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This is a brilliant video. I'm going to watch it over and over. The buffering stuttered briefly three times, but recovered immediately. What I've learned is I've got to find a way to stop the first joint of my thumb making the same motion as my finger joints. It wants to flex whenever a finger joint does and rocks the violin slightly. Thanks for any advice.


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Posted: October 16, 2011

richard barwell

This isn't really a beginner question, but I was wondering, what is the number of the position used to play the notes right at the top of the fingerboard? I've seen this done a few times, and I realised I don't have a clue how to do it! the notes are so close together... I'm intrigued!


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Posted: October 13, 2011


Hi Beth et al:

This is to have fun with the violin and the music.

(I hope I did the link direct and OK this time).


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Posted: October 10, 2011

Joanna Vander Meer
I've been playing the violin for a couple years now, but I see that I still have a LONG way to go. :)  250 is a LOT of lessons...I don't know where to start.  Is there any recommended order or some sort of lesson schedule?  Thanks again Beth for this WONDERFULL program...
P.S. You sound SO beautiful on the violin :-)

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Posted: October 10, 2011

Diane Allen

Woo Hoo! The Fingerboard Workshop was fun!

If you missed it you should be able to view it here soon. Beth and I will work on it and give you the details.

Smiles! Diane

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Posted: October 8, 2011

Beth, from what I can see, you have included everything in Scale Rounds that a novice violinist needs to know.  Putting it all together is a tremendous amount of work.  Thank you for providing such a great resource.   

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Posted: October 9, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth:

Could I make a couple of suggestions for the "Community"?

- The first would be to consider changing the sorting order of replies to a thread. Having the oldest responses at the bottom seems awkward (the current arrangement), especially when viewing a thread on a smartphone. You have to scroll all the way to the bottom and then read from "bottom up". I am a member of other forums where the oldest replies are at the top, and it seems to be much more user friendly and intuitive.

- Could a Title be included for each thread, and only that title appear on the main Community pages? Then to see the contents of each thread, you would click on the title links. This convention is also how most other forums with which I am familiar are organized.

My apologies if these have already been suggested.

Thanks for everything!


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Posted: October 8, 2011

Hello Beth,
Thank you for posting Vibrato Slow Motion on Violinlab.  It is a super demonstration of vibrato. 

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Posted: October 9, 2011

Not a question....just a comment.

I have been working diligently on my new years refine my practice skills and aim for a more productive slot of time.  So this is what I've been doing and I have noticed a definite difference in what I'm able to accomplish in a sitting.

*start with finger strengthening
........I go through Beth's finger strengthening exercises, each finger every string in 1st position and I take my time.  I definitely notice that the notes are sounding clearer, even the 4th finger !

*Vibrato warmup/practice
........I start in 3rd position and do big fat vibratos, each finger....8 wobbles (?) per bow...up bow and down bow...each finger/every string.  Working on keeping the vibrato going at the bow shift and when switching strings.  After I do this in 3rd I move up to 1st and go through the whole thing again.

*Scales and shifting work  ("Introducing the Positions" and "Essentials for Strings")
.......I have a few scales in different books that I'm working with, along with the G harmonic minor scale that Beth has given us...I love the minors !  :-)     I work in vibrato during scales as much as I can, but I have to be careful as my arm (tennis elbow issues) starts to feel strained if I over do it. Vibrato is coming along, but like everything else, not fast enough for me !  <:-\  

*Wohlfhart !
........I "love" Wohlfhart !   I've had a few "know what they're doing" violinists ask me why the heck I like's because I KNOW the benefits I've gained from working through those books !  They are fantastic technique builders and I recommend them highly to anyone interested in improving on their techniques.  They're NOT easy...and frankly I don't think I've gotten a single one of them up to tempo, someday I will.

*Work on whatever piece I'm doing
........Right now I'm working on Seitz's Concerto #5, 1st the 4th Suzuki book.  I'm doing a fair job of focusing on the more difficult sections "first"....before I blow through the whole piece....cause you know that has to  I still need some personal discipline in that area, but doing much better.   I  usually don't notice any improvement until the next day though.  Which I find interesting.   I'll be going over a those spiccato parts (measures 30+ and the 16ths at the end) and having a heck of a time making any progress...but then the next day there's some improvement.  (never enough however because I "still" can't get it right!)
.......I also continue to work on Thais' Meditation if there's time, and a piece I was given for church...a duet...that someday might happen.  But that's ok, because if it ever does I'll be fabulous on it !

*play time !
........which usually doesn't happen for very long because by now I've completely run out of time and am going in to my "have to get ready to leave for work" time slot.   I am always very sad to have to put it down...  <:-(   This morning I played through "Sad Romance" a few that one !

Now I don't set a time limit for each section of practice.  I just go through each until I feel I've gotten "somewhere" with it...keeping in mind that I've got more to do so I just move on as I feel the need.  All this has to  happen in roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes....Monday through Friday.....before I leave for work....otherwise, it doesn't happen !   It's probably not the best way to go about this, but it's sure a LOT better than what I've been doing up till now. I keep crazy hours, anything else....if you LOVE find/MAKE the time for it !    Lord willing all this "focus" I've been practicing will make a difference in my progress !   :-)

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Posted: October 5, 2011

Michael Logiudice

Just wanted to post a comment,
I am so Happy I found this Website.Finally after much frustration trying to teach myself to play Violin because I couldnt afford to continue Lessons.And much wasted time and effort.I have finally found a Great Teacher who explains every detail about violin playing,and provides the best videos I have ever seen anywhere.

                                                                     Thank You Beth

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Posted: October 9, 2011

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