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Hope you have heard of this great performer.


Recently, I got two CDs - 

JS Bach - Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Nathan Milstein)

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Posted: December 12, 2011


not sure how many are following Vaughn Vs. Violin.  This is the beginner guy that wants to play Paganini's "24th Caprice" in one year.

This was the most recent post he added to his blog (www.vaughnvsviolin.wordpress.com)  i thought it was cute.  The Hot Canary- and it does sound like a bird at times.  This is his wife who is a Soloist and teacher at the Colburn school.

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Posted: November 18, 2011

Hello everybody,

So today i was looking around for violins again, and i found the nicest looking violin i've ever seen! (violin i could play).
and i noticed something very different on the back - it was made out of one piece, not two...

so what does this do? is there any difference at all between a violin with a two piece back or one with a one piece back? 
all i know is that it looks amazing and so much better to me. but to each his own, right?

Thanks for any answers.

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Posted: December 11, 2011

Ian Renshaw
Hello Beth and folks,
I'm sitting here with a coffee listening to the CD which accompanies the new syllabus ABRSM Grade 6 pieces. Crikey these are a big step up from Grade 5! I can't even edge my way through the scores - I feel like a new beginner all over again :o(
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Posted: December 10, 2011

Hi Beth,

Christmas is coming and I was thinking... can I request for a tutorial on a Christmas song? I want to create an ecard for my relatives and I wish to have my violin sing the song instead. The only notes I know so far are the ones in the 1st position, so any help on different notes and positions that may be hit by the song will be a great help.  

Hope this is okay with you.
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Posted: October 20, 2011

Hi Beth (and all!)

I would like to ask about your thoughts on 'practice philosophy.' By this I mean basically what to do with the stuff that you learn in practice by yourself and with your teacher (if you have one). I am more concerned not necessarily by the stuff that you are presented in a lesson but the stuff that you actually learn (aha! moments and other insights included). Do you recommend keeping a journal of all these specifics? or maybe just annotating the practice text or piece? If so, how often do you go back and review such material?

As you know, practice time is usually a very solitary and intense experience and maybe writing about it (apart from what we specifically learn or 'get' from the lessons or pieces that we are studying) could be a form of psychological release. Do you or anyone try to meditate or have some quiet time before and/or after practice to settle down and collect ourselves? Do you consider this time as part of your practice?

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Posted: December 9, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Aah! It worked. I've had a good technology day.
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Posted: December 7, 2011


Thank you Anne,

I've looked up the weg site: musician's way and have desided to order the book.



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Posted: December 9, 2011

Beth Blackerby
This was in my inbox.  There are some fabulous DVD master classes from Masterclass Foundation.. Maxim Vengerov is one of the clinicians. I've not seen a discount from this site advertised before, so now is a good chance to hint to a friend or loved one, what you might like for Winter Solstice.

33% discount on ALL DVDs for this weekend only! 

Dear Beth, 

Here is a gift idea from the Masterclass Foundation.  Use code 33DEC (case sensitive) and get 33% off ANY of our DVDs over this weekend only. That's from now until Sunday 11th December.   

Subject to the usual Royal Mail and Royal Airmail delivery terms we will endeavour to get your DVDs to you in time for Christmas.  (UK and Europe only)


There - that's given you a present idea for your music loving friends!



With season's greetings


Joanna Pearson,

Masterclass Foundation


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Posted: December 9, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Hi Beth, I have been watching the finger-spacing video in connection with scale rounds. I like your clear terminology for the patterns! In the PDF, there is a small typo for the 6th pattern, isn't there? It should be the 2-3 "up-arrow" 4 pattern. Your sheet has "down-arrow".

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Posted: December 9, 2011

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