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Alan Barnicoat
About Bow Tilt
I understand that for the up bow stroke the wrist gradually raises, and with gentle finger motion, the bow tilts toward the scroll as the stroke ends at the frog. And, on the down bow stroke, along with a quick change in finger motion the, the wrist  lowers and then flexes as the stroke ends at the tip.  However, on the down bow, I find that in order to reach the tip I must flex my wrist to the extent that the bow actually ends up tilting towards the tail piece near the end of the stroke.  I'm wondering if that is acceptable - otherwise there is a lot of strain at the base of my thumb trying to keep the bow hair flat all the way to the end of the down bow stroke.

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Posted: April 28, 2017

Christian Rivera
Greetings! Can an adult begineer play these two pieces at a high level?
Hey there! 

I joined this website about a year or so ago but, this is my first post.  I'm an 29 year old adult beginner that picked up the violin because I was looking for a hobby, and this is the only one that grabbed my attention.  I've been practicing with a teacher not-too-seriously for about a year but, I want to kick it into overdrive.  I'm making a list of songs I would like to learn (in addition to anything to I have to learn for technique or just find interesting) and I found two that look hard/sexy.

Paganini - Caprice no.24

Devil's Trill

Assuming I practice about 18 hours a week and take 1 hour violin lessons; how feasible is it for an adult beginner to play these two songs at a high level? 

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Traveling with the violin
Hello family! My trip to Puerto Rico have been so much fun! And brought my violin overseas for the first time! 

Had no problem whatsoever with JetBlue! Brought it with me, placed in overhead bins, no problem! No questions asked! Been able to practice the songs for church for 4/30! Tomorrow returning back to the states. Will see how it goes once more with the violin. Thanks Elke once more for the link to the airlines and their music instrument policies! :0)

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Posted: April 22, 2017

Cheryl Frankfurth
Gavotte in D Major, Suzuki Book 3
Hi all...and Beth,

In the Gavotte in D Major, Suzuki Book 3, in the first full measure, there is an f# 8th note with a line through it...I've listened to Beth's video on this Gavotte and am curious as to any of you who have a 'live' teacher :) also.  Beth (and every youtube video I've watched) plays that note like you would a grace note...quickly...however my 'live' teacher tells me that the line through the note means that you hold it longer than a grace note...has anyone else heard this interpretation?  I intend to play it her way in my lesson but Beth's way at home as I think it sounds better.   Thanks for any feedback.

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Posted: April 22, 2017

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Sunday songs
Hello family!
So this is one of my songs for church next Sunday , "We have been told" - very inspirational song ... reminding us how much Jesus loves us... inside this post I'm also including the song " Now we remain" , I tried to improvise with a vibrato at the end... not supposed to be in the song, but I try to practice it anywhere I can add it! :0)
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Posted: April 26, 2017

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
2017 Virtual Ensemble

Hi Everyone,

I have been away from the V.L. site for awhile, so I wanted to post an update
regarding the 2017 Virtual Ensemble. 

The initial sign up for the ensemble totaled 58 players, but when the time came
for submitting recordings, the final number totaled 28.   Just one less than the 2015
ensemble.  All in all, a pretty good turnout.   

My sincere thanks to all the participants!

I am in the process of editing and arranging the final video.  With some minor
life distractions and moving slower than I once did, the editing process is moving
forward steadily but slowly.  I wonder sometimes if I will ever play anything faster than 1/16th notes?  Still, I hope to have the finished video completed in late May or early June.

There will be a group poster available for downloading in another week or so, so
watch for it on the Group Picture page.

Best regards to all,

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Jerry Wright
Musette Video

Musette Video (4.5 months playing - 49 year old beginner)
Hello everyone,

I'm excited to start Suzuki Vol. 2.  Took me over a month to pass Gavotte, but my instructor finally let me move on. 

Here is my current performance of Musette (Song 2, Vol. 2).  What do you see that I need to work on?

Thank you for the great site and learning opportunities that you provide.

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Elke Meier
Wow, what in inspirational little video clip: 

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Posted: April 25, 2017

Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
Vibrato Practice
Hello all, 

Just for the record...I am working on beginners level three and as of today I started the vibrato series and the practicing exercises 👏 🎉
I intent to practice it daily with a metronome without a bow for three to four weeks and then add the bow for another month.

I will try to somehow post the progress. 

Have a nice practicing week!   

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Posted: April 23, 2017

Hi Beth,

You are right and finally I can hear the laziness of my left hand fingers when they leave the strings.   That fuzzy sound is really disruptive. Thanks for pointing out the problem.  

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Posted: April 23, 2017

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