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Juan Pimienta
A major and G minor Harmonic scales 3 octaves
Hi folks, it's 1:12 am here in Uruguay and Im still working on my violin. Man i'm beat.
Here I share two scales, the first one is A major and the other one is G minor harmonic.
Hope you folks enjoy.

Juan.
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Posted: February 9, 2019

Beth Blackerby
I need your feedback.
Hi all, I just posted a beautiful new tune called "Andante Tranquillo" by Ralph Vaughn Williams. This piece, besides being  gorgeous, lended itself so well to 3rd position intonation practice that I couldn't help myself. I put in all 3rd position fingerings and recorded it. You'll find it in the Recently Added column of your home page.

This is more for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate players.

Here's what I need feedback for: how helpful...beneficial...effective...is the Soundslice I made for the purpose of learning? First watch the tutorial, listen to the audio files and practice it a little. Then go to this page and play along with me. Here's what I'd like to know:

1. Does this new overhead camera angle offer something uniquely helpful? Usually the camera lens is through the eyes of an audience member. From that vantage point, you can't really see all that well how the fingers and bow choreograph. So, does this angle do a better job of elucidating the mechanics of playing?

2. First enlarge the video. Can you read the music and still see me playing in your peripheral visual field?  I'm thinking that if a student can see me playing peripherally, they will notice more quickly if their bow is moving in a different direction than mine. Also, the student might be more influenced to distribute the bow the way I do. 

3. If you think there's no real benefit from this idea, please be honest and tell me. And if there's something else you think would be more effective, please share.


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Posted: February 6, 2019

Juan Pimienta
G major scale 3 octaves
A three octave scale slurred by two. Im working on slurring by 4 and then by 8. Sorry it some notes sound a bit weird. Im attempting to be as relaxed as possible. Also I would like a shorter bow for my short arms lol.

Thanks for watching :)

Juan.
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Posted: February 8, 2019

Dianne
Second Position
Yesterday, someone posted a question about scales. They had found a 2 octave scale that seemed to go out of position. Luckily, the scale had the first few fingerings numbered, so we could see that it was CM in 2nd position. I just wanted to mention how this particular scale pattern really helps to become comfortable w/2nd position 1st-4th fingers. Of course, it's the shifting to and from 2nd position that is the real challenge in pieces, but I found this scale so helpful as a start to atleast familiarize myself with the spacing of fingers in 2nd position, and not be so afraid of it! And then I can take it from there, and shift back, or up, and back again to 2nd, as I go along.

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Posted: February 6, 2019

Ray
Practice Anywhere
Practice wherever you are and whatever you are doing, eh Beth!  :)))


How would you rate the toothbrush hold?



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Posted: February 8, 2019

Ray
Hi Everyone,

My question has to do with chairs.  Specifically, what do you use when you practice sitting down?  How many people sit or stand while practicing? 

Most of us, when or if we play with other people will likely be sitting down.  That is how I spend most of my practicing.  And so my question is:  What is considered the ideal chair for playing a violin?  I imagine the question could be: What is considered the ideal chair for playing most instruments? 

I am imagining a chair that has very strong joints, adjustable front and back legs, no arm rests, and padded ( important considering how long practicing and rehearsals will be).

So what are your thoughts or recommendations?

May the Beat Be With You Always
Ray

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Posted: February 8, 2019

Mary Willis
Ricochet - "The cut"
Hi Beth and all,

Watched your Ricochet lesson and have started trying to learn this bowing called "the cut" in Scottish fiddle tradition.  See link. https://www.fiddlevideo.com/scottish-gracenote-the-cut/

Would you say they are very similar and could I use your instruction to accomplish this grace note?

Thanks
Mary

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Posted: February 4, 2019

Mike
Vibrato - Quintuple Flings
Hi -

I've been working on some of the feedback from last week, an have a new video of Quintuple Flings.  Please let me know what you think.

I think I have a natural tendency for my middle finger to extend a bit when I do these.  It's involuntary -- I swear! My guess is that my hand is still a little too rigid, but I'm trying to keep my thumb in one place.

Thanks for advice...
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Posted: February 7, 2019

Dianne
Graduation Piece
Hi Beth, In m.66 of the Vibrato Graduation piece, would the logical place be to shift down from 4th position to 1st be on the C natural? It wasn't marked. Thx.

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Posted: February 6, 2019

Valerio de Franchis
First video post
Hi everybody!
Found the courage to post something, at last. 

This is the hardest piece I'm working on, the Rieding concerto in Bm
My intonation and rythm are a mess, sorry!

I'd like to recieve some feedback on my bow arm and bow hold,
I'm not sure they are functioning as they should.

Thank you all



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Posted: January 31, 2019

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