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Lesson 24: Intonation-part 1

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Posted: January 19, 2010


Lesson 22: Note Names for Spacing Pattern 1

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Posted: January 19, 2010

Denise Junghans
I have a question about playing on the g string. My tone is improving steadily on the other strings but whenever I play on the g string it sounds sloppy. There is no crispness or sureness to the sound. Does anyone one have any suggestions? Does anyone have the same problem?

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Posted: August 27, 2010


Lesson 3: Exercises to Develop a Flexible Bow Hold

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Posted: January 19, 2010


Vibrato: 12 Increasing Speed

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Posted: August 18, 2010


Vibrato: part 11 Amplitude

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Posted: August 18, 2010


Tension and the Low 2nd Finger

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Posted: May 7, 2010

Diane
Elly and I recently went through the process of finding a bow to bring out the best qualities in her violin. It was a fascinating process. Here are some videos I made regarding sampling of violins and bows: http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianevideotonalqualities.html, http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianevideobowshopping101.html, http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianeviolinshopping101.html. Our experience involved sampling different bows and discussing their differences. For me - fun and interesting. For Elly???

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Posted: August 23, 2010

jojo
Beth, I have a 'dilemma' (well it needn't be but I really would like to know why and 'fix it'). I never suffered the thumb 'death grip', as far as I know I don't have a habit to grip with my left hand BUT there is ONE piece of music which unfortunately I had to play for my grade 5 exam where I just CANNOT stop squeezing with my thumb/hand throughout it and my left hand becomes 'death grip', this causes me pain and it makes intonation difficult to keep good throughout the piece. The piece is a baroque piece: Giga by Mascitti and it's on page 8 of the Sheila Nelson's 'Baroque Violinist' book by Boosey and Hawkes. It is meant to be played 'presto' but even in my practice if I practice it really slowly the death grip sets in almost immediately, by the 3rd bar at the most it will be there! This caused me enourmous stress when I was preparing for my exam and I really wanted to 'ditch' the piece but I didn't as I would have viewed it as 'chickening out', I wanted to 'face the challenge and win'. So I did it for my exam, in the exam I did not play it too badly I got a merit! BUT I kept this as the last thing I had to do in the exam because of the tension/pain it would give me to play it. Intonation was not perfect, it never is because of the tension in the hand my fingers will not stretch as far... any ideas why I never suffer with this problem but this piece brings it all out???

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Posted: August 23, 2010

elly jocham
Diane, thanks for the reference of Josephine Trott's Double stops, I'll see about getting one. and thanks to the rest of you for welcoming me to the site and for the advise on double stops, that sounds like a good place to start.

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Posted: August 24, 2010

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