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Mary Reeley
Hi Beth just found the scale rounds. I only know D, A, G, and C major scales now, but I see these will really help when I start learning to shift. Keep them coming. Thanks so much. Mary Reeley

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Posted: March 26, 2012


Hi..My tale is a bit of a saga..at 71 I touched my first violin,and after <3 months of learning how to set up bridge/nut/chin rest and thanks to Beth (later)..the great BonMusica rest..I looked on line to several fine beginner-instructors...figured out how to make some sounds and found VIOLINLAB.COM  !! Joined the first night, to my delight..and found a local teacher who is just fine...But I spend an hour plus with" Beth" daily , for her insight into the human condition and shortcomings come thru in the videos so pointedly that one feels as if one was sitting with your own private teacher, discussing "why I can't get that right", yet...I'm in awe.

I just replaced my $9 string set with Dominants-mediums....and I can't BELIEVE the glorious sound my $70 Chinese violin is making !  I am serious..good strings make an unbelievable difference..Has anyone else this to be true ?..Georgevenshar

 

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Posted: March 25, 2012


I am wondering how I can get the app to improve rhythm and sight reading. I checked the recently added column and didn't see it there. Is the app compatible with iPhone, or is it Android only?

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Erie
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Posted: March 25, 2012

Sean
Hey all,

I was playing tonight, and told myself: "why not speed this up?" So i did a little experiment and i was actually impressed!
I'll probably take it off soon, but i just wanted to show you guys before then. Tell me what you think!

Sean

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Posted: March 24, 2012


Hi, Beth,
This is the piece that I played for the Dec. recital...I shook like a leaf and stopped 3 times which I know you are not suppose to do.
This Sunday I am playing it at church with my 15 year old grandson accompanying me on the piano.  (He does a great job!)
Any comments that you have would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Gwen
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Posted: March 23, 2012


Do you have any videos on 3 octave scales and arpeggios?
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Posted: March 22, 2012

Mary Reeley
Eileen     I have a google acct now and can sign in.  How do I get to the violin lab group?  If I try and send a message it comes back that the group doesn't exist.  Sorry I'm not very good at this.  I also wanted to tell you that sadly I fly home on Fri morning.  Hopefully I can get hooked into the google group.  Thanks  Mary Reeley    
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Posted: March 24, 2012

Ray


Hi Everyone,

While we are the topic of Suzuki's violin series- and Qwen what a fantastic job with a varitey of bowing techniques thrown in for good measure.  One problem I found by using youtube for examples is that you usually had little kids playing the pieces of a variety of skill levels. Beth videos not withstanding. 

I found this series which includes all the books and at least to my ears the playing is good.

 

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Posted: March 24, 2012



Question on Bow Hold

I've been watching your video on the proper bow hold. Frustrating to find that I have been holding my bow improperly for years. I have a question regarding where exactly the thumb is placed. The bow seems to have a hexagontal shape around its circumference. Should the right edge of the thumb be placed on the bottom flat side of the bow (the flat side of the hexagon closest to the bow hair)? Or should it come out more towards the corner of the hexagon, closer to the violinist. I hope my question makes sense! I just want to make sure I get it right this time. Thank you!

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Posted: March 23, 2012


The new mic sounds much better, nice and clear and crisp!!
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Posted: March 23, 2012

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