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Eileen
For you Jazz lovers out there.  This fella plays a sweet violin !  <-)
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Posted: May 5, 2012

Ray


Hi Everyone,

Just an update on the violin.  No pics.  The camera fell and broke its crown (lens).  The colour has been choosen, four coats of varnish, sanding and polishing done, and finger board has been glued on duty and accounted for.  Next is the bridge to be carved, sound post cut, shaved, and then installed.  Strings, end pin, tuning pegs, tailpiece, and case have all been ordered.  I might, just might be on the right track.  I showed the violin to my mom and she acknoweged that it did indeed look like a violin.  But mind you, mom's will say anything to get a smile on their kid's face. 

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Posted: May 5, 2012


I haven't had much violin practice today because....I focused on finishing my jacket that I've been working on for the past week. Before this jacket I had just made skirts and shirts that were nice but not fitted, didn't have sleeves or collars, and didn't require blind hems. So, for now my jacket is proudly hanging in my room, my sewing machine is put AWAY (I don't want to see it for a few days) and I get to spend all the time with my violin that I want and not feel guilty, I will take a pic but basically its a light pink synthetic silk-like (you can see faults in the material that you'd typically find in real silk) material with 3/4 sleeves. It is fitted just a tiny bit but not tightly fitted. the blind hem and welt pockets (another first) did turn out well. I know this has nothing to do with violin or music but I felt it was a major accomplishment today. My next project (in May) - making a sundress from some denim I picked up on sale. The fun in this project will be learning how to put in zippers.....
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Posted: April 18, 2012



Hi Beth, hi all

I want to thank you, Beth for your excellent videos about rythm. They are more than excellent they are wonderful! I have discovered my "internal metronome" and I'm very happy.Thank you again because you speak slowly and with easy words. Even if I'm portuguese I understand you very well. You are the best  :)

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Posted: May 5, 2012


Hello!
My teacher has told me to get a Metronome. Looking on Amazon there are numerous kinds. Is there one that is better to buy than others? 

Thanks!
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Posted: May 1, 2012


Hi :)  Just wanted to share what happened today. I went to a luthier for the first time. She works in a city one hour away from my home. We talked a bit about my viola and I bought a set of new strings (Daddario Helicore) and I think they are really good. It is easier to make them "speak" and when I hit the ringing notes the instrument sings much longer than before. And then she took my instrument and played a bit and I couldnīt believe how beatiful this instrument can sound!!! I could have listened to her all day and now I know wat I want to achieve :D It was so exciting :)))
Here are the first steps with the new strings:
(arrgh use more bow use more bow xD )


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Posted: May 2, 2012



The new Kun adjustable shoulder rest I ordered makes holding the violin easier than it had been.  However, my instructor notes that I am still lifting my shoulder somewhat to support the violin.  We tried adding a sponge to the rest for more height, but this was not very comfortable.  I never thought that my neck was so long! (Or my shoulders so low!)  Any suggestions?  Thank you to all who responded to my earlier question about shoulder rests. 

 

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Posted: May 2, 2012


Hello everyone,

Well, here it is, in it's rawness. I didn't have much time with the kids out of the house (quiet house) to record this, so most of the songs are first takes.

Seems I'm still having troubles with the bow arm and hand. Which is both funny and annoying, since I try to be conscious of these things. Oh well. I've decided to be more systematic and dedicate some time at the beginning of each session with working on the basic techniques.

In another part of my life I'm beginning the construction of my new house, so I had my last scheduled violin lesson this past Friday. With life getting soooo busy, it will be interesting to see how and how much I progress over the summer months.

Oh, and for those of you who watched and commented on the kids video a couple weeks ago. I did get Thea a 1/4 size violin. We picked it up yesterday, the finger tapes are on and she loves it. It has a nice sound for a tiny little instrument. I couldn't find anything online about tape positions for smaller sized violins, so I worked out some math and it worked out fine. I posted another video on my Youtube channel describing what I did (if you're interested).

Best Regards to all,
Jason



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Posted: April 29, 2012

Jim Gross
This is really starting to be fun.  I'm getting faster and more accurate.  It's beginning to sound like music.   All comments welcome!  Please point them out.  I'm stating to take things for granted, and I know that's dangerous.  So, say what you mean, but don't say it mean...
Here's Allegro:

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Posted: April 27, 2012

Ian Renshaw
I’ve just completed my first solo string-change on my violin.

No lacerations, no eye-twanging and no bridge-collapsing. There were some squeaking sounds as the tension increased (from me, in me) but violin and player are both doing well now.

Thanks to Eileen and Diane for online hand-holding.

:o)
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Posted: April 28, 2012

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