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Patricia L
Hi Beth, I haven't been able to play the videos on my iPhone this past week. Just wondering if anyone else has had the same experience.

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Posted: March 18, 2011

Eileen
Beth, what might be the differences in a gold E verses a steel E ? Are there any real advantages to using the gold E ? Same with the D...silver or aluminum....what positives/negatives do you find in the difference ?

I'm getting some pretty horrible vibrations/buzzes when I play close to the bridge and that usually happens when my strings are about to unwind....ACK !! man..the price of those Obligatos just keeps going up doesn't it !!! <:-o


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Posted: March 21, 2011

jack
Hello everyone!

If any of you use Suzuki Books for your training, you are probably familiar with the notation used in the books when it comes to variations. Well I have been struggling with those variation for a while now and I think one of the factors has been because the book only gives you a partial notation on how to play a specific tune. I do well with the Twinkle Twinkle tune (simply because I think I have played so much that it has become part of my DNA - LOL), but when it come to other tunes I often get lost.

Today I decided that I would spend some time trying to transpose the songs into the appropriate notation so that I could follow it, or at least use it as a guide in order to always be able to find my place. Not only that, but I'm still working hard at my sight reading resolution and what better way than trying to kill two birds with one stone?

Well that was a great idea, but then I realized that I don't have a Music Notation software and upon visiting the Sibelius Music Notation website I got discouraged at the price tag and all the different packages that they have available. Being so new at this I simply got overwhelmed and decided to wait a while and start some savings.

Then just for curiosity I did a search for FREE music notation software to see what is/was available. To my surprise I found a great package that made my day. It's called MuseScore and I'm sure that some of you probably have heard of it. The software does have a steep learning curve, but there are online resources available and if you are crafty you can probably get really good at getting the most out of this software. It took me a little while to get started, but I just printed my first Suzuki variation music sheet and I am ecstatic.

The version I got is for a Mac and I don't know if they have one for a PC as well, but If you are looking for a music notation software at no cost, this might be the one for you.

Cheers!


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Posted: March 14, 2011

Enrique
Hi Beth, I've been trying to work on my detache. I noticed that when I put the bow on the a string at the middle of the bow I'm not in the "square position". To move upbow I need to engage the upper arm. So this is not a detache-correct? In order to use pure forearm motions I need to place the bow higher on the string-the upper third and up. Am I doing something wrong or is this due to the fact that I have long arms? Thanks, Enrique Lasansky

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Posted: March 20, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I'm not sure what happened to Elizabeth's excellent question about "how do you know when to shift", so I'm re-posting my video response.
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Posted: March 14, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, I've been working on the techniques between detache and legato. I remember a previous video that you want to increase the downward pressure of the index finger to maintain an even sound, near the tip of the bow, by tilting the wrist slightly. My question is when using the legato technique at the tip should you, for a split second, release the pressure the index finger and increase the pressure of the pinky to help disguise the change in direction of the bow?

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Posted: March 17, 2011

KarenJ
would it be possible to get a printout of this music?

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Posted: March 15, 2011

jack
Hello everyone!

I was just wondering about if there are any plans in place already for the Austin Violin Master Classes during Summer 2012?

Is this really going to take place?

I'd like to know in advance so that I can book a hotel and airline reservations. I usually plan my vacations at least 1 year in advance, so it would be nice to know if this is a go or not. I'll be commencing my research for hotels and airlines as soon as it is confirmed and a date is set.

Early bird gets the worm. ;-)


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Posted: March 7, 2011

Ray
I've come up with a new(for me) exercise on open string. I mentally divide the bow into forths and then using whole bow techniques I cross all four strings evenly in tempo and volume. And I've come across a new book-Magic Carpet for Violin by Joanne Martin. It has about 12 duets for open strings and then starts using fingering. Also for each piece a suggested tempo is given-108/88/etc and there are techniques to increase/decrease the volume. For other newbies like myself I would recommend obtaining a copy. One last thing, both the violin and myself are getting used to playing music. Cheers!

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Posted: March 12, 2011

tomi
Hi Beth! Any advice on playing violin duets? I just received a copy of Suzuki: Duets for Violins, which I intend to play with my 8 year old son (at some point), who's been taking suzuki lessons for 3 years now. There must be more to consider than learning the 2nd violin part and "just play", right? :) One difficulty must be that as we both are more or less beginners, it may be difficult to tell which one of us is playing (more) out of tune while playing at the same time... Or are duets too much to handle for two beginners in the first place? Thanks!

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Posted: March 10, 2011

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