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Dianne
Quick Bow Test
This definitely does not work for carbon fiber! But it does still show some quality or design differences. Great test for a wooden bow- my Schicker was incredibly resonant.
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Posted: September 5, 2017

Barb Wimmer
Rhythm continues

Suggestions welcome


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Posted: September 4, 2017

Ann Meeker
Wohlfahrt Op 45 No 1 – Dart motion??

So I'm inspired by recent post/thread of Dianne/Jaime/Elke about implementing the detache "dart throwing" concept of Beth's video 117. I'm wondering if I'm doing this right?? When I look at my video, I think my RH fingers seem to be flexible, but I don't see wrist motion, is there something I'm missing here?

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Posted: August 27, 2017

Susan Hollister
Strings
Hi Everyone- I am curious about what kind of strings everyone likes? Please tell what brand you use, and what quality you like about them. 

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Posted: September 2, 2017

Dianne
Codabow Review
Hello, I decided to do a bow trial of the Codabow line of bows. I have here an SX, a GX and a Marquise GS. All three make the off-the-string bow strokes much easier. Here are my preliminary thoughts on these bows, and also here is a video of me playing the bows briefly and randomly with my darker French instrument. If I were to play these bows on the brighter German instrument, there would be many differences in the sound.

For sound, on the French, I rate the bows as follows: GS, SX, GX.
For sound, on the German instrument, I rate them as follows: GS, GX, SX.
For handling, so far the Marquise GS is doing circles around the SX and GX, and also for nuance. This is saying alot, because the SX & GX handle easily off the string.
The GX does terrific fast string crossings in Kreutzer 7 using the collé bow stroke. I have never felt anything like it! The GS doesn't handle quite as well for that, but it is close.
The Marquise GS is a more flexible stick, but it is at the same time not a soft player, as you are able to play hard on it if you want to.
Playing my difficult latest repertoire gets easier as I go from the SX, to the GX, and finally when playing with the Marquise GS, it is remarkably easier.
All three of these bows are excellent in their own way- for instance the SX has such a sweet tone on my French violin- like it was made for it!
But if it is handling I am after (which it is) the GS so far wins hands down.
The GX can do anything, and all bows feel great in the hand, but the Marquise GS does it ten times faster, and feels like a dream in the hand.
The SX is weighted just a bit more toward the tip, so if it is tracking that you are after, the SX works beautifully for that.
The GX really lets me dig down and play with some grit if I want to, or more tenderly if I choose- it's all in the handling. It is a very fine classical bow with a low profile dark brown stick. It is not at all a bright copper as pictured in ads- I like the look of this bow.
The Marquise GS has one mode: beautifully nuanced, yet with just as powerful a projection if you choose- you control it, and with any articulation that you are capable of.
I have a week with these bows, and will continue to play anything and everything with them to determine if any one of them is the right bow for me.

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Posted: September 2, 2017

Ray
Those of you who know how to play Allegeo, from Suzuki Book 1, would you recommend playing the staccato notes in the middle third of the bow?

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Posted: September 4, 2017

Dianne
Left hand index finger position
Hi, If you look at my recent videos, I have positioned the camera angle to view my left hand position. I hold my left hand above the 1st knuckle of the index finger, which seems quite natural for me, but then when I put the 1st finger down on the E string, there is a scrunching effect that places the finger toward the peg and changes the angle of the hand a bit. Beth recently suggested trying out raising my hand until it is just above the crease, but my hand just keeps naturally lowering! Arghh! I try to raise my hand really high, but I do not feel as comfortable with that for things like vibrato- raising my hand that high works better for fast passages, where I use fast finger drops. So I have re-watched Beth's Violin Lesson: Left Hand Position and Placement for Violin and at around 2:39, I think I see what the problem may be. I don't square my first finger up along the line of the string, rather, I place it an an angle. What would be the best exercise or etude for me to practice the squared 1st finger to effect a change? Everything I have tried does not seem to stick!

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Posted: September 4, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family! Fifth pupil's concerto....first fourth.... still in the making!
Once I get to the swallowtail jig part at the end I SSSSLLLLOOOOWWW down! hehe...still need to hit those strings right! :0)
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16 Responses
Posted: August 3, 2017

Beth Blackerby
Dart Throwing
Hi Everyone, I'm thrilled to see you all jumping on the Wohlfahrt op 45. no. 1 bandwagon and perfecting your detaché. I know the "dart throw" motion is a bit elusive and hardly looks different than any other detache stroke. It really is the difference between a loose or tight shoulder joint. Hope this video will help a bit.
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Posted: August 28, 2017

Ray
Day 7 of 7 Rhythm Challenge
Here is the final installment for Note Reading Unit 1 Etude.  But like the Never Ending Story no piece of music is ever truly finished.  We can all go back and tweek what pieces we have learned and so it will be for Unit 1 Etude.  I feel I did what I had set to do and that was to fast track my rhythm skill to be able to play a piece of music with another musician.  If you want to see the other 6 days they are posted here on the site within two other entries and of course on youtube.  At about day 4 or 5 I found it interesting that the comments stopped giving advice about the rhythm but had switched to bow distribution.  So I thought that was really cool.  So here is the Day 7 video.  And of course, critiques are always welcome.

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10 Responses
Posted: August 29, 2017

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