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Does anyone know what is this piece Ann Marie Calhoun is playing here:

Sounds very cool :)

And also, does that "trick" have a name she's doing starting at 0:40? Sounds like she's altering bow pressure quite heavily to produce that interesting effect...

(HA! her E whistled too at 2:29 )

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Posted: August 16, 2011

Debra Farrow

What are the downsides, if any to precision (perfection) pegs?  I am considering the investment.

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Posted: August 16, 2011

jordan simanjuntak
Hi Beth, thank you so much for up loading the last 3 songs from suzuki book 2, it is really help my son. I really want to upload his video, and have some comment from you and community, but I dont know how to do that. Please advice:)

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Posted: August 17, 2011

I've been taking lessons and teaching myself for about 5 years, so am, according to one teacher, about 2nd level in my playing. My question is this: How can I find an amateur group to practice and play with? Anybody know anybody in the Los Angeles area?

Thanks for all responses.

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Posted: August 13, 2011


Hi everyone, this question is not exactly about any issue with the violin lol.. i've been having problems uploading a picture of mine on my page; it suppose to be a jpg* file, but I don't know why I can't upload it.When I press "submit changes " button. The pic just doesn't appear.

Does somebody have  had issues about  this?

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Posted: August 16, 2011

Is it possible for a tuner to be out of tune?  when I play along with videos, the pitch is a lot higher than what my tuner says my violin should be. I would think it was the computer but it would have to be 3 computers and an MP4 player.  How do i verify this or fix it?

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Posted: August 15, 2011

Gavin Huhoff
Hi Beth, I want to practice this very nice small part (first very slowly). Sad to say, i don't know the name for that classical Song you played at 1:00. I only understood "Opening G-Minor" ? Thank you !


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Posted: August 13, 2011

shovan kumar Paul
Hi Beth,
I have posted the National Anthem of India. I have a program on 27th of August. I have to play the song in that program.Could anyone play this song on violin for me. 
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Posted: August 14, 2011

Hello All!

I just purchased a "practice" violin and I will be putting new strings on it shortly. This will be a trial and error as I truly have no idea what Brand of strings will sound the best on my violin. With that in mind, I know that some of you have "tried" different strings and some strings you liked and some you didn't. My question to you is what do you do with the strings you didn't like? Do you keep it on your violin and suffer with it until your next string overhaul or do you just put it aside and let it collect dust?

As far as I know, you can't return strings that you purchased and don't like the sound they produce. Since we all experiment with different strings, I was wondering if we could setup a "string exchange" where we would swap these NEW strings that we simply don't want to have on our violin?

This is just a suggestion, but I think it would be nice and fairly inexpensive to swap these NEW strings instead of letting them sit around. Not only that, it may save us all some cash on the long run when we are experimenting with NEW strings for our violin.

Please post your comments and/or suggestions. I'd love to hear what our community thinks.

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Posted: June 20, 2011


Hi Beth:

In order to get familiar with shifting and the violin fingerboard, I’m practicing G Major scale in 3-Octaves using Ivan Galamian “Contemporary Violin Technique Volume One of Scale and Arpeggio Exercises with Bowing and Rhythm Patterns”.

Beth, I have the impression that I saw an invited teacher in VL using Galamian’s scales. If I’m wrong, Do you have a good fingering and shifting for the above mentioned scale?

Galamian’s indications of fingering shows to do the shifting to 3rd position in D-string finger 1 for G-note at the beginning of second octave; then shifting to 5th position in E-string-finger 1 for the C-note; ending with finger 4 for the F-note and extending the same finger 4 for the top G-note.

Now, the only indications for descending are: finger 2 for B-note on E-string 3rd position; and then, finger 2 in F-note probably on D-string 1st position. In his video cassette of a G Major lesson to a boy, I try to pay attention when he does the shifting, but always miss it.

Do you think I’m interpreting his notations correctly?

Maia Bang (student of Leopold Auer, same as Galamian’s teacher) instructions about 3-octaves scales are a “Combined Paganini - Schradieck Fingering” as she mentioned in her book. Her indications are similar to Galamian when ascending except that the shifting to 3rd position is in A-string instead of D-string, and descending in the same way.

There are many different fingering for scales as books in the field. Any suggestion, will be appreciated.

Thanking you in advance for your outstanding job, I remain cordially yours,


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Posted: August 11, 2011

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