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Eric Frederick
do you have the sheet music so I can follow the tutorial?


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Posted: November 23, 2011

Beth, when a thread gets relegated to the "next" it no longer active in the community discussion ?

I went looking for a post I had made a few days ago, I was going to "bump" it up and when I went to "reply" to do so.....I saw that you had answered the question but the note on the bottom of the thread still said "0" responses.  When I replied to thank you the thread remained on the second page and did not get "queyed" up to the first page...and still said "0" responses.

Not concerned about that particular thread/question but just wondering if there's an issue that could cause some confusion.   :-)

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Posted: November 22, 2011

Hi Beth

I am a relative newbie to the site and I have observed several times that people have problems downloading lessons or files. I think they are referring to opening up the videos and watching them, perhaps?  I have found sometimes I am having problems myself with the videos not starting but I have discovered there is an easy fix to this problem. This is what I have discovered - select the video you want to view and instead of pressing the play button straight away wait about 30 seconds. This allows the file to start downloading then hit the play button and the video will then start playing. It works every time, well almost unless there are other problems in phone lines etc. I am sure many people may already know about this, and I am sure you may have mentioned it, but I thought I would point it out for the new viewers. Hope this helps the folks out there!! By the way, I am eagerly watching the lessons and learning a lot - thanks.

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Posted: November 22, 2011

Ann, the volume is turned down so low that the sound is hardly audible. 

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Posted: November 22, 2011

Hi Beth, I clicked on the "video instructional materials box...but nothing happened. Not sure, I probably missed a step in the process somewhere.


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Posted: November 21, 2011

Ian Renshaw
Here it is folks! A new thread about our violins and equipment, set up and so on. I'd like to hear what kit people use and how they get on. Comfort issues, string qualities. Bows; wooden or super-tech carbon fibre? Most importantly most people have an attachment to their fiddles (not just literally...). How did the love affair with your squeaky wooden thing begin?

I told the story of mine on the previous thread about this so won't bore y'all with the details again just a brief run-down?

Bow: Currently using a carbon fibre number as my posh wooden bow developed an alarmingly sudden case of alopecia and is having the hair re-attached.

Shoulder rest: Bon Musica or Kun depending on how I'm feeling. I'm finding it hard to bond with either of them actually. Maybe a big cushion would be nice.

Strings: Dominants

Violin: A long story - which some of you read on the previous thread. Short version: It's not valuable but is of unusual design. I love it - it's warm and forgiving - but it's not mine (a 'permanent' loan from a friend). Here's me with it - complete with very 'rock and roll' pick up.

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Posted: November 19, 2011

Candace Del Valle
Hello all, this isn't a question but I just wanted to comment that I recently discovered the music theory website under the "Resources" tab and I am loving it.. You'll have to check it out if you haven't already.  (the link is broken on the resources page by the way). It is really cool for learning theory and quizzing yourself. There is even notation exercises. I have been looking for something like this for a while! 

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Posted: November 21, 2011

Candace Del Valle
Hello Beth (and everyone!),

I have been changing my posture and bow hold ever since I've been watching your videos... my playing really has improved a lot overall... BUT... I am still having a lot of difficultly with the left hand. I no longer have a "death grip" on with the left hand but I cannot seem to work out how to keep my intonation without touching the neck.  As soon as I try to vibrate (in first position, using scales or songs) my fingers aren't falling where they are used to being (when I am touching the neck with my forefinger) and my notes are terribly out of tune. I can only really do vibrato in high positions. I don't know what I am doing wrong and it is kind of taking the joy away from playing!  Another note... I have been noticing that my arm/shoulder is sore from putting my elbow where (what I hope is) in the proper position. I really thought that once I got secure with a better shoulder rest that the problem would disappear. (I just got a Bon Musica per your recommendation and it really is great! :)  Thanks so much for all the awesome videos and for proving help to those of us who are self-taught!  


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Posted: November 21, 2011

Austin in July. 
Just found out my work schedule for next summer and have discovered that I won't be able to come to the gathering in Austin -- I'm really disappointed as I usually come to Texas in the summer anyway, so I'll be there a few weeks later! :-( 
I've seen bits and pieces regarding the gathering in various posts, but was wondering, Beth, if you could set up a section on the site specifically for this event - for people to exchange ideas, plans, etc.  Do you think you might be able to broadcast any of it?  I would love to somehow participate even if I can't be there in person. 
By the way -- I've used VRBO - vacation rentals by owners -  in the past and have been happy with the places I've rented, if you're all looking to rent a place together. Ciao, Jane

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Posted: November 21, 2011

Hey all.

Okay, so I'm not looking for a new violin yet; it'll be a year this Christmas that I've had my current violin. I'n still enjoying it quite a lot, and I don't need a new one yet.

But I know that mine isn't that expensive, and I have been looking at other violins because I want to see what else is out there.

However, I don't know how to spot a good violin online...
So, I was hoping that you guys could help me and tell me if this violin is good? How do you tell, and what seems good or bad about it? Would it be wise to purchase it?

Like I said, I'm not looking to buy it. I'm more so using it as an example. 
However if I was asked to buy one, I would most likely choose this one haha.

So any help/tips would be awesome. Thanks!

P.S. - I got my same violin from this site, as left handed violins are very rare in this world...  :(

Here's the link.

(P.S. - I would get the cheapest strings as I wouldn't get any of those ones. i would just buy new ones from a local store. and i would get the most expensive bow and aquamarine/black snake case, coming out to a total of about 1 083 $. Good choice or no?)

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Posted: November 19, 2011

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