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Ayoub
Gavotte in D major Suzuki book 5
Progress so far :) 

Any help is more than appreciated 
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Posted: February 10, 2018

Ray
Practice Study Question
Hi Beth,

Did you want us to stay strictly to your steps?  Which I can certainly understand.  One the early steps I use, now, is to score study.  Would score studying skew your results?

Hope you are able to rest and getting sleep to recover from what ails you.

Best,

Ray

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Posted: February 10, 2018

Dianne
Shoulder Pad Suggestions?
Hi, this long thread covers: -using music stand to train vibrato, -searching for a shoulder pad, -training out the forearm movement in wrist vibrato

Music stand:
I have practiced against my music stand, or just holding the instrument with the right hand w/o the bow, successfully after many, many weeks with the metronome, and then performing with it in pieces in Suzuki book 1. If I could take my music stand with me like this everywhere it would be great! :) I find that the music stand (or wall) is a great training tool for vibrato for building the technique with complete relaxation, but it does not transfer to real life playing, atleast in my experience.

Shoulder pad:
I am now reworking my shoulder pad setup, as I got it perfect for playing w/o vibrato, but there seems to be a hint of instability when putting fingers down with vibrato.  If the violin is not snugly up against my neck, if there is any space there at all, tension creeps into my left wrist and forearm. I'm sure in time it will resolve, because I do not have to play like that without vibrato.

Does anyone have suggestions for a shoulder pad that will allow freedom of the left shoulder, but still provide stability? I have tried the Viva (great rest but not giving the stability I need at the moment) and also the Bon Musica-like Wolf Forte Secondo bent into shape for my shoulder- that one was an awful tension producer- I wore it for like 2 seconds, although it completely solved the stability problem, and I could use the vibrato perfectly like against the music stand.

Training out the forearm movement in wrist vibrato:
I thought I'd share this in case it helps anyone.
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Posted: February 3, 2018

Courtney
I don't know if you guys remember my post about rosin several months ago.. but I had decided to use the Andrea a Piacere because it sounded so much better than the Bernardel. Well it's changed again! The humidity has been super low lately, going below 40 sometimes if I don't turn my humidifier on. (For reference, in summer it is always at least 70+ humidity) Well apparently the Andrea doesn't sound good in low humidity! I changed back to Bernardel and it's worlds better sounding. 

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Posted: February 9, 2018

Robyn Stirling
Simon Fischer Basics
Hi everyone, the recent discussion about another handbook led me to digging my copy of this out. I know it's a great book as any exercise Beth has used in these video's has been very beneficial for me. It's just such a lump of a book it's almost overwhelming, I find myself at a loss on how to work through it. Has anyone else found this and if not, what is everyone's preferred formula for a book like this.
Best wishes
Robyn

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Posted: February 7, 2018

Sanfvsaz
suzuki book1-minuet 3
Sometimes I play violin so badly that, until I see some good performances, I do not believe what the sound of the violin is!!
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8 Responses
Posted: February 7, 2018

Dianne
Newly Commissioned Work Performance
I found both the candid description of this artist's approach to new works, as well as the opportunity to hear one of them performed for the first time this coming Sunday, so enriching. If I miss it (and I will) I believe I can listen to it later on the FB page. What an opportunity!

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Posted: February 9, 2018

jz
Method book - Adult beginner
In keeping with various discussions on books...
Recently I came across what seems to be a very good method book, specifically aimed toward adult beginners of violin: Ros Stephens’ Violin Works (sample pages here). It is clearly laid out, exercises include helpful explanations, includes digital accompaniments with real instruments. In short, this seems like it could be a fine complement to Beth’s lessons for beginners - info about the book says its 2 volumes should take a student from ABRSM grade 1 to grade 3.

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Posted: February 7, 2018

Ray
Hi Beth,

I have been following your instructions on learning a new piece of music.  And for, I have combined or rather added a couple of of lessons to that fantasticly-detailed video http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=629

I now include singing to each stage you mention in your video.  Yes, in my shop well away from everyone!  :))). But in the last few posts you mentioned another step in the learning process, which I had not considered part of that process of learning a new piece of music. That is playing with another instrument.  I have Moon Over Ruined Castle to a point where, if I want to improve it any further and I do, then I need to play it with the piano 
accompiament.  This should make my sound less like a metronome.   

So I guess this could be considered part of either stage 2 or stage 3.  Thanks for another great idea.

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Posted: February 8, 2018

Beth Blackerby
Practice Handbook
Hi all,

In response to the earlier post about Benjamin Whitcomb's practice book, I reached out to him and he gave me a link to the publisher. I received mine earlier and I think it's great for students.

23 Responses
Posted: February 2, 2018

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