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Beth Hyde
So, I was tired this morning and have spent most of the morning either listening to my Suzuki bk 2 cd or browsing the internet (you tube) for fiddle music. Here's a couple songs people might enjoy.  I think I'm becoming a James Scott Skinner fan.

1. Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord
2. Bovaglies Plaid (yes it is mispelled on the video)

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Posted: April 3, 2012

Jim Gross
When I first started, I thought what I needed to do was get everything perfect and then send in a video, and move on.  Now, I think what I need to do is practice for a while, send in a video, and then move on.  The point being that when working on one piece, I seem to get to a point where there is no improvement. I suppose if I practiced this one piece for another few weeks I might get it better, but I'm thinking there is more progress with new pieces.  My repertoire isn't much yet, but I play everything I've learned up to this piece, and think I would learn more by moving on.  Progress on the road to perfection.  (That's not really achievable in this dimension is it?)
All comments welcome!  This is my first venture with the fourth finger.   I'm not comfortable with it yet, but it is a start.  It kind of pulls my third finger out of whack.  Still working on straight bowing.  It's all coming along.
Here's O Come Little Children:


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Posted: April 5, 2012

Joe (aka Pecos)
Here is a tune that I play that I really like.  I played it over the the fresh grave of one of the   best dogs I ever owned 2 years ago.  This might be a good selection(if another is needed) for the workshop ensemble.  There are a number of versions on u tube if you are interested.
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Posted: April 6, 2012

Johnnie Purcell


I'm a returning VL member and I just wanted to say Hi to Everyone!  Also a big thanks to Beth for such a wonderful site.  I'm self taught to this point and without VL I simply would have been lost.  Also would like to say thanks to all of the great members, your kindness and support to your fellow violin/music lovers is beyond awesome!

So I guess I've had my violin for 18months - 2 years.  In the past, for differing reasons I've put it down for 2 weeks - 3 months at a time.  Sometimes maybe just because I get down on my progress.  But it always pulls me back.  And then I just wonder how much  better I'd be if I'd kept playing! Boooo, lol. So I don't think I'll be taking any more breaks from this point forward. 

I guess I'll post a video of my progress.  Any help or suggestions is much appreciated.  Things I noticed is a sometimes drop my arm and causes me to play at the finger board.  I've got some exercises I think will fix that. The rest is just not being able to do all the right things at once.  Long bows, finger motion, bow mechanics.  Seems l can only do one thing right at a time lol (if that).  Pay no heed at my ridiculous attempts at vibrato, i'm still doing the beginner exercises with that.  I just can't help it though.  And the Ashokan is probably bad, I just started learning notes, it's probably too fast and completely wrong time wise.  I need to go listen to it.

Anyway, Thanks for any helps and I hope you all have a great Day!

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Posted: April 5, 2012

Marie Laframboise
I paid, I signed in and I cannot access the lessons. I get a black and white flashing projector. Help

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Posted: April 5, 2012

Dick Stanley
On Intonia, which I now have working, though I sometimes have to reload it to get it to work, blue is for flat and red is for sharp. White, I gather, is the aim. So what is orange? Many of my notes are orange. I doubt it's in tribute to the U of Texas.
 

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Posted: April 4, 2012

Beth Hyde
Lol, tonight was one of those nights when I wish I would have recorded my practice for you guys. I was exploring Hunters Chorus in Suzuki bk 2, having fun with the rhythm and bowing. I'm not sure how I sounded because my puppy grabbed my attention. About halfway through the song she started running repeatedly around the fireplace in circles. When I stopped the music, she stopped, looked at me and gave me a look that said "but I wasn't done running". So, I just played on the violin, just having fun not playing any specific melody and my pup (11 month old rhodesian ridgeback/boxer mix) ran around in circles. I think she enjoyed the music because when I hit "sour" notes or when I work with drones both she and my bullmastiff either ask to go outside or get up and go to the furthest part of the house they can get to (away from the "noise"). 

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Posted: April 4, 2012

Jim Gross
Beth;
Are you guy's O.K. down there?  I hear there were some devastating tornado's in your area.

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Posted: April 4, 2012

Eileen
Had a little time on my hands last night...hehe
Can anyone here relate to this pic ?



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Posted: April 1, 2012

Ian Renshaw



Where is the joy in music theory?

 The Associated Board may well bind this book in a cheery shade of pink, but it'll take more than that to convince me that this is a fun way to spend a Sunday evening.

However... my violin teacher will be cross with me if I turn up on Tuesday without my homework done..!

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Posted: April 1, 2012

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