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Beth Blackerby
The mysterious "no responses" to posts is because: 

If for some reason you decide to delete your post, then go to re-post it again, don't copy the text from the original post. If you do that then it makes a copy of a link. Then, when you go to repost it, you are pasting a link, which then goes inside a linkÖ does this make sense? It's what Tony told me. So.. if you need to delete and repost something, first click on your post, then copy the text that's not a link, that is the text that's on the second page of the thread.

I will repost Piotr's video with your comments.
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Posted: April 21, 2012

Hi Beth,

Something is wrong with Piotr's thread.  It says there are no replies, but there are...and after I put another reply on there it didn't que up to the top like it's supposed to do.  I just want to be sure Piotr knows that he has some replies.  :-)
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Posted: April 21, 2012

I generally don't like the look of electric violins....they look too much like holding a stick in your hands..lol....however.... "here's" a very interesting electric violin design.....I find myself greatly intrigued.....fresh/saltwater aquariums being a hobby of mine.....I think these are actually quite nice for an electric violin...I wonder how they play..

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Posted: April 21, 2012

You might remember that I posted a question about my old German violin which had a problem with the neck angle. Well I thought I'd let you know that I decided to trade it in an purchased another violin (*the* violin!) which I will be keeping for a long time! It was made in Nottingham UK in 2005:

I do have a question though, which is how do people who use cloths over their chinrest affix the cloth to stop it falling off? Since for whatever reason I seem to prefer using a cloth with this violin, even when I put my previous chinrest on for a while I went back to the one it came with and a cloth seems to work for me, however I would not want it to fall off when playing in ensemlbles etc!
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Posted: April 18, 2012

The saddest news I've had in a very long time..........the owner of the violin I've been playing would like to have her instrument back......  

That was a bit unexpected....but I should have known sooner or later she would.  I've just gotten so used to thinking of it as mine.   I'm very sad because I don't think I'll be able to afford another violin as nice as this one.....or even close.   <:'-((((((((((....to infinity....


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Posted: April 14, 2012

Richard Bohn
This isn't a question, but I felt that, after several months of using Violin Lab, I simply had to express my gratitude. This is an amazing resource. It has helped me overcome many bad habits which crept into my first three years of playing the viola. It is also helping to keep me on track, now that I have moved away from my teacher, until I find a new one. And then, it will be a solid reference to go to anytime.

Beth's presentations in the videos are outstanding, and very clear. My handling of the instrument, my tone, and and overall playing are improving month by month.
Thanks for creating this wonderful website!
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Posted: April 17, 2012

YouTube Copyright Warning
Just curious, did anyone ever get a copyright notice like this after posting a YouTube video:
Your video "Timour the Tartar", may have content that is owned or licensed by rumblefish and Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society, but itís still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it.
This claim is not penalizing your account status. Visit your Copyright Notices page for more details on the policy applied to your video.

I can't imagine that Timour the Tartar is owned or licensed by anyone since it dates back at least a hundred years.  I visited the YouTube copyright notices page but there were no details on why.

I contested their claim.

Looking at the Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society Facebook page here:
It almost sounds like a some sort of scam:
"You get the pleasure of posting videos
We get the pleasure of making money from your videos
It's a win-win situation :)"

Checking further, this has happened to others before. The Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society reference likely is a scam:

The rumblefish reference appears to be more legitimate and is described here:
My read on it is that there is some type of software algorithm that scans the music and pattern matched a portion of it to something similar that is under copyright.

I now notice that the warning has now been removed from the video in YouTube video manager, so contesting it must have caused it to be manually reviewed and the warning lifted.

What amazes me is that the software algorithm recognized something I did as actual music!!!


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Posted: April 19, 2012

Operation: Dan Hughie - It's a go.

Eileen wisely suggested that Dan Hughie MacEachern's March would be a fine ol' Cape Breton tune for me to learn.

I thought it might be a good idea to keep a log of my learning process and provide a running commentary if it on this thread.  Perhaps others can offer suggestions to improve it or maybe someone can benefit from it, who knows?  I'll post an entry for significant events/milestones as they occur in the process. Stay tuned.

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Posted: April 19, 2012

It's been nearly a week and not a mention of J. Scott Skinner here on ViolinLab!  Timour the Tartar was recorded by JSS. It goes by other names as well, I don't know if he composed it or not.

The tempo here is somewhat outside my comfort zone resulting in a few mistakes here and there (I'll just say they give it an authentic fiddle flavour). Still not "up to speed" though.

This discussion includes members-only video content

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Posted: April 17, 2012

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