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Lesson 6: Preparing the Bow Arm

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Posted: January 19, 2010

jojo
I just realised!!!! what made me want to learn the violin was listening to a soloist play the Theme from Schindler's List live at a concert hall. That piece always brings tears to my eyes and is just sooooo passionate you can feel it in every hair on your body! well.......3 and a half years into my violin learning journey I have now (last week) started to learn this piece, all on my own as my teacher is away on holiday! I can't believe it I am finally achieving my original dream goal on the violin, to play this piece!!! Beth, I have changed my fingering FOUR times so far in the last week, I find as I am getting more comfortable with the piece I find new fingering to accomdate bowing/phrasing/dynamics etc...I take it it's normal to do this? (change fingering every other day whilst you learn the piece???) LOL Anyway, my FIRST big celebration on violin, goal n.1 almost achieved now :)

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Posted: August 11, 2010


Lesson 12: String Crossings

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Posted: January 19, 2010

jojo
Just wanting to say 'Hi' My name is Jo, I am 40yr old single mother and a Midwife, I live in the UK near London. I started learning violin 3 and a half years ago, having not touched an instrument in my life and coming from a family where NOBODY does music. My inspiration was going to see an orchestra for the first time in my life at the age of 35, they were playing 'movie music' when the soloist did the Theme from Schindler's List that DID IT for me! I knew this piece of music already but hearing it live twiggled something inside me. From that night my desire to want to learn to play the violin and be able to play that piece of music grew and grew. Now I've been learning since January 2007 I have learnt so much I now have a million more pieces I'd love to play one day, I even have great ambitions like playing Paganini's caprices and the Carmen from Sarasate etc...(Love Sarasate). I had a teacher for the first 2 and a half years who did not teach me ANY technique or proper intonation but I started with an excellent teacher just a year ago and I am making good progress with him. I still like to hear many different people's views and approached that's why I joined this site, to 'complement' what I do with my teacher and learn everywhere else. If anyone knows the ABRSM syllabus, I have taken my grade 5 2 months ago and I have now learnt to play Meditation from Thais and the air on G string by Bach/Willemji transcription (all on g string). I have only started on vibrato 3 months ago and I really need to practice on this especially on G string in the higher positions (5th position and higher). The next piece I might learn with my teacher is the 'Schindler's List' theme :) :) :) I am happy I have joined this site, Beth seems to be a really kind altruistic person devoted to help as much as she can, thank you :) Jo

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Posted: June 13, 2010

Diane
Welcome Beth Blackerby and Kathryn Plummer to the myviolinvideos.com community! Both extraordinary teachers. You can see their videos here: Beth Blackerby: http://myviolinvideos.com/blackerby.html Kathryn Plummer: http://myviolinvideos.com/plummerkathryn.html Julie Lyonn Lieberman has a wonderful selection of books and dvds: http://myviolinvideos.com/liebermanjulielyonn.html And of course I have my own tutorials posted: http://myviolinvideos.com/allendiane.html My Violin Videos is a website dedicated to creating a violin specific video platform where children, parents and teachers can freely navigate, and participate. ( No inappropriate content or temptations here!)

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Posted: August 11, 2010

Andres
I am using the "student" rosin, when I start using the "professional" rosin, should I try to clean the bow hair or just start using the new rosin.

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Posted: August 9, 2010

jojo
Ok, I waste money here and there on silly things, I now have a new motivation not to.....to save money to go to AUSTIN TEXAS! Yes, I have decided that one day I will come to visit your shop in Austin Beth :) It may sound stupid but although I always thought yeah 'its nice to see the world', I never had the 'spur' to do it as I never had anything I REALLY wanted to do which was not expensive. Now I know, I'd love to come and see your shop and meet you. I have a son who is 15 next month, he will want to come too. I am planning to stay about 3 days in Austin, Beth, can I ask you to let me know what would be good in Austin for my son to see/experience which is 'cheap'? (he's not into music unfortunately, he's rather a very common technological teenage of the millennium LOL) I've had a look on the internet it's full of hotels in Austin and it says 'near this near that location' but I would not know where to go, could you recommend which 'zone/area' to stay in? (I am looking into hiring a car but want to spend as little money as possible so will not travel to places to do sight-seeing etc). If I can combine my trip with a classical music event even better :) Emg, how far are you from Austin? maybe you will be able to catch up with me? ps I don't know at this stage when I will be able to do this so no dates planned at all and financially I don't have the money yet so watch this space :)

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Posted: July 24, 2010

jack
This post is to offer some of you the opportunity to obtain some Scale Studies sheet music at no cost. I understand that Carl Flesch's Scale System is the standard for scale practice, but since some of us are on a budget when it comes to books (and there are several good ones, i.e. Simon Fischer's Basic, Shanet's How to Read Music, etc.), we might need to prioritize or at least get a piggy bank started just to fund our books ;-)

Ok, here is the site http://www.theviolincase.com/music/index.shtml#.

The scales for violin cover from 1 to 3 octaves. While they do not cover all the notes, they do get you started. There are some viola scales as well, but only for 1 octave.

Enjoy!    ;-)


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Posted: August 6, 2010

Denise Junghans
Well, I took my violin to praise band practice tonight. I only tried a couple of songs, those in easy keys and I just played along with the melody or played long notes. It went pretty well. I discovered something that I don't understand. We are playing "At Your Feet" by Casting Crowns. It has 4 sharps. I'm not sure if that is E or C#m. Anyway what I found is that I can play a B or an E almost anywhere and it sounds pretty good. Does anyone have an explanation?

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Posted: August 5, 2010


Dr. Stephen Redfield, part 7: Cole Bow Stroke

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Posted: January 19, 2010

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