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Dyan
Beth, with all of these great techniques that you are teaching us, I find myself practicing them everywhere I go. I use pencils, my arm, the passenger mirror to watch while I do vibrato. It's great! Then, I feel like I am ahead when I start my practice! This can be a fun thing. It's a lot of work, and persistence and endurance, but rewarding when things start working! I can only imagine what you went through to be the great violinist that you are! Actually, it would help many of us, not to say how inspiring it would be to hear your story from the start. I would enjoy that more than anything. I guess I should have put this on facebook, Sorry! Dyan

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Posted: May 6, 2010

dockboggs
I am stuck with something. I know we should keep the fingers down when ascending a scale but,on descending the scale, should we plonk all our three fingers down at once en masse when changing strings and then remove them one by one?

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Posted: May 6, 2010

NickN
Anyone have tips on improving sight reading ability? Is this just something that comes with time and experience? I'm especially having a hard time when I have to sight read new pieces in quartet. Not only am I worrying about playing the right notes, but I am also thinking about the rhythm and trying to hear what the group is doing, and it's usually a mess if it involves tricky rhythms.

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Posted: May 6, 2010

Dyan
Beth, I need to focus on nice long, gentle bowing. How do you practice perfecting smooth bowing? Dyan

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Posted: May 5, 2010

Jose Antonio
Hello Beth, I am so happy to be one member more in your www.violinlab.com. I consider your website the best idea for anyone who wants to learn this beautiful instrument ,as the violin is. I agree that learning violin is not only for children, but adult too. I also agree how the lack of time can be a bigger challenge for adults versus children. I have been studying violin almost for one and half year. Ive been learning from Suzuki method book 1 and almost finished with book 2. I have a private teacher who is really good and has helped me a lot. In the very beginning, it was difficult since my hands and neck had to get use to a new posture. I had headaches and pain in my neck, but I did not want to drop it. I kept going forward. Now I do not experience pain anymore. I was able to get the ribbon off from the strings in order to memorize the finger positions by ear. I feel happy with myself what I have learned. I play melodies good, even though there are some nights when I got home from work and I cannot play well because of tiredness. Watching your videos is like having a teacher with me at home. Thats what it makes me happy, I can practice by myself and I can improve. Beth, I want to thank you, the members, and everybody who contributes your website.

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Posted: May 5, 2010

Jose Antonio
Hi Beth, Thank you for your answer in my personal e-mail on March 24, 2010. Now I am a member of your web. I would like to know if you could tell me a good easy book where I could learn and palying classic songs, simillar to Suzuki methods. Thank you.

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Posted: May 5, 2010

Dyan
Beth, In reference to squeezing the thumb and first finger, I have that problem. Though, things are getting better as I do my lessons with you. For some reason, I squeeze more when I play Devil's Dream. I realize these aren't your type of songs, but I know you can shed light on the difficulties I may have while playing certain songs. Are you suppose to put more pressure on the bow for some song? I just feel so out of control playing Devil's Dream. Things will get better relearning the basics. I am sure! Thank you, Beth Dyan

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Posted: May 4, 2010

Dyan
Beth, Since there is so much to learn, how long should one focus on any one thing? Is it best to bounce back and forth, or what? Dyan

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Posted: May 4, 2010

Dyan
Hi Beth, I've heard how important it is to breath and count notes while playing. It seems like a lot to do, and concentrate on the music, too! Are you counting every note that you play, always?! Dyan

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Posted: May 4, 2010

Martin Krause
Hi Beth! I have a question about bowstrokes. When you start bowing you are at velocity zero, then you accelerate and sometime later you reach maximum speed. The question: Do you try to reach maximum speed very soon, is there a kind of momentum like when you hit something or so. How do you prepare - physically and/or mentally - this initial movement? (For me it is a little difficult to express this question, but probably you know what I mean.) Thanks.

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Posted: May 3, 2010

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