favorite childhood folk song was easy and simple but I was dead wrong.

I find it hard to get the right timing to do string crossing from G string while doing vibrato to C/C# first finger on A string as well as prolonging vibrato.

Thanks again...
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Posted: December 2, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family!
Wohlfahrt Op. 45~ etude no. 8; often skipped by many... its a small lyrical I think.... GREAT etude to practice bow distribution, intonation and most of all... PATIENCE... Beth tutorial as well as others agree.... take this one slooooowwww..... practice your bow distribution , MIND your intonation... especially on measures 20 and 21.... harder said than done! hehe

I had to take the vibrato attempt away for this one, and have yet to add EXPRESSION....
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Posted: December 5, 2017

Vayia UK
Vibrato
I have watched and re-watched the videos. I have also been doing the exercises for few months (not every day, I have to admit). Vibrato has not surrendered itself to me yet. Do I continue with the exercises until it just happens? Is that how it works? Does it just happen at some point?



15 Responses
Posted: December 1, 2017

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