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Maria


Thank you so very much for all your support and encouragement Dianne, Frieda and Barbara...Appreciated it a lot.

So the struggle cont. on this practice, yesterday I used a different melody off the book and from my head to lessen the degree of difficulty a bit [no sight reading].

Today, I pick up random piece from my daughter's old piano book not just apply and transition to double strings/stops but to practice sight reading on unknown and unfamiliar pieces to me. 

Here's my raw practice video and your suggestions, comments and pointers to help me improve and play better.

Thanks...
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Posted: November 9, 2017

Ray
Hi Beth,
Dr. Kirsten Yon, during your interview with her, that you want to avoid the 'speed pump' affect when using finger motion.  Thinking about it some more I am imagining that the optimal speed to disguise the bow change would be the same speed as the bow stroke.  It only looks fast because it is taking place over a very short distance.  Am I out to lunch with my thinking?

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Posted: November 9, 2017

Maria
Spontaneous transition to play double stops


Single string spontaneous transition to double strings practice...

It's very challenging to have a smooth and flowing sound and avoiding that dreaded "crunch sound"

Yes, more practice...
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Posted: November 8, 2017

david
warm - up
any tips for warm-up exercises?

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Posted: November 8, 2017

Urban Kristan
Lyrical playing
Lyrical playing
I'm really loving the new Alec Rowley tutorial! It's a very different kind of challenge to the really fast passages, and the sound that you can get is really the reason I first wanted to try the violin (though I've since grown to love other styles as well). 

So I've been wondering how well this applies to the violin (Schubert, Die Winterreise):
http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=71823#
I think the melodies are really beautiful, but I'm not sure if it fits the violin well. 
Here's a viola + piano version of two:
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Posted: November 8, 2017

Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
Syllabus Accomplishment and Minuet 1 Performance
Dear Beth and ViolinLab colleagues. 

I finished the third level of Beginner´s Syllabus months ago, but I failed in notifying you guys, so here is a video of Minuet 1 from that syllabus. 

I am working on the first level of Intermediate Syllabus and I promise I will post an update as soon as I finish it. Sorry for the bad image quality. 

I rely on the lessons from ViolinLab only, since I cannot take private lessons right now.  I watch carefully every single video and apply all the proposed exercises as I progress. Hope you all like it and please feel free to comment on it.   

Yours, 
Claudio 





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8 Responses
Posted: November 3, 2017

Dianne
Skips Exercise Demo
At the risk of repeating myself, the Skips Exercise Demo is a focused challenge exercise I need. It seems so simple, yet to see it demonstrated with explanation makes all the difference. Combined with the other video recommended for me, Left Hand: Contact, Balance, Vibrato part 2, it makes an amazing set of exercises for me to address that awkward E string hand frame I have been struggling with. Thank you!

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Posted: November 8, 2017

Barb Wimmer
I am finding the metronome less annoying. I don't know if this is because I am getting stubborn and ignoring it or starting to understand it.  Suggestions welcome
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Posted: November 5, 2017

Dianne
How To Play Softly
Does anyone have advice for exercises for how to learn to play pianissimo, AND maintain a good, full, core tone? In other words, not floating the bow. This ability to create core sound at pianissimo is a skill I do not yet have. I've spent time developing the opposite using bow speed and playing closer to the bridge, and now is the time to move to this new area. When I play toward the fingerboard, I lose my core sound, even when experimenting with speed and pressure, so I have no true quality pianissimo, and am not sure how to get there from here. Ultimately I need to do this in pieces- so structurally approached, no matter the tempo or bow distribution required. But first, I need to spend a lot of time doing just this alone. Is there an exercise you can point me to?

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Posted: November 6, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Kayser etude 2
Trying this beautiful etude 2 on Kayser... BIG challenge...soft... slow... precise bowing MUST be required! Long way to go , but hope you like! :0)
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5 Responses
Posted: November 5, 2017

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