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Shaheen Saliahmohamed
Few questions concerning the vibrato

So I am also participating daily tuning in with Beth's vibrato exercises but also check out other videos on YouTube.
I quite like the few tutorials Eddy from TwoSets posted. One of which is about vibrato. An exercise he suggested was called "knocking the peg" where you pulsate backwards...
I always have been pulsating forward but the backwards motion seem to free my wrist more...
Is it OK to practice either directions?

Also my teacher here insists on me to learn vibrato when I have been practicing the wrist one for over 2 weeks... She says it is more efficient and fits most pieces better...
Is this a common thing for teachers to have a fixation towards one vibrato they pass down to their students?

So I started practicing arm too, I feels weird but again somehow unlocked my wrist one even further...
Is it ok to practice 2 kinds of vibrato alternatively?

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Posted: August 6, 2018

Assumpció Segura
Hello everyone!

I wanted to know your opinion and Beth's opinion on whether this can be useful to strengthen the fingers of the left hand.
I tried and it works, but you have to practice very little time and control it to not force your hand ... I do not know ... can it be useful? Has anyone tried it?

Thank you!

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Posted: August 6, 2018

Day 1 trying this improvisation in higher position

Good morning classmates and teacher...

Day 1 trying this improvisation in position.

Practiced for about 60 minutes trying this in different position and shifting approach...Halfway into my practice session I finally figured out the shifting pathway, but as expected my playing, intonation and bowing were shaky since it's like playing a new piece all over again.

I cut the video to the portion where the shifting started.

Finger 1 on G (D string) -->f1 A....f3 G on A string - creeping down until it reached Bb 1st position---> f1 D-->f1 Eb --->f3 G still on A string so on and so forth.

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Posted: August 7, 2018

Hi Beth and Fellow Students,

I have uploaded a beginning video on Minuet No.1 by J.S.Bach following the tutorial video Beth has in her video library.  I am also following her practice course as well so I have marked the score for the left hand.  

The following video is for left hand only and Beth has recommended focussing  m.5 without the bow.  I am having problems extending the second finger back far enough to reach the C natural while the third finger is on the D natural.  It is always landing sharp.  Which of course will throw off the location for the first finger to land on the B natural.

I am wondering if there is something fundimentally wrong I am doing with my left hand that you are able to see to correct this oversight.

Thanks for any insights.

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Posted: August 6, 2018

I'll Commit to doing the Vibrato training videos everyday! 

Who's with Me ?

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Posted: August 2, 2018

Plastering a SMILE on your countenance while playing...

Day 6 practice Nostalgy improvisation...

Today, it was truly challenging to plaster a smile while playing or practicing...Have you tried it or thought of doing it or incorporating it as part of your daily practice?

But of course it depends on the piece you are working on, I felt silly doing it with my piece but I still did it because this is the only piece I'm working on right now. Trying to bow longer or use as much bow as I could.

Thank you and good night classmates.

P.S. Thank you much Christianne, it was a great pleasure to know you've enjoyed my practice and this improvisation. I must add that the pianist was really talented, he made such wonderful, wonderful sounds on the piano.

Jaime, thank you so much and appreciated all your comments and for all the support/encouragement.

Dear Barbara, thank you so very much and God bless always...

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Posted: August 4, 2018

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Next week I'll be 75. Five years re-studying the violin. Four years annoying Beth.

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Posted: August 1, 2018

Terrific Performers
I just stumbled on this performance. This group communicates so well! The violinist is playing the staccato bow stroke I asked about last week from @ 34-38 seconds in.
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Posted: August 5, 2018

Kate Koo
left hand vibrato
Hi Beth,

I really have been enjoying your videos. Thank you for the wonderful work!!
I have been struggling with my left hand wrist vibrato. It’s easier for me to vibrate on 1st postion on the e string but the higher positions on lower strings are so much harder to achieve. I’ve also been noticing that my left fingers tend to be too? upright on higher positions when trying to vibrate. I really enjoy playing air on G string and am satisfied with looseness and ease of my left hand. However when I am playing the 2nd mvt of Wieniawski Violin Concerto, I am always at a loss by the sqeaking sound with narrower vibrato.

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Posted: August 4, 2018

Thank you so much Beth, I love the # 5 vibrato exercise much more...Do we need to do it it on all fingers? I guess yes. It'll be difficult on 1st and 4th finger but will try...

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Posted: August 4, 2018

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