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Ray


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?

Cheers,

Ray


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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

Robyn
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

jack
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

Jenn A


Thank you for putting up the Red Red Rose tutorial Beth!  I just started learning it and love this piece, and it is perfect for beginning shifting, which is right where I am at!

I wondered if it would be possible to put a bug in your ear for a request, that is if there is enough interest and if it would not be too much trouble.  I figure it doesn't hurt to ask!  Could there be an easy harmony bit added to it so that 2 violins could play as a duet?  That would be so lovely- but I wouldn't know how to go about doing it right.


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Posted: March 2, 2012

Anne aMaudPowellFan
How to practice this rhythm?

We play excerpts from West Side Story in orchestra, and it has a long passage of sixteenth notes, in which only the second and fourth are sounded and the first and third are pauses. So it is a fast and long passage of synchopation. The notes are easy, scale-likechanging per quarter note. How do I practice this?

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Posted: March 1, 2012

J. David
Snakes on a Plane - Violin style

I've had to think long and hard before posting this as it contains a phrase that some may find less than appropriate.  But since the phrase has entered our pop-cultural lexicon, I thought "let's give it a try - I can always delete it later if need be".  Those with a liberal sense of humor, read on...

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Posted: March 2, 2012

Brooke Clark
Hi Beth and community,
I just started playing the violin a few days ago. I do not have a teacher yet or anything. My bow has been giving me problems. First I went through the long process of realizing I need rosin on my bow before it will make noise (duh!), so I applied and applied until finally it started making noise! (hooray!) But now it is making this weird scratching noise only on the E string and on any string that I try to play notes on. It makes a clear sound when I play on the other open strings, except for the E. I've uploaded a video so you can hear it. Did I use too much rosin or is there still not enough rosin? Or is my bowing/fingering technique just too awful to make a non-scratchy sound? Any help would be appreciated!
Brooke

(PS don't have your speakers turned up even half way or your ears will bleed)
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Posted: March 1, 2012

mark ptashne
I have encountered several videos that will only partially play..."Finger Motion: Fingers move the bow", for example. Any way to get these to work?

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Posted: March 1, 2012

Robyn
Beth .. after seeing the great videos on Mary Cohen's SuperStudies series, I ordered her book "Technique Takes Off" which I assume is a continuation of the SS series. Will you be posting any videos on the "Technique Takes Off" book ...even if it just one study?

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Posted: March 2, 2012

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