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Eileen
Being careful not to let "fiddle" take over at the workshop...lol.....but possibly for those late night sessions this would be a fun tune I think for a couple folks to take on and play around with.

It's called "Growling Old Man and Woman" and it's basically an argument between this old man and his wife I suppose.   It's pretty simple but I can imagine a couple of good fiddlers could get a lot of fun playing around with the notes...one as the old man, the other as the woman.....adjusting the argument and the tone throughout, answering one another.  

Anyway, thought I'd post it   :-) 



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Posted: March 13, 2012


HI everyone. With  a past experience studying piano and composition when I was younger age (and then doing a completely different job in life while keeping listening and playing music an enjoyable background) I decided at 47 to learn violin. I always loved the depth in harmonic "color" you can reach with this instruments and finally I broke the ice and bought myself a study violin to start.
I know I have a long long journey in front of me (in 2 weeks I learnt to play the first scale in a major and the very simple little twinkle tune) but the challenge is largely counterbalanced from the joy of playing this beautiful instrument.

What is a good progression of exercise/method to start getting a good articulation of the left hand on the fingerboard ?

Thank Beth and your ViolinLab site for the excellent guidance you provide

Angelo
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Posted: March 11, 2012

Jen McColley
Hi Beth,
I just watched your video on Intonia (which is the best thing ever!) and I was wondering what you meant by "we nudge our 7ths and major thirds a little higher, that it creates more function"?  As a pianist, I'm frightened by this concept of different tunings. My teacher was just recently explaining this to me, how she has to tune "up" to different instruments that she plays with.  What a foreign concept to a solo pianist who has never played with other musicians before!  So I'm guessing by "up" you mean slightly sharper?  But why 7ths and major thirds? 


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Posted: March 14, 2012

Ray


Hi Beth,

I've been using the intonia software for intonation-can (almost) play from G Major 2 octave scale in the white. And I've been using it for volume control. At first I thought my hearing was way off since the graph had me going everywhich way with sudden drops in volume consistently in the middle of the bow. So I focused on what exactly the bow was doing on the microscopic level. SOUNDING POINT! My bow seemed not seemed but it was skating all over the place, say a 1/4 inch or more in either direction. Which influenced the volume, or do I have that wrong?

If I'm right we could use the software to help control which of the five sounding points we want to use.

Ray

P.S. I'm using the m&m tube idea for (yes treats) but also to learn vibrato (from one of your videos) but I tweeked the exercise. Instead of curling all the fingers at the same time I roll the tube of m&ms using each finger individually which(I'M hoping will unstick fingers which are in their 50's and who have been stone carving for 20 years) :)

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Posted: March 12, 2012


Hi all - I know quite a few of you have been experimenting with Intonia and other pitch-recognition / training software and I wanted to share some information with those of you who are Mac users, that may prevent you from pulling your hair out in the process.

There is a setting in Mac OS X v.10.6.8 (I am not sure of other versions) that will detect continuous tones (and pertinent to us: violin bow strokes)  as noise and start to reduce the volume of this detected noise.

This will cause your longer violin strokes to be recorded with lower volume, and you may see this happening in the middle of a long bow stroke, like what Ray has mentioned in a previous post. you may be bowing with the exact same temperament and pressure (and therefore consistent volume), but with this feature enabled, volume will seem to be decreasing even though really, it isn't.

I would recommend that you un-check this setting when you are using pitch software. You may wish to re-enable it afterwards, especially if you use Skype or other video conferencing software, as it may be useful there.

The setting can be found under: System Preferences -> Sound -> Input -> "Use Ambient Noise reduction".

Good luck and happy fiddling!
Guillaume
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Posted: March 13, 2012


Hi everyone,
While I was trying to tune my violin I accidentally cut off the A string.
What should i do? Can I repair it? or I have to buy a new one?

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Posted: March 12, 2012


I have a question about learning higher positions that I would like opinions on.  I am fairly comfortable playing in 3rd position.  I never use 2nd position.  Is it necessary to learn 4th postion or is it acceptable to skip to 5th position?  I have no delusions of ever becoming a concert violinist (at least for the present) but would like the versatility of being able to hit that high F on occassion and learn the Air on the G string.  Thanks for your opinions...John

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Posted: March 12, 2012

KarenJ

Since we're posting fun videos... Pizzicato Polka.

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Posted: March 12, 2012

Jen McColley
Hi everyone, Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I stumbled on Beth's amazing You Tube videos last night during a fit of insomnia. My name is Jen, I'm 42 and I've played the piano since age 5. I took up the violin at age 26 after finding an old violin in my grandfather's closet after he passed away. No one in the family had any idea where it came from or why he had it! So I took lessons for about a year, but then got married and had kids so I stopped. I just recently started taking lessons again after literally not touching the violin for 15 years. It's been frustrating because I felt like I was starting all over again. Absolutely nothing from my prior lessons seems to have stuck. Oh well. I'm determined to make nice sounds, and my kids are pretty eager for that as well. :) I'm thrilled to have found this community of adult learners, and I cannot wait to go home tonight and watch some more of Beth's videos. She is simply amazing. I've had a variety of music teachers in my life, and without a doubt she is the best teacher I've seen. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here!
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Posted: March 12, 2012

Dick Stanley
Dave: "WARNING:  Spouses tend to have hypersensitive hearing regarding violins..."

Indeed. This morning I tuned up early, partly because I like to practice in the morning and partly to help my son get up and on to school. Then I launched into Red, Red Rose. Thought I did pretty well, considering I still have trouble with slurs.

Asked the wife later how she liked waking up to a Scottish ballad? Said she: "Well at first, just at first you understand, I thought it was the garbage truck."

It was garbage pickup day. But still...
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Posted: March 8, 2012

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