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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


Hi,

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,

Henny 
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Posted: December 18, 2011



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



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


When I was watching this video I was thinking, "This might help me with lebieslied" then you said you where going to play a song from kriesler and I was realy excited you were playing this song! thanks for help!

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Posted: December 20, 2011

elizabeth
Beth, that was a fantastic explanation and demonstration of when to use "pinky" on open strings. I suppose as we become proficient with fingering and bowing, hopefully our thought process will make those judgment calls without hesitation. You make it look so easy. Thanks.

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Posted: December 20, 2011



Dear Beth

Do you feel that violinists can improve their violin playing by playing some viola and vice versa? Or not nessecary?

Thanks,

Sean

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Posted: December 20, 2011



Well today I printed off N. Paganini's Capricci No. 24 ........  From now on I try warming up everyday with all the scales and spicato exercise in Paganini's Capriccis.

 Also My Dad Ordered for me last night the double-stops exercise book that you reccomended so I'm excited to explore that book as well..XD

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Posted: December 20, 2011

KarenJ


RE: New Facebook Link Feature

I think you have to leave out the http part but leave the www part.

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Posted: December 19, 2011

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