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Karin Sigg
It is the first time that I am posting a question in the forum. My name is Karin and I have been playing the violin for 1 ˝ years. I am now practising on the vibrato and I have started with the exercises. I now have the following problem:

With the left hand, I got used to hold the violin with the thumb and the second finger touching slightly the neck of the instrument. This gives me security in holding up the instrument and also for intonation. For vibrato, I have to separate the hand from the neck in order to have freedom of movement. I have now a lot of problems in „producing“ this space. When I lose the contact with the second finger, I cannot hold the violin properly and  it slides from my shoulder and  pivotes slightly towards the front. At the same time I notice that it ist difficult for me to stay in place with the thumb. To compensate I have to hold the instrument more with my head which  causes tention in my body. When I am trying to play without this contact of the 2nd finger, it is very hard to find the correct intonation for me. I am missing the stability.

Does somebody have some advise for me?
Thanks very much.

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Posted: January 1, 2017

Working on bowing, timing, tone and intonation

Tonight I tried to work on my bowing, timing, tone production, intonation and vibrato...I forgot to dress up, coifing my hair and apply make-up, next time.

All your suggestions are welcome to help me improve...

Thanks a million...
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Posted: January 5, 2017

Hi everyone , 

Like many of you I have been struggling with vibrato too, for so long now and still not getting it . 

Recently I was searching on youtube as well for something different, something I had not seen before ,so I thought to myself what if I type something in Chinese language and see what it shows . So please give a look at the video , just go straight to 8:12-8:31 minute and see how this teacher advises his young student.

Beth I tried that and to be honest I felt a lot of freedom of movement and felt like it was easier to try vibrato after that . This practice kinda  strengthen in me the  feeling that my fingers were  pushing down the fingerboard that moment  rather then toward the thumb (which is what  I feel like they most often do, and I know they shouldn't  ) 
Anyway , my question Beth is : Would you suggest this kind of practice , before I start  getting into some bad habit that might ruin something else ?!                                           Everyone's comments are welcome . 

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Posted: January 5, 2017

Quick reconfiguring brain to sight read with Alto C

Can I force my brain to quickly forget G clef and instead to sightread and play with alto clef? 

Can I do it just like that?

I am contemplating to play viola parts for our WS...


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Posted: January 3, 2017

Cheryl Frankfurth
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hi all,  I'm having trouble with the lesson video's tablet is about 30 feet away from my modem and router and since I updated my router it's a bit better but not perfect.  my download speed is 31.32 mbps...does anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks

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Posted: January 3, 2017

I got busted.  What about you!  :)))

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Posted: January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Everyone!

To kick things off for 2017, I decided to do this "Practice with me" video series on youtube and share my learning experiences as I continue my violin journey which will soon be approaching 2 years on April this year! 2016 has gone by very quickly and I feel so blessed to have found such a welcoming community here on Vlab. I wish everyone good health, happiness and prosperity and I hope you are all having a great time with your loved ones. I just want to take the time to thank Beth and everyone here on Vlab for all the support and I would like you all to know that I'm so proud to be part of this online community. It's been an awesome year!

Much Love x
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Posted: December 31, 2016

Joe P
Last summer I went to an Irish Music camp (sadly, not in Ireland).  One of the instructors, a famous Irish fiddler almost preached the message that if one wants to learn to play well then one needs to concentrate on learning to play the instrument rather than learning to play tunes.  He explained that he meant that we should practice scales, arpeggios, technical skill exercises etc until playing tunes was the easy part.
Mind you, this was a traditional Irish fiddler, a traditional Irish Music camp, where everything was learned by ear.  Even so, he and other instructors really tried to get the message across that fundamentals of learning to play the instrument are more important than expanding repertoire.
Your thoughts and experiences?

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Posted: December 30, 2016

My Dream Piece
Will I ever be able to play this piece well? I don't know, but this is what my lofty goal is, to be able to play this for family, and to put all I have into it, and to have it sound polished enough to have no interruptions in the sound. I have listened to the following piece by just about every artist I could find. This particular performance is exactly the way I want to play it. He does not crush the sound, but floats the bow after getting the string vibrating to its fullest. He also has a singular gentleness in the way he articulate the notes throughout. And on the opening chords, he lets the top note fade, so that it does not pierce the listener's ears. I have listened to this performance many, many times, and each time it gets better. I thought I would share it in case you would enjoy it too, or have comments.

Also, can anyone play this here for us? What a project it would be. My guess is that someone would have to have studied for atleast 10-15 years to be able to play it, and a lifetime to play it well. Just a guess.
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Posted: December 28, 2016

Jacques Thibaud's Sartory
Any suggestions for the VL bow test will be gratefully received, perhaps more bows...?
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Posted: December 20, 2016

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