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Nick Thorpe
Bow Tilt - Do I Need It?

Dear Beth & All,

I am in the very, very early stages of learning on Violin Lab and I am currently at the long bow stroke stage, helped immensely by your excellent videos Beth.

I may have missed this somewhere but should the hair always be flat on the string for a beginner, and by implication is tilting the bow towards the finger board an advanced technique?



PS: The Itzhak bow grip video was very helpful, thank you.

PPS: I have been using a 10 / $15 webcam to great effect with my practice; if anybody is interested I will post some details.

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Posted: August 6, 2011

Janette Waddington

Hello Beth.  Firstly thank you for providing this excellent website.  I am an adult beginner and have had 3 months of weekly lessons but the information on your site is really helping to fill in a lot of gaps for me.  I am having real problems with my left hand in the first position where the first and second fingers are very close together.  I find it very difficult to get these 2 fingers very close - I don't have a problem getting this where the second and third fingers are together.  Is there anything you could suggest to assist/

Many thanks and kind regards


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Posted: August 11, 2011


Hi Beth,

In Lightly Row you mention there is an arpeggios in measure 15.  If I'm learning this correctly, is there also an arpeggios in measure 7? 

Cheers, Ray

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Posted: August 11, 2011

Fantastic!  What incredible insight I've gained on interpreting and understanding music and how to express it in my playing from watching this video !

Anne posted this on her facebook page and I thought I would share it for folks here.  Wow....of course, seeing this and making it happen in MY playing is another story entirely...but definitely something to work towards !!  

It's also very very entertaining....I love this fellas teaching style !  I would so love to learn from someone like THAT !  :-)
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Posted: August 8, 2011

Bruce Finney

Hello all,

If this has been covered in a video please excuse the post.  I am currently working on the 2nd Minuet of Bach's from the 1st Suzuki book.  My question is this:  should I be practicing vibrato at this point or is it introduced in book 2?

Also, I have an issue where I get an terrible "whistling" type sound out of my D string.  Any throughts.



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Posted: August 10, 2011

Sorry for the lateral view of the violin, I do a lot of experimenting, just not with computers.

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Posted: August 11, 2011

How do you keep your thumb in place without creating pressure in the thumb area?


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Posted: August 9, 2011

After practising Sad Romance for some time my latest project is a little more spirited. 

He's A Pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean. A great little romp. 

David Garrett watch out...

Here is a pdf of the score for you all... If it doesn't print out large enough I'm sure I can find a way to send you the original... (I can do the Sib / Scorch files if you want them)

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Posted: August 7, 2011

Here's a link to an article discussing how to memorize your music.  I thought folks here might be interested in reading this.    I've copied the link using the "LINK" tab over the comment box, but it doesn't show up in the box.  Interesting...have to see if it does when I post this !   :-)

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Posted: August 8, 2011


Hi, Beth. It's min. I have a question about moving fingers on the board.

When I move my finger from sting to string, although I put the bow in right string It sounds squeaky. for example my finger was in A string and my other finger moved to D string but somehow it makes metalic sound. of course it sounds A and D sting but plus metalic sound.  is it because the timing(bow moving timing) wasn't right or the bow angle wasn't right? Or even this question is weird? :(

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Posted: August 8, 2011

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