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Jane
Bow hold too tense
People always tell me that my bow hold is too tense. So I watched Beth's video on bow hold. With the better bow old, I played on the violin and felt that I had more control of the bow(able to put more pressure on the bow). But after 10 minutes, the new bow hold left a little dent on my index finger. Is this suppose to happen? Or is it because my bow hold is still to tense?

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Nick
Playing without a shoulder rest
Two videos which show my ongoing struggles to balance and stabilise the violin sans shoulder rest. It's been difficult to maintain good form and a relaxed playing position while trying to balance the violin concurrently.
The alternative was to give up the violin altogether a few years ago because the SR gave me so much shoulder/neck pain. I had to stop playing for two months because of the extreme pain. There is a struggle playing without a SR continues but at least there's no pain (thankfully) and I discovered a new breakthrough that's helping me stabilise the violin without being restrictive in any way...and I discovered it through the most amazing source!(be warned, the editing is not the best..have your finger on the volume button as the sound does tend to fluctuate..)

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Posted: March 13, 2017

Jane
Vibrato!!!
Hi Beth and violin labbers!
I watched Beth's videos and tried vibrato. Though I am not sure I am doing it right... Here is a video of me trying to play vibrato. I think I need my vibrato to be bigger, faster, and more constant. What do you guys think?
Your comments mean so much to me! I truly appreciate you guys!
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Posted: March 14, 2017

Vicky
Rhythm practice sheets
Here is a collection of rhythm practice exercises I found on the internet.  They are the same kind of rhythm exercises Beth included in her webinar "Sight Reading", pgs. 15-17.

http://www.sisbands.org/Rhythm.htm

You can download the whole booklet or choose specific categories to download.
Printing works better if you download the files first, then print the pdf"s

Vicky

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Lisa, Houston-TX
Suzuki Bk. 1 Minuet No. 1
Wow!  Did anyone else find Minuet No. 1 difficult to move on to?  I've found every piece easy up until this point.  I know i need to isolate and focus on each measure of this piece until I find it acceptable to my ear.

I may record myself on this one when I become better at it and get some critique.  Just need to get up the nerve to put myself on video.  Camera shy. LOL

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Posted: March 14, 2017

Urban Kristan
Loosing the 'feeling' for a piece
I find that after a while of practicing a piece I lose the feeling of playing it, and it feels more like just going through the motions. When I get into that mode I tend to be a lot more sloppy with the music. With me, this affects the rhythm most of all. 

The 'feeling' for the piece usually comes back after moving on to something else and playing it again in a day or two, but for some pieces it does seems pretty permanent.

Does anyone experience the same thing? 

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Posted: March 8, 2017

Jane
Sorry There was an issue with playback???
When I use my computer to watch Beth's videos, it always pops up "Sorry
There was an issue with playback" after about 1 minute. And then I'd have to refresh the page and do this several times for just watching 1 video. So I tried watching her videos on my phone and it works perfectly fine. Does this happen to you guys? Is there anything I could do to fix it?

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Lisa, Houston-TX
Soon to be Recording Artist! Nawt!
So...... I recorded myself this morning playing Go Tell Aunt Rhody.  LOLOLOL.  I get so nervous in front of the camera that I play terribly.  Or maybe when I play it back I see how terribly I really sound.  Don't know.  I guess I'll try to post something this morning to get some critique.  Be gentle.  Tee Hee!

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Jane
Playing w/ eyes closed?!
How and why do professionals play w/ eyes closed?  I watch professionals play their violin on YouTube and notice that they keep eyes closed? For expression(It happens most frequent in minor keys!)? Because they got their music memorized and think they can focus better w/ eyes closed? Because they want to avoid the audience's eye contact? But how do they still play in tempo while not watching the conductor? 

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Posted: March 14, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl

May Song... catchy little tune! Love the rhythm of the notes!

Still working with strengthening my pinky!.... will get those 4th positions soon!

Ladies and gentlemen... Seis de Mayo Song :0)

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Posted: May 6, 2014

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