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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

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

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

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

Frank M
Hello Beth (or any other member who has the answer):

I'm trying to work through Bach's "Air on the G String", even though it's a stretch for me right now.(The book that I'm working from is entitled "15 Most Popular Classical Melodies", arranged by Michael Whalen, in case you have this in your shop, Beth).

After the intro 4 measures, measures 5, 6, & 7 indicate F# played as two slurred whole notes and one slurred quarter note to the beginning of the 7th measure. The slurs are "between" the notes, not one long slur over all the notes.

How is this to be played?

A) One long down bow for 9 beats?

B) One long 9 beat down bow played as portato for all the notes?

C) Or can I play it as legato long bows, 1 down for 4 beats, and one up for 5 beats? The next note (B) is indicated as an up bow.

As the score indicates "mezzo forte", I cannot do a mezzo forte for 9 beats. Maybe pianissimo for 9 beats, but not mezzo forte.

Thanks for your help! Frank

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Posted: April 27, 2011

Hi Beth, Basic question, I'm going over the sheet music for Bach's minuet No.3. For the A notes is it up to my creative licence to choose between 4th finger on the D string instead of using the open A string? It seems to me using the D string brings more colour into the piece. Thanks, Ray

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Posted: April 22, 2011

Beth, what is your opinion of online ear training programs ?

I came across this site, or someone directed me to it...and I've been having a little fun with it. It tests you on your ability to discern intervals, major from minor chords, practicing hearing perfect pitch...etc...all at varying levels. I haven't gotten to the "jazz" chords aught to be interesting !

anyway, here's the site if anyone is interested in checking it out......

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Posted: April 25, 2011

Laura Leach
I just watched the video lesson on rosining your bow. With the more expensive rosin, do you still need to scratch the surface to get it to powder before applying it to the bow? Thanks!

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Posted: April 26, 2011

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