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I LOVE my dog Sam !

He's the best audience I have !   He usually wanders in the room when I'm practicing and this time he asked to get up in the comfy butterfly chair in the room.  I just about "never" allow him on any furniture but I made an exception this

Well, after he got himself situated.....he looked up at me.  He was so attentive sitting there waiting for me to play something so I started Meditation and watched him in the mirror as I went through it...doing my absolute best for my very appreciative audience !   LOL...I wish I could have taken a pic of him sitting there eyes on every move I made....ears perked up (he's a rat terrier so his ears are always up)...he stayed for most of it then got down on the floor and made himself comfortable there.

I tell you.....dogs really really ARE man's/woman's/violinists best friends !   Did I say how much I LOVE my dog ??  x-)

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Posted: October 11, 2011

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Well... just heard back from the luthier.  She did a complete review of my violin and it has a couple of open edges plus two open wing cracks, as well as a crack on the bass side top (the one I noticed originally). :-(  A complete overhaul is going to be $330.  BUT - that includes a lot of things:  repair the cracks & edges, fit a new custom bridge, resurface the fingerboard, fit a new light weight tail piece w/fine tuners, fit a new sound post and replace the old chin rest with a new one plus clean and polish. 

She also stated she was certain it is an old German made violin, approximately 100-110 years old and considering it sat for such a long time it is in very good condition - just needs a few repairs and maintenance.  She thinks the sound will really be beautiful on it once it is fixed.  Sooooo... I guess putting a little money into it is worth it.  She said it could be done in about 2 weeks. 

Can't wait to get it back!!! :-)

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Posted: October 14, 2011

Introducing The Positions.. by Harvey S. Whistler was very good. Thanks Beth!

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Posted: October 20, 2011

Beth, you mention in this video that VL has charts that can be downloaded. What charts are you referring to?


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Posted: September 27, 2011

Eric Frederick
where is the sheet music?


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Posted: October 19, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth:

I recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy 7 tablet. I was hoping that I could use it for Violin Lab, among other sites that I frequent.

I discovered that the "Video Lessons Library" is missing all of the frame "sliders" that appear in each box, when I view it on the tablet (which uses Google's "Android" operating system and browser). So even though the tablet can play the video lessons, I can only get at the first 16 of them.

Does your programmer have any plans to add these functionalities for the Android operating system browser? Or does he possibly know of any hidden swipe commands for the Android browser to enable the scrolling of the Lessons?



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Posted: October 16, 2011


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

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