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Lynne de Velazquez
hi there!  Here's my problem  -- playing double stops; my fingertips are so fleshy, that I have difficulty keeping each finger on only one string,  even using the very tips of my fingers right next to the fingernail, still causes interference with the higher string,  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :-)
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Posted: April 16, 2012

I would love to hear any thoughts you all might have on this little excerpt of the 3rd movement of the Kuchler Concertino. This was my first ever rehearsal with a pianist. I apologize for the somewhat awkward camera angle... Thank you so much for watching and Happy Holiidays, all!
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Posted: November 20, 2010

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd share this with you.

After I got my violin at Christmas, my 3 kids decided that they wanted one, so after a few weeks I decided to get them each one.

I haven't put them in lessons yet, but only help them how (little) I can. This mostly consists of repeating what others have told me. This summer I'm building a new family home, so once that is finished, my lessons will continue and theirs will begin.

This is a very short video of them playing a few songs.
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Posted: April 15, 2012

Hello again Beth:

I just wanted to comment on the superb explanation and videography on this video (Left Hand Squeezing: part 6). Thank you very much!



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Posted: April 11, 2012

Day 1567:  The Economics of Fiddling - it costs less than a beer a day!!

I took up fiddling again on Jan 1, 2008.  I thought it was about time to tally up the bill for this hobby that keeps me so busy.  Here's my breakdown:
Fiddle Lessons $2,815.00
Electric Violin/Equipment $1,552.75
Fiddle Camps/Workshops $1,640.00
Maintenance/Repairs $550.00
Instructional DVD's & Videos $135.59
Books $284.00
Miscellaneous $295.00
TOTAL $7,382.34

Actually it shocked me a bit to find out that the total was that high, but I've got every purchase itemized to the nearest dollar.  When you amortize that over the number of days I've been playing (1567) it works out to $4.71/day.
Wait, that's not bad at all - considerably less that the cost of a pint of Guinness at the local pub each day!!

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Posted: April 15, 2012


Here are the latest photos of the new violin.  What can I say somehow I got in there (I'm a photo hog)  The ground layer is almost done - just two more to go and then the varnishing and set up before I can play it.
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Posted: April 13, 2012

I have a question regarding rosin buildup and its effect on tone.  I try to use rosin sparingly, maybe a few strokes every 2-3 days, and I wipe the fine dust off the strings regularly.  The top of the violin stays clean, I do not think I am over-rosining.

I notice that my tone is best immediately after cleaning the rosin off the strings, and as the fine dust bulds back up on the strings the tone gets scratchier and its harder to keep the tone consistent.  Is this just part of playing violin, or am I doing something wrong perhaps?

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Posted: April 12, 2012

Thanx for your help. Mozilla firefox was the cause of my problems. Everything is ok now
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Posted: April 15, 2012

what does hold up the violin as the fingers push down on the string? Just the head? It seems that the lever action of finger pressure on the string would create great opposing pressure at the chin rest. Simple physics isn't it?

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Posted: April 10, 2012


Hello everybody,

I have a question regarding practicing: I am aware that this topic is brought up frequently (I usually see posts about it), but now I would like some help on how you guys recommend that I practice. 
Ex: what do I start off doing to warm up, what kind of exercices can work on intonation, bow exercises, basically everything lol.

I'd really appreciate to hear any sort of suggestion out there, as lately, I find that my practicing has started to become rather... sloppy. I'm starting to become less and less happy with my playing to be honest. I've got good and bad days, but the bad are starting to outnumber the good.

Please tell me how to change that!!

Thanks in advance,


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Posted: April 9, 2012

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