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Rustam Gill
Working on Speed
HinVL and Beth.
 Here I am working on the first few lines of Kayser etude 9. I am working on speeding it up as per my teachers instructions. I have been using the metronome at first and also practicing small groups of notes at a time and slowly splicing them together. That's gotten me this far but I would love to hear any other ideas or resources to develop speed when playing. 
PS this felt and sounded blindingly fast to me when I played it but now listening to it just feels like it's at a sort of brisk tempo but nothing too fast. It goes to show the value of recording yourself playing :)
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Posted: July 7, 2017

MsPolkadotz
Salut D'amour + Violin setup update
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share this lovely piece with you. I've had a couple of changes done on my violin after my first visit at the Luthier. You can read more about my experience here

This piece has been on my list to learn since I got started on the violin and I'm so glad to have the time to learn it now. I find shifting a little easier now that I say out loud what position I am going to in order to orient my fingers. I used to think about the fingerboard in distances (tones/semitones) to find the notes. This did not help me maintain a good hand frame in higher positions because I chose fingering based on what felt comfortable (not always keeping a good hand frame). Anyhow, I'm curious to know what your thoughts are and how you think about shifting. Thanks for listening.
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Posted: July 6, 2017

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Massenet Meditation de Thais
Hi, here is one of the three pieces I will perform at the Munich Day of Amateur Music on July 9th. Comments and constructive criticism are most appreciated. Time is short... Thank you for listening.


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Posted: June 30, 2017

Wayne Zanussi
Bow geometry
Hi... 

I'm having a lot of trouble with bow geometry.  I've watched the videos over and over.  Is it a matter of not having the right muscle memory to keep the bow straight and from sliding?

Any thoughts or tips would be great, thanks...

WZ
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10 Responses
Posted: July 8, 2017

Mary Freeman
Thought this angle might reveal why I bang other strings
am working on an old Favorite 
Comments critiques welcome
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Posted: July 12, 2017

Maria
Day 3 Practice... original key was G minor
Day three practice, just few measures only...

My question is, the piece was in G minor, since I moved down to G string then the key changes to C minor or move up to D string then it becomes G minor ...If I move it up to A string it becomes D minor,,,E string-the key changes to A minor is that right Beth or anyone? 



I used my custom made viola made by Bob -Diane's husband, have not played on it for years. 

It's made of pear wood and has mother-of-pearl plum blossoms inlay-beautiful dark real ebony wood with MOP inlays on the chin rest-the thing that hold the strings [i 4got the name]fingerboard and pegs.

Now, that I play a bit with experience I can produce sound on 3rd position...Beautiful, handsome handmade viola.

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Posted: July 2, 2017

Courtney Marx
Do you see improvement? Earlier video inside


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Posted: July 7, 2017

Barb Wimmer
music theory
Hi Everyone.    As I study music theory I have a couple questions if may. How many scales are there?  And I understand a rest that looks like a hat on the line colored in and same rest that looks like a hat colored in under the staff line equals two beats above line and four beats below line but if you have 12/8 key signature and in one measure it is the rest below the line and no notes only that rest do you hold the rest for equivalent of 12 eighth notes or just four beats
Thank you


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Posted: July 8, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Pattern recognition vs. Sight reading
Interesting point brought by my local teacher yesterday.

He comments that I really catch up on "patterns" in the songs or exercises and that I end up making the piece a challenge in "pattern recognition" and "pattern follow up".... loosing the essence on "note recognition" and  loosing the opportunity to learn "sight reading".

I confess him that I do. Once I  learn a song following the notes.... after a while I stop reading and rather "follow patterns"!

He wants me to be able to recognize notes and tempo and not just "follow patterns". I see his point.... what everyone thinks?

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Posted: July 5, 2017

Ray
I have been working for 10 days straight and tomorrow I will be treating myself to a full day of music.  Listening, practicing, relaxing, and a little planning and organizing of notes all the while listening to music.  A full 24  hours by myself, music, and for an audience a Dashound that can't hear anymore.  For now I am off to work a grave yard shift and then I will be drifting off to sleep dreaming of playing in time to Moon Over Ruined Castle with other musicians.  

Ah, bliss!!! 


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Posted: July 6, 2017

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