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Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Intonia; Barcarolle

I've tried the intonia for a short time. I'm having strong difficulties studying K Flesch scales. Tuning is one of the biggest problems. However, I don't think Intonia would help me with these tasks.
I tend do rely on my body and mind. Not on externalities. I beg your pardon if I'm being stubborn, or rude.

I've been studying The Barcarolle June, Tchaikowsky, in A minor.  Though I prefer this key to G minor, this last one is the  most used. I can finger this version (G minor) in many ways, but I can't choose the best one. Thus, I ask you to help me.

39087009596513Tschaikowsky violin.pdf

Thanks for any attention.

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Posted: May 10, 2018

Basic Rhythm Question
Here's a question for you, Beth, at last year's workshop you and Laurie were talking about when we are playing a piece of music that we should try and 'hear' each note as subdivisions.  I imagine that you want us to subdivid the notes into the smallest or quickest note value.  So for me, in learning Allegretto, especially because today will be the first reall day of practice, the quickest note value will be the 8th note.  Do I have this right?

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Posted: May 11, 2018

Wohlfahrt OP 45 No.19
I find working in CMinor a real challenge. This study in detaché can seem like drudgery if not played with expression.

Goals: fix intonation issues, use the suggested bowing patterns, work up the speed, play with contrast per Beth's tutorial video.
 Comments welcome.
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Posted: May 8, 2018

Hello Beth and Fellow ViolinLabbers,

First thanks Beth for the most excellent job in designing the curriculum!!!  I have now graduated Beginning Lessons Level 2!!!  Looking forward to lessons on tone, intonation, and bow speed.  Moving on to Allegretto, Moon Over Ruined Castle ( that one sounds oddly familiar), and Minuet #1.

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Posted: May 6, 2018

Xing Gao
Need help with vibrato exercise
I've started vibrato exercises, but not sure if I'm on the right track. I heard that it's better to start with a wrist vibrato, so that's what I'm trying to do here. Can someone please check my hand?
Some questions I have:
1, I feel that with my first and second finger, wrist motion is limited and I tend to involve the arm. With my third and forth finger, I do have more freedom in my wrist, but my finger contact point seems more "left and right" as opposed to "front and back". Is this normal? 2, The first knuckle on my pinky can't straighten while my pinky is bent, and it looks very rigid in the video, is this going to be a problem? (I just don't have the control on that knuckle, it's either all bent or all straight, am I the only person with this problem?)

Thank you.
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Posted: May 9, 2018


Hello, I found here a link to Souncloud where I could listen to Ashoken. Also, I would like to know if it is done, by Beth or others, a video of this song here on Labviolin. It would help me with the bows and the left hand.
  What a beautiful song than this ...

Thank you :)

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Posted: May 7, 2018

Sarah Moore
Hector the Hero
Hi Beth and everyone!

I picked up my first violin about 2 months ago and I'm currently trying to learn this song. I've only learned the first two lines so far. I got the sheet music here:

How can I improve? 

Thanks so much :) 

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Posted: May 7, 2018

So-woon Jeon
Vibrato on 4 note. Need help..
Hello,  Dear Beth

I am struggling against 4note vibrato,  It never works for me. :(
Actually I have been practicing vibrato since more than 6 months. 
Giving vibrato in 2 note, it is ok now. but in 4 note, still never works.

Here I attached my finger action video. pls pls.. correct me.. 
Pls let me know how to make continuously lasting vibrato on 4 note.

Thank you in advance.

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Posted: April 30, 2018

Joe Rogers
How Straight is TOO Straight?
The topic title is very much a trick question, but it isn't.

I've been relentlessly working on straight bowing since I joined Violin Lab (and before that), and after just over a month, I've been working nonstop on straight bowing. I've been setting a timer with the metronome, and working at all bowing positions (middle "square", tip, and frog) and though I acknowledge I have progress to make - particularly at the frog - I'm not TOO awful (frog be damned) at maintaining a relatively straight bow. Whole bows are tricky.

I have developed an "eye" for seeing what is straight and what isn't, thanks to parallax. What you see as "straight" when playing isn't necessarily straight, and likely isn't. I've tried to "burn" that angle into my mind. It doesn't help much at the tip and frog (especially the frog), but when I try and watch in a mirror I'm all over the place. When I concentrate on watching the bow connect with strings, I'm comfortable, but the moment I try to play whilst watching myself, my arm drifts A LOT. By that I mean I can go from playing in the middle, to watching myself in the mirror and my arm goes from fingerboard to bridge abruptly.

Then I watch people play on YouTube (professional players, at that) and they're not necessarily straight. Not even a little bit. In fact, they're often quite crooked.

Being left-handed (but of course a bit ambidextrous by default), I don't know whether I'm obsessing over this too much, not enough, or just the right amount. I have no teacher (location) to call me an idiot and tell me I'm wrong, which is why I subscribed to Violin Lab - it has the structure I need and desire - but I'm afraid of falling into bad habits, like I did with programming. I spent years learning all of the in's and out's of languages, but never DOING anything with that knowledge. I fear I may be doing this again.

I enjoy playing "Ode to Joy" from "Essential Elements 1" despite the fact I haven't even touched the left hand in Violin Lab (which I consider a GREAT thing, and I did not properly hold the bow previously, and have been practicing the bow hold exercises extensively), but I find myself torn - the right-hand is of utmost importance, and you're at a disadvantage being left-handed - and "If you dwell on this, the most you'll ever play your violin is open strings practicing straight bows."

Must I be "spot-on" as I practice? I've been aiming for perfection. I realize being left-handed puts me at a disadvantage, but does that mean I should work harder at perfectionism?

I'll do it. I love this instrument. It's beautiful when others play it (and often enough, sounds good when I play it), but I don't want to fall into the same trap of doing basics for years and never doing anything with it. One day, I wish to be able to play well enough my friends and family (and only them - I have no major ambitions) will appreciate it as well. I played "Ode to Joy" for my wife, and she recognized and appreciated it. Made me feel like a million bucks, even if she was being kind! :P

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Posted: May 4, 2018

Barb Wimmer
Thoughts suggestions questions 

1-is my posture holding violin under chin correct. 
2-is it normal to feel you are going to drop violin when playing faster
3-working on thumb - better 
4-last- positions way up there do fingers stay same - I feel like I need to lift fingers up more I guess I need to bring arm around more but fingers up there don’t seem to press down in same way as in first position or I need to exercise them more?

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Posted: May 6, 2018

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