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Ray


Hi From Vancouver Island,

The violin is finished and strung up.  I'm still a little nervous putting full tension so I'm slowllllllyyyyy adding the tension.  Not sure what I'm nervous about but there you have it.  I'm using Obligato strings and they certainly sound different even at this stage of the game.  I could also feel the wood vibrating at this early stage while with the first violin this stage took almost 4 months.  I'm learning that the bear I have to over come is putting the sound post in.  The fun part was the carving whether with chisel, planes, or with the scrapers.  Accuracy was down to tenths of a mm and fractions of ozs.  Tape tests on the body indicates the wood is in tune over two octaves in the note of B.

That's all folks.

Ray

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Posted: May 12, 2012

Ray


Beth,

Here's a question about trills.  I get that the base (first) note is held down while you play the following (higher) note quickly on one bow stroke. 

Is it possible for the trill to be set up like this: B on the A string (which has the trill sign above it) followed by on open A string effectively making the second note the lower note?  The score has a G on the D string, followed by the B, and then the open A.  To my inexperienced eye, this looks unusual, but what do you think?  That was a great post of  Jason's kids, eh!

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Posted: May 16, 2012

Jim Gross
Diane noticed some tension in my neck and suggested I obtain a high chin rest.  Through her Luther husband Bob, I have obtained a higher chin rest and here we are.  I think that this is a good idea, but it is going to get some used to.  Everything is different, hopefully in a week or so things will smooth out.  It's kind of like going back to square one.
Staccato throughout is not my cup of tea.  The only way I could get it down was to slow it way down.  Somehow I just want to play legato or detache.  Here's Perpetual Motion:
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Posted: May 9, 2012

Kathy
Is there a recording of the individual violin parts of Ashoken Farewell?
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Posted: May 16, 2012



I realize this is an oddball question and I hope it is not out of line for this community forum.  I would like to know if any of you violinists own a cat, and if so, does the cat react in any way to your playing?  I have one cat who ignores me 99% of the time, but when she hears my violin, she meows and rubs against my legs, and begs for my attention.  I don't know if she is trying to say, "Stop! Stop! It's awful!" or if the sounds remind her of other cats or what.  Thoughts? 
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Posted: May 10, 2012


The *Scale systems* as conceived, devised and implemented by Beth taught me scales I didn't know I could play and also this is where only I learned fingerings for the high positions I had never played either. Is this superb starry project still on? I have downloaded and worked on the available pdfs. - To be thorough, for me, this about teaches me everything I won't learn while playing (working on) my favorite piece. So indeed, I'm looking forward to it, in case it's still on. I know it is an herculean job to write it and format it.... ^^ Thank you ! 
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Posted: May 9, 2012

Grott

Hello Beth,

When you're fitting the violin with the shoulder rest to one's shoulder, how do you determine the optimum angle or slope of the violin, from the top of the shoulder to down the chest?

Thanks, Will

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Posted: May 10, 2012

Ray

Enjoy!
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Posted: May 7, 2012


Hi Everyone,

I have a question about bow technique. I am practicing the violin for almost a year and recently had to limit the amount of time I could practice, because of pain in my shoulder and elbow. So I really pay close attention now to the tension in my hand and arm while playing. Everything is going fine, I just need time and patience, but recently, when I try to play faster, like the rhythm in the beginners videos, the bow starts to bounce on down strokes. If I slow down, it's fine again, but when I speed up, it starts to bounce again. The only thing that improves this, is tightening my grip, but that's something I rather not do, because of the pains. So, could anybody give me some ideas of how to improve my bow stroke, without straining my arm too much?

Thanks,

Henny
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Posted: May 7, 2012

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