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Rustam Gill
La Cinquantaine
Hi Beth and VL. Here I am playing La Cinquantainr by Gabriel-Marie. It's a lot trickier piece than I first thought. I'm getting creative on my bowings and really trying to make a good sound on all the notes.
As always, critiques are welcome.
Enjoy!
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Posted: June 26, 2017

Elke Meier
What a wonderful and surprising experience tonight! 

Friends of a good friend were visiting today and as we talked I found out that he is teaching violin at a conservatory in northern Germany, and his wife plays the violin too. They decided to come over to my house tonight because I wanted to show them violinlab. We ended up playing the Pachelbel Canon with three voices :) :) :). The cello was missing, but oh, I still enjoyed every minute of it. It was SUCH fun!

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Posted: June 28, 2017

Katja
What are you working on this summer?
So what are your goals for this summer? What are you working on at the moment?

I have been so busy this spring with orchestra, lessons, preparing for the VL workshop that I didn't realise how much freedom the summer would bring me 😎. My priority number one for this summer is to work on rythm, second: I want to gain better confidence shifting and no 3: my secret wish would be to get my vibrato actually audible. I also realised that I really need to again continue with open string whole bow bowing in front of the mirror every day.

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Posted: June 25, 2017

Ann Meeker
Theme from Witches' Dance (Suzuki Bk2)
Hi VLabbers.  I've been travelling a lot these last couple months, missed talking with you all!  Here's the latest piece I've been working on as I progress thru Beth's wonderful videos & Book 2 pieces.  Thx in advance for your critique in helping me on my journey of learning to Play With Beautiful Sound!
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Posted: June 26, 2017

Sean McDonald
Arm getting sore
Is it normal for your arm (holding the violin) to be so sore? I have just started again after 30 years absense (I was pretty good back in the day:) but I never recall my arm being so sore after practising. Is this normal ?

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Posted: June 26, 2017

Mary Freeman
Some parts are a bit out of tune but YAY 
I think I have got the rhythm down
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Posted: June 21, 2017

Anh Tuan Nguyen
Need Help To Play This Piece Of Music
Hi,
 I'm trying to play a song name Yume To Hazakura and it has a piece like this: G4 Bb4 F4 F4 Eb4 F4 G4 C4 Eb4 F4 Eb4 F4 Bb4 G4. I'm wondering what the best way to play it because it has G4 and C4 which normally played by third finger placed next to each other. Could you please help me. 

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Posted: June 26, 2017

Elke Meier
What a difference!!

When I picked up my restored beloved violin from the luthier a couple of months ago we talked again about my left hand limitations. She mentioned that she had lowered the bridge for a friend of hers who had arthritic hands and found it hard to play on "standard" measurements. Today a visited her again and had her lower my strings also. She lowered the nut a bit. When I asked how much that now was she just smiled. "You won't be able to measure it in millimeters, but you will feel the difference." And she lowered the bridge a bit. Actually, that was not that much either. The G-string now is maybe one and a half millimeters closer to the fingerboard at the end of the fingerboard. But boy, can I feel the difference! I can now actually produce a (consistent) TONE on the G-string in third position :). In first position there is no strength required at all. The strings are stopped just about automatically. It feels so good! I have included the before and after picture inside the post. 

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Posted: June 21, 2017

Maria
Day 2 G-minor key 4th finger practice


Second day practice of G-minor key piece for my 4th finger...

Also working on intonation, I hope it gotten a bit better than yesterday.





P.S. Thank you Mary for listening and commenting, appreciate it much.
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Posted: June 23, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have been practicing the base line (for violin) of Laurie Scott and Bill Dick's version of French Folk Song to work on my timing.  After a solid week of 2-3 times a day of practicing my timing is coming along but I am wanting more consistency.  But my question has more to do with quality or beauty of sound.  I am slow in improving in this area. 

I am practicing with their CD.  Their sound is has a refined quality with a definite beginning and end.  The volume is consistent throughout the bow stroke.  While my bow stroke does have that beginning and ending and it has a consonant at the beginning of the bow stroke it has a loud obnoxious harsh gratting quality to it.  My contact point is consistant and the bow is travelling straight.  So that leaves pressure and speed.  I have tried to vary these two variables but with limited success.

Any ideas?

Thanks for any and all suggestions, I am certainly ready and able to experiment.  Is there a lesson in Beth's huge video library inwhich addresses this issue?  I have this sound in my head and I want to be able to play it.

Best,

Ray


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Posted: June 24, 2017

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