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Elke Meier
Violin slightly differently from our classical training :)

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Posted: February 6, 2019

David Rowland
Vibrato attempts rides again.
Following some positive comments from my previous video I have posted a short version of one of my vibrato warm up practices. The metronome is set at 72. In the first part of the video I am counting the vibrato motions for each click of the metronome. I am able to fit 4 vibrato motions into each click but the counting in my head feels a little artificial. Towards the end I forget the counting and play a vibrato that seems natural to me. I practice on one string with no tune in mind. This allows me to concentrate on the vibrato and allows me to put my vibrato into tunes later on.
Look forward to hearing any comments, criticisms or any ideas on how to improve. 
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Posted: February 5, 2019

David Rowland
What is the best metronome speed when playing 4 vibrato movement beats per click? 
Can anyone help please?
Think I am tending to play too fast and thus missing out on the full vibrato sound.

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Posted: February 5, 2019

Gyl Carrara
First bow strokes - when can I move on?
Hi :)
I am following the very first part of the beginner course, the one with the guided practice on the A string with "happy day" song. This for a couple of days now (but it is more or less 3 weeks since I received the violin).

I am noticing that I can't keep a straight bow stroke. It works only sometimes, expecially when I focus on the right arm movement and not on violin and the contact point between strings and hair.

Should I keep practicing until I get a good straight bow stroke, or can I move on earlier?

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Posted: January 31, 2019

Advice Needed
Hi Beth,

Quick question, you know the 5 pieces I am learning the rhythm for: Ecossaise, Don Giovanni (simpler edition), PianSanata No.14  first movement violin, Minuet No.1, and Simple Gifts.  

In your opinion, is the Piano Sonata No.14 too far advanced for me at this point?  Should I substitute another Largo piece?

OK that was two questions.



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Posted: January 29, 2019

Janet Doherty
Memorizing Music
Hi Everyone.

Been searching the WEBsite for the topic of memorizing music.  If anyone can offer any thoughts on their memorization technique, I would love to hear about it.

When I "memorize" a piece, it seems more muscle memory than anything else, and once my fingers are doing their thing.... I best not think about which finger moves next, or all memory is lost.  I can think about technique, though, such as good finger shape, good hand position for reaching with 4th finger....and the like.  Also, free to think about dynamics, bow distribution, etc.....  just not about actual which notes come next.  Also, I do seem to be able to think of a piece in chunks/phrases, etc.  I thought I was ok with my memorizing until a teacher asked me to go back to a certain point and play..... it seems I have certain logical chunks that I have to start from, else....everything memorized evaporates...  

Appreciate anyone who can share their method....


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Posted: February 5, 2019

Juan Pimienta
Rieding 2nd movement
Hi folks here is the 2nd movement and last requirement for my audition on the 25th. I hope you guys enjoy it. I am open to suggestions please. I truly want to give my best to get in.
Thanks a lot for everything.

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Posted: February 4, 2019

Wide, Fast Vibrato
I am no where near being able to play a piece with wide, fast vibrato but I am working on keeping the whole arm relaxed. When I play a piece, the arm stays feeling relaxed, but the vibrato narrows. My focus for that is keeping it even and working through the vibrato course. But in the meantime I am also working on this.
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Posted: February 3, 2019

David Rowland
vibrato help still needed

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Posted: February 3, 2019

Allegro - week 1 1st video!
So, I finally officially started 4th finger in my lessons last week (and stopped bow and A major, 1 octave). As lessons and VL are now at about the same point I have begun to work through the level one repertoire (I have watched all the videos at least once and have been working on the exercises etc. since I joined a couple of months ago). I'm working on  sections of May Song and O Come Little Children to get to grips with 4th finger but I've also started Allegro. 
I thought it was time I made myself post something and faced the fear! Such a scary thing to do but I thought if I didn't do it now I'd keep putting it off. Next one should be easier?Recording certainly highlights all sorts of issues - thought those bow strokes were quite long :) so amount of bow use and 'stopping' more obviously is top of my list, (along with timing). I'm also hoping actually using the 4th finger will stop it doing it's own thing and encourage it to join the other fingers. At least I wasn't shaking! All input gratefully received. Hopefully there's a video somewhere in this post - if not I'll try again. 

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Posted: January 29, 2019

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