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J. David
Neuroscience-based musical tests and population statistics!!

adaptive pitch - determine how well you can discriminate similar pitches
rhythm test - compare similar rhythmical phrases to see how well you can hear subtle differences
tonedeaf test - taken by over 1 million people
musical visual - match up each sound with a visual symbol

I ran across these tests a few years ago and thought that others here might enjoy taking them.  They are challenging. I'd recommend a quiet room with no distractions and a good set of headphones.

Sadly, according to science, I'm not the mid-life prodigy I was hoping to be.  But I did score quite a bit better than in 2009 when I tried them, so practice and persistence is having an effect!

Here's the link:
(look for the "Start Test" button on each of the individual test pages, its about 2/3 of the way down the page).


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Posted: February 14, 2012


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Posted: February 14, 2012

Dick Stanley
I have a question about the electronic tuner, which a dandy tool. I've watched the video on electronic tuning but remain confused about how it's supposed to work. 

Need I wait until the needle stands straight up and the green light alone is on and the letter of the correct string displayed? Or is illumination of the green light and the displayed string letter---even if the red lights, or at least one of them, also are on---enough to conclude the string is tuned? Regardless of whether the needle is straight up or not?

I usually have no trouble getting the G, D, and A strings tuned with the needle straight up and only the green light illuminated. But the tuner can't seem to do it for the E string, so I wind up going to the tuning Web site and using the E string tone there.

Just as an aside, I've noticed that the turning on and off of the furnace registers as a D, with the green light alone illuminated. The highest note I can whistle is an F-sharp. Getting old.

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Posted: February 12, 2012

I was going to reply and say thank you to all of the kind and supportive responses to my introduction, but I think I accidentally deleted the post instead! It is nice to meet a welcoming community and find some beginner companionship. Violin Lab is fantastic.

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Posted: February 12, 2012

Laurie Rogers Trlak
I just want to say hello! I've just joined after I found a recommendation for the site on Facebook. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing here!
Laurie Rogers Trlak

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Posted: February 10, 2012

richard barwell
Hi All,

I'm struggling with sight reading... If I look at the notes, I'm not looking at my left hand (or my right hand come to that.) My fingers travel in a bunch towards the nut.

Alternatively, I find myself ignoring the sheet music, and playing by ear, and hence getting a bit lost when I hit phrases that start like a previous one, but end differently.

Also, I'm supposed to be sight reading!

I'm using Suzuki book 1, where all the postions are marked above the stave. Practice is improving my playing, but not my reading.

Does anyone have any really good concise sources of information that might help me out?
I'm probably going to go and stay with a friend who sight reads well, and is very patient with me! In the meantime,  I can 'cheat' and practice from the suzuki recordings until I improve, that way I'll not frustrate my teacher too much:) He likes the Suzuki books, and so do I , but he prefers to teach a different bow technique, and emphasise sight reading without having heard a piece, which I find I'm a bit lost with.

Thanks in advance, I know I'll find what I need here!

Richard B

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Posted: February 10, 2012

Jennifer Nankey
Beth, I just looked up that app you mentioned on the home page.  It is called Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer.  Looks pretty cool and is only $3!  I think improving rhythm, especially syncopation, is worth a few bucks.  Has anyone else tried this app yet?

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Posted: February 11, 2012

Hi Beth, Your voice is very faint in all of the One Finger Scales Parts 1 through 3. Is there a technical problem with the camera's audio portion?


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Posted: February 11, 2012

Sue D.

What is meant by "playing off the string" ?

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Posted: February 11, 2012


I don't mean to "hog" the forum, but i have a question and maybe a request for a video?

here is the audition piece i want to work on.  It's the hardest one.  doesn't look too bad at first, but the if i look closer its scary. 

How does one change from pizzicato to arco and back so quickly?  i guess i'm asking about the hold.  I'm not that good at pizz in the first place- hard to get the right tone. 

the next question is should it be played off the string?


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Posted: February 10, 2012

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