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Qiong Xia
how to improve the sound
hi everyone, I have been playing my violin like this for 1~2 months and got no improvement, I don't know how to improve the sound I'm making. I feel I have a weak left hand and didn't press the strings hard enough, but after consciously pressing strings as hard as I can, my shoulders got tired very quickly and I can't even finish a song. Is that something I need to work on?
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Posted: May 31, 2018

Janice Branley
How to find a sense of ease in playing.....
Hi all,

I've been working for a few months on a few things.  I had to modify my left hand after installing vibrato as that changed the angle of my finger on the string.  I also wanted to balance my hand toward my pinkie so I could use it more; and that changed the angle of my index finger too. I am still working on a habit of pronating the left wrist........

I took off my shoulder rest and have practiced balancing the violin between collarbone and hand. This led to a better connection with my fiddle and a greater sensitivity towards it in some way. I have tried to be more relaxed as my playing seemed a bit tense.

Recent thoughts have been towards phrasing and trying to recognise better, where a phrase begins and ends within the music, rather than having a feeling of playing separate notes.

This is a simple waltz from Finland (Emma's Waltz) in F major;  but I have seen music for it in the key of G  
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Posted: May 30, 2018

Susan Hollister
Zoom session
Beth, I wanted to thank you for the Saturday Zoom session! It was so fun to see people who I am getting to know through this community page! I am very encouraged by all the participation and all the passion for playing the violin, and trying to play it beautifully! I really enjoyed hearing those who played for us, and to hear your instruction and encouragement to them was helpful to all of us! The little exercises you gave us are helpful... I am adding them to my list of techniques to practice. So, thank you very much!

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Posted: May 29, 2018

Dianne
Sweet Shifts
After more study of these pieces, there seems to be no special technique involved- the romantic shifts are the new finger sliding into the new note. And these will take hours and hours and hours of practice! But what also gives these shifts their special character is a wide and fast vibrato with bow speed changes.
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Posted: May 28, 2018

Courtney
Hi guys. I had to take an unexpected 2 month hiatus and now I feel like I'm starting over from the beginning! I left off at Gavotte from Suzuki book 1. My bowing feels terrible, any suggestions on how to get back up to speed?

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Posted: May 27, 2018

Mary Reeley
Hi  Beth  I just wanted to thank you again for bringing to my attention the C naturals and F# combination passages in the Seitz during the Zoom performance.   I found 7 different  places where this occurs!    I am posting this to thank you, but also maybe help someone else to watch out for this. I will carry this with me in other pieces as well. Boy, what a simple thing,  but a light bulb moment for me in trouble shooting and things to watch out for with other note combinations as well. These sessions will really help everyone!

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Posted: May 27, 2018

Ray
Hi Beth, 

Here is some feedback on your video on score reading to improve rhythm skills.  One of scores I am reading is Goldberg's Suite Op. 40.  The other night, while Working, I just to listen to the Suite thinking that I would have great music to work by.  What happened was that I started to picture the score and follow along right up to the repeat.  I could see all the notes and followed in time and knew when there was to be a trill.  Very unexpected but cool.

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Posted: May 28, 2018

Mariana Aguirre

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Posted: May 26, 2018

Barb Wimmer
Starting another challenge   I think I may have got this song to almost recognizable? Iím practicing my new word Iím still learning-syncopated rhythm.  Not regular 1 2 3 4 quarter note rhythm or emphasizing one of the four beats or half of the beat? 
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Posted: May 27, 2018

Mariana Aguirre
Gracias Bety por la clase zoom del 26 en la průxima preparo algo.
Thanks Bety for the class zoom of 26 the next I am play

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Posted: May 27, 2018

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