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Beth; I have a hard time going from the D to C natural on the A string. I can do it, but not quickly and smoothly. Is it a matter of practice, practice, practice to get that spread in the fingers? Should I get one finger surgically lengthened? Any hints would be welcomed!

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Posted: June 7, 2011

Hi everyone!

Simple question:
I have a cloth which I use to wipe excess rosin off my violin & strings. I've used the same cloth all the time and now it's pretty sticky and covered with rosin :)

Can it be washed normally in washing machine or will rosin turn into sticky goo(or something like that) and ruin other clothes in the machine?

I have no idea how rosin reacts when wet :)

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Posted: June 8, 2011

Evening Beth, I've been practicing Twinkle and other notes keep popping into my head. They are bouncing around in my head in measures: 4,6,8, and 12. If I write something down is it possible for you to look at it and let me know if it is utter rubbish? As you know I have no musical background, just listening to what I'm hearing inside. :\

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Posted: June 7, 2011

Hi everyone!

Quick question . . . Does anyone have a recommendation on what to use to re-glue those little foam pads on the Bon Musica shoulder rest that is in contact with the violin? I want to use superglue, but I'm thinking that is not a good idea.   8-0

Much appreciated.

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Posted: June 7, 2011

Question.....Beth, I have been working on Pachelbel and I've found myself playing on the edge of the hairs..tilting the bow "towards" me instead of away....for some reason. I get nice clear notes when I do that, usually in the ares like measures 18-23 (second violin)

Is that a bad thing ? Should I work on NOT doing that ?

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Posted: June 6, 2011

Hi Beth; just wanted to say, I'm really enjoying this whole series on Expressive Phrasing - so helpful and clear. I've known musically what I wanted, but didn't know technically how to achieve it! Thanks Beth, it's making a huge difference to my playing!


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Posted: June 5, 2011

Joelle Blais
Hi Beth et all! I just wanted to say, this is really amazing! I just started to learn my violin yesterday, and I feel so excited! This is really a great cite that is excessable and not too intimidating. How awesome! My friend and I are starting our musical experiences on a blog. Follow us and see if you want to get some laughs and such. It's where I'll be starting to post videos of my progress. Beth, you are amazing! -Joelle P.S. I'm having trouble downloading the Beginning pdf file, and I've never had trouble downloading a pdf before. Does anyone else have this problem?

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Posted: June 4, 2011

I LOVE this site! It is 7am and I have already "taken a lesson" and practiced for an hour, what a gift to be able to do that. I can review your videos anytime to clarify or fine tune a skill. Beautiful way to start my day.

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Posted: May 27, 2011

Javier de Miguel
Hi all I think it was a good idea to have audio to accompany the exercises. thanks for the great work you do for our community.

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Posted: June 4, 2011

YIPPEE-OH HAPPY DAY! I have my violin back. It's together again. I had to remake the sound post, bridge, take the finger board and nut off to tweak both, and lastly work on the neck. Not only that, but when I was on the main land awhile ago I bought new bow-many thanks Beth for the webcast!-I knew what questions to ask and what to look for in my price range. I picked up a Prell, apparently it's made in Germany in about the 1920s. It was more than I had wanted to spend but as soon as picked up the bow it was like an extension of my hand. While there the owner had me play- he told me after- on a $12,000 violin and $20,000 bow! Since this feels like a new day in my playing-oh and the sound has more colour than it did before a lot, I'm curious about people's New Year's resolutions. How are they coming along? Although it seemed slow, I am progressing. I would like to tweak the original resolution and make deliberate practice as my main goal. Yes I still want to be able to post 3 videos- an expressive Twinkle, Bach's Minuet No.3 and a Sad Romance by the end of year (you have to push yourself right?). But I believe you said it somewhere Beth, about deliberate practice and also practicing 10,000 hours or 10 years to be good. Well, That my friends, is my new 10 year goal. 10,000 hours in 10 years. Which works out to 2.75 hours a day. Well, that's my goal what's yours?

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Posted: June 3, 2011

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