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Dianne
Alec Rowley
Thank you for these beautiful pieces- they are so appreciated and timely. I did accidentally hit the delete key and did not see the reply that was on here. But thank you so much - I couldn't believe what I was hearing- this is the type of playing I am trying to develop!!

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Posted: November 6, 2017

Barb Wimmer
I thought this was neat, watching 60 minutes Sunday about this young prodigy.  So talented. And to be able to write songs- wow that would be talent.   Some of you write songs don't you - Maria I think you do.   I think it is interesting how she always has a song in her head. Wondering how those of you who write songs think?
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Posted: November 6, 2017

Frieda
Update Sarabande in D minor, J.S.Bach
Hi all!
Here is an update on the Sarabande in D minor, Bach... that I already posted earlier.
I would like to let you know that I'm still occupied with this piece and that I'm trying to implement the useful tips that I've received from Beth along with her video reply (thanks again Beth, still so happy with it)... It still stays a real challenge but I see it as a 'long journey' exercise...
I must also learn to play without nerves of being filmed or recorded because the moment I realise that I'm being recorded, I start to play differently... at least less relaxed... And yes, passages that went well suddenly became tricky, others went well... this all means that there is still a long way to go... but I'm enjoying this piece so much that I would like to share it with you all. The rest of the day I continue with my exercises, etudes and so on.
Thanks for listening and I wish you all 'happy practicing hours'!!!
Best regards,
Frieda
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Posted: November 5, 2017

david
Hi guys . How do I set up a class I attended?
Hi guys . How do I set up a class already seen? excuse me if I do not express myself correctly. I'm not fluent in English.

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Posted: November 6, 2017

MsPolkadotz
#21daysofpractice November 1-21, 2017

Hey everyone, Id like to invite you to join me on a mini version of the #100daysofpractice that I will be doing at Instagram from the 1st of November until the 21st. Youll find all the details inside this post.


If you would like to participate in any way and would prefer to do it here at ViolinLab instead of Instagram please upload your daily practice inside this post. If enough people join in and submit a full video of their piece by the 26th of November, I will edit a separate (private) video to post only here at ViolinLab. I hope you can join me in this project so we can inspire each other towards our musical goals. Thank you so much and happy practicing. 


PS. Ignore the 3rd rule about tagging your videos if you are posting here.. ;-)


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Posted: October 27, 2017

Grant Wolfe
Vibrato and "points of contact"
Im trying to really understand the relationship between the character of vibrato and the left hand point of contact...I do not play with a shoulder rest, and Im convinced that a gorgeous vibrato can still be achieved. Galamian talks about a "double contact" of the violin neck between thumb and index finger, but goes on to say that contact of the index finger can be released in playing expressive passages...however, I find this complete release very difficult to achieve. So, I guess my question is whether or not there must be a total seperation of the lower joint of the index from the neck...or if it can touch, but just cant be "glued" down, so to say...? In other words, just a gentle flexible contact...?

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Posted: November 5, 2017

Dianne
Kaplan Amo
I know I practice a lot, but 8 weeks? It's getting harder to pull a good sound out of  these strings and they no longer have any of the blended tone colors they had all these weeks. The A string now sticks out above the G/D/E as if it is not as worn down as the others- this is actually the opposite of what I would have expected. A really good A string. The E is the AMO E that came with the set. I really liked these strings, and was hoping to get more time out of them. They still sound clear, but it's noticeably harder to bow them and get a round sound, they have a slower response- I seem to be working harder, and they do sound a little dull. Tuning is very stable on these though, so no tuning issues. They are rock solid in tune and have been for a couple of weeks. Oh well....I have one new string set left- PI.

How are your strings holding up?

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Posted: November 4, 2017

Maria
Page 2 - assignment piece


I went ahead and practiced the dreaded page 2...

It's really hard but need to practice to get familiar with the notes and shifts.
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Posted: November 5, 2017

Maria
2 violins and slow practice
At the bottom was my first practice using Nena my youngest violin  and  the second video was practicing the same piece using Angelina my other violin.








The difference between 2 violins besides my wonky playing are as follows:

Nena---> very inexpensive, FB diameter/roundness is thicker, string actions are much lower, strings are either dominant or tonica..

Angelina---> master level violin, FB diameter/roundness is much slender or narrower but the varnish is stickier and harder to glide, string action is higher, strings are either dominant or tonica.

Thanks...
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A slow practice after a long break


Back to my assignment piece, started on entire page one...







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Posted: November 5, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have attempted to apply the comments from a previous post for: Duet Exercise 1 of Set 1 that Beth has made for our practice of the right hand.  Beth wanted me to slow down the bow speed, keep using the full bow stroke, and narrow the cap between the notes so that there would be less disruption to the flow of music.

All comments are greatfully received.  :)))

May The Beat Be With You,

Ray
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Posted: November 5, 2017

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