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So, Beth, you mentioned you will be starting videos on playing 3rd position.  I am interested in learning Viola.  Since the notes in 3rd position are similar to the first position viola notes, would it be beneficial to learn at the same time?  or should I try to learn one at a time.  I've already started trying to learn 3rd but I wonder if learning viola would confuse me or if doing them at the same time would be easier.  The local symphony I started playing with could use another viola.

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Posted: October 15, 2011

Beth Blackerby
"The Neuroscience of Practicing"

Hi everyone, I read this post on a blog by one of our members (Wendy Chan). She attended a conference, and here is a summary of one of the presentations by Tara Gaertner, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), teaching Neuroanatomy in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Here is Wendy's blog.

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Posted: October 14, 2011

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

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