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Hey guys! Lately my left ear can't hear very well. I am only 14 years old, so I think it is because I play too loud on my violin and lean too close to the f holes. Additionally, I play in my small bathroom a lot for checking my posture. The loud volume is really damaging my ears. Now, I can't play the violin without a mute on. If I do, I feel my eardrums popping.
Has this happened to you guys before? What should I do?

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Posted: April 6, 2017

Robyn Stirling
Hi all, once more I would ask for your advice, this time on fingering in a piece of music that's probably well beyond my capabilities but that I'm playing on Sunday, I only got the music last Friday. Could I just check though first that it's ok to post the music here? It's an excerpt of the violin 2 part of the 1812 overture. 

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Posted: April 7, 2017

Mohammed Hajjar
Violin Tone Evaluation
Here's an evaluation of the tone of several violin makers, in case you are interested:

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Posted: April 5, 2017

Sentimental sweet reunion with my 7/8 violin
Sentimental sweet reunion with my 7/8 violin

I woke up from my sleep and started looking for my very first violin... 

Opened 8 cases before I found her, besides looking so old , scratched up and frail she looks okay, turned the pegs and it was tuned in no time.

Took my Luma bow and started bowing just anything to wake her up...

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Posted: April 5, 2017

Ann Meeker
Handel Bourree (Suzuki Bk 2, piece #6) ShareEmbedEmail
It's taking awhile to go back through the Level 1 videos, i'm only halfway through them-:> but learning so much about "basics" that I hadn't known before.  So anyway, am concurrently continuing on through Bk 2 pieces.  If you see an occasional slight vibrato-wiggle, it's all JAIME'S FAULT, I'm trying to hold back because haven't gotten to those vibrato videos yet but it's a tad difficult when I admire how nice it is sounding for Jaime!

You guys are my Teachers, thx in advance for all critique that helps me on my quest to Learning To Play Beautifully.
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Posted: April 2, 2017


I'm a new member to ViolinLab! I've bing-watched a boat load of videos from Beth's library and think I've over-saturated my brain with information. While letting it stew, I discovered this community forum and really like the fact that there are videos of other members presenting their progress. I know I'm very much a beginner, and I've got a lot to improve upon, but I thought I'd post a video of me... I think one of Beth's videos on performance anxiety recommends posting videos online for comment. I'm willing to try anything to get me to relax while I play. 

(Disclaimer: Sorry the camera quality on my computer is so poor.) 

I learned Minuet 1 this past week. 

T‌hings I'm working on: 
using the bow closer to the frog, 
figuring out if I'm actually hitting the correct notes for low C & low G on the A & E strings, respectively [my 2nd finger is resistant to go where it should be], 
figuring out how to make the clear distinction between "p" and "mf" when I perform, and getting my bow to stop getting so close to the fingerboard. 

So, feel free to share any advice (on these or other topics) you might have! Performance anxiety is a big one, too. I've only ever played before my instructor, and even then I'm a pile of nerves.

I should probably mention that I'm working through Suzuki 1 - I started Song of the Wind in January and have been progressing from there. 

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Posted: April 3, 2017

David Waterman
Beginning Level 3?
Hi - I am returning to Violin Lab. I have been playing for 2 years, six months of live lessons, almost through Suzuki book 2 - but poor technique. Wondering where to start with all the great stuff on the site. I thought I would go through all the material in "Beginning Level 3", supplementing with videos on my specific problems. (Like terrible left hand gripping and tension!) Any suggestions? Thanks,

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Posted: April 4, 2017

Sylvia Gregg
Pachelbel Canon in D
Hello, everyone.  I finished the first half of Pachelbel Canon in D.  It's not perfect but it will do for now. I want to post the whole song next time and hopefully it'll be much improved. So, I need your help on what I should work on. I know I need to work on the C sharp toward the end of the song and the D using the 4th finger.  Also, do I need to keep my fingers down more when I do vibrato?  Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Posted: April 3, 2017

Ted Adachi
Bad tone - a moral tale
So I have been playing going on 8 months now. And for all that time, I thought my violin did not sound so good. 

When I started, I figured that the violin would sound bad no matter what but now, I can play a little and I can hear this harsh edge to notes, especially on the A and D string.

So I took my violin to the local shop. One of the luthiers says to me 'Let's go to the playing room'. 

So we go and instantly, the violin sounds a little better. The harsh edge is there but not so apparent. Then the luthier says to me 'Can I try?' and I am just floored. She only plays 4 or 5 notes but for the first time, my violin sounds like a violin! I would be so happy if it sounded like that when I played!

She says that it sounds a little tight. We go to her bench and she moves the sound post a little (in French, the sound post is called 'l'âme' which means 'the soul') and the harshness is gone.

So back at home, my violin still sounds bad, worse because now I can really hear the uneveness in my bow strokes. And I know now how nice the violin could sound. But at least now I know the problem is not with the instrument. It's all up to me now…

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Posted: April 4, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family! So here it is... from Belwin Course for Strings - Second and Fourth position series, book 1. Again, teacher wants me to "silently" shift between position 1 and 2, so here it is.... I guess this would be classic (vs romantic) shifting? :0)
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Posted: April 4, 2017

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