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NickN
I've been learning the Gigue from Bach's Partita no. 3 for the last couple of weeks, trying to get it ready for a recital next week. Here's a recording my teacher made during a lesson. This is actually the 2nd take after we noticed that my right shoulder was really tense on the first take. I think that paying attention to finger motion actually helped reduce tension in my right shoulder. But it definitely came back as I let my attention wander away from my bow hand and back to thinking about the music :P
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Posted: November 3, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, this is that "Great is Thy Faithfulness" duet I've been working on ... Needs plenty more work and I wouldn't mind some constructive critiques that could help me polish this up. I can see that I "STILL" do not make great use of the whole bow as I aught to in many places (those last couple of measures would greatly benefit from more bow !)...... I do sometimes get up to the frog here and there so I know I can do it. Intonation is always an issue lately though I used to do much better in that area...guess I need to get back to scales and arpeggios. Anyway....Thanks for any feedback and tips !
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Posted: October 26, 2010

jack
Hello everyone!

Continuing on my quest to become a violinist before I buy the farm, lol, I took a chance and on Diane's advice I got myself a Body Beat to help me with rhythm. For some reason, my rhythm neurons are not firing correctly, thus I need some serious help on that department.   ;-)

Actually, my violin instructor tells me that it is more of a coordination issue than a rhythm issue. I'm one of those who cannot tap the top of my head while simultaneously rub my belly in a circular motion, lol. To put it mildly, I have been having a heck of a time trying to play different note subdivisions given a specific tempo and even though I have tried using a metronome, I don't seem to be able to focus on the music and the metronome at the same time. I can multitask on just about anything, but when it comes to music my neurons haven't got a clue on what to do. I can either focus on the metronome or the music, but not both. (I think Im broken, sob sob . . . lol)

Oh how I wished I had learned music when I was a kid. In my old age, it seems as if there is no re-wiring available in my head and thus the struggle. My instructor keeps telling me to be patient and that it will come, but time is something I will eventually run out of and I want to be able to do it right now!

In any event, I just got this device and I will keep you all posted once I actually get to use it. Hopefully this will be the key to the promise land. If not, Ebay here I come! lol.


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Posted: September 14, 2010


Meditation from Thais: Phrase 2 discussion, part 2

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Posted: September 14, 2010


Vibrato: part 6 Next Level Exercises

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Posted: June 3, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 7 - Shifting Styles (Hybrid and Romanticized Classical)

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Posted: April 7, 2010

Luis
This is another tango, with less practice than the prior one. Fun to play though!

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZLNLfGjlXw for the real deal (and similar phrasing)
Luis
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Posted: October 22, 2010

Luis
Sorry, this is the real post. I've been away so long I'd forgotten how to embed videos :-)

Tango Anyone?

I have been unable to play/practice for the better part of the last quarter, but I am ready to get back on the saddle, as it were :-) I am posting my humble attempt at "El Dia Que Me Quieras" for your consideration. If you want to see what the real song (well played) sounds like, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC52ji4phUo. Thanks in advance for your comments. ---Luis
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Posted: October 22, 2010


Vibrato: part 10 Vibrating in High Positions

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Posted: June 22, 2010

jack
Hello everyone,

Here is Sad Romance (from the video game Final Fantasy X). This version has been kindly transcribed by Beth and it contains some suggested fingerings for those of you who are interested in learning to slip and slide around the violin. This tune, except for a few measures, can be played in 1st position.

You may save this file as an image . . .

Sad Romance VL

. . . Or for your convenience, you may also download it as a pdf file.

Thanks goes to Beth for her kind insight, hard work and generosity.    ;-)


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Posted: October 19, 2010

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