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John Stromness

I recently started playing the violin again after a 45 year hiatus.  When I was young and playing the violin I don't recall ever having any numbness or tingling or even having developed callouses on the tips of my left fingers (probably because I didn't practice like I should have).  Now I notice that I have developed small callouses on the tips of my fingers and a little  numbness/tingling as well.  I assume this is normal.  Has anyone else experienced this and is it a problem? Good or bad?  Does it affect intonation?  Any comments?


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Posted: March 7, 2012

Beth,  what do you think of starting a "file" for tunes that members who will be at the workshop can share with one another before the event ?

I'm thinking that we're going to be very busy at workshops and performance events and the like....which will be absolutely "wonderful".....but there may be some downtime in between, or at the beginning/end of the days when we'll have time to just "hang" around at the house or elsewhere.   It would be fun to pull out the fiddles and "jam" and even more fun for everyone if we have tunes that we've had a chance to go over and practice a little before hand.

If folks could post tunes here that they'd like to share, then we can download/copy them and have a chance to work on them a bit so we feel more confident come July.  It's a lot more fun and less frustrating to playing along with a group when you're somewhat familiar with the music.

I don't know about anyone else, but I don't think that a full day of playing music, going to workshops and playing more music.....will keep me away from that thing during the times I get a chance to just sit and    I could be wrong about that.....but I don't think so <:-\

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Posted: March 6, 2012

Kenneth Ozimek
Hello Everyone,
   Heres a new topic as far a I can tell. The infamous dreaded "bouncing bow" any thoughts, resources on its cause/method of eradication? It is much less frequent than when I started 3 years ago, but every once in a while it will rear it's ugly head and destroy the beautiful melodic line I'm trying to create.
 Also does anyone know of a way to search more efficiently for topics covered in this websight. I hope to meet some of you at the workshop this summer.

Ken Ozimek

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Posted: March 6, 2012

Sonny Kui
Hi Beth,

Just wanted to share with everyone my first recital/duet with my 8 year old son. I've started playing about 10 months ago and am almost finished with Suzuki Book 1 with your help. This was probably the most nerve wrecking 2 minutes of my life...but it was worth the fun times spent with my son. Just wanted to say thank you and any criticisms are welcomed.
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Posted: March 4, 2012

Anne aMaudPowellFan

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Posted: March 1, 2012


Is anyone else as excited as I am  about the workshop?  I think i'm obsessed!

I have a question for Beth.  Would it be possible to rent a violin while we're there?  I really don't want to take my violin on a plane. I'm afraid it will get damaged or lost or won't fit.  I'm thinking of baggage fees, too. 

I'm hoping other people want to "go in" on one of the houses.  That's a great thing if we can all ride together and save renting a car.  I can't wait to meet everyone. 

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Posted: January 31, 2012


Hi Beth,

While listening to you, Hillary Hahn, and others play a song there 'feels' like a push to the next note.  Like a good page-turning novel you just have to know where the story is going.  The listener also knows that the last note is the last. 

So my question is there a technique that we could use so that our songs have a similar 'push' or inevitability about them?



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Posted: March 4, 2012

Jeena Massett

How much is my violin worth?

I have 2 violins, and I'm curious to know how much they are worth. Is the only way to find out is by taking it to an appraiser? Or can I get an idea by looking into the maker?

Violin #1: Erich Werner, Beigenbaumeifter, Bubenreuth, Made in Weftern, Germany, No. 066503, 227W

Violin #2: (As far as I can read) R.P. Gross, New Orleans, LA 1937

Thank you for your help!

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Posted: March 4, 2012

Here's a heart wrenching version of Amazing Grace
arranged and played by Adam Degraff. He has dedicated this piece to his dear friend & fellow musician Lynn Wright who is battling cancer.

Amazing Grace was the very first tune that I learned on the violin ...I called it Amazing Scrapes. I love this tune, so if you have any versions of it that move you, I 'm all ears.

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Posted: March 2, 2012

Thanks Robyn for the link to Adam Degraff's Amazing Grace video!  While I was watching it, I notice that he had a review on Carbon Fiber Bows so I took a look and thought it was very informative.  I plan on upgrading my bow in the near future and I think that I may have found what I am looking for.  :-)

Thanks again!
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Posted: March 2, 2012

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