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Barbara Habel
Jesu, Joy of Manīs Desiring by Bach (1685 - 1750)

Recording something is soooo revealing.

This clearly needs some more work done on "clean" playing and "keeping" sounding point.

I have 2 more weeks to practice this before my christmas recital on Friday the 20th of December.

Comments and suggestions welcome!!!!
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Posted: December 9, 2019

Timothy Smith
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel
So I've been working on bow stroke lengths based on the music and tempo. I'm supposed to play this in public this weekend with a pianist.
Can you tell me if I'm moving the bow up far enough on the long strokes or if my shorter strokes are ok. Thanks
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Posted: December 4, 2019

Sue Strack
Inability to play well while videoing
I don't know why it is but as soon as I put on the camera I play so much worse than when I'm not on it. Does anyone have any insight into why this may be and ideas for how to overcome it. I feel like I can often play Ode to Joy quite nicely without the camera and I wanted to post the improvement but it fails every time. Just keep at it maybe?
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Fabiano
tiredness
Kreutzer and Scradieck's fatigue.
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Posted: December 9, 2019

Melodia
Vibrato progress
Trying to make progress with vibrato.  I'm glad that my hand was finally able to move with the tempo in these workouts.
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Posted: December 1, 2019

Nsehe Otobong
About improvising
Hello!!!

I can't find the last question I posted on the third of November. I was responding to the people that had replied but wasn't able to send because the site upgrade started at about the same time. Unfortunately, I do not remember the names of the people that responded. Still, I found the comments very thankful. So, thanks a lot.

My question today is about improvising. I played some hymns last week alongside a saxophonist and I played them exactly the way I learnt them. He kept asking me to "add a few more notes". In my head, I thought that if I attempted that, I'd be lost forever, not able to come back in time to the original thing I was playing. So, are there any tips or hacks for improvising? It's almost like sight reading limits my musicality a bit such that I can't be expressive without sheet music (not that I have mastered even that). Can improvising be learned? How?


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Posted: December 1, 2019

Melodia
Playing with accompaniment & violin size
Hi all,

I started practicing with accompaniment and am also paying attention to the movement of my left elbow and how my left hand and wrist are positioned.  I'm trying to not move or bend my hand at the wrist and to just move my elbow to help my hand reach the right notes.

At one point in the video, I see that my wrist had to bend in order to reach the note with my pinky finger.  I'm trying to understand if this is a matter of me needing to improve my technique or if it's because of the size of my violin.  For example, if the violin isn't the right size for me then it would be more difficult for my fingers to reach the right notes and to play in tune.  I wonder if a smaller violin could perhaps help me play more comfortably.  Would love to hear what you think.

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Posted: November 30, 2019

Cayla Grobler
Hi Beth (or anyone that knows),
I am looking for a good music theory book, any recommendations?
Oh, and does one have to get a music theory book specifically for the violin?

Thanks in advance!
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Posted: December 7, 2019

Maria


The many faces of a great composer/artist/musician...



I believe we all can identify from many faces of this composer...

Example: >I was relieved to know that it's okay to buy the same identical clothes, I do that when buying pants or blouses. The same style in different sets of colors lol! Funny but very convenient no need to waste time thinking what to wear!
>Playing same piece over and over again, we all do that...It's what you called practice!
>Piles of papers/sheet music, it's not hoarding it's the other face of the art of collection, it's inevitable you acquire things as you age and  accumulates overtime. When you pass on to the next world, it'll be greatly appreciated by national or local museums if its valuable and collectible.
> Eating, sleeping, practicing or working at certain or particular time, don't we all do that? It's called routine and having self discipline and consistency.

And many more...

Good night classmates, time for me to sleep, then practice perhaps and go to work...


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Posted: December 7, 2019

Ray
And now something from the lighter side of the practice room.


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Posted: December 5, 2019

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