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Dianne
Violin and the Human Voice
Beth, I'm working through the vibrato course and am now working on the graduation piece. But when I listened to #19-Catalan two pieces earlier, I for the first time heard a woman's voice on your high B's. It was simply amazing! I have read and heard many times that the violin was designed to imitate the human voice, and I have finally heard a human voice in your playing. The voice had just a bit of oscillation over the top of the note- just enough to make it absolutely human sounding and beautiful. Now I can see why we work on our sound. Inspired by this, when I played the 1st two lines of the graduation piece, I heard for the 1st time my voice in the vibrato. I was shocked! Then it went away when I tried to play the two lines for family because of nerves. But it only happened when everything was completely loose and even enough. Anyway, I am working on shifting in the graduation piece more than the vibrato it seems! It's great that you add the shifting for us in the later pieces, and the graduation piece is full of them. :)

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Posted: February 4, 2019

Juan Pimienta
Rieding concerto in B minor 1st movement
Hi folks at violin lab!!!! I hope this message finds you all well :)
I'm sorry I have been away for so long. I want to share with you all a concerto im preparing for my admission exam at college to start introduction to music. I chose the Rieding concerto in B minor. This still need quite a bit of work but I know I can do it :D Hope you all enjoy it

Warm regards.

Juan.
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Posted: February 2, 2019

Dianne
Pinchas Zukerman masterclass live in progress now for anyone interested.

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Posted: February 4, 2019

Juan Pimienta
My experience with vibrato
Hi everyone, I have seen many questions about vibrato that I wanted to share with you my own experience learning it. Maybe it helps you all. I am still learning myself.
Let me know your thoughts on it.

PS: pardon my English lol.

Juan.
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Posted: February 3, 2019

Alan Barnicoat
Vibrato Question
When you are about to vibrate on a particular pitch,at the moment the finger touches the string, does the hand immediately fling forward (above pitch) or back(below pitch). I understand that the oscillation goes below and above pitch, but starting in which direction?

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Posted: February 3, 2019

Mandy
string crossing arm preparation etude
Hi all,  I've started working on the string crossing arm preparation etude and I'm really struggling so far! Here are the first 8 measures ; I would love some feedback before wrestling with it further .  Please forgive the terrible sound and video quality, I have a pretty old tablet I'm working from.  (One day soon I'll be getting one of those smart phones)

(short back story - I joined VL probably in 2013 I think,  got as  far as guided practice 3, then went to vet school and didn't play the violin for several years.  I started private viola lessons in June 2018 and have been using violin lab to supplement lessons- my instructor has recently stopped teaching and so I'm trying to keep motivated...I am at the end of Suzuki book 1 on viola, but I am switching to violin because it's easier to find a teacher and I am finding it physically easier to play :) )   
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Posted: February 3, 2019

Ray
Hi Everyone,

Slight (Major) revision in my rhythm goals for the year.   With recommendations, I have decided to focus on 4 not 5 new pieces and I have changed one of the pieces.  The new list is as follows, my 2019 goals:
  1. Ecossaise
  2. Berceuse
  3. Suite in G Minor, BWV, Op.11 No.7, Menuet III (Arr. for violin and piano) or now more commonly called: Minuet No.1
  4. Simple Gifts
  5. And of course I will be continuing to work on Moon Over Ruined Castle.  It is not where I would like it yet and so I will be working on getting it closer to that polishing stage.
All of these pieces are found as the required repertoire for Beginning Lessons: Level 2 with the one exception of Ecossaise.   Ecossaise along with Berceuse are the required repertoire for the Beginner level in Beth's Practice Course.

Once I have these pieces at point where I would like to introduce a new piece of music I will then begin on the last musical score for Beginning Lessons: Level 2 which is Si Bheag Si Mhor.  So that is something to certainly look forward to playing.  Ideally before the end of the year but at this stage I will not hold my breath.  I am usually overconfident so I need to have a little restraint on what I am able to play.  :)))

May The Beat Be With You,

Ray


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Posted: January 31, 2019

Dianne
Vibrato Progress Video
I am working on continuous vibrato with the Schumann piece in the vibrato course. I find balancing the hand, intonation, finding a comfortable thumb position, getting enough amplitude, & keeping stamina to be challenges! I work on having as much relaxation while moving fingers as I do on single notes, and on keeping the looseness in the whole arm while moving around the fingerboard. This is hard work! Beth you make this look so easy!
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Posted: February 1, 2019

Lee Gordon Seebach
One Year Milestone Reached

Hi guys,


This month I reached the one year milestone of “serious” violin study (woohoo!) and renewing my membership on ViolinLab.  So, I present this progress video to y’all.


We have an online practice group going on Cyril’s MsPolkaDotz blog and for this month we are doing a #BackToBach challenge for which we have to submit a weekly update video.  This is my submission for week 3 and we’re going until the end of February with this one.


I train about one hour total per day, almost every day.  Small steps taken consistently seems to work best for me, building slowly and well.  I’ve taken a few video lessons with Beth and want to do more, and of course I watch her videos, frequently check in with this community, and watch many YouTube videos.


Video Notes:

I’m playing Bach’s Minuet No. 1 from Suzuki book one.  I play through it four times, the first time is basically a warmup in which I’m trying to find the ringtones here and there.  The rest of the play-throughs are with a piano accompaniment recording from the Essential Elements book one CD.  With the final attempt I try to introduce dynamics into my playing and so some other aspects of my playing go south!  A couple months ago I became “restless” - no more shoulder rest for me. Looking at the video, I see that I look rather stiff and so I would like to loosen up more and use more bow.  I want to improve my intonation, too (who doesn’t!?).


Overall, I feel that I’m progressing nicely but of course I realize that this is a very challenging instrument, requiring many skills to play well.  I’m working on them and loving this musical journey.


I welcome all suggestions, my friends.


Lee

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Posted: January 19, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
The Practice of Practice
Hi All,
I am always on the lookout for good books about music. I’d like to recommend Jonathan Harnum’s book The Practice of Practice. It is easily readable with small chapters. It covers what, why, when, where, who and how of practice. A gem of a book.

Happy practising!

Sonia

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Posted: February 1, 2019

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