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Kenneth Ozimek
Does anyone know if violinlab.com has any discussions about equipment such as how to choose and evaluate a bow and how to choose the right kind of strings. My experience has led me to believe the Obligato strings generally give the best classical sound. I like Helicore for fiddle stuff but I wonder what others think.

I'm thinking about coming out to the workshop in July. It sound like a fun time for all.

Thank You,
Ken
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Posted: February 29, 2012

Beth Blackerby
You Facebookers will see this twice. 

I knew this on a physical level, but not an intellectual one: When we make a long slurred down bows from the G to the E string, crossing all strings, you gain bow length, specifically, the distance between two strings (times 3).  This holds true for an up bow, slurred on one stroke from the E to the G string. Oppositely, when you make a long slurred bow stroke on a down bow from the E to the G, you lose bow length in the same amount as you gain when going from the G to the E.  Sounds confusing? Try it, you'll see what I mean. I thought the "bow gaining" strokes were just more natural to the way our arms work in relation to the shape of the bridge. But it's also about bow conservation and distribution.
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Posted: March 1, 2012


Hello,

I was wondering if any of you knew of a good website to get sheetmusic for the Violin. 
I'm looking for two songs, "Now we are free" from Gladiator and the theme to Braveheart. 

Thank you.  

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Posted: February 28, 2012

KarenJ

Random question of the day.  Do you play better in one part of the day as opposed to another?

 

I'm not generally a morning person, but my best practice time is when i first get up.  When i play again in the evening, I seem to be slower and have less tolerance.  how about you?

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Posted: February 24, 2012

Eileen
Concerning Intonia

Beth.....is this supposed to be a "free" software ?   Because I downloaded it and it says I have a 30 day free trial....


Also, can I get a tech geek to explain to me how to use the mic on my logitech video camera....and if that's even possible...or do I have to go out an purchase a seperate mic.   The "Help" menu on the program didn't tell me how to get the mic to work with the program, just that I needed to have one.   "??"

Thanks !!   :-)
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Posted: February 28, 2012

Eileen
I played at an open mike night tonight.....LOL

I really had no intention of really doing it, but....I brought along the old man anyway...along with a few pieces of music that I hadn't worked on in ages (fiddle tunes).   I had to take my son to the church Youth group and the "Mic" event was going on at the school in the same time frame so...instead of going home, then running back out to pick him up....I went to the "Mike Night"...just to listen and hang around with other musicians and see how they do things.

Well,  a fairly well known local talent (fantastic musician) showed up with his son and they played a few tunes together which he had written...(excellent by the way!)  Folks songs.   He also happened to bring along a violin that he only just started playing around with.   We talked and pulled out the violins and with some prompting by others who were there I finally relented (only because this guy ....great musician as he was...was willing to go up and "wing it" with me)    Like a lot of talented players, he wasn't very good at reading music but could pick things up very quickly by ear.   I picked some tune that was fairly easy but I hadn't played in ages.......if I had known that he knew Ashokan I would have picked that one !  I would have done a much better job...lol.

Anyway...it was great fun, brief as it was ...and I think I'll make my way to the next one next month.  If any of you ever get the chance....go for it and have fun, what can it hurt ?

oye...I babble too much...lol    :-x
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Posted: February 24, 2012

Eileen
Hi Patricia....here's that video on the stretch for CTS.   I hope it helps !
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Posted: February 27, 2012

Eileen
Here's the latest attempts at Thais.  I think it's a little better than the last post, but still much work to do.

.....Intonation is better, but still so much more work to do
.....vibrato is "finally" starting to do something from time to time
.....shifts, better...but need more work
....I've actually  managed to sneak some dynamics in here and there
....One of these days I'll hit that 3rd finger shift to.......whatever position that is at the end

Lol....Beth, I look forward to your critique and anyone else's out there.   It's going to be a pleasre to get to work on this a little bit "with" you ....maybe....this July !   I very much look forward to the visit and expect to reap many benefits from the experience !  :-)


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Posted: February 24, 2012


Two Months

Today is exactly two months since I got my violin. Here is a video of my progress so far.

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Posted: February 25, 2012

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