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Dick Stanley
Just when I thought I was finally loosening the death grip, I discover I have a long callus on the lower third of my left index finger where it contacts the neck. Is this in any way normal, or is it, as it seems to be, a product of excessive squeezing? 
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Posted: April 27, 2012

Ray


Thought I would share this.  Now this is playing.

 

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Posted: April 27, 2012

Beth Blackerby
Hello all,
I posted Air on the G string, the G string version, kindly sent to me by Ray. It's on the member's page in the Resources section. Enjoy all ye who dare.
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Posted: January 19, 2012

Ian Renshaw
Dear Beth and online violin counselors....

Here's a really wussy question: If a string snaps while you're playing, what happens? It's never happened to me, in my three years of playing but I admit to be rather nervous of it.

Childhood trauma coming up... When I was about 10 and studying guitar at school, I had the low E snap on me - it whipped up and caught my face giving me nasty wheals (and one hell of a shock). I must admit even tuning my violin slightly terrifies me!

(So what does Ian decide to do? Take up an instrument with highly tensed strings played right next to the face..!)
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Posted: April 23, 2012

Beth Blackerby
I'm reposting your video yet again, Piotre, so that I can keep the response next to your video. 

This is surely the longest video I've made. Brahms is extensive, and the ideas I've presented will be a part of a series on Style Period Performance Techniques. 

Beginners who are reading music proficiently: although the material may be beyond your skill level right now, I think you can still glean a lot by watching (if you're brave, that is). I recommend printing the first page of the Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 for reference. I don't do a very good job announcing measure numbers, but I think you'll be able to follow along. 
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Posted: April 25, 2012

Jim Gross
Watching the video on Long long Ago, Beth said to download the pdf file with slurs.
Well, the slur has proved a challenge.  I'm hoping this will smooth out one day.  I catch myself thinking 'Do I slur here?'  Towards the end of this video you will see that happen.
It's coming along, but I haven't got the dynamics down yet.  It's a lot to work on all at once.  I'm going to start looking ahead.  I will keep working this piece and am playing all the pieces I learned so far in the keys of G and D.  Same fingering, different strings.  What a concept!
Here's Long, Long Ago:
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Posted: April 24, 2012


Hello,

It has been about 9 months since I started learning to play the violin. Since then, I can play the Suzuki book 1 songs up to perpetual motion (currently practising) at a fairly good level (I hope). I have also learned to play by reading the notes exclusively(slowly). My question is:

When should I begin to learn Shifting. Because all the songs I play are in the first position. Should I wait to finish Suzuki book 1 (which is my current plan), then move to Shifting? - Is this premature or appropriate? In any case, is there a curriculum that states the order a self learning student should follow from lesson A to lesson B etc.

Thank you.

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Posted: April 23, 2012

Cynthia Baehr
Hi, I am trying to find a copy of the Sitt A minor Concertino No. 2 opus no. either 106 or 108. I've looked at all the usual publishers and can't seem to locate it. I learned it as a youngster and have that beautiful slow movement in my memory (many decades later). I would love to have it for my students. Anyone have it or know where I might find it? Thanks!
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Posted: April 23, 2012

Ray


Hi Beth,  not a question but an observation while practicing tonight.  I had thought that I had lost my left handed death grip but at the same time I was thinking that I had not adjusted my shoulder rest properly because it was always sliding away from the its resting spot on the shoulder.

Then taking taking advice from you, Perlman, and Hilary Hahn about slowing everything down and studying the movements and that is what I did.  I slowed things down so that it would take two or three minutes to play one note.  And low and behold I was literally pulling the violin away from the shoulder because of the thumb. 

First comes awareness then comes applying the solution(s).

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: April 23, 2012

jz
Hi all, I have a couple of questions about violins.  I presently have a German violin from the early 1900s.  I didn't pay that much for it, but it was a huge improvement over my first "violin-shaped object" as somebody in an earlier post eloquently called them (sorry, I don't remember who..)   However, it's always had a slight problem with the sound of the A string -- it kind of whistles or something, and I always shy away from that string because of it.  I've changed the strings.  He's been to an expert luthier who adjusted the "anima" (I'm not sure what that's called in English - the inside part) slightly -- it's definitely better but it still whistles a bit.  I have grown quite fond of him, despite the whistling A.  My teacher can tame him, so the whistle is less noticeable, but I have a hard time.  Any other ideas for why this might be? Maybe the bridge?  Since he's already been to the luthier, I expect that perhaps the cost of fixing him might be more than he's worth. 

Second question:  So, I am now also trying out a new (10 year-old) violin which has a beautiful sound.  The only problem with it, is that it seems rather small to me.  The one I've been using is a bit longer than 14",  so definitely a 4/4 violin, but this one I'm trying out is a bit shorter - only about 13-3/4", not quite a 7/8, but maybe not a 4/4 either?  I do have long arm and fingers, but I imagine I would just get used to it?  Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Jane
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Posted: April 23, 2012

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