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Joe P
Picking Pieces for Practice Course
I just signed up for the practice course and am looking for advice regarding selection of the pieces to use with it.
I already have a lot of repertoire challenges so would like to use pieces that I am already working on.  I have pieces that I'm working on that I would categorize like this:
1)  Extremely challenging with the hope of mastery in a year or so (Schindlers list is my current challenge piece)
2)  Pieces that have some fingering and rhythmic challenges but not too difficult (If I were a Rich Man, Canon in D, and a few irish jigs and hornpipes for example)
3)  Brand new celtic tunes with some fingering and rhythmic challenges that I have only sight read once.
4)  More familiar pieces that could use some work to clean up. (too many to list here)

I am torn... I would love to apply the process to Schindlers List, but the challenges are many and significant though I am very motivated and patient.
I would also like to consider applying the process to the two new (and maybes some older but still challenging) Celtic tunes.  The potential problem I am concerned about here is that they are not played as written which might cause some confusion if video submission is part of this process.
So, what would you suggest?

BTW, I am also planning on applying the process to my much less familiar Octave Viola repertoire.

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Posted: June 6, 2018

Dennis B
Where to start as a complete beginner?
Good day everybody :)

My name is Dennis, I'm 24 years old and I live in Germany. I wonder where to start as a complete beginner..? At the moment I practice to hold the bow correctly, to get my right hand smoothly and flexible and try to adjust the shoulder pad as good as possible. My problem is that I had never played an instrument, so I'm not able to read notes or to play just from listening. I'm also actually on the search for a violin teacher in my city.

I purchased every course at violin lab and thought to start with the "Note Reading" course before I go into practice. What do you think would be the best way to start? :)

8 Responses
Posted: June 6, 2018

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Beth offers now the far most complete means to progress in the violin studies. The most complete in the world. This is obvious.

In my viewpoint, the greatest quality of Beth's labour  is its non dogmatic character. That is, she never indicates a way as the unique.

Beth's video classes concentrate on beginner and intermediate efforts. But the advanced problems aren't neglected at all, on the contrary, they are rather anticipated. For instance, her studies on musical phrasing, on expressiveness resources.

I'll continue analysing Beth's oeuvre, contrasting it to the autodidact way. I feel me qualified to this task, for I have been following Beth since some 5 years.


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Posted: June 6, 2018

Sonia Lancaster
A question about the Practice Course
Hi Beth,
I just wondered whether there are links to download the music for the new course?


2 Responses
Posted: June 5, 2018

Juan Pimienta
Celtic melody
Hi folks, Im sharing a sweet celtic melody. This is done by ear since there are no music sheets available on the web. The rhythm needs a bit of work but I can only do that by listening to the original some more. Today this is what I got. Hope you folks enjoy it.

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4 Responses
Posted: June 3, 2018

Jon Keightley
Bow hold
Would appreciate bit of feedback on my bow hold. I've not had a teacher so not sure if i'm doing it right.
Is there something in there i can work with or do i need to go back and relearn from scratch.
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10 Responses
Posted: May 16, 2018

Mazas #2
Hello Dear VLabbers :) 

Here is my progress so far on this wonderful etude 

Thank you
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6 Responses
Posted: June 1, 2018

Juan Pimienta
Help with sound production in high positions
Hi Beth and folks at violab. I need your help. Im practicing a slightly different ending to Ashokan Farewell but I am not happy with the sound Im making. I can't figure it out by myself so anything you folks notice, let me know so I see how I can work on this to keep on improving. Thank you so much as always.

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7 Responses
Posted: May 29, 2018


Good evening classmates,

Still existing :) just busy with work and was on vacation...

Yes, I'm still practicing whenever my schedule is not that hectic...

Currently working on a new piece.

9 Responses
Posted: May 26, 2018

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Dear Beth,

Please, what mean these big capital letters, ABCDFG, in this sheet below? I'm interpreting
as indications of phrases.

Thanks, Fabiano

5 Responses
Posted: June 1, 2018

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