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Patricia L
Thank you Jack for commenting on the Scale Studies series. I took a look at the videos, and find that they're a perfect practice tool. I've been at this a year now, so have some "pieces" to work on for my lessons and ensemble group. I'm finding that I need to always review the basics...fingering patterns, bowing, intonation, etc... And the scale studies are perfect for that. Thank you Beth. As an adult beginner I'm always looking for ways to use practice time efficiently.

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Posted: February 27, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

Just want to make a quick comment on your Scale Studies series. . . I think that they are great and I am having a lot of fun learning them all. They are a part of my daily practice and at my level, they are pretty challenging. I am however noticing that my coordination is steadily improving, so thanks!

Also, I just got Carl Flesch's Scale System book last night and hope to get started on those exercises at some point. Again, I'm only hindered by my skill level and knowledge and understanding of all the musical notations contained within each exercise. I tried to understand all the numbers noted on the very first scale exercise, but I'm having a tough time deciphering them.

In any event, thanks again for making ALL of your tutorial easier for us beginners to understand. ;-)

As always, your work does make a big difference in our violin playing and I look forward to more Scale Studies.


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Posted: February 25, 2011

Marjorie-violinwoman
Are there more video's about martele? I would love to see that!

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Posted: February 21, 2011

jack
Hi all.

For those of you who remember one of my earlier posts here on the VL, might remember that I have a "small" violin goal before I buy the farm. lol
My "small" goal is none other than to be able to someday play Paganini's 24 Caprice. Here is my reminder and inspiration that I use every month to keep myself on track. There are many renditions and videos, but this one in particular has captured my attention the most . . .

. . . I hope you will like it as well.


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Posted: February 24, 2011

Juan Manuel
I am currently studying the Concerto Op. 3, No. 8 in A minor from Antonio Vivaldi's L'estro Armónico. This concerto is for two violins and I am studying Violin I. I need a specific advice from professional violin players : Please take a look to 3rd movement (Allegro) and go to bar No.43 where you will find the arpeggio A,D,F. I need to play this arpeggio using 4th finger on A (D string), 3rd finger on D (A string) and 1st finger on F (E string). When I try to place these three fingers simultaneously on the fingerboard I find it almost impossible not to clinch the thumb and/or twist and squeeze the wrist since this finger placement is really awkward ! Is there any magician that can play this arpeggio keeping all three fingers down without squeezing, twisting or clinching the thumb and wrist ? Is this only a matter of practicing in order to play this arpeggio naturally and easily ?

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Posted: February 20, 2011

Eileen
Enjoyed the webcast Beth ! Very informative !

Would you be thinking about having the next one on purchasing a violin ? Especially....positive and negative things to look for when purchasing an older violin.


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Posted: February 20, 2011

Ray
Beth, when learning spiccato, is one of the goals to be able to feel the vibrations in the right-hand fingers even while exerting contol over tempo? I'm able to feel the vibes while bouncing the bow and I've just introduced the horizontal swing and control over rythm.

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Posted: February 23, 2011

Brandon Ayala
:) Great viddd

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Posted: February 21, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, I've been working on Amy Barlowe's "In the Style of Bach" (cool piece!). Is there anything you can tell me about starting that out in those first 3 notes. I can't seem to get the forte/diminish quick long bow short bow thing quite right.

BTW...Great practice guide with these pieces but not being classically trained I often have a hard time figuring out what she's trying to say. \:-/


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Posted: February 21, 2011

Michelle L
Hi Beth, I noticed that in the vibrato lessons, yours and Dr Redfield's words are conflicting in terms of whether the hand should rock forward from a neutral position or backward. Why is that? In practising, I find that for 2nd and 3rd fingers, it's easier for the hand to knock forward. But with the 1st finger there's little room of motion and I prefer to use Dr. Redfield's method. Is it ok to use different motion for different fingers?

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Posted: February 19, 2011

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