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richard barwell
Hi Everyone,

I have a question about injuries... Because I seem to have one at the minute.

My left first finger's base knuckle has been giving me a bit of pain, mostly when playing on the G-string. It seems to be something to do with the sideways pressure I exert through the finger onto the finger board (because the contact patch on that finger is towards the outer edge of the finger tip, if that makes sense).

Sufficient pressure to stop the string is a bit of a strain at the moment, and the knuckle also now aches a little after I've only been playing on the A and E strings. (I've stopped practicing G major scales for now.) And if I pick up a full kettle, etc.

I don't usually get problems with fingers (I'm 43 but don't have any symptoms of arthritis), and I've never had this one before. I've not been playing long, either; just a few months.

Should I be a real wimp, and totally rest it for a while, or is there something else I can do to make it go away? I'm a bit worried it might become ongoing, or recurrent. I could always continue practicing, but just do open notes instead of first finger ones:)

Thanks,

Richard B

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Posted: February 4, 2012

Anne aMaudPowellFan
I am using a recent performance of Wieniawski Légende as a baseline to improve my performance practice. I am collecting one-liners about what went well and what went not so well. Your input is much appreciated. Here is a link to the video:

https://wtms.fr/sz-7Zgee1h-ebES


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Posted: January 26, 2012

Sean
Hi everyone,
I find that when I play at the frog on the E string, my now hand hits the violin which basically stops the trajectory of the bow dead in its tracks. 
Is it just me, or is there a way to try and fix this?

Sean

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Posted: February 3, 2012

Lori Grant

Hi all,

Any tips on finding a good teacher? I've been struggling with finding someone who I can afford, and who I feel is moving me along well. My current new teacher has brought me back to an absolute beginner, and I'm wondering if this is typical. I do feel I need help with basics, but am a little concerned that I'll be too bored with the material she recommends to push through with regular practice. Can I practice more challenging material at the same time as doing basics?

Thanks!


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Posted: February 2, 2012

Robert B
I've been putting off this question and decided to finally throw it out there.
I love my electronic tuner but the problem is I sound flat compared to Beth's videos. I don't just sound flat; it is flat on all strings equally. Has anyone else faced this issue? Can you suggest how best to deal with it? Is it just a matter of training my ear to tune up to where I have to be?

When I try to tune in fifths by Beth's video I'm afraid of breaking a string. I'm such a coward!

I found a couple of online tuners for the violin that seem sharp to me but then, it may be my untrained ear. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Posted: December 30, 2011

jack
Thank you so very much for this AWESOME tutorial. You have no idea of how helpful and valuable this is to me. I will be working on this religiously and I'm sure I will eventually be able to get my Rhythm on! Thank you! Thank you ! Thank you! You are the best!

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Posted: January 20, 2012

Mary Reeley

Hi  Beth  I'm considering coming to the workshop in July. I like the idea of staying in one of the houses,  I like the second one  on the list.  Do people share a rental car when they come? I'm thinking I could meet up with other violin lab members at the airport. Details to work out.   I have a few questions.  1.  What kind of lessons will there be?   2. Is the master classes for highly experienced players?  I have only been taking lessons for 1 yr.  3.  How many hrs a day will be spent at the workshop?  I could spend all day every day, I'm hooked! Just trying to decide if there will be enough for a beginner to make the travel expense worthwhile, although free violin lab for life sounds really good.  Thanks  Mary  .


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Posted: February 2, 2012

Beth Blackerby
If you go to the Current Members Page, you'll see that Amy Barlowe has recently joined Violin Lab! It's an honor, truly. I love her Etude book (posted inResources), and she now has new, more advanced Etudes written in the styles of Prokofiev, Tartinin, and Dvorak (Also in Resources) ! 

Here's a video of one of her students playing these delightful pieces.
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Posted: January 31, 2012

elizabeth
Hi Beth, A super introduction to rhythmic studies. Looking forward to getting rhythm in my bowing so that everything doesn't sound the same. Question: Have units 1 through 5 been removed from the audio examples for some reason?

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Posted: February 2, 2012

Dick Stanley
Beth, Little problem(maybe) with the workshop registration. I've twice submitted info to the email address and both times gotten it back as undeliverable. Second time I even sounded out the letters to be sure I had them all correct.

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Posted: February 2, 2012

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