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bm
Hi Beth,
What I found was that both my pinkies remain straight and stiff - that is, on the finger board and while bowing. What tips are there to relax the pinkies ?!

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Posted: September 7, 2011

KarenJ

I have a theory type question.  In the Circle-of-fifths, the C major is the same as the A minor; both having no sharps or flats.  That means the fingering is the same for both, correct?  if i wanted to play Vivaldi's A minor Concerto, i would use the same fingering as if it were C Major, right?  This, I assume, is the natural minor.  If it were a melodic minor, would there be accidentals but the key signature at the beginning of the piece would still be the same?


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Posted: September 9, 2011

Vasilis
hello everybody i m new here. I just got my first violin (i ve never touched a violin before, i just only listen to it when i was studying another organ in conservatory and violin always made me want to cry) I love this instrument and because i know the music theory i thought that it would be easy for me to learn it.... Unfortunatelly it is not. I am 39 years old and i think that its too late to learn violin. I dont want to be a professional player, i just only want to play for my personal pleasure. Do you think i can make it ? :((

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Posted: September 7, 2011

Ray

Hi Beth,

This is more of an observation. First, I'm finding more freedom with my left hand fingers when the knuckle is not against the neck. Ofcourse this makes sense and it is one thing to see and listen to the advice on a video, but at some point and it might as well as be now, you have to put the advice into practice. And low and behold it works. Again, thanks for video and yes you are right intonation needs work but it always does doesn't it?

Second, I've been practicing the A minor scale and arpeggio so that I will be able to achieve one of my goals and play everyone's favorite: Sad Romance. Any way, as I was practicing today, I began to listen to the colours of the sound in comparison to other major and minor scales and relating that to the song. And I began to see (hear) feel why the composer choose those colours. It made instant sense why A minor was choosen and I heard the song as I played the scales. I started to play the scales as though I was playing the Sad Romance.

Hope all this makes sense because like you say it is kind of 'out there'.

Cheers,

Ray


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Posted: September 7, 2011

sharon beecham
Hi Beth, I wanted to get some  advise on chin pads and covers. My daughter is beginning to develop a dry patch on her chin where the chin rest sits and I was wondering if purchasing one of these items might help prevent this developing. Also if they are good could you please point me in the direction of where best to get them from. Thanks. Sharon

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Posted: August 30, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Simon, The issue of tension in your first finger is very common. I went ahead and loaded this response into the library as well. And some day insert it into a logical sequence of videos. I do hope this helps.
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Posted: September 6, 2011

bm
Hi  Beth,

An attempt inspired by your suggestion to play the composition i had posted earlier.
Thanks a lot for the continuing help.

Bonny.
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Posted: September 5, 2011

Simon
I've been a Violin Lab member for over a year now, but this is the first time I've uploaded a video of myself!  It's been a very useful tool for spotting all the things I'm doing wrong, what I noticed straight away was:
  • I'm not bending my right wrist at the frog so the bow tip shoots over my left shoulder on an upbow
  • The scroll looks as though it's pointing a bit high in the air, although while I'm playing the violin feels flat.  I had been playing without a shoulder rest, but recently started to use one to give more of a stable platform for shifting and vibrato.
  • My left wrist seems to bend outwards (towards the nut) when I'm playing on the E string
  • Intonation needs some work and as for 3rd postition... !!!!!
What else?  All comments gratefully received!

Thanks

Simon

PS - The melody is the Ashokan Farewell.
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Posted: September 2, 2011

jojo
Ok, I have 'tried' to get rid of my horrible look of pain while I am playing.

I have tried not to hold that first note for too long Beth, am not sure if I succeeded though as rhythm is a weakness of mine....

I have tried to control the bow at the frog a little more

I think as a result I have rushed the piece too much but I have to admit I get TERRIBLY NERVOUS IN FRONT OF THE WEBCAM, I SHAKE/RATTLE AND ROLL hehehehe and I was thinking so hard not to look disgusted by my playing and was thinking so hard to do what my work colleague told me to do (to think I was this very good concert violinist) but my EVIL MIND was popping its rear ugly head now and again saying SEE SEE YOU BOW SHAKED JUST THEN/SEE SEE YOU MISSED THE NOTE-SHIFT SLIGHTLY HEHEHE YOU ARE NO GOOD YOU ARE STILL RUBBISH!!! there was all this commotion going on in my head as I was taping this video for you, if only you could have been in my brain you'd beg to get out ASAP!!! LOL

I have only done very minimal practice on this piece since the last video so if you notice an improvement I'd be quite amazed/chuffed!
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Posted: September 5, 2011

caurus
Hi Beth,

Just an update on the left hand relaxation exercise:  it's working (all caps)! Not only that, but my vibrato has become so easy and natural!  (You're so inspirational and cool - all caps.)

Thanks a mil,
Harriet

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Posted: September 5, 2011

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