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Eileen
Beth, what is your opinion of online ear training programs ?

I came across this site, or someone directed me to it...and I've been having a little fun with it. It tests you on your ability to discern intervals, major from minor chords, practicing hearing perfect pitch...etc...all at varying levels. I haven't gotten to the "jazz" chords yet...lol...that aught to be interesting !

anyway, here's the site if anyone is interested in checking it out......

http://www.good-ear.com/servlet/EarTrainer


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Posted: April 25, 2011

Laura Leach
I just watched the video lesson on rosining your bow. With the more expensive rosin, do you still need to scratch the surface to get it to powder before applying it to the bow? Thanks!

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Posted: April 26, 2011

Erin Reed
I love you, Beth, will you marry me?? This website is awesome!!

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Posted: April 16, 2011

david_chiu
Hello Beth, I was wondering what the slurs work for ? It is completely necessary to do all of them that you can see in a song score. For example when a I play the Minuet 3 Bach, I donīt do all the slurs, itīs better if a add those ones to improve my performance or Itīs ok to play without them. Thank you in advance.

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Posted: April 26, 2011

Julia
Hi Beth, I was just having some trouble with "Hunters' Chorus". In bar 21 and 22, I keep on feeling like the short notes are more important than the long ones, but shouldn't it be the long D string notes more important than the short ones? I'm especially assured that the long ones are more important because there's accents on them. Now, because of this problem, I'm almost always wanting to play a long note last.Any advice? Thanks in advance, Julia

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Posted: April 25, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth:

Lately I had been having problems with unwanted "bounce" in my bowing from the halfway point to the frog. I have two pretty good bows, a carbon fiber CodaBow Diamond NX, and a two star pernambuco bow. I had the problem with both, but the pernambuco bow (which is the stiffer of the two) seemed slightly worse.

I know that other members have reported a similar problem with bow bouncing, so I figured that I would share that this video, Lesson #23 on "Crossing Strings", seems to have held some of the answer for me!

At at about the 2:30 mark, you mention that the crossing movement should happen "from the joint". Well, for me the bouncing problem was not just when crossing. But while watching your right arm movement in this video, and then looking at my own right upper arm motion in a mirror, it suddenly occurred to me that I was not just "pivoting my arm at the joint", but was also slightly "lifting" my shoulder when playing.

So I changed my shoulder position such that all upper arm elevation occurred by "pivoting the joint" only, trying to eliminate any "lifting of the shoulder" when elevating the upper arm....and the bouncing problem greatly diminished!!

Thank God! And to think that I almost didn't watch this video because I thought that I already "knew" about string crossing!

I know that I'll have to keep working on this problem. But at least I now am aware of the major source of the problem for me.

This bouncing problem became worse several months back, and I think that it may be related to my attempts to "pick up" on the bow, to reduce bow weight when bowing slowly at the frog. Now I'll have to retrain my arm and shoulder to take weight off the bow by means other than by the “lifting" of my shoulder.

Thank you very much for providing detailed descriptions of proper movements!

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Posted: April 21, 2011

KarenJ
Hi! i was wondering if it was taboo to restain or varnish and old violin. i'm replacing my cheap chinese violin with a used older one that's pretty scratched up. i'm concerned about exposed wood and vulnerability to cracking.

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Posted: March 14, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan

Beth, that is a very clear explanation of the right proportions of speed, weight and sounding point. It is a new insight for me: The hardness / softness of the string close to / away from the bridge necessitates more / less weight. I also find it intuitive that if you move closer to the bridge, the bow needs to get heavier and slower, and if you move towards the fingerboard, it needs to get lighter and faster.

Now, I know that if you stay on one sounding point and you move the bow faster it also has to get heavier, and if it moves slower it has to get lighter. I know that this is the case, but I have no intuition why that is the case. Can you help? Or am I just being dense?



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Posted: April 19, 2011


Hi Beth, Are the three finger spacing patterns that you have demonstrated so far the only finger spacing patterns for all major and minor scales? Thank you. Elizabeth

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Posted: April 19, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth: We've been hearing about the wildfires in Texas, including some in the Austin area. Are you, your staff, and families able to keep safe through all this?

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Posted: April 19, 2011

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