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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

Sean
Hi Beth,

I'm currently doing the vibrato videos and I've done up until part 5: Adding the Bow, and I feel quite comfortable using the bow while keeping the vibrato "ping' at the same pace (with the wrist and arm).
So tonight I tried to move further, and I watched par 6: Next Level Exercises. But, I find that when I add pressure my knuckles tend to lock and there is little to no finger movement - it comes solely from the wrist. And when I tried to move my fingers so my knuckle is more square when I go higher and flatter when I go lower, it was like my wrist was doing nothing and that it was solely my fingers working. 
I'm not sure if it's because my fingers are almost... perpendicular (opposite of parallel?) to the fingerboard err what. And if there is ever some movement in the finger, it's from side-to-side with my wrist. So, do you have any advice?

P.S. If you think it would be more easier to spot a problem with a video, let me know because I realized this was hard to explain lol.

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Posted: September 9, 2011

bm
Hi Beth,
What I found was that both my pinkies remain straight and stiff - that is, on the finger board and while bowing. What tips are there to relax the pinkies ?!

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Posted: September 7, 2011

KarenJ

I have a theory type question.  In the Circle-of-fifths, the C major is the same as the A minor; both having no sharps or flats.  That means the fingering is the same for both, correct?  if i wanted to play Vivaldi's A minor Concerto, i would use the same fingering as if it were C Major, right?  This, I assume, is the natural minor.  If it were a melodic minor, would there be accidentals but the key signature at the beginning of the piece would still be the same?


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Posted: September 9, 2011

Vasilis
hello everybody i m new here. I just got my first violin (i ve never touched a violin before, i just only listen to it when i was studying another organ in conservatory and violin always made me want to cry) I love this instrument and because i know the music theory i thought that it would be easy for me to learn it.... Unfortunatelly it is not. I am 39 years old and i think that its too late to learn violin. I dont want to be a professional player, i just only want to play for my personal pleasure. Do you think i can make it ? :((

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Posted: September 7, 2011

Ray

Hi Beth,

This is more of an observation. First, I'm finding more freedom with my left hand fingers when the knuckle is not against the neck. Ofcourse this makes sense and it is one thing to see and listen to the advice on a video, but at some point and it might as well as be now, you have to put the advice into practice. And low and behold it works. Again, thanks for video and yes you are right intonation needs work but it always does doesn't it?

Second, I've been practicing the A minor scale and arpeggio so that I will be able to achieve one of my goals and play everyone's favorite: Sad Romance. Any way, as I was practicing today, I began to listen to the colours of the sound in comparison to other major and minor scales and relating that to the song. And I began to see (hear) feel why the composer choose those colours. It made instant sense why A minor was choosen and I heard the song as I played the scales. I started to play the scales as though I was playing the Sad Romance.

Hope all this makes sense because like you say it is kind of 'out there'.

Cheers,

Ray


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Posted: September 7, 2011

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