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Barbara Habel
double stops without looking

I recorded this yesterday too. My efforts to be able to integrate DS in music by being able to play them without looking at the violin.

When I first started to practice DS some years back I tought I would never be able to adjust my playing given by what I hear. It took me a while, a long long while, to be able to hear clearly what is going on with DSs. My excuse was my lack of hearing. Being deaf in the left ear and wearing a hearing aid in the other one. Luckily as a lefty I hear with the one above my violin. And some years ago there was another lady here that wore hearing aids. Do you remember her? Dark blond short hair lady in her 50s. Eileen.


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Posted: June 28, 2019

Fingering for 3 Octave GM Scale
Does anyone have a fingering for the 3rd octave in a GM scale that doesn't include the 4-4 extension to the G? This I find uncomfortable for my left hand. I have tried many fingerings and still search for the best, most reliable fingering, especially for the descending shift. Ascending, just about anything feels ok. Nothing feels right yet descending 3rd octave.

Here is what I have tried on the E string:
12 12 123 - 321 21 21 -> too much shifting on the descending shift
12 12 123 - 321 4321 -> this was feels unreliable on the 4321 descending shift.
123 1234 - 4321 321 -> this one isn't much better than the above intonation wise
12 12344 44321 21 -> this one is great intonation wise, but kills my hand on the extended 4th finger

8 Responses
Posted: July 3, 2019

Help With Creating A Double Stop Scale Routine
Beth and VLab members, I am using the Barbara Barber scale book right now as it seems to be what I need at the moment for clarity, but can you suggest a double stop scale routine that I can fit into a daily practice schedule? So far I have only done the 1 octave GM in 3rds using the tutorial on that. I guess I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with not wanting to take on unnecessary things, but wanting to incorporate a sensible yet broad enough double stop scale routine going forward that will develop my skills, so a practice plan. ANY guideline on this will be greatly appreciated! I am once again without teacher and wanting to have a compressed but helpful DS scale routine (what scales, what intervals, what octaves/positions?).

8 Responses
Posted: July 3, 2019

Timothy Smith
Footage For Music
I'm getting into video more now as a way to find material to add to music or visa versa. I managed to capture some decent flowers video and a few scenes locally. I have access to better equipment, but decided to use my old Samsung camcorder for the video I took on Saturday. It's H.264. Still using the training wheels. I'm really green at this though I enjoy it.

Here's a few snippets of those efforts. You will see why I didn't play outside in the afternoon.I happened to have the camera handy and took footage of the hail storm with my thumb over half of the lense.
I think the covered bridge would make an excellent video backdrop for some music, just not sure what kind. Maybe acoustic guitar with violin? Suggestions welcome. Lots of music on YouTube uses drone footage now. I actually have one posted using someone else's drone footage. It seems expensive though. Around here it's all mostly farms and fields, so I think that would get old quick. Not worth the investment in a drone.

My apologies if this is too far off the beaten path. Just curious if anyone else has experience doing this? I'm thinking of eventually adding violin music to footage. I'm mostly an audio guy, even learning that in relation to the violin.
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8 Responses
Posted: July 2, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Happy Independence Day Everyone.  I will read notes next time. Hard to improvise and read notes and get rhythm in sync all at the same time and still feel the music. Fun challenges. . Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. 
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Posted: July 5, 2019

Susan Hollister
Question re Nina and the Melody from Kentucky Harmony 1816
In these two pieces, when there is an A note, should we use open string or should we stretch and use the 4th finger?

3 Responses
Posted: July 2, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
Tricky string crossings?
Hi All,

I seem to have come across a few places recently where there are tricky string crossings (ie skipping a string) so I remember playing this allegro movement out of the Corelli sonata no 9 which really helped me, so I thought Id share :)

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Posted: July 2, 2019

Melodious Double Stops #10
Beth and VLab members, can you tell me how best to play the 3 dotted notes at he beginning of each measure? I have seen this played 3 different ways on YT videos. One of the videos showed what looked like a lightly bounced up bow spiccato using a small amount of bow in the lower 3rd to mid bow. The others played this very percussively using a lot of bow.

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Posted: July 3, 2019

Digital Instrument Recordings
Reading about the recent recordings of older instruments at the Cremona Violin Museum with a digital recording company in Germany, and after listening to various digital recording library samples, I just don't think it sounds like the real thing. I just don't think digital recording can ever be as good as an analog one. It can get close, but it just doesn't sound 100% there. But it can be digitally stored and moved around, so there are some advantages. Wish I could hear an analog recording of these fine older instruments on analog amplifiers. I had some at one time and the experience of that music was by far superior. Then I sold it all and went digital and I miss the quality of sound.

9 Responses
Posted: June 29, 2019

Practice Plan - Again
It seems I come up with a practice plan, stick with it for months at a time, then something comes up like orchestra to change it all. Then I spend a few months developing a few techniques, then create a new practice plan again. I'm starting to see that kind of a cycle.

What are you working on in your practice plan?

14 Responses
Posted: June 23, 2019

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