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Urban Kristan
Seitz No. 5, 1st movement
Hello!
Haven't posted in a while, and never got around to posting another Gavotte from Mignon video.
I think my violin practice still remains probably a bit too self-indulgent so I'm sure I need to work more to make the rythm more accurate.
Actually, I have recently gotten a teacher and she's given me this piece to work on. I find that having a someone I have to report to at regular intervals gives me a bit more structure, so that I don't meander quite as much. :) 
Anyway, here's my attempt at Seitz Concerto No. 5, 1st movement. The last part is only partial, because I haven't really gotten to it yet.
I think I'll try the practice method that Beth has been describing on this piece. With the isolated right arm and such.

Anyway, feedback very welcome! 


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Posted: March 23, 2018

Rustam Gill
Vivaldi First Page
Hi ViolinLab, 
Iíve been busy with work for the past month and not had much time for the violin. Getting back into it this week and Inhave been working on the Vivaldi A Minor first movement.
Im having trouble putting everything toegether: intonation, bowing articulation and dynamics, vibrato.
Anyway i though I would post a progress video. Of course theres still a ton of work to be done but let me know what you all think.
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Posted: March 24, 2018

Courtney
Diane! I didn't want to go off topic on Ray's post, but so good to see you back!

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Posted: March 25, 2018

Elke Meier
I have finally finished adding all the bow marks for the second movement of the Telemann Fantasy #9 - in Musescore :). But before I print it out I wanted to pass this by you to see whether it makes sense. Bowing is pretty straight forward in this piece. Sure, lots of string crossings, etc., but no question really of whether something should be on a down or up bow - apart from this section. 

Following the normal bowing rhythm all these long slurs would be on up-bows. Would you do that? It seems a bit strange. But then, what I have done here seems a bit strange also, as it requires hooked up-bows to begin the pattern (measure 35/36, first picture) and another hooked up-bow to get back into the normal rhythm (measure 39, second picture). What would be the proper bowing pattern in this?




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Posted: March 20, 2018

Elke Meier
Ha, there really IS a lot of good in writing out the bow rhythm on the bow line! Yesterday I did the first movement of Telemann's Fantasy #9 - and I discovered that for weeks now I have practiced something with a wrong rhythm! I never before noticed it! Only now when I actually wrote out the bow rhythm, all of a sudden I thought: Wait a minute, this is not what I play!
On the top in the image you see what is written in the music, in the red square you see what I actually played... I am so glad I found that out! I think the piece gets a lot more interesting if these rhythmic figures are not equalized with the beginning of the measure. 

The disadvantage of writing out the bow line is that the scores get rather long... So the other day I dug out the music stand "extension" I made quite some time ago from some strong cardboard and  a little wooden latch. It comes in very handy now - no more papers hanging down over the edge... :) 



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Posted: March 22, 2018

Sonia Lancaster
Music analysis first step stave download?
Is there anywhere I can download the first worksheet Beth put up? The once with the stave and chromatic scale... Iím starting a new piece it it would be most useful...
Thanks 

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Posted: March 24, 2018

Michael Jeske
Minuet 1 Suzuki Book 1
Hello All,

Please listen and I appreciate your feedback!


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Posted: March 21, 2018

Ray
Update on Moon Over Ruined Castle,

I used Beth's suggestion to first tape then download it YouTube.  I also downloaded the auditory portion unto Intonia.  Thereby I could get a more indepth analysis of my playing.  

Surprisingly , especially to me, when I played with the accompiament my rhythm was bang on except for one area.  In m.5 there is a whole of 4 beats and I consistently play this note half a beat short.  And by m.7/8 I am bake on track.  I have no problems any where else.  I found this out by slowing down the YouTube video to listen note by note.  Thanks for that idea Beth.  Also, while in slow motion, I discovered that my bow is rather consistently from 4 degrees off from centre.  I photocopied my bow at 6 different times throughout the video and then used a compass to find the angle.    So these are two areas to certainly work on.

While in Intonia, I found that my B4 and E4 are always flat.  So right now I am not sure if the problem is poor hand shape or not finding its landmark on the neck.  It could also be tension.  Using Beth's new practice course will be directly applicable to to improving intonation.

Oh, and I forgot to sing (don't worry I use my inside voice) while I was playing.  

Best,

Ray

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Posted: March 24, 2018

Barb Wimmer
Mark up and donít know how to play 1 part
Suggestions please welcome. Thank you. Trying Bethís system and the circled part doesnít equal four beats or I am unsure of how to understand how to mark up and even play that circled part. Thanks in advance for suggestions 
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Posted: March 23, 2018

Sonia Lancaster
Speeding up
Hi Beth (and everyone)
Iím  working on Kreislerís Rigaudon and trying to speed it up. I feel like Iím hitting a brick wall with it. Iíve tried lots of techniques but I get to a certain tempo and donít seem to be able to go faster, itís marked up at 122-130 bpm. I can manage about 100. The majority of the piece is in semiquavers for those who donít know it. 
See https://youtu.be/-7m373HqFfk for Itzak Perlman playing it.
Iíve isolated the tricky parts, played them forwards, backwards, added notes backwards, split them into strings only (no fingers) which has certainly helped. Iíve played the piece very slowly. Played in different rhythms, minimised movements of left and right arm/hands. The tricky parts Iíll play ok but then fall apart on some other random part. 
Iíve been playing it for 2-3 months and need to decide whether Iíll get anywhere near the correct tempo for an exam later this year. If I canít then I need to replace the piece and pretty soon.
Am I unrealistic with my progress, will this take months? Please help!
Thanks

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Posted: March 20, 2018

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