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Sean
Hi Beth (or anyone). I was hoping that you could help me solve my problems related to mu discomfort while holding the violin. A while back I attempted to try and learn the vibrato technique, but from what I understand, total comfort and mobility of my right arm is necessary to be able to vibrate. Here is a video of me explaining and playing briefly. Any help?
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Posted: May 29, 2011

Eileen
I've shared this vid on my facebook page a while back and I keep finding myself going back to it just to listen. It's just a simple "Happy" tune (Lover's Waltz). I love this fella's version, and he plays it so well...I just wanted to share it here, maybe spur someone on to greater efforts as I always am when I find a particular melody I like, played well by a competent musician. Enjoy !
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Posted: April 28, 2011


Music Theory / Music Reading resource. (Hi all!) For those who need a base in music theory or reading I highly recommend this website: https://www.teoria.com/ You can use the content online for free and for a small fee you can actually install the whole site locally in your computer. I hope this help... Cheers, Pedro
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Posted: June 19, 2011


Do you have a video for learning how to shift from 1st position to third position? I've done some searching, but can't find it if you do. Also I think it would help to have some videos on different beats (like 6/8 time, dotted quarter notes and eighth notes). Thanks.
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Posted: June 18, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, after a look through the Resourcs link, I'm picking up copies of: Fingerboard Geography for Violin, Progressive Scale Studies for Violin and Shifting: Thirty Studies for Young Violinists. My question is about the DVD by Simon Fischer, it costs 40 pounds, and what is your recommendation? Have you seen it? Concidering how indepth your videos are I'm wondering if Simon would be covering the same material that we are finding with you? Cheers, Ray
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Posted: June 14, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, regarding the gathering in July next year...do you have any suggestions as to some reasonable/nice hotels in the area ?

I'll be pondering some ideas for activities and workshops. For one, how about a violin/bow check-up ? Also, if we could get some music beforehand to work on so that we can play some chamber pieces perhaps ! That would be fun ! I would also VERY much like a lesson from you Beth ! That would be the highlight of the week for me !

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Posted: June 4, 2011


Are you gonna teach us how to read music? any sheet music available?
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Posted: June 12, 2011


Hi Beth / Everyone - just reviewing the Spiccato videos and I'm having problems controlling the bounce.

I didn't catch in your video if you said how to control it? Is it just the first finger? First and pinkie? all fingers? hand? wrist!?! I'm guessing just a small amount of pressure from the first finger and the hand stays still (ie no vertical motion of the hand or arm?)

Thanks! Simon

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Posted: June 13, 2011


Hi Beth, Please comment of my video about my bowing and holding the bow.I can understand but I have the lacks of practice.
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Posted: June 9, 2011

KarenJ
I'm watching this video, "Elements of Tone Production: Bow Pressure" and wondering... I think my violin is really loud. I play in the middle rather than near the finger board. A lot of times I have a hard time hearing the video so lately I've started trying to play by the fingerboard to soften. Is it better to practice loudly? i'm not really into the dynamics much when i'm doing the drills. Should i worry about loudness at all until i'm actually focused on it? I have a mute but i don't like that it sounds sort of flat and doesn't have the ring i'm looking for since intonation is a primary focus right now.

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Posted: June 15, 2011

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