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Ray
Critique for Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 7
Hi Beth and Fellow Violin Travelers,

A while back, I focused on string crossings, and now in the Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 7 I get to apply those skills (hopefully successfully).  I also tried to focus, during Exercise 7 on the setting up skills of that all important first note. 

Since this is 4/4 time I tried to set the feeling of the piece by bringing and setting up the bow by the third pick up beat.  Then, I tried to flatten out my knuckles and have a fraction of second to still the bow before playing that first note.  How did I do?

With string crossings I hit other strings and did not have good bow distribution.  So I've been working on that separately.  How did I do?

And lastly, of course, if you are playing ensemble and in this case with Beth playing the accompaniment, I have been working on blending my sound with hers.  How did I do?

Thanks for any thoughts on anything else I should now be focusing on.

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray




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Posted: March 20, 2019

Dianne
The Role of the Violin in Orchestra
I had run across this, then looked for this video again for nearly a month, and just found it. The violinist playing the orchestral excerpts is excellent, and I was particularly impressed with where he played the pizzicatos, and the full sound he got.

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Posted: March 25, 2019

Martha Ham
Violin purchase
if you could bur a violin between $400 -$500,  what would the name brand be?

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Posted: March 23, 2019

Timothy Smith
Lord Mayo
This is a song I like and have been working it up to play in sessions . I noticed my intonation was really bad in the beginning and seemed to get a little better as I went.
I bought new mics which are really sensitive but I like the way they sound. They do catch every little string drag and squeak.

I apologize for the quality of the video. The vid was originally in a higher resolution with an estimated upload time of over two hours. I opted to upload in compressed mp4 and as you can see things are really grainy in it.Maybe next time I'll just upload the higher resolution. I left the blooper in this one. Please don't ask me what was funny.


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Posted: March 24, 2019

Ray
Critique for Open String Duet Set 2 Exercise 6
Hi Everyone,

In need of critique for Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 6 which focuses on articulation, tone, and slowly increasing volume.  Crescendos, for me, is a new area and one in which I would like to begin integrating into other pieces of music.  Exercise 6 was somewhat problematic because my previous attempts did not turn out well.  I think I am on the right track here.  If you see or hear any areas for improvement I am all ears.  Thanks a lot for listening.

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray


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Posted: March 18, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Trying new song, or going back to a song, working on vibrato and rhythm. 

Suggestions welcome

Sorry for the distraction of dog barking, my 15 year old beagle chi is very spoiled.


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Posted: March 18, 2019

Dianne
Monetized Youtube Channels
YouTube was always a great resource to have, not for original recordings, but for ideas. But everything is slowly becoming more, and more, and more monetized. I really appreciate Violinlab videos, because they are just a straight video that you can watch without listening to ads and generating fees. People should be compensated for what they do, but in YouTube videos? Three are just so many ads, and now more and more channels have them as well.

Any thoughts?

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Posted: March 25, 2019

Fred Kremer
Left Hand Squeezing
I recently reviewed Left Hand Squeezing: part 3 - Restructuring

I found this video to be so helpful. What an improved difference in confidence as result of improved finger dexterity, speed and accurate intonation.  And, to add adding icing to this cake, my left-hand relaxation has farther reaching consequences. Usually during a 1-hour practice session I have had to consciously relax, shrug my shoulders, flex the knees reposition the violin etc.  because I can feel myself tightening up as I tried to force my left had to relax. And that is, in retrospect, funny, the absolute antitheses of relaxation. But it took my determination to find a solution and this video to unlock my block. Thanks Beth.


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Posted: March 24, 2019

Timothy Smith
Site Mod-Page scaling on Google Off
Just a heads up. FYI page scaling is off on the opening page of Community. Seems on on individual threads. Look like maybe an HTML or wordwrap issue.

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Posted: March 25, 2019

Dianne
Which is Harder For You?
Which is harder for you to practice,

Slow, Melodic Pieces With Lots of Shifting & Vibrato?

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Orchestral or Show pieces With Lots of Fast Runs?

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Posted: March 16, 2019

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