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Jenn A

Hello VL members, my name is Jenn and I have been a quiet member for about 2 weeks now.  Membership was an early Christmas present to myself :)  I don't really have a question, just wanted to share a little.

I am so happy to have found this; it seems many of you are much like me, starting out as an adult. 

My daughter (she just turned 12) has been taking private violin lessons for 4 years now.  I have sat in on every lesson, soaking it in and hoping that someday I would be able to play too!  Last year my hubby bought a violin for me for mother's day.  So, now I have been playing on my own for about a year and a half.  Mostly learning Irish fiddle tunes, but adding some Suzuki (borrowing my daughter's books) as well.

I must say that when I started watching the videos and discovered how much tension I had in my left hand; and started to incorporate the exercises to restructure my hand; I felt I was back on day one and would never be able to play correctly! 

But I am sticking with it and happy to say am beginning to see the pay off of the finger taps and stretching, etc.  Trying some relaxation techniques for early vibrato as well, even though I do not anticipate being able to do that any time soon. 

Every time I try to play one of my "old tunes" I find my old habits coming back.  So I decided it would be best to only work on scale exercises and the Gossec Gavotte for a while.  I am learning so much and there is so much more to learn, but having a lot of fun :)  There is a lot that you cover that my daughter’s instructor just doesn’t have time to go over, so this is so helpful to the both of us.   Thank you Beth! 


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Posted: December 21, 2011

Patrick Regan

The video: "Scale Rounds: Explanations and Instructions, Part 2" is identical to the Part 1 video just above it.  Is this a bad link?   I finished Part 1, found it very interesting, and am looking forward to seeing Part 2.   

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Posted: December 20, 2011

Patrick Regan
When I was watching this video I was thinking, "This might help me with lebieslied" then you said you where going to play a song from kriesler and I was realy excited you were playing this song! thanks for help!

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Posted: December 20, 2011

elizabeth
Beth, that was a fantastic explanation and demonstration of when to use "pinky" on open strings. I suppose as we become proficient with fingering and bowing, hopefully our thought process will make those judgment calls without hesitation. You make it look so easy. Thanks.

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Posted: December 20, 2011

Sean Li Child


Dear Beth

Do you feel that violinists can improve their violin playing by playing some viola and vice versa? Or not nessecary?

Thanks,

Sean


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Posted: December 20, 2011

Patrick Regan


Well today I printed off N. Paganini's Capricci No. 24 ........  From now on I try warming up everyday with all the scales and spicato exercise in Paganini's Capriccis.

 Also My Dad Ordered for me last night the double-stops exercise book that you reccomended so I'm excited to explore that book as well..XD


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Posted: December 20, 2011

KarenJ

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Posted: December 19, 2011

KarenJ


RE: New Facebook Link Feature

I think you have to leave out the http part but leave the www part.


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Posted: December 19, 2011

Eileen
Not a question, just a comment...

"Old violins need humidity" !    I left my violin out of it's case (In the case, just not closed up) for the past two nights...just being neglectful......and this morning I spent more time messing around with the tuning than practicing anything.  The pegs let go and something funky was going on where every time I tuned up the G and D....then tuned the A and E....the D and G went out again.  I played that game most of the morning....play a song or two...then mess around with all that again....etc.

I'm sure my violin has little cracks here and there, I know there's one on the tailpiece by the E tuner....and when that old man dries out even a little....those open up and cause all sorts of trouble, not just with tuning, but annoying vibrations and buzzes.  

I have a humidistat and humidore in my case and always keep that little bottle filled....now all I have to do is close the lid and buckle it up at night before I go to bed...especially this time of year when the heat's on....and all those little problems are solved.

I don't know if I expect any comments about this or not, but....I figure it's violin related and I needed to type out my disgust at my neglectfulness.....poor baby... <:-\   I know someone, can't remember the thread, had mentioned something about not needing to close up the instrument....maybe newer ones you don't....but...the wood of older violins is drier and the really older ones probably do have tiny little cracks that can give you troubles if you don't keep then humidified.  Just an FYI...  ;-)

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Posted: December 14, 2011

bm
hi all,

Trying to understand the scale of a song seems thrilling, even though playing a piece with perfection is still to be achieved, lol.

How do you feel J S Bach's Sonata No.3 in C Major (Fuga)? Some notes remind me of a nursery rhyme...can anyone tell?

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Posted: December 17, 2011

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