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Is there a video to show how to correctly replace a broken string? Thankyou

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Posted: March 31, 2019

Timothy Smith
The Blarney Pilgrim
This is the last one I'll post for awhile.   I have a question about my lower strings. They don't seem very responsive, like I need to dig into them to make any sound. When I get sound it isn't pure. The sound seems distorted. It sounds like a technique issue but I think it might have a lot to do with my strings. They aren't clear. The strings are about 6 months old. 
-Do you think they need replaced? and what types of strings do you recommend?

In this video it seems my bow arm is straight for a little while and then wanders at an angle. My intonation is off here and there. 
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Posted: March 25, 2019

Beth Blackerby
What an emotional piece. Wow does that Strad have a voice!

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Posted: March 27, 2019

Extended 4th Finger Harmonic
Hi, is there a video that has the extended fourth finger harmonic? Having a challenge of shifting out of position a bit versus extending.

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Posted: March 29, 2019

Critique for Open String Duets Exercise 8
Hi Everyone,

Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 8 was a fun exercise because it had a fast tempo, slurs in which the pattern reversed, it has rests, and retakes.  As with exercise 7 I tried to concentrate on setting up that all important first note.

If you let me know any and all areas of improvement so that I do not carry forward any bad habits that would be fantastic.

You all have a great practice session today.

May the Beat Be With You Always,

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Posted: March 28, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
An appeal to Beth

Itís been a long time since Iíve overcome the basics, and feel stagnate. Health problems have interfered in my progress, preventing me from making 2 study sessions, for instance.


I reacted to these hindrances, using scales to maintain my level. Exploring all virtualities offered by scales.


Iím in these days trying an accountability of my condition. Itís in this moment that I appeal to your experience.


To escape from that stagnation, Iím aiming at 2 goals:

-         Intonation, the everlasting concern of violinists. I face this point, using scales and Schradieck. I practice between 60 and 120 bpm (beats per minute). Above all, Karl Flesch scales, for I like the most difficult. I believe in this.

-         Speed: Iím using Kreutzer 2 (C E G F   E F D E.....) to increase gradually my speed; Iím between 60 and 120 bpm. Legato (more easy) and dťtachť, and various rithmic figures.


Iím studying perhaps to many pieces: Salut díAmour (finishing it); Bachís A minor concert (fingerings by yours); I maintain and try to improve Arioso); recently, Bachís double concertoÖ.


These, in very short, are my current paces. Iíll show you, in a week, my performing of Salut díAmour. Perhaps too, of a KFlesch scale in thirds, 3 octaves, very difficult.


Iím looking forward to your advices. Thank you in advance, and ever.

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Posted: March 27, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
A sound barrier: real or just an impression?

Between 120 and 140 bpm there is a barrier, that seems sometimes impossible to cross.
When getting through the 120 mark, there come issues with intonation, with rithm, with memory. Everything slips to a collapse.

I'm exagerating a little, because of the anger I feel at this 120 bpm barrier.

That's why the sautillť bowing is so difficult. Because of the need of synchronism of the two hands.

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Posted: March 28, 2019

Hi Beth,
I know that I am projecting in playing the etude in your Note Reading course.  But how would you approach to playing a staccato second note in a slur?  And keep it smooth.  Just reading ahead of where I am at right now.  Ty banks.

May The Beat Be With You Always,


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Posted: March 27, 2019

Surrounding the Pitch
Beth and VLabbers, here are two pictures, the 1st is my vibrato going below the pitch and up to the pitch. Even with the small amplitude, it never goes above the pitch. The second picture is a vibrato of another player, that starts out below the pitch, and eventually surrounds the pitch.

Is this something we listen for, in order to be able to surround the pitch? No matter what I try, I cannot seem to go above the pitch. I am looking for ideas on how to do it!

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Posted: March 26, 2019

Placing the Violin Quickly
When you see a soloist bring their instrument up to play, you don't see them do any extra movements, they simply bring the violin up to the neck, and prepare to play. So today, I experimented with just where I could place the violin, that I could have an instant playing position. I found a way to do this, by raising the scroll of the violin to horizontal, or a bit above horizontal, and placing the violin against the neck, without changing anything in my head placement. It angled the violin down and against the neck quickly. This way I could then just drop the head onto the chin rest and begin to play. I ended up with the same placement as I had before, but without all the extra movements of raising the chin, or reaching out with the chin.

Have you tried this?

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Posted: March 24, 2019

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