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Joe (aka Pecos)
Andre was one of the reasons I started playing the violin.  Here he is  w/ My Heart will go On
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Posted: February 7, 2012

Simon
Buried in one of my other recent posts, a few of us were talking about the community orchestra's that we play in (or would like to one day!)  And I thought it might be nice to pull those out in a separate thread.

So, if you are a member of a beginner string group / orchestra / ensemble etc, and by way of inspiration for us all, would you share the website address and location it serves?  There may be other Violin Lab members in those areas who are not aware of the opportunities on their doorstep!

To get things going, here are two I know of in the UK:

https://www.ellso.org/  - East London Late Starters Orchestra (I think JoJo used to go here?)
https://www.ylss.org/ - Yorkshire Late Starters String (rehearses in Leeds)

Simon

(PS - hope this isn't considered inappropriate advertising?!)

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Posted: February 6, 2012

Ingeborg

https://www.collegehumor.com/video/6702913/donkey-sings-along-with-violin

donkey sings along with violin


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Posted: February 6, 2012

Mary Reeley
I just got my superstudies book 1. The last line one #1 last 2 notes is a D note. I noticed in the video you use 4th finger down the neck, I alittle confused how to play this as a harmonic. Are you playing 3rd finger D and 4th finger as well. Thanks

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Posted: February 6, 2012

pauline forcier
WHAT ARE SUPERSTUDIES BOOK?

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Posted: February 5, 2012

Beth Blackerby
Can anyone help me remember:  I responded to a recent post with a "That will make a great next tutorial!"  I can't remember what it was in reference to, nor can find the post where I typed it.  Aahrg, and embarrassing.

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Posted: February 6, 2012

Robyn
Calling on all fingering savants out there:
I'm probing the score for the Accolay Concerto in A minor (as a longer term goal, my M-I-L would perish if I tried to play it now)

Anyway I'm listening to Perlman version and looking at the overall structure and detail of the first few phrases of the solo. I know I shouldn't be looking at this level of detail at this point, but the fingerings (as suggested by anon person) caught my attention and has me a bit baffled as this is not the way I would have intuitively approached it. I went back to IMSLP the source of the first score and looked at another source and not only were there fingering variances (that's to be expected) but the dynamics in those phrases were at complete odds with one another. Hmmm? BTW, I am pretty certain Perlman is using an open A & E on that first ascending A minor arpeggio.

So, my question as a junior player is: should I follow my intuition with respect to fingering or follow someone else's path?
As a general guideline, I let the phrasing dictate the fingering.

The first few bars from 2 different files at IMSLP...





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Posted: February 5, 2012

Mary Reeley
Beautiful song. Thanks Beth. Wish I could do vibrato! I hope with time to learn.

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Posted: February 6, 2012

Simon
I spent the morning yesterday with the Yorkshire Late Starter Strings (www.ylss.org), which as the name suggests is a string orchestra for adult beginners.  It was the first time I've played violin in a large group and it was a fantastic experience!  Anyone who has the opportunity to join such a group should go for it!

As well as being my first 'orchestra' experience, I realised it was also the very first time I've played sitting down!  Straight away I had a problem with playing on the E string at the tip of the bow as the heel and my hand kept hitting my right leg!  Does anyone have any tips for playing the violin sitting down to maintain a good posture, not get in the way of your stand partner, have a good sight line to the conductor and music, and not hit your leg with the bow!?

Thanks!


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Posted: February 5, 2012

richard barwell
Hi Everyone,

I have a question about injuries... Because I seem to have one at the minute.

My left first finger's base knuckle has been giving me a bit of pain, mostly when playing on the G-string. It seems to be something to do with the sideways pressure I exert through the finger onto the finger board (because the contact patch on that finger is towards the outer edge of the finger tip, if that makes sense).

Sufficient pressure to stop the string is a bit of a strain at the moment, and the knuckle also now aches a little after I've only been playing on the A and E strings. (I've stopped practicing G major scales for now.) And if I pick up a full kettle, etc.

I don't usually get problems with fingers (I'm 43 but don't have any symptoms of arthritis), and I've never had this one before. I've not been playing long, either; just a few months.

Should I be a real wimp, and totally rest it for a while, or is there something else I can do to make it go away? I'm a bit worried it might become ongoing, or recurrent. I could always continue practicing, but just do open notes instead of first finger ones:)

Thanks,

Richard B

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Posted: February 4, 2012

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