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Ray
Bravo Beth, First, I am impressed with the amount of work that you have quite evidently put into the online instructional videos. You should be proud of yourself. Of course the new format will take some getting used to but so what, that is part of the journey. You may have a set of videos on this topic already, if you do please ignore, there is a lot of information 'out there' about selecting a quality violin. But I have yet to find good information on qualities to look for when buying a bow. Could I impose on your 'spare time' and include a video on what to look for when selecting a bow as well as names of quality bow makers. Cheers, Ray

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Posted: January 14, 2011

jack
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I can't wait to get home to watch and practice all the New Suzuki Book 1 tutorials. Beth, you are the best!

Just in case I missed it . . . . . Thank you!    ;-)


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Posted: February 11, 2011

jack
Hello everyone!

I found this little TEMPO guide today and I thought it might be helpful to some of you music novices, such as myself. Although my metronome has some labels depicting tempo variations, it's not as complete as this.    Enjoy! ;-)

  • Grave <40 bpm Extremely Slow
  • Largo 42 66 bpm Very Slow
  • Adagio 58-97 bpm Very Slow
  • Larghetto 60-66 bpm Rather Slow
  • Andante 76-108 bpm Moderately Slow
  • Moderato 66-126 bpm Moderately
  • Allegro 120-168 bpm Rather Fast to Fast
  • Presto 168-208 bpm Quite Fast
  • Prestissimo 184-240 bpm Very Fast

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Ray
Here's a thought that I'm just throwing out there-instead of calling it "the bow hold/grip" which has conotations of gripping or seizing the bow and thereby sets up (in the mind of us beginners) the death grip. Why not call it "cradling the bow/the bow cradle"?

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Posted: February 9, 2011

jack
Well I have started a new ritual today and hopefully this will help my violin progress.

A little background is probably in order first. . . . . . I'm a morning person, but because of my schedule it's been very hard for me to practice my violin in the mornings as everyone in my house are still sleeping. Thus in order to accommodate everyone, I have been practicing in the evenings (before or after dinner) depending on how things goes when I get home. While I do lock myself away and dedicate the entire time to make that time the most productive, I often times am too tired and don't think that I am making much progress. Or at least not progressing as fast I should.

Then, of course, there are those days that I simply skip practice all together as I have so much going on that I barely have enough time to even get some sleep. While I don't like missing practice, I simply have to accept the fact that life is just too busy and there isn't enough time on a day to get everything done.

Well I may have found a solution. I notice that I have about an hour (sometimes more) of down time before I start work. So today, I packed my violin and brought to work with me and used that time to practice. I have a locker that I can safely keep my violin during the weekdays so that I won't have to carry it around every day. I'll just have to remember to bring it home on the weekends.

I did practice this morning (finger tapping and finger pressure) and it was nice to be able to practice when I feel most alive and alert. I'll try it for a couple of weeks and see how that goes. Hopefully I will progress a bit faster, but most of all I will not be as tired as I am in the evenings.

I need to become a decent player and work on my technique if I am to keep up with ALL of you come 2012 when we get together in Austin. ;-)


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Posted: February 8, 2011

Eileen
Anyone ever try playing your violin in the bathroom ? DO IT ! Oh my goodness ! I don't think I want to play anywhere else now Lol !

A little explanation perhaps...I wanted to work on some parts in Meditation and wanted to really wail away but didn't want to annoy everyone else in the house. I went up to my room and shut myself in my bathroom...I'm so glad I did...haha....the next vid I post might just have a view of my commode ! x-D


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Posted: February 7, 2011

Meg
Hello, I'm a newbie to violin lab. I am having problems with my fourth finger in first position on the G string. It feels like I'm straining to reach the D (D sharp is out of the question!) without the knuckle of my first finger touching the side of the violin, and there's a lot of tension in my elbow and shoulder. I think it might be a shoulder/set-up problem because I'm grinding my jaw and chin into my chinrest. I suspect this 'Left Hand Squeezing: part 3 - Restructuring' video would really help but I can't seem to view it! Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask these questions:) -Meg

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Posted: January 25, 2011

david_chiu
Hello, The video "Vibrato: part 12: Gorgeous VIbrato, part 2" is not on line. Thank you

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Posted: February 7, 2011

Patricia L
Hi Beth, This practice is the same as 45A Slurred Bowing. It's not finger spacing pattern 3. I love these these guided practices. They're very helpful. Patricia

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Posted: February 5, 2011

Duane Lucy
I am so happy!!! I just saw my old teacher tonight, and we are getting back together.

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Posted: February 4, 2011

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