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Shelly ~ South Carolina
Hi!

I am just starting out after having a 20 year hiatus from the violin (also played viola & cello).  But now I am returning to it and today I found your online lab! I LOVE IT!  I have my first lesson with a teacher set up in about a week but I wanted to know how many hours/days a week I should be practicing?

I practiced for about an hour this morning and was amazed how much came back after such a long break!  Your tutorials are wonderful and I know they are going to help me tremendously!

I plan on taking weekly one hour lessons to start.

Thanks for all you do!

Shelly

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Posted: September 1, 2011

jojo
Hi, I never really post any videos of myself as I do have a teacher and he tells me where I need to work to improve next....I have posted in the past a video as I was preparing to perform a piece to perform to a small audience so in that case I wanted as many people to feedback to me as possible, not just my teacher, not that I don't trust him, but I think it is nice to get many 'perspectives' before a performance is due as after all I would be presenting my piece to many people.

Anyway, after that I never really post any videos of myself as I think I can't really play ANYTHING well enough to come here and post something to entertain you with, this is the honest truth, I am not writing this to get any attention or any 'here here Jo' replies, this is the true honest opinion of my playing.  I hope to be a good violinist one day, but I am really not there yet, far from it.

BUT, I have had a couple of people (one especially, you know who you are) who have been kindly asking me to post a video  as they are very genuinely interested in hearing how I am getting on/progressing with my violin learning.

So here I am posting a video.

How I am getting on?  My honest opinion?  I think I am still at the same stage I was roughly 10 months ago, still STUCK at playing slow pieces (this is a slow piece), still NOT confident in playing fast bits, in fact in this piece I am NOT confident in the fast passage in the beginning (well it's not fast but it's faster than the rest).  I am learning other pieces, including fast ones with my teacher (ie Vivaldi 4 seasons and Bach Allemande etc but they are really too bad to post here)

This piece I only really practiced for 2 weeks, spending approximately 20 to 30 minutes on it per day (5 days a week, so I spent ten days on it). If you wonder how long it took me to play it the way I play it.  So I don't find it challenging, although as you can hear, I still play it rather poorly!!!  It would take me another 6 months to play it 'ok'.
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Posted: August 27, 2011

bm
Hi

My master's composition made for us during those old days. Copied to Sibelius software now, from my old notation book that I still keep as a treasure!!

happy listening and practising.

Bonny
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Posted: August 30, 2011

KarenJ

I have been playing the beginning of Essential Elements Book 2   I'm up to the Bb major  and F major scales and it seems to be going well... Until I go back to the G or D major.  I have a hard time finding first finger locations and it also pulls my 4th finger way too low.  what can I do to better switch from one key back to the other.  Should I be keeping my hand in the same place as if in the G major and only move the first finger way back to get the Bb and Eb? That's really awkward.


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Posted: August 29, 2011

bm
Hi Beth,

What is the magic about grace notes? Do they come like, kind of involuntary act or does it have to be systematically learned? Is there any particular lesson, I mean step by step, to be practised to master playing the grace notes?

Thanks.
Best regards,

Bonny Mathew


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Posted: August 29, 2011

Ray

Hi Beth,

In order to learn shifting I am learning Amazing Grace.  My question is, what do you think of using the open G string as a drone (or do you think another note would blend in more complimentary with this song).  The version I've got is 3/4 G major.

Best,

Ray 


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Posted: August 29, 2011

Patricia

Beth kindly correct me if Iím wrong. To me, there is a difference in time-value when playing embellishment notes than when playing slurred notes, even when in both cases and due to the legato on top of them, should be in only one bow stroke.

It is my understanding that:

The embellishment notes take their time from the main note that carry them; in another words, you must deduct from the time-value of the main note in order to play the grace(s), mordent, the turn or any others in the group of embellishment notes.

Contrary to;

The slurred notes played also with only one bow stroke but long enough equal in time-value, to the sum of all the notes within the slur.

Is the above correct? Please advice.

Tricia


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Posted: August 29, 2011

Sean
Hello everyone. Here's a video of me playing Are You Sleeping in A Major. I would really appreciate any piece of advice or suggestion as to improve my playing, because I haven't been doing the video tutorials for long, and I want to catch any improvements or bad habits as early as possible. Thanks :)


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Posted: August 19, 2011

bm
Dear Beth,

Getting back to violin nearly after 21 years!!!!!!!!
Wanna master this fantastic instrument.

Am trying to play D Major. Please comment on holding the violin and the tone.

Thank you.
Bonny.
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Posted: August 28, 2011

jojo
What are your 'dreams' with the violin? 

I know I have 2 of them, one of them sometimes I 'question' and wonder if I will 'really' achieve but I keep aiming for it, and that is to one day obtain the highest qualification one can obtain on the violin which is the 'fellowship'...

but then I have a more 'humble' dream, which 'hopefully' 'might' be more achievable, but even with this one I wonder if I will ever achieve it actually, and that is to one day be like this woman here in this YouTube video, she is my 'inspiration', I go and watch her videos (which were posted by her son) now and again and I sit and 'dream' that at the young age of 84 one day I might be just like her....entertaining my friends and neighbours with my violin :) 

I really hope I can be like her when I 'grow young' :) <3


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Posted: August 24, 2011

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