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Eileen
Here's a couple of vids I'd like some constructive criticism on. This one I'm playing along with a recording of me playing my part of a duet. It's a little dark, not sure how much you can see of the left hand/right hand. The other vid is a tune I've been working on learning by ear. I've just got the melody so far. It's a bit repetitious so I made some crude attempts at ornamentation here and there...ignore the vibrato attempts. Still a big source of frustration for me.
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Posted: April 18, 2010

jack
This is going to be more of a discussion topic and not really a "how to" question. I have been practicing religiously every day since I first picked up the violin 2 months ago, but there are days that no matter what I do, the sound just doesn't seem to be there. The interesting thing about it is that every time when I hit these "speed bumps" it's always something different. One can sure get discouraged and simply give up on the whole learning to play the violin thing. I guess I'm simply stubborn as I keep coming back for more. I believe it is like trying to break a horse before he breaks you. One of these days I do hope this beautiful instrument will stop getting the best of me. Im no Spring chicken, so I will either learn to play it or die trying. :-)

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Posted: April 16, 2010

jack
Hi Beth! Awesome tip on avoiding "adjusting" your finger when hitting a note out of tune, but to instead go back and try to hit the correct note several times. You also mentioned to use a tuner that has all the pitches to aid our memory muscles. Well, there is a jungle out there when it comes to tuners and while I do have one mine does not have all the pitches. Could you recommend a couple of tuners that have all the pitches to aid in our practice? Thanks!

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Posted: April 9, 2010


Rosining and Tightening the Bow

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Posted: April 7, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 1 - Basics

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Posted: April 7, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 2 - One finger shifting

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Posted: April 7, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 3 - Coordinating Bow Direction and Shift

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Posted: April 7, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 5 - Shifting Styles (Classical)

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Posted: April 7, 2010


Shifting 101: Part 6 - Shifting Styles (Romantic)

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Posted: April 7, 2010

jack
Hi Beth! Trying to work on a set of effective daily exercise practices and I was wondering what are the best warm-up practice exercises you would recommend. Also, could you show us some good practice exercises for scales with hooked bowing and notes patterning (i.e. hooking consecutive notes)? Thanks!

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Posted: April 6, 2010

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