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Scale Study #2 (slurred bowing/finger-bow coordination))

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Posted: May 21, 2010

jack
How does one go about increasing accuracy of hitting the correct string/note AND speed with good coordination between left hand fingering and bow control on right hand? I'm guessing scales and arpeggios exercises; is that correct?

Like most beginners, I can play slow songs alright, but once the rhythm/speed increases everything falls apart. I'm sure I'll get it eventually, but if you could suggest some exercises for increasing speed and accuracy with both bow and fingers that would be great! Thanks!

p.s. I'm am currently working on May Song (Suzuki) but hope to have a bit more confidence and speed (with good control) for when I get to Perpetual Motion :-)


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Posted: May 20, 2010


Hello, I am a very beginner. I have not seen this question, so hopefully I didn't miss it. I am just beginning and going through the beginning lessons. I see that some members are also using method books in their learning. I find that this website and lessons work well with my learning style. Should I also be using books? I also do not have a private teacher at the moment.

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Posted: May 18, 2010

jack
Hi Beth!
This is not a question, but more of a report card for you. Since I joined Violin Lab I have made some great progress and that is in great part, thanks to you. At the present time I do not have a private teacher and thus I use your site a lot and every now and again I either ask a question or someone else with the same issue asks a question and then within a day or two we get a full lesson from you. You are simply amazing!

So here is what I have been able to accomplish with your help and a somewhat good daily practice schedule in the past 2-3 months:
*On the Suzuki Method (book 1), I can almost play all of the Twinkle variations (having a bit of trouble with variations D & E, but I will get them eventually); Lightly Row; Sound of the Wind; Go Tell Aunt Rhody and O Come, Little Children
*On the Essential Elements for Violin 2000 book, I have got all the way to Ode to Joy. I'm still working on it and hope to prevent Bach from turning on his grave once I get it polished a bit ;-)

I have no doubt about that my progress has been in great part a product of your teaching and inspiration and for that I Thank you.

I'm a very private and shy person, but perhaps one of these days (once I get a camera and some courage) I will post a video of my progress. For now just know that I am progressing well, thanks to you. ;-)


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Posted: May 17, 2010

Eileen
Hello Beth, I am keeping you quite busy I think......but......a question on practicing vibrato. It's difficult for me to do vibrato on the D and G string. I have been focusing mostly on working at the E and A. My thinking is that as it becomes easier to vibrato there I may not have as much trouble over at G and D. When I do try at the G and D I find I push down on the neck with my fingers because I'm trying to lift my left elbow to reach over the neck...having to hold tighter or push down more with my chin. I can better get the vibrato at those strings by doing this but not sure if this is a good thing or not.

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Posted: May 16, 2010

Eileen
Hope these come up ok....I can't delete and try again...lol
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Posted: May 15, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, Here's that piece I've been working on with the 3/2 measures here and there. Needs LOTS of work...still not getting up to that frog like I should. (Need to tape that pinkie down or something) The first 3/2 is right after the first 6-let run at the very beginning. I think I've got the idea of the beat but I'm not sure the timing is quite right. Thank you for any helpful suggestions/strategies you can offer as to how to effectively work on this piece and make it presentable ! It's the second violin part of a duet with piano.
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Posted: May 12, 2010

LearningViolin
How many minutes of practice per day do you recommend for small (age 6 and under) children? Any suggestions on how to inspire them? They are not doing the Suzuki method yet - their teacher wants them to learn fingering and note reading first. Sometimes it seems long and tedious compared to the fun of the Suzuki book 1 but do understand that it's good for them to start early. I'm really curious how kids can play the Suzuki music without note reading. Thanks for your time and the awesome site!

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Posted: May 11, 2010

NickN
Thanks, everyone! Great advice. Martin, the comparison to speedreading technique is very helpful, and Krista, I really like the idea of trying to play a measure from memory after looking at it. Maybe I can convince my teacher to work on that with me ;) Beth, since one of my biggest issues is sightreading when it involves tricky rhythms, I am really looking forward to your video about internalizing rhythm.

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Posted: May 8, 2010


response Katrina straight bow

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Posted: May 7, 2010

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