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tomi
Hi!

Yesterday an opportunity arose, that just cannot be passed.

A string ensemble of players who have begun playing as adults is going to start practicing in september. Great thing about this is that it's not just the players practicing by them selves, but it's led and coached by a professional violinist! And best thing about it is: I'm invited! :)

Hopefully there will be enough people so it will really fly. I hear there's already one cello, several violins and a couple violas enrolled.

Now, as always in my posts, a question follows:
Now that there's still several months time before the ensemble starts, I have time to prepare. I don't know if preparation is even necessary because none of the players are experienced and we'll be coached, but I don't like to be totally clueless when it starts :)
So, any tips regarding how to prepare in this situation? To which skills should I pay more attention?

At least playing more 2nd violin parts with my son is propably a good idea. Problem is that it's difficult to motivate him to do that. I barely can get him to play his own homework...maybe some kind of bribery is going to take place ;)

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Posted: April 29, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, I've been working on Op. 74, No. 46 in the second Wohlfahrt book. This is where I've gotten with it so far.

Do you have any tips or suggestions ? I still need plenty of work on my shifting but it's better than it was. Those 4th finger shifts are a challenge ! I've also been working on my right shoulder. In one of your videos you said the shoulder should always be "heavy"...I'm not sure that was your exact word but I think I know what you mean by that and have been working on relaxing that shoulder and letting is sort of "hang" I have noticed a difference for the better when I do that.

Anyway...how's it look all in all ? This is a great etude for shifting practice and I like working on this one. Thanks Beth ! :-)

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Posted: May 2, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

Have you or anyone on VL lab performed Adagio for Strings By Samuel Barber?

For those of you movie buffs, it's the song Played in the Oliver Stone's movie Platoon.

Well a picture and sound is worth more than a 1,000,000 words . . . .

 


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Posted: April 29, 2011

Eileen
Beth...will you be posting the "how to choose a new violin" webcast ? I had a brainless evening and missed it.... {:-[

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Posted: May 2, 2011

Ray
Excellent video! Good introduction to using left hand. There is a site: video basic, which has an interactive first position link. I found this very helpful to be sure that I am in tune when not playing a ring tone. Thanks for the tips on keeping the quality of sound paramount. To that end, I'm combining previous lessons on open string and applying those tips to the other notes. I'm determined to be playing twinkle, as you say Beth-like a violinist, by June. I have a copy of Twinkle which was written in 1884 by Charles Dancla (1817-1907). This version is for four violins so I'll just pick one of the four and practice that one. Wish me luck.

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Posted: May 2, 2011

Mercy
hi BETH, it's Mercy again, with a doubt: i've been watching some videos about violin musicians, and i see that sometimes they don't use 2,3 or 4 fingers to play a note, they just use 1 finger for each note, and i was wondering if this was correct or not, bc, right now i'm learning notes with SUSUKI method and also ESSENCIAL ELEMENTS 2000 FOR STRINGS.. and they teach you to play certain notes using 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers..what's the best thing to do?? becasuse i feel better playing with one finger on each note.

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Posted: April 29, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan

Please help me decide!

A friend of mine wishes for music at her birthday celebration. I have four short pieces ready (sort of) that hopefully work without piano. They are:

  • Etüde-Caprice by Barlowe in the style of Händel (this is actually for violin solo)
  • Gluck Melodie
  • Tango pour Madame
  • Leclair Tambourin from Sonata in D Major

I can play one or possibly two of these (videos posted below). Which ones do you recommend?


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Posted: April 19, 2011

Jeff
Beth, I'm having a lot of trouble playing on the G string. Very hard for me to get my fingers to work over there. Any pointers?

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Ray
As someone who is learning to play with my left hand, I came up with a practice technique for muscle control an flexibility. While typing at the computer I imagine that the keys (including the main row) are strings. So for the - strings I am up on my finger tips and keeping the fingers bent (as if they are acturally on strings) lift each finger from the large knuckle joint. Try it and let everyone how you do.

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Posted: April 28, 2011

Jonathan Chan
Hi Beth and all, I will be attending a program - Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, performed by the Oratorio Society of New York, tomorrow night. It's my first time visiting the Carnegie Hall. I'm a little bit excited :D

I would probably just sit down, relax and enjoy the program. But besides that, is there any interesting or special place in the music piece that I should pay attention to (in terms of violin performance and technique)? Let me know what you think.


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Posted: April 26, 2011

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