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The other day I posted a couple of videos that I thought would interest some of you..a couple of days later I deleted them-based on the idea that perhaps this would not be approved of-the videos were of violin/music of people I have found on u-tube.  So, what are the thoughts on this.
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Posted: January 10, 2012

I just want to express how excited I am about the reinion On July. I definitely looking forward to be there!! it would be awesome to meet some of you in person and of course our instructor ( BETH). count on me!!
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Posted: January 9, 2012


Hi Beth,


I've broken Air on G string into more manageable sections of one or two measures and now at the stage of practicing those subsections.  At first in my head saying the notes and trying to use the tips of the trade you have given and what is written in the score.  When I like what I'm hearing in my head I will integrate playing with the violin.

So, my question, what would you suggest as to the tempo for Air on G string?  I've seen 52 bpm down to 39 bpm.  I know on a previous video you taught us that there is a natural range all music esthiticly fits within; however I would like like your (and others ofcourse) opinion on what sounds good to you. 

Your new video on rhythmic skill is excellent timing.




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Posted: January 7, 2012

Hi everybody i need serious help with the bow hold!!

i've been doing some revision which i find helps A LOT. but when i got to the bow hold video (Lesson 8), i found it almost impossible to hold the bow and maintain the circle...

it seems as if, with support from my other hand, i can maintain the circle. When i let go, however, my fingers actually support the weight of the bow, and that is when my thumb tenses up. It isn't flat, but i would still consider it as locked as i have very little wiggle room...

however with a pencil i can do it perfectly!!

So how do we unlock the thumb while supporting the weight of the bow, which seems almost necessary to hold it.

I've tried to upload pictures of my current grip to show you guys whats wrong.
I seriously hope you can help me!! 

Thanks in advance, Sean.

P.S. - Sorry if there's a lot of pictures for those of you who don't care...
P.P.S. - I also notice my pinky looks odd... is it alright?

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Posted: January 7, 2012

I have a question about playing the violin softly.  I have a nice violin that sounds great but it sound very loud to me while I am playing. The tone just seems to "explode" out of it, which in a way is I guess a good thing :)  In trying to play softly, at different parts of a song, I am having trouble getting the volume to drop. My goal is to be able to delicately start passages that then build into a crescendo, and otherwise try to sculpt the phrases, as I hear good players do.

I've tried playing with as light as bow pressure as I can, while keeping good tone, but it still sounds pretty loud.  I've also tried bowing with less hair by rotating towards the fingerboard, but I just don't hear much difference when I do that.  It still sounds as loud as when I'm using the all the hair.

Now, I can make the violin sound even louder by more pressure with a faster bow, but I just feel like I should be able to produce a softer, more delicate sound to further develop what I can do with expression (not much yet) while playing. To me, it sounds like I'm playing songs at a constant volume, and I don't like that.

There is one thing I do that gives some success at that is drastically reducing the bow speed, but I'm not sure if that is the correct way to do it.  Also, moving the bow nearer the fingerboard does help too.

Is the previous paragraph the right way to accomplish a softer sound or am I missing some basic technique?

Thanks & Happy New Year!
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Posted: January 2, 2012

Hi Beth,  I am a beginner currently working on Suzuki Book I.  I have started the Minute No 1 and trying to get used to using my 4th finger.  However, I noticed that I am experiencing some pain or ache in my left forearm especially as I rotate my wrist and forearm to reach notes on the G string.  Is this normal for a beginner and are there some exercises that you recommend?  David
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Posted: January 4, 2012

Anne aMaudPowellFan
New Year's Resolutions

I have fond memories of January 2011, when some of us shared our New Year's  Resolutions with respect to violin playing. I personally found it beneficial to go public with my resolutions. I remained conscious of them during all of 2011. So, how about a new round for 2012?

Happy New Year to all of you and particularly to Beth, of course, with heartfelt gratitude for this great forum!
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Posted: December 31, 2011

Mary Reeley
Would it be possible Beth to have some guided practice videos going thru the rhythm a week book

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Posted: January 2, 2012

Hello Beth:

This may have been mentioned by others already.  If so, my apologies.

I continue to have problems posting to the Community using the Internet Explorer 8 browser.  Basically, the advance editor window does not display scroll bars.  So I can only see the first  ten lines or so of text. Then what Iím typing scrolls out of view.

When inserting an image at the end of the text, it is also out of view.

And although the dialog window has the adjuster triangle in the lower right corner, it doesnít do anything.

So to post something like this, I have to type it in Word or some other program.  Then cut and paste it into the editor dialog.

As a picture is worth a thousand words, Iíve attached a screen capture that was done while making a previous post, so that your programmer can see what I see.  Hopefully it will be large enough to be visible.

Thank you,


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Posted: December 30, 2011

For those of you who have tried Passione strings, what is your opinion please??
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Posted: January 1, 2012

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