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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

Jenn A

Hello VL members, my name is Jenn and I have been a quiet member for about 2 weeks now.  Membership was an early Christmas present to myself :)  I don't really have a question, just wanted to share a little.

I am so happy to have found this; it seems many of you are much like me, starting out as an adult. 

My daughter (she just turned 12) has been taking private violin lessons for 4 years now.  I have sat in on every lesson, soaking it in and hoping that someday I would be able to play too!  Last year my hubby bought a violin for me for mother's day.  So, now I have been playing on my own for about a year and a half.  Mostly learning Irish fiddle tunes, but adding some Suzuki (borrowing my daughter's books) as well.

I must say that when I started watching the videos and discovered how much tension I had in my left hand; and started to incorporate the exercises to restructure my hand; I felt I was back on day one and would never be able to play correctly! 

But I am sticking with it and happy to say am beginning to see the pay off of the finger taps and stretching, etc.  Trying some relaxation techniques for early vibrato as well, even though I do not anticipate being able to do that any time soon. 

Every time I try to play one of my "old tunes" I find my old habits coming back.  So I decided it would be best to only work on scale exercises and the Gossec Gavotte for a while.  I am learning so much and there is so much more to learn, but having a lot of fun :)  There is a lot that you cover that my daughter’s instructor just doesn’t have time to go over, so this is so helpful to the both of us.   Thank you Beth! 

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Posted: December 21, 2011

Patrick Regan

The video: "Scale Rounds: Explanations and Instructions, Part 2" is identical to the Part 1 video just above it.  Is this a bad link?   I finished Part 1, found it very interesting, and am looking forward to seeing Part 2.   

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Posted: December 20, 2011

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