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The Staccato Bow Stroke (off the string)

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Posted: June 30, 2010

lubsviolin
Good day everyone. I would choose not to clutter up the main discussions screen so I'll make this post and then put all subsequent progress vids as responses within. I worked on Perpetual Motion and Etude last couple of days. A few notes are a bit off and it's not a clean run by any means, but I think it's about as solid as I can get for now. I hope my mechanics are at least half there. Sorry for motion blur, guess I'll have to get a better cam soon. Everyone have a great day.
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Posted: June 30, 2010

lubsviolin
Sorry if this seems like a silly question, but sometimes I see references to someone playing at "Grade such and such". Being so new to playing, it doesn't apply to me anyway, but just curious what this is actually referring to. Perhaps I'm totally misunderstanding the context when I see it and there is no such thing lol. Just curious and if anyone has insight on this, thanks.

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Posted: June 29, 2010

lubsviolin
My work on twinkle variations, hmm, was a bit nervous. Hopefully that wil subside soon enough. Also , it's a test, not sure If I understand embedding yet, haa.
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Posted: June 27, 2010

lubsviolin
I would just like to say greetings to everyone. My name is John and I'm a 42 year-old beginner at violin. I have no experience at playing any instrument until now. But I have come to love the violin so I say, "what the heck". I've only been playing a couple of months off and on, but now i hope to start makin' it "serious business" lol. I have enjoyed everyone's participation here and I want to send out a big thankyou to Beth for all the helps. Also a big thankyou to the community for your valued participation and insights. It appears not many peeps here upload their works. I love watching everyone so get to it hehe. I'm going to, although 'tis true, I'm scared. But alas, I currently live in the "boonies" and have no access to private instructiion currently. So this is best place for constructive feedback I have. But I warn ye! My bow probably moves like it's tethered to my ceiling fan, and my violin sings like I just stepped on a cat's tail. Awesome! Anyway, no one will know of improvement if I don't show the beginnings I guess. Again, a big Thankyou to Beth, this website, and all of YOU who visit.

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Posted: June 27, 2010

jojo
'WHAT MAKES A GOOD VIOLINIST' today I had a very difficult lesson with my teacher, I say difficult as it was one of those lessons where everything was going 'wrong': intonation/rythm/shifting/fingering choice/dynamics/vibrato switching off at random/etc etc I highly respect my teacher, he's very experienced and very good and as such he tries his best to help me achieve a high level on 'everything' so he tries to help me develop into not just a good violinist but a 'good musician' There was SO MUCH to concentrate on, never mind the right left hand position, moving the thumb along when you shift, keeping the vibrato going, but also remembering what a major/minor third sounds like, a fourth and so on, pitch of any given note, rythm (my teacher having been a leader of some professional orchestras he's very 'spot on' with his rythm). I felt like I was drowning!!! I often do during my lessons, but this is because I come from a previous teacher who has never taught me any of these things (aural/music theory) so I never had to think about it before and now I have a lot of catching up to do! I sometimes think: if you are self taught how do you keep up with the aural/music theory side of it? is it important to you? I think that 'ultimately' if one wants to become a good all rounded musician as well as knowing 'how to play the violin' then it's essential, if one's goal is to be able to play a few pieces here and there then it's different? or are these things essential even to those who want to learn in a more 'relaxed way'? what are your experiences with these things? do you think the aural/theory side is often too 'forgotten about' and deserves its good share? do you think it is 'just a waste of time/energy'? I have become to feel quite passionate about it lately and I am a believer it is an essential part, maybe it's my teachers experience and passion about it that's rubbing off on me! :) but boy...is it hard work? it sure can be when you are time limited as an adult working 6 days a week, a parent as well.....not enough time to practice it ALL :(

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Posted: June 26, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, in one of your posts to me you said that I should work on pressure and placement. Could you elaborate on that ? Thanks !

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Posted: June 25, 2010

LearningViolin
Disclaimer: If this is not the place to share things like this, please let me know and I won't do it again! :) But tonight I ran across a website that I thought might be helpful for all of us that are working on better intonation. It's http://www.fretlessfingerguides.com/products.html I also thought that Beth might want to get her wonderful website listed on his "link" page. ~Janice

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Posted: June 25, 2010


Hi Everyone! I was practicing bits and pieces of the first violin part of the Smetana String Quartet No.1 today. This video is at the end of my practice session today - I was trying to get a narrower, faster vibrato in the higher register, and I'm not sure about the vibrato on the D and A strings...I feel it's too wide and the tone is too flat-ish. This passage in this video is a bit of a musical release after a more intense section, so I want it to sound warm, enveloping and i want it to have an easy, song like quality...and I don't think my vibrato is getting that through...what do you think? How would I get a faster vibrato in the high register towards the end where it gets more intense? PS - I will get better at making videos! :)
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Posted: June 24, 2010

Andres
Hi Beth, I noticed that the book that I am using (Essential Strings) starts with using a lot of pizzicato. What are your thoughts about this?

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Posted: June 24, 2010

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