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LearningViolin
How many minutes of practice per day do you recommend for small (age 6 and under) children? Any suggestions on how to inspire them? They are not doing the Suzuki method yet - their teacher wants them to learn fingering and note reading first. Sometimes it seems long and tedious compared to the fun of the Suzuki book 1 but do understand that it's good for them to start early. I'm really curious how kids can play the Suzuki music without note reading. Thanks for your time and the awesome site!

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Posted: May 11, 2010

NickN
Thanks, everyone! Great advice. Martin, the comparison to speedreading technique is very helpful, and Krista, I really like the idea of trying to play a measure from memory after looking at it. Maybe I can convince my teacher to work on that with me ;) Beth, since one of my biggest issues is sightreading when it involves tricky rhythms, I am really looking forward to your video about internalizing rhythm.

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Posted: May 8, 2010


response Katrina straight bow

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Posted: May 7, 2010


Developing Good Rhythm and Sight-Reading Skills

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Posted: May 7, 2010


Articulation, part1: Overview

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Sustained Bow Strokes

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Articulation, part 3: Practice Techniques

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Posted: May 7, 2010

Dyan
Beth, with all of these great techniques that you are teaching us, I find myself practicing them everywhere I go. I use pencils, my arm, the passenger mirror to watch while I do vibrato. It's great! Then, I feel like I am ahead when I start my practice! This can be a fun thing. It's a lot of work, and persistence and endurance, but rewarding when things start working! I can only imagine what you went through to be the great violinist that you are! Actually, it would help many of us, not to say how inspiring it would be to hear your story from the start. I would enjoy that more than anything. I guess I should have put this on facebook, Sorry! Dyan

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Posted: May 6, 2010

dockboggs
I am stuck with something. I know we should keep the fingers down when ascending a scale but,on descending the scale, should we plonk all our three fingers down at once en masse when changing strings and then remove them one by one?

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Posted: May 6, 2010

NickN
Anyone have tips on improving sight reading ability? Is this just something that comes with time and experience? I'm especially having a hard time when I have to sight read new pieces in quartet. Not only am I worrying about playing the right notes, but I am also thinking about the rhythm and trying to hear what the group is doing, and it's usually a mess if it involves tricky rhythms.

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Posted: May 6, 2010

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