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Courtney Marx
Week 7
First time using the G string

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Posted: July 4, 2017

Beth Blackerby
Simon Fischer Workshop July 31-Aug 4
Hi everyone, I received an email with info on an upcoming workshop by Simon Fischer. This looks great! The masterclasses I assume will be with some of the University students in the area. I may try and go to this myself. Here's the link with the details. 

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Posted: July 6, 2017

Quick question:  when practising double stops should I do block fingering or try and vibrate.  I kind of feel I should do block fingering with no vibrato, because it's hard enough really, but should I try and progress to vibrato - struggling not to touch the second string.  Thank you...

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Posted: July 5, 2017

rebecca richardson
Is this real vibrato?

Is this vibrato?  I am trying to learn vibrato but can't tell if I am. oving the pitch in the correct direction.  Not all of the notes vibrate in this selection.  This is a sample from a recording of me practicing Skye Boat Song.

If it is vibrato, is the amplitude wide enough? I am not at all a good judge of my own sound, and I have noticed other beginners like me also appear to have trouble critiquing their own vibrato, even though we recognize good vibrato when others play.

6 Responses
Posted: July 5, 2017

Elke Meier
Benslow Final Concert
Welcome, dear VL community, to the performance we had at Benslow last night :). You get a front seat to enjoy our final concert.


Carrickfergus (Irish trad., arranged by Patrick Roszell)
Variazioni La Follia (Robert D. McCashin)
Romance (Dmitri Shostakovitch, trans. Kreitman/Reglin, ed. Wermuth)
Fantasy on Simple Gifts (Trad., arranged by Robert Kerr)
Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)

We as VL students had some very high quality reinforcement: Stephen and Carolyn joined the group for the concert as well as four professional musicians from London (piano, violin, viola and cello).

This is not a very professional recording, and it has one flaw that made me so, so sad when I discovered it last night. We had originally planned to record from two angles, but we hadn't tested the second camera and when it came to recording we ran into problems with it. So all is done from one camera - which cut of the second row of the violin 2 section! So please imagine Jane, Katja, and Zee on the very right. It had slipped our attention to double check the angle. I was so sorry to discover it! 

We wished you all could have been with us in person, but at least you can share in it now. It was such fun to prepare this together and to experience Beth shaping this group of people (some of whom had never played in an ensemble and most of whom had never even seen each other a week ago) into feeling like a real ensemble.
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Posted: May 19, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
To all our friends and family at VL celebrating today...
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Posted: July 4, 2017

Hélène Mathers
St Anthony's Chorale --- I'm quite sure I missed something here!  I haven't seen the virtual concert anywhere.  Has it been shown?  If so, where can I find it?

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Posted: June 26, 2017

Robyn Stirling
violin set up
Hi all, a little question for the luthiers out there.
One of my friends son currently plays a 3/4 violin but is due to move up to a full size at some point.
Now, he's still at the point where he may give it up so whilst I know set up and a decent instrument is important there isn't really much point in a lot being invested if he decideds it's not 'cool' anymore. My issue is I have my old full size student violin which I was going to lend him while he makes up his mind but it is quite heavy, one of my reasons for upgrading amongst others.
Also I was not as fastidious about cleaning it as I am now so there's a lovely sticky rosin buildup under the strings, is there something I could quickly clean it with? I don't really want to bother my luthier with something like this especially as the violin may not be required in the end.
Many thanks

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Posted: July 1, 2017

Courtney Marx
I am learning to play on the G string and my bow is all over the place!

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Posted: July 1, 2017

Hélène Mathers
July 1 is Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all Canadian VL members!  Have a safe and merry weekend!

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Posted: June 30, 2017

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