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drviolin51
Beth  - you are amazing, really. I have been playing the violin since I was 9 years old (I am now 51). At 40 I stopped playing (life circumstances got in the way), and now I am back to playing; however, I never really had a good vibrato (I used to use the wrist vibrato but it was not uniform and sounded very tight or strangled). For the last 6 months I've been trying to get vibrato to no avail. I watched your videos last night and guess what.... I have wrist and arm vibrato ... not continuous yet, and certainly not gorgeous, but a vibrato. I will let you know how it progresses. Thanks for the details. You're a wonderful teacher. 

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Posted: September 11, 2011

Sean
Hi Beth,

Here is a video of me doing the vibrato exercise with harmonic pressure (earplugs everyone!) that I explained in an earlier post. I used all four fingers (arm and wrist)  to show the wrist/arm impulses, and I just want to know if there is anything I should do to correct these actions, because I find that when I wanted to move onto Part 6 of the vibrato series, my fingers (specifically my knuckles) felt too locked and stiff to correctly do the exercise. Unless I only wiggled my fingers, but then my wrist wasnt doing too much.

P.S. - I have already done bow variations with the pings at the same time, but I just left them out as it's the wrist and arm motion I want help with. My bowing seems fine ( I think anyways ).


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Posted: September 12, 2011

tomi
I was just looking for examples how to play "happy birthday to you" on violin, something a bit more advanced than the very simple tune found everywhere....

Found something I just have to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvAxdJBabBM

Not quite what I was looking for ;)

Have to keep looking something "a bit" easier :)

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Posted: September 13, 2011

elizabeth
Beth, You are an incredible teacher and a mind reader. Thank you for anticipating the confusion beginner violinists encounter and for spending so much time innovating ways to simplify... scales, etc. I hope that you will consider publishing Scale Rounds.

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Posted: September 12, 2011

Eileen
I've shared this youtube vid before, but I think it was on the V-lab FB site....I wanted to share it here because it's such a beautiful/gorgeous piece of music IMHO and so well done.  The violinist is Maurice Sklar and I believe this vid is from the early 80's, not sure.

I would LOVE to have the music for this piece...not that I could actually "play" it, but it sure would be fun to try.  It's a rendition of Jerusalem of Gold and I've actually tried playing along with the video and have managed to somewhat find my way through the first part, though certainly a very "ruff" attempt. 

I guess I just wanted to share a lovely piece of music with my V-Lab friends ! 

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Posted: September 12, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I just had a delightful conversation with Gaylord Yost, the 78 year old son of the Gaylord Yost of the Yost Shifting Studies.  Yost wrote several other books on violin playing but they are all out-of-print. Mr. Yost (Jr.) emailed me announcing the re-publication of all his fathers' books on violin playing.  Over the years Mr Yost received any requests from violinists asking for copies of the books.  As a memorial to his father and a desire to see them back in the hands of violinists, he has printed all the volumes at his own expense, and selling them at a price that only pays for the printing and shipping.

I've ordered all the books, and will give reviews when I get them.  I'm excited!  Meanwhile, I've also posted the link on the Resources page under Resource Materials Websites.

You can read more about this at Yostsystemforviolin.blogspot.com.

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Posted: September 11, 2011

Shelly ~ South Carolina
I have read there is a seminar of sorts coming up next year and I have a question regarding it.  Is it only for experienced players or can anyone come? Can someone please provide me with me details?

I'm originally from TX (Fort Worth) and would love the chance to bring my husband there and show him around and also experience a wonderful seminar as well!

If anyone can give me some info I would greatly appreciate it! 

Thank you!
Shelly

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Posted: September 6, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan
I am just back from a week of "masterclass". Here is what I played in the workshop concert: Kurt Weill's Tango Habanera "Youkali" and Bela Bartok's Roumanian Dances No I, IV and VI. Unfortunately, I messed up the beginning of the Weill. Apart from that it went quite well (at least I had enormous fun), but there is always room for improvement. I'd be interested in your comments and suggestions.
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Posted: September 12, 2011

Ray


Hi Beth, Bravo!

  Yes there are many scale books 'out there' however, your version is different in a number of areas. Names of notes written down, starting on different notes for the same scale, and being able to write down only the part of the scale that you want to work on on that particular week. I'll be printing this off and studying it closely at the library. First impressions is that I like what I see. Now I want (and need) to put it in my practice time.

Cheers,

Ray
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Posted: September 12, 2011

Patricia

Beth:

Thank you for the Harmonic Scales videos. I appreciate you took the time to make it very clear which finger number to use, where exactly do the shifting, where the half steps are etc, etc. It just doesn’t get any easier for us to study.

To me in particular comes very helpful because all my scales books have only Majors and Melodic Minors.

Outstanding job Beth, thanks.

Patricia


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Posted: September 12, 2011

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