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KarenJ

Random question of the day.  Do you play better in one part of the day as opposed to another?

 

I'm not generally a morning person, but my best practice time is when i first get up.  When i play again in the evening, I seem to be slower and have less tolerance.  how about you?

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Posted: February 24, 2012

Eileen
Concerning Intonia

Beth.....is this supposed to be a "free" software ?   Because I downloaded it and it says I have a 30 day free trial....


Also, can I get a tech geek to explain to me how to use the mic on my logitech video camera....and if that's even possible...or do I have to go out an purchase a seperate mic.   The "Help" menu on the program didn't tell me how to get the mic to work with the program, just that I needed to have one.   "??"

Thanks !!   :-)
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Posted: February 28, 2012

Eileen
I played at an open mike night tonight.....LOL

I really had no intention of really doing it, but....I brought along the old man anyway...along with a few pieces of music that I hadn't worked on in ages (fiddle tunes).   I had to take my son to the church Youth group and the "Mic" event was going on at the school in the same time frame so...instead of going home, then running back out to pick him up....I went to the "Mike Night"...just to listen and hang around with other musicians and see how they do things.

Well,  a fairly well known local talent (fantastic musician) showed up with his son and they played a few tunes together which he had written...(excellent by the way!)  Folks songs.   He also happened to bring along a violin that he only just started playing around with.   We talked and pulled out the violins and with some prompting by others who were there I finally relented (only because this guy ....great musician as he was...was willing to go up and "wing it" with me)    Like a lot of talented players, he wasn't very good at reading music but could pick things up very quickly by ear.   I picked some tune that was fairly easy but I hadn't played in ages.......if I had known that he knew Ashokan I would have picked that one !  I would have done a much better job...lol.

Anyway...it was great fun, brief as it was ...and I think I'll make my way to the next one next month.  If any of you ever get the chance....go for it and have fun, what can it hurt ?

oye...I babble too much...lol    :-x
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Posted: February 24, 2012

Eileen
Hi Patricia....here's that video on the stretch for CTS.   I hope it helps !
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Posted: February 27, 2012

Eileen
Here's the latest attempts at Thais.  I think it's a little better than the last post, but still much work to do.

.....Intonation is better, but still so much more work to do
.....vibrato is "finally" starting to do something from time to time
.....shifts, better...but need more work
....I've actually  managed to sneak some dynamics in here and there
....One of these days I'll hit that 3rd finger shift to.......whatever position that is at the end

Lol....Beth, I look forward to your critique and anyone else's out there.   It's going to be a pleasre to get to work on this a little bit "with" you ....maybe....this July !   I very much look forward to the visit and expect to reap many benefits from the experience !  :-)


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Posted: February 24, 2012


Two Months

Today is exactly two months since I got my violin. Here is a video of my progress so far.

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Posted: February 25, 2012


Vibrato, Tartini, Red Red Rose, Beth, and Bell Curves.

Since joining ViolinLab, I've decided that my vibrato has to go back to school.  Currently, I've got a sort of fiddler's vibrato that tends to be fast and narrow which suits some of the tunes I play.  But that slower, wider vibrato that Beth plays on Red, Red Rose would be perfect for my Scottish slow airs.  The problem, as many will appreciate, is that I don't have a teacher with me when I practice to tell me when it's "right".

A while ago I installed an application called Tartini https://miracle.otago.ac.nz/postgrads/tartini/ on my computer and noticed that it has a Vibrato Window.  Curious about it, I found this excellent write-up about Tartini from a flute player's perspective:
https://www.flutefocus.com/498-intonation-thoughts.html
Who knew that flute players have many of the same issues as string players - intonation, vibrato, etc.?  I think that many of the author's points in the article transpose well to string playing. 

So, to determine if this is something that might useful during practice, I played Beth's performance of Red, Red Rose while Tartini was running and recorded the results:
  • The top left window has 2 gauges: vibrato width and speed - pretty self explanatory
  • The top center window with the circle will contain a red blob when it detects vibrato - when your vibrato is very regular the red blob will change to a big red dot within the circle.
  • The top right window graphs a curve - when the shape is a similar to a bell curve, I think it means that the vibrato is smooth.  
  • The bottom window is useful too, it graphs your vibrato pitch fluctuations over time, great for long slow notes.
Beth, by now you're probably thinking "Hmm, the geek runs strong in this one, time to suspend", but before you do I've gotta say it - You have nice bell curves!

Have a great week-end all,
Dave

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Posted: February 24, 2012

Ray


Hi Everyone,

I just downloaded Intonia. Now I know how riduculous it was that I thought I could play Bach's Air on anything. I had picked up the bad habit of not bringing my elbow far enough under the neck, which set up the chain reaction of being in key ascending A, B, C, D but out of key descending. I feel I have just wasted 6 months of practice. I'm going back and learning what is in tune with A Major scale and hopefully I can play Twinkle when I get to Austin.

Back to practicing.

Best,

Foolish Beginner

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Posted: February 26, 2012

Ray


Hi Everyone,

I've taken the book: "Musical Languages" by Joseph P. Swain out of the library.   I have not started it yet, but it appears to follow what you have mentioned in a few of your videos Beth.  About the using techniques such as tapers to bring an internal dialogue into our playing.  I would be interested if anyone has read this book. 

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: February 23, 2012

Dick Stanley
Curious to know what our instructor thinks of this pricey shoulder rest:

"I always wanted to try this shoulder rest where you can remove your head/neck/chin from the equation completely:
https://thinkns.com/instruments/bsr.php
But at $190 retail and no way to try before you buy, it's a bit beyond my risk tolerance."



It's actually $190 for an electric violin but $350 for an acoustic one. Beth: Is there some other reason than money why it would not be a good idea?
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Posted: February 21, 2012

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