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Beth Blackerby
Two More Vibrato Training videos!
I added a few more videos on the Resources Vibrato Page!

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Posted: August 1, 2018

Elke Meier
Vibrato practice question
Hi you all,

today I decided to record my practice because I wanted to see what the unrelenting eye of the camera would say as compared to what I feel I am doing. Well, and now I am not sure of what I see... So here it is for your discriminating eyes :)

Actually, my main reason for recording was that I wanted to see whether my wrist is starting to be a little more floppy than before. I cannot do plain wrist vibrato - I am in real pain after a very short time of practice (like 2min). So I have been practicing arm vibrato but a while ago Beth told me to try and have a "floppy" wrist while I do the arm vibrato, so that the movement wouldn't entirely have to come from the big arm muscles and I would be able to have a bigger range.

So here are two short excerpts: The beginning is from the last exercise at 120%. I cannot get through that one faster than that. The second half is from the shorter exercise with the 5 pulses, and this one is at 150%. 

Here are some questions/observations:
  • I am not sure whether I see the "floppy" wrist. Do you?
  • The movement seems to be much narrower in the 150% section. Is this normal? Sure, in Beth's video it does not change, because we just make the video run faster :). But in real life, should I have the same amplitude in 150% as in the slower versions?
  • Biggest revelation: I miss a lot of pings/flings! I feel like I did 5 every time, but when I look at it I see quite a few beats where I had only 4 and introduced a longer break... I guess that means that I should go back and do it slower again until I don't miss pings any more. 
Any other thoughts/observations from you?
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16 Responses
Posted: August 9, 2018

Sylvia Gregg
2018 Summer Recital
Hello everyone. Since I haven't post a video in awhile, I decided to post one of a recital that I and other music teachers had on the 3rd of this month. Our 2018 Summer rectal. I decided to play one song with two of my students that we all heard before from Beth. We did Prelude by Dmitri Shostakovich. All I can say is that we weren't bad. Keep in mind we had only one day for only one hour practice session together. We did have a lot of fun together and I will work to continue to improve.
By the way, you may want to fast forward the video to about 1:10, since the time before is spent on setting up 😁.

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7 Responses
Posted: August 9, 2018

Susie Kirwan
Bow Arm
Hello Beth and Everyone,

It is good to be able to be online again is this great community of violinists.   I love violin so much.   My bow shoulder still likes to swing back when I play especially detache and when crossing strings during this stroke.   When my eye and periphery eyesight is on my bow arm, contact point on stings and general posture while playing it is straight.   As soon as my eyes are focusing on the written piece in front of me I can feel the shoulder stroke again.   

I do things like using a mirror, playing against a wall and works well and try to sense and feel this when reading and playing at the same time.   Would love to hear anyone's experiences with straight bow and further suggestions to help it.


6 Responses
Posted: August 9, 2018

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
arm + wrist vibrato

So I have been commenting on my alternate arm and wrist practice.
I did a short video to demonstrate how it is going.

looking forward for observations, comments and suggesitons.
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Posted: August 10, 2018

Hi Beth and Fellow Students,

This is a video, Day 01, of releasing tension in the left hand so that I am able to play low second finger.  I am following fellow students and the advice from Beth in her video:  found in the video library.  I hope by the end of a week or two I will be able to progress with my studies on J.S.Bach's Minuet No.1. 

If you all see any glaring mistakes in my set up or in the execution of Beth's advice please let me know so that I do not have to unlearn a bad mistake. Cheers.

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10 Responses
Posted: August 6, 2018

Day 02 of Releasing Tension in the Left Hand To Play Low 2nd Finger
Hi Beth and Fellow Students,

Day 02 of attempting to release tension in my left hand so that I am able to play low 2nd finger with good intonation.  I had great suggestions one of which was to bring my left elbow a little further to the left.  Another, raise the contact point between the left hand and the nut, and lastly to move the thumb around so that tension or pinching will not happen in the left hand.

So in this video I am trying out a couple of these very helpful suggestions.  I am executing them wrong please let me know.  Cheers.

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Posted: August 8, 2018

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
chinrest & tailpiece
So I got myself an acoustagrip shoulder pad and flesch stye centre moutned chinrest all which finally make me more comfortable on my violin.
Only that the chinrest touches my tailpiece that seems to have an unusually high arch...
What should I do?
Get someone to carve the bottom of the chinrest to fit or change the tailpiece?

There aren't anyshops that sell violin parts, I need to order all of them from abroad :/

12 Responses
Posted: July 27, 2018

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Raśl, a linguistic question.
Raśl Rivas, Please, could you translate the expression "Noodle Bumper" into Spanish? I have no violinistic our even musical interest in this, just linguistic. I couldn't find no clue to this mystery. Excuse me for disturbing you, it's so little. Thanks. Fabiano.

3 Responses
Posted: August 8, 2018

Elke Meier
Just a little comment: 

I don't know who of you follows Hillary Hahn's Instagram channel. She has a 100 day practice challenge going and posts little clips of her practice. I am just so encouraged to hear how she practices - even Hilary Hahn repeats the same note half a dozen times until it sounds right. Although I guess what sounds right is a little different in her perception than in mine. But still! It is encouraging. She is so incredibly good, and yet she practices continuous vibrato!

5 Responses
Posted: August 7, 2018

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