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How do you do vibrato on the 4th finger? mine is literally not moving at all. Thanks.


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Posted: December 25, 2011

Patrick Regan
Is it harder to play those High G-string notes clearly and beautifuly without a good-quality violin?


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Posted: December 24, 2011

Dear Beth and all my friends in VL,

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Posted: December 24, 2011

Patrick Regan

I'm eager to visit Austin for the Reunion in 2012! I'm so excited because my dad said that we'll probably be there!

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Posted: December 23, 2011

Ian Renshaw
Hello all,
Well, I guess it's been a bit quiet in ViolinLab land for a while as some of us gear up for Christmas. I've been picking away at my new Grade 6 pieces and feeling rather despondent - a beginner all over again!
How's everyone getting on out there? Anne - what happens with you now, post Grade 8?

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Posted: December 16, 2011

Erika Perna

Hi this is Erika .Q what is the difference between a dog and a violin student?

A. You can get the dog to stop scratching!

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Posted: December 22, 2011

Christina Jones
Hello Beth and everyone from ViolinLab, my name is Christina and I just joined this site about three days ago. 

I have a question. I was watching a few of the videos today and I noticed that many of them cut off at the end. For example, I was watching Vibrato part 4 where Beth was just about to get into some exercises for arm vibrato and the video just stopped. It's not as if my computer is having any problems. Has anyone else experienced this? Or did I not pay enough to watch the whole video?

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Posted: December 19, 2011


How is bow hair attached at the tip? Is it glued?

I ask because yesterday all the bow hair came off from the tip. Hair was still attached to a small hmm...piece, which is shaped to fit a hole in the bow tip. 
Then I loosened the hair fully and pushed that piece back in and the hair stays now at least while playing normally.

I'm just wondering, can I keep playing or should take my bow to a luthier?

BTW, I was practicing chords (triple stops) for Mozart's Bagatelle (k600 no2) while this happened...too much force maybe? Still I don't believe that hair should come off like that even if I pounded bow all the way to the stick on the strings...which I didn't do :)

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Posted: December 21, 2011

Patrick Regan
New Violin joke I heard on the radio:

Why are Violins so small compared to Cellos, violas, and Bases?----

There not- They just seem small because of the violinist's BIG Head.

Just thought that was funny....

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Posted: December 19, 2011

Henny van Dongen

I am practicing playing the violin now for about five months and I am at lesson 35, using left hand finger placements for the first time in a guided practice. While playing I noticed that my D-string seems out of tune. But I checked and it is not. However, when I play first finger position on the D-string I get an F and I have to move up about a finger's width in order to get an E. This might point at me having put the tape at the wrong place. However, if I play first finger position on the A-string I am able to get a perfect B. So I am kind of lost now. Does anybody know this problem and how to solve it? 

With kind regards,


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Posted: December 18, 2011

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