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Dianne
Even Numbered Position Shifts
I'm making a new post on this rather than crowd Anne's thread on my Suzuki progress.

I made it to rehearsal letter "B' today. Wow, this piece has lots of shifting into the even numbered positions. It helps to have Ray's sheet music to see what, if any, fingering changes he has made, from the ones in Suzuki Bk 5. What I find interesting is that the even numbered position shifts throw me off completely as written in this piece. I find myself asking what was the editor trying to do. This is not because I learned 1st and 3rd 1st, but because they fall to different fingers with more complex rhythmic figures and faster note values. I feel this is a process of discovery, as each day I approach the piece again to move further and further along. Then I wrap back around when I'm done, and begin to do more  detailed work.

This piece is definitely bringing my shifting experience to the next step. Expression? ! Trying to think @ it at the same time, planning ahead, getting ideas, and especially from Anne's videos @ just what the possibilities can be.

Has anyone else worked on this piece, and care to share what your approach was?

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Posted: April 5, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Suggestions for the next piece tutorial
Hi everyone, I received an email sweetly asking that the community vote on a piece for my next tutorial. The rule though is that it has to be something originally written or arranged for violin and within the ballpark of playability. In other words, I have to be able to play it (decently)!

Also just so you all know, I'm curating all kinds of new pieces and adding them slowly to the library. However the ones I'm adding are things you surely won't have heard of it. Im' on a mission to rediscover gems that have been buried for decades and bring them to life again.

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Posted: March 22, 2019

Timothy Smith
Bagpipe Drones In All Keys
I made these and decided to share them. If anyone is interested feel free to either download or stream these from your browser. Many media players have a repeat function so you don't get much a of a delay before it starts again.I suggest doing this. Alternately, if you have music recording software you can import, set loop points and play to the loop .

There are many drones online and on youtube. I wanted something that was  interesting to play to and  that didn't required me to be on YouTube or stream from wifi. If you download these they can be played any time.

These drones are made with Bagpipes samples tuned A-440 in Mp3 format so the files are small.Paste this link in your browser if this interests you.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uHt-Y6ZAgS4rFLcgJha0cwqIet2i_gS1

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Posted: April 4, 2019

Susan Hollister
I am really enjoying the Scales videos! Thank you! What a wonderful way to learn the entire fingerboard, the sound of intervals, and to get comfortable with various positions! 



I have bee reading about the Galamian system of scales with their various bowing and rhythms - Beth, what do you think about his system of leaning the scales - it seems like his method emphasizes learning various bowing along with the scale itself, but the system notations is confusing -

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Posted: April 2, 2019

Soph yoon
Neck Holding Issue

Hi, guys, I have been practicing on and off for about little more than half a year now. and seems like I still have a problem with the way I am holding the neck. 
I have just learned something called 'Magic X' which is the side of the base knuckle of the index finger. and also learned that I rarely have contact with my magic X and neck of the violin. When I play my knuckle and neck usually has a little gap and thumb will come down to the bottom of the neck. I can play with the knuckle more rested on the neck which I find comfortable but I can not make vibrato like that. do you guys think I should learn to play with Magic x contacting the neck?

cheers, Soph

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Posted: April 3, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Violinpals,

Is this classic or popular violin?
Piazzolla himself is a classic, isn't he?
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Posted: April 3, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
LeClair Sonata no 3 first movement
Hi All,
Please follow the link to see what Iíve been up to. Still plenty to work on here, especially intonation around Double Stops. When I started this I couldnít make fingers 1+3 and 2+4 work together at all in the Double Stops, slowly getting there.

Let me know what you think

Sonia


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Posted: March 30, 2019

Elke Meier
They say that participating in an orchestra is the best way to progress because it challenges you constantly. I don't have that opportunity at the moment. But here is another way: start teaching the violin :). I started to introduce the daughter of friends to the violin. A few weeks ago I started her on the Dowani Scale book, which has a simple slow scale for the student and an accompaniment for the teacher. Ha! It keeps me rather busy having to learn a new accompaniment every week...

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Posted: April 1, 2019

Maria
Ave Maria de Schubert

Still on Ave Maria...


This time I practiced on the piano 🎹 I was downstairs and was not up to go up get the violin 🎻 and tune it plus look for the manuscript.


This was all done by ear using chords for the base and not sure if itís accurate.


Certainly did not follow the sequence...I felt that I really like to start almost in the mid part.


Please excuse my playing, I was in a reflective mood and I just let go and played...🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼


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Posted: April 2, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Improvising?
The more I look at this the more mistakes I need to fix I find. But guess I was hoping to maybe improvise a tiny bit with mordents and ambients- new things for me and then rhythm.  I guess my overall goal was to see if I was improvising at all in this. Not sure I did that goal. But then maybe I should focus on one thing at a time. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks
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Posted: March 29, 2019

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