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I have finally come to understand Beth's #1 rule for good tone - BOW SPEED

I haven't been playing long so my bow strokes are still very hesitant. When I play cautiously like that, my tone is not very good. I see now than when I speed it up, my tone is much much better! My problem is, when I speed up my bow it makes me want to play faster!

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Posted: August 14, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family! Fifth pupil's concerto....first fourth.... still in the making!
Once I get to the swallowtail jig part at the end I SSSSLLLLOOOOWWW down! hehe...still need to hit those strings right! :0)
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Posted: August 3, 2017

Going Higher
After reading Arthur's post and thinking @ my own setup, I realize that the Ohrenform I have been using, although a huge improvement height wise @ 27mm, was still slightly too low from the minute I put it on, but it was such an improvement, I kept using it thankfully. Over time, and especially in the last few weeks, the tension from having to still ever so slightly nod too deeply into the chinrest has become unbearable. So today, I temporarily built the rest up another 1/2" to ~38mm or so and immediately, all the tension disappeared. It was that fast. So I am going to order a higher chinrest next week. These threads on setup really help me to scrutinize what is still going on in my own setup, so thank you!

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Posted: July 29, 2017

Elizabeth (Oklahoma)
Avatar Image Problem
Greetings All!

Trying to put in a new avatar image (.jpg) but having no success.  I've tried using both Windows 10 and Firefox with no luck.  Now I'm thinking I should have left well enough alone.  Has anyone changed their avatar recently, and if so what is the key to success that I'm obviously missing?

Musically yours,  Elizabeth  *8>) 

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Posted: August 13, 2017

Hello everyone.

I am noticing that when I play, sometimes the sound 'cracks', like it will 'squeal' for a second, I don't know how to explain it. Mostly the E string, occasionally the A. It has only been over the last few weeks that I have been using the E string. What about my technique could be causing this issue?

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Posted: August 9, 2017

My first 5 etudes..
Hi guys,

I finally decided to learn some etudes to help set my left and right hand technique. As you can see, I'm starting quite fresh with them but have already noticed how useful they are for warm ups and drills for the fingers. It was hard for me to get into them at the beginning because I normally jump straight into practicing certain pieces. But I'm trying to be a better violin student ;-) and I have Beth to thank for inspiring me to give them a go. Thanks so much and I hope you are having fun practicing your favorite etudes! Please leave your favorites and I look forward to checking them out. 
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Posted: August 10, 2017

Ok, guys, I need to get a practice routine down now that I'm starting to get into more technical pieces.

Right now I'm doing:
A printout of open string exercises
Rhythm exercises from the note reading course
Current piece (Simple Gifts)
Next piece (Canon in D melody)

I have a scale book but I've only learned 1 octave Dmaj and Cmaj and 2 octave Gmaj. I've been doing the rhythm exercises where each measure is a note on the scale.

Are there any works I can find on IMSLP I should be doing?

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Posted: August 13, 2017

Alan Barnicoat
Bowing Pattern Practices?
I've just started working on the Gossec Gavotte. In the second tutorial (video 160) there is mention (4:20) of attachments for additional bowing pattern exercises to help facilitate learning the combination of the 8 slurred 16th notes in measure #20. Beth does demonstrate one exercise pattern and then suggests clicking on "see instructional materials." but I don't see the attachments for the others mentioned in the video. Tried viewing with Safari,Chrome and Firefox but no PDFs visible. Maybe I'm overlooking something?

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Posted: August 13, 2017

Rhythm Practice late at night
Hi Everyone,

If you are looking for a way to practice your rhythm skills late at night BUT do not to disturb other people fire up your iPad open the app Steve Reich's Clapping Music.  Steve has composed a piece of music for two people to clap the rhythm.  There are 20 patterns to learn.  There is a practice section of the app where you can tap the screen instead  of clapping.  You are shown your accuracy when you want to stop just press pause.  

I have been and still are looking for different ways for my brain to catch unto rhythm.  I am finding slow and steady improvement as long as I specifically practice rhythm training every day.  I find even missing one day I slide a little further backwards and that one day off means 2-3 days before I am back where I was.  I work with 7 different apps on rhythm, a metronome where I can silence the sound for any number of measures (as a test), Note Reading with Beth, and Moon Over Ruined Castle.

Great app for training your ear and hand coordination.



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Posted: August 12, 2017

Practiced piece after a month- I'm back to zero again!

Back to the drawing board again after a month's pause...

Sigh 😔.... Practice, practice and more practice.

🎻 not giving up! 😊🌸🌸🌸🎻
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Posted: August 12, 2017

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