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Anne aMaudPowellFan

Beth, that is a very clear explanation of the right proportions of speed, weight and sounding point. It is a new insight for me: The hardness / softness of the string close to / away from the bridge necessitates more / less weight. I also find it intuitive that if you move closer to the bridge, the bow needs to get heavier and slower, and if you move towards the fingerboard, it needs to get lighter and faster.

Now, I know that if you stay on one sounding point and you move the bow faster it also has to get heavier, and if it moves slower it has to get lighter. I know that this is the case, but I have no intuition why that is the case. Can you help? Or am I just being dense?



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Posted: April 19, 2011


Hi Beth, Are the three finger spacing patterns that you have demonstrated so far the only finger spacing patterns for all major and minor scales? Thank you. Elizabeth

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Frank M
Hello Beth: We've been hearing about the wildfires in Texas, including some in the Austin area. Are you, your staff, and families able to keep safe through all this?

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Posted: April 19, 2011

Donavon
hi Beth, i currently have a violin now but im thinking that i need to get a better quality one(or more advanced one). How do i know how advance of a violin i should get?

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Posted: April 17, 2011

tomi
Hi Beth, those new videos you added as reply to discussions (harmonics & g string) don't seem to show up in the video lessons library. Shouldn't they be there too?

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Posted: April 18, 2011

Beth Blackerby
A funny story apropos to our discussion on harmonics…and a bit ironic as well.

Last night at opera (Austin Lyric Opera production of “Flight”) I and my stand partner, the retired concertmaster of the Austin Symphony and UT violin professor were about an 1 ½ hours into the 3 hour opera. The passage was a long line of harmonics, notated with the irritating “o” above the sounding pitch. There was one harmonic lasting 6 beats or so and for whatever reason I couldn’t figure out how to play it. My concentration completely unhinged, my hand went darting up and down the fingerboard on various strings trying desperately to find it. I was a little deer lost in the forest deciding which path to take. My thoughts going something like “Hmmmm…I’m playing that as a fingered harmonic…no…that’s 2 octaves above the pitch…maybe it’s the first harmonic on the G string…or is it the second harmonic on the D string….let’s try here..” On and on it went in this ballooned time of 6 slow beats. Well my stand partner witnessed my befuddlement out of the corner of his eye and was involuntarily sent into silent convulsions of irrepressible laughter. I joined in, and for a good 2 or 3 minutes we were paralyzed, shaking in our chairs hoping not to be seen.

Fortunately, we were in a dark orchestra pit near the back and not on a well lit stag. He later said he had never been that out of control in a concert in his entire life. I told him of the irony…that I had just made a tutorial on harmonics. He suggested I go back and watch it!


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Posted: April 17, 2011

Ann
Is it a particular Bonn musica shoulder pad that she recommends?

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tomi
Hi Beth!

Now that the end of 2nd suzuki book is coming, I'm wondering, have you shot any material on trills? (or going to?)
Sure I can produce "trill like" sound, but when concerning violin, it's better to know what I'm doing instead of guessing...at least I haven't encountered very many things on my violin journey which would have been obvious :)

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Posted: April 17, 2011

Jonathan Chan
Hi Beth, I'm thinking of buying a violin. I am using a rental which is 4/4. I need to stretch my arm a bit to get to the bow tip on D, G strings (need a smaller violin?); but when doing upbow on E, my thumb knuckle often hits the violin body and it seems that I need more room or to consciously adjust the angle. (smaller violin would make this situation worse?) Would it be easier to do vibrato, on high notes, on a smaller violin? In videos, you mentioned your violin is 7/8. How do I determine what's the best size for me? Thank you!

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Posted: April 15, 2011

Ann
Is it a particular Bonn musica shoulder pad that she recommends?

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