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David Rowland
Resin on the strings
Is it a good idea to clean the resin from the strings. If it is, why is it and how often should you do it?

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Posted: March 14, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
So... moving on family!....
Vibrato, slurs, intonation, timing..... all trying to come into place... trying to make all those performances.... mine! lol... what a long way to go.... what we are doing is revisiting those songs from Suzuki 2... and adding vibrato, thrills, watching tempo... creating independence (not looking at the fingerboard constantly... letting technique do the "talking")...

Here's an attempt with song 1 of Suzuki 2..... adding some vibrato and even a little trill at the end! :0)
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Posted: March 10, 2017

Cynthia Alpers
Do You Play From Memory, or Use Written Music?
The debate goes on.  If you're into learning some piece from memory, here is a short article and video about how to learn music:

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Posted: March 15, 2017

Warming up strings?
Hey guys! I bought Dominant strings online last week because I thought better strings might make the sound better. I was a bit disappointed at first because the strings sounded airy and harsh when I first put them on, and was not "warm" like what the online review says. So I did a little research and found out that I am suppose to warm them up. What does that mean? How do you "warm up" strings? How can I get the strings sound as good as possible?
Because I afford private teachers, the advice you guys gave me has been very helpful.  I appreciate you guys so much!
Thanks guys!

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Posted: March 12, 2017

Ann Meeker
Brahms Waltz (Suzuki Bk2, piece #5)
Since I'm not taking lessons locally, my goal is to post something here every two weeks.  I suppose all of us wanna-be-violinists are hard on ourselves about not being perfect, I've gotta punch that negativity right in the nose, post post-:>.

You guys are my teachers, so as always, appreciate any/all critique.  Definitely a huge learning curve yet ahead, but am perceiving I'm making progress, happy happy dance!  I'm so thankful for Beth and VL!
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Posted: March 12, 2017

TEDEd- Practicing Effectively
Got this in a symphony post, but went directly to the YouTube location to post here. Turn off social, start w/slow repetitions, practice lots of times per day, practice away from the instrument.
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Posted: March 14, 2017

Kristin Garcia
Beginner's Duets
Hi everyone,

Wondering if anyone can recommend some nice duets for beg/int level 2 violins? My daughter and I are both in Suzuki Book 2 (I've moved on to 3 and am comfortable in 3rd and 2nd position; she is working in 1st). Someone here posted "Maypole Dance" by Bela Bartok - we have been practicing that together and it's quite lovely!

Any other suggestions? Thank you!

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Posted: March 14, 2017

Arthur Mendez
Hunter's Chorus

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Posted: March 13, 2017

Mohammed Hajjar
Luthier in Paris
Hello everyone, 

I will be in Paris and I need a good Luthier to work on the Bridge.  Would someone know a good & reliable one that you can recommend?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted: March 14, 2017

Rustam Gill
O Sole Mio
Hi ViolinLab and Beth,
Here I am playing through O Sole Mio. The double stops are still out of tune but believe me they are better than when I started :)
Anyway, enjoy! And critiques are welcome.
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Posted: March 12, 2017

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