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Hello everyone!

I found this little TEMPO guide today and I thought it might be helpful to some of you music novices, such as myself. Although my metronome has some labels depicting tempo variations, it's not as complete as this.    Enjoy! ;-)

  • Grave <40 bpm Extremely Slow
  • Largo 42 66 bpm Very Slow
  • Adagio 58-97 bpm Very Slow
  • Larghetto 60-66 bpm Rather Slow
  • Andante 76-108 bpm Moderately Slow
  • Moderato 66-126 bpm Moderately
  • Allegro 120-168 bpm Rather Fast to Fast
  • Presto 168-208 bpm Quite Fast
  • Prestissimo 184-240 bpm Very Fast

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Here's a thought that I'm just throwing out there-instead of calling it "the bow hold/grip" which has conotations of gripping or seizing the bow and thereby sets up (in the mind of us beginners) the death grip. Why not call it "cradling the bow/the bow cradle"?

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Well I have started a new ritual today and hopefully this will help my violin progress.

A little background is probably in order first. . . . . . I'm a morning person, but because of my schedule it's been very hard for me to practice my violin in the mornings as everyone in my house are still sleeping. Thus in order to accommodate everyone, I have been practicing in the evenings (before or after dinner) depending on how things goes when I get home. While I do lock myself away and dedicate the entire time to make that time the most productive, I often times am too tired and don't think that I am making much progress. Or at least not progressing as fast I should.

Then, of course, there are those days that I simply skip practice all together as I have so much going on that I barely have enough time to even get some sleep. While I don't like missing practice, I simply have to accept the fact that life is just too busy and there isn't enough time on a day to get everything done.

Well I may have found a solution. I notice that I have about an hour (sometimes more) of down time before I start work. So today, I packed my violin and brought to work with me and used that time to practice. I have a locker that I can safely keep my violin during the weekdays so that I won't have to carry it around every day. I'll just have to remember to bring it home on the weekends.

I did practice this morning (finger tapping and finger pressure) and it was nice to be able to practice when I feel most alive and alert. I'll try it for a couple of weeks and see how that goes. Hopefully I will progress a bit faster, but most of all I will not be as tired as I am in the evenings.

I need to become a decent player and work on my technique if I am to keep up with ALL of you come 2012 when we get together in Austin. ;-)

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Posted: February 8, 2011

Anyone ever try playing your violin in the bathroom ? DO IT ! Oh my goodness ! I don't think I want to play anywhere else now Lol !

A little explanation perhaps...I wanted to work on some parts in Meditation and wanted to really wail away but didn't want to annoy everyone else in the house. I went up to my room and shut myself in my bathroom...I'm so glad I did...haha....the next vid I post might just have a view of my commode ! x-D

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Posted: February 7, 2011

Hello, I'm a newbie to violin lab. I am having problems with my fourth finger in first position on the G string. It feels like I'm straining to reach the D (D sharp is out of the question!) without the knuckle of my first finger touching the side of the violin, and there's a lot of tension in my elbow and shoulder. I think it might be a shoulder/set-up problem because I'm grinding my jaw and chin into my chinrest. I suspect this 'Left Hand Squeezing: part 3 - Restructuring' video would really help but I can't seem to view it! Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask these questions:) -Meg

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Posted: January 25, 2011

Hello, The video "Vibrato: part 12: Gorgeous VIbrato, part 2" is not on line. Thank you

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Posted: February 7, 2011

Patricia L
Hi Beth, This practice is the same as 45A Slurred Bowing. It's not finger spacing pattern 3. I love these these guided practices. They're very helpful. Patricia

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Posted: February 5, 2011

Duane Lucy
I am so happy!!! I just saw my old teacher tonight, and we are getting back together.

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Posted: February 4, 2011

I just watched the video: Bow arm tension-getting rid of the bounce. What an excellent way to remove tension in the right hand. Coming at the same problem from a different direction, I once watched my dad try to loosen a nut from a bolt. When loosening did not work he then tried to tighten the nut even further. And when he tried to loosen the nut again it became loose. I'm wondering if purposely tightening the right hand and loosen it could have the same results? Sort of reverse psychology for our muscles. Just wondering.

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Posted: February 4, 2011

James Marshall
Hi Beth! I started fiddle on Dec. 14th- Today is January 26th. So a month... I feel I am progressing at a faster than normal pace, and I would like yours, and others feedback. It would only serve to strengthen my resolve. First, I have to say that I am a Professional musician- I play Irish Flute and whistle, bodhran drum and various percussion, strumstick, and a little guitar, and I sing. I've been playing on stage in performances 30-40x yr. My mother graduated Sum Cum Laude from McGill- and finished her PhD in musicology elsewhere, and my dad played the pipes. I was immersed in music since 1st grade and Peter and the Wolf..That's my background- oh, and 4 yrs trumpet- Anyway, my ear is highly tuned. In fact, even though I can read music, and have basic music theory to help me, I find that if I listen to a tune, depending on the difficulty, I can pick it up by ear...Irish music. It's how I learned. Session, you know? Anyway- back to my question! 1 month, and I'm playing these songs: Ashokan, Out on the Ocean, Kesh and Swallowtail jigs, Wind that Shakes the Barley, Scotland the Brave, Neil Gows Lament, Ookpik Waltz, and 1/2 doz. more off our set list (60+) It seems like every day, every hour, every minute I play, I improve!! I come home from work- eat, and start at 6pm...Many times I keep playing to 11-12am! Yes, I take 10-20 min breaks, watch some TV, get up, more TV, more fiddle...all night LONG!! I would say I'm averaging 40 hrs a week practice time. Is this unhealthy even though I am enjoying it and not sore? It's actually becoming an addiction! So..Question: Is it unhealthy? Am I progressing faster than normal? Should I stop and back off? (Don't know if I CAN!) :) :) Thanks...Sorry for the ramble on! lol...

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Posted: January 26, 2011

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