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Arunaditya Deshmukh
How is my posture while playing??
Hi, everyone, please check my posture while playing the violin. The bow hold and the dynamics of the piece. The part I played, is Trinity Grade 2 Premiere Valse. Please suggest improvements.

I was very nervous as well how to develop and practise all these.
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Posted: April 1, 2017

Lisa, Houston-TX
Bow Hold (Pinky)
I'm having a really difficult time keeping my right pinky curved on the bow.  I can bend the joint nearest the fingernail, but the middle joint straightens itself out no matter how hard I try to keep it bent.  When I'm not holding the bow I can maintain the perfect arch. ???   Any suggestions?  Will this hold me back as I learn new technique?

Forgive the awkwardness of the bow hold. It's due to the weird angle in which the pic is taken.

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Posted: April 4, 2017

Fun Double Violin Piece
Hey Guys, 

I've found this piece for 3 violins it's called Trios Faciles by Joseph Bloch, i've played a small part of the 2 violins and recorded them separately, than did some work on the video itself, it's not completely perfect, but it's a start 

Hope you guys enjoy it 

looking forward to your comments :)

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Posted: March 30, 2017

Elaine Adams
Small pinky
I am trying to work through Suzuki Book 1 and have reached the point where I should start to use my 4th finger, unfortunately I have a tiny pinky (about 1.5 inches) and find it almost impossible to reach 4th position. I wondered if anyone out there has had the same problem and managed to find a solution. I am loving my new hobby and am hoping there is a way of overcoming this problem. I have very small hands  and wondered if I should have started with a smaller violin. I look forward to your responses. Thanks.

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Posted: April 3, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Working with Wohlfahrt Op. 45 studies.... here is no. 4Allegretto. Pardon the flats and the sharps where they don't belong, but that's why I'm going slow.....

Also.... questions for teacher and everyone.... when vibrato up bow direction... as we are reaching the frog.... we speed up? we slow down?

I find I cant sustain a vibrato ...attempt anyways.... up bow towards the frog ... pretty  much past the lower half of the bow.....

If anyone knows of any of the video tutorials that address this.... let me know the number... Thanks in advance! :0)
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Posted: April 1, 2017

Robyn Stirling
Hi all,
 I'm playing at an event this Sunday that involves the 1812 overture, the less said on that the better. I know I won't be able to get custom earplugs in time but I was wondering has anyone been fitted for custom plugs or knows a reputable seller that I could maybe purchase a set from. As I said I doubt I'll be able to avoid the canon this time but I will be sitting right beside the brass so for future performances it would be handy to have a set in general.
Many thanks

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Posted: April 3, 2017

Hi Beth and violin labbers!
Why do some people put a little piece of cloth on the chin rest? What does it do?

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Posted: April 2, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Quick question... local teacher is introducing shifting. He first wants me to shift between 1st and 2nd position. We are starting with shifting in a way where the "dragging" sound doesn't show. As he explains .... "if I close my eyes and I'm listening... I don't want to be able to hear the shifting sound"... watching Beth videos - his approach is a little different .

He is  starting between 1st and 2nd position ( we are using  Belwin course for strings - actually - second and fourth position - but first exercises are between first and second positions in that book). this initial approach he wants to adopt for now is what its called " classical shifting"? - just curious. Thank you in advance! :0)

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Posted: March 20, 2017

Ann Meeker
Embed specs? video size??
Hey guys, How is it that some of you on your uploaded video it has full-screen mode available?  On the VL upload instructions it says to get the Embed specs for 480x360, but when I click 480 then it automatically overwrites the second figure to be 480x270.  Not sure what I'm missing. . .?  The last couple times I just went with the default 640x360 but still doesn't seem to be posting right?

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Posted: April 2, 2017

Josephine Trott Melodious Double-Stops practice...

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Posted: October 12, 2016

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