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Kathy
I have been trying to relearn my left hand  --that is, stop the squeezing.  I am doing the exercises, watching the videos--but my hand is slipping all over the place, never landing on the same note twice.  My thumb has no "friction" and  slides off the violin. Any suggestions for a small hand with a very smooth thumb? 

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Posted: November 28, 2011

Andrea Walpole
Just been having a go with the left hand (ooh exciting!)
When you say no tension with the left thumb, does that mean I can't grip at all?

I'm not sure if this is just because my muscles not being up to it but the action of the strings feels really high (I'm comparing to a banjo as that is what I know) so without a reasonable grip with the thumb I'm struggling to get the left fingers down hard enough to make the note sound when bowed. If I do manage to press down hard enough (without thumb) it makes my neck feel like it's going to snap trying to counterbalance the viola. (And there is obviously a whole heap of tension going on...)

Any ideas?

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Posted: November 25, 2011

Patrick Regan

I'm working on Kriesler's "Praeludium and Allegro" and I would like to know how to play double stops- not spiccato, but somewhere in the middle. If you listen to a recording the first to notes to the passage is G and F. I just find it difficult to know what kind of technique is requierd! any Ideas or advice?

-Thanks


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Posted: November 26, 2011

Sean
Hello everyone i would like your opinion. There's also a question on a different subject at the end if you don't want give your opinion.

So i started violin just over a year ago, through fiddle lessons (group) which were provided freely through our school. However, as they are group lessons, the teacher isn't very involved with each student, and there are a lot of bad habits that are developed. I later asked my piano teacher (who plays violin as well) to give me a COUPLE lessons to correct this. She did. Then in summer, i came across violin lab :)

although i liked it, fiddle music never exactly... passioned me. that's what classical music does. so i took fiddle lessons again this year, but i find that i just go because i can, theyre free and i learn some fiddle repertoire. 
However, i really believe that the fiddle lesson and practising is just taking up my time. it feels like im practising for something i dont care about you know? I'd rather spend my time practising on techniques, scales, basics and violin lab videos. 

So would you guys suggest that i stick with the fiddle lessons? I suppose it would be good to know how to play some songs.  however i have all of the "tabs" they use in class, which means i could basically teach myself any songs i want, with YouTube as an aid. or friends from school. but nothing beats the teacher, you know?
I'm asking you guys as the majority of you are older than me, with more experiences, and you guys may tell yourselves now "oh, i wish i had stuck with so and so when i was younger...".

well i am younger right now and i want advice. it's not like im dropping the instrument, i would actually focus on it more to be honest. so no worries there :)



Oh yeah, my other question:

So my membership will be expiring towards the end of the year, and if i renew it as soon as the renewal option comes up, will i still get the little bit of time left that i paid for six months ago, and then six more, or does the six month count start as soon as i renew?



Thanks for everything.

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Posted: November 27, 2011

Andrea Walpole
Beth: I noticed earlier when I tried to get on the site that your bandwidth had been exceeded. Perhaps you might want to think about purchasing a wider bandwidth for the site, especially at peak times. I don't know if anyone else has found this problem?
;o)

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Posted: November 26, 2011

Rafael Guerrero
I'm trying to tune my violin and I'm trying to follow this Lesson 7 video but my problem is that I couldn't even follow how to bow the two strings A and D together... So, tell me if this is sufficient for now... this is what I do, I just use my electronic tuner and just tune G D A E with it using the green light that it indicates that it is tuned. Is that good enough? or do I have to really learn how to bow the A + D together . Thanks in advance for your response.

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Posted: November 24, 2011

Sean Li Child


Dear Beth

Do you teach that the right pinky must always remain rounded and touching the bow (never lift off)? Or is it permissable for the right pinky to sometimes go straight or completely lift off from the stick like some violin masters do?

Thank you sincerely,

Sean


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Posted: November 24, 2011

Sean Li Child


Dear Beth

Regarding the left pinky... do you teach that with the exception of doing harmonics, it should ALWAYS drop on the string curled/bent at the joints, or is it permissible for the left pinky to ever go straight and collapse at the joints when playing difficult fast passages or stretching for a high note while the lower fingers need to stay low and down?

Thank you sincerely,

Sean


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Posted: November 24, 2011

Andrea Walpole
Has anyone tried metal core strings?

My husband just fitted a set on his cello. (It's been a long time since he's played and I think the first time he actually had to buy his own strings so gulped at hte prices for non metal core strings...) And he wants me to get a set for my viola.

Has anyone any experience with them? I was looking for a spare set. I am assuming that I probably would need to change the whole set should any of the ones I've currently got on snap,  as I would guess I wouldn't want to mix string types?????

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Posted: November 25, 2011

Jeanet Elders
Hi Beth, Sorry to tell that the video doesn't show instruction and scales.

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Posted: November 25, 2011

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