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KarenJ
Has anyone read this blog before? It may be of some particular interest to Jack
https://vaughnvsviolin.wordpress.com/

it's kinda funny. his tagline is "Iíve given myself one year to master the violin."
"As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice."
Some people get really upset about his taking shortcuts, but you gotta give him props for the effort he puts in.

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Posted: April 7, 2011

John Bullar
Hi Watching Vibrato part 6, I see fingertip friction is important to containing the slide movement. My left hand fingertips are hardened with practise and don't seem to have much friction. Any suggestions?

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Ray
I'm very impressed with how organized the resources section is layed out. Bravo Beth!

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Posted: April 6, 2011

jojo
Hi Beth, is bowing on plain gut strings really a lot different than on silver/aluminium covered gut strings and synthetic strings? I have heard it is different and that plain gut strings can be quite sensitive to pressure and contact point. I have just ordered some plain gut strings (D and A), will use a silver wound gut G and a steel goldbrokat E, I was 'in the mood' for experimenting with new strings and as I like 'mellow' rich stuff I thought I'd try plain gut for that 'old style' violin sound LOL. You can tell that since I decided not to sit any exams for a while I now have time to do some 'leisure' things with my violin hehehehe

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Posted: March 23, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth: I was wondering if you or any other professionals use Thomastik's "Dominant" rosin, and if so, what you think about it? I've tried it multiple times, and always initially love the smooth sound it creates, yet later find that it requires too much pressure at slow bow speeds to make the string speak. Also, do you recommend gently wiping the hair with a soft cloth after applying rosin, to remove any loose particles?

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Posted: April 4, 2011

jack
HI Beth!

I have a curiosity question for you. Or for any professional violinist out there.

How long does it take for a soloist to learn, polish and perform a piece in a Symphony Concert?

I'm thinking that it takes months and several hours a day of practice and training with a master teacher alongside. I have seen some exquisite performances and I just wonder how much work not only the soloist, but the entire orchestra have dedicated to bring such performance to fruition.

I'd love to hear some of your experiences if I'm not being too intrusive.


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Posted: April 5, 2011

KarenJ
I was looking through eBay listing- I like to look at the different types and compare nice ones to common factory built and such. I thought I knew what "flamed" was, but the images aren't consistent with what i thought. What exactly is "flamed?" I'm sure it's personal preference to have that characteristic, right?

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Posted: April 5, 2011

Eileen
How's this for a challenge.....6 songs to get down before Good Friday with only 2 practices with the choir.....if I had any finger nails I might start chewing on them.... <:-[

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Posted: April 4, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth: I've been reading some of the historical literature on the violin, and have seen mentioned several times the subject of "harmonics" in playing, and in use in chords. Do you have any demonstrations or lessons on this?

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Posted: April 4, 2011

Maristella Fernandez
when I try this, my arms are too short to get the bow to the tip. What do I do?

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Posted: March 31, 2011

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