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


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Posted: April 17, 2011

Hi Beth!

I'm in the process of trying to learn a song for my Austin 2012 repertoire and I was wondering if you could help me understand how to play the following notations:


I get totally bogged down when I see notations such as these as I am not only learning to read music, but also trying to understand how to actually play the indicated composer's instructions.

Being a beginner can be so overwhelming at times. ;-o

Many thanks!

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Posted: April 8, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I couldn't find the discussion thread about harmonics, so am posting it at the top. Jego's question about playing more comfortably on the G string is in the discussion below. I'll be uploading more videos these next few days.
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Posted: April 14, 2011

Is the location of the tapes all the same for different size violins or are they different?


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Posted: April 4, 2011


Could you Beth, or anyone, give some advice on violin tuning system?

I purchased interesting app for iPhone: Pitch primer. It displays a real time graph how accurately I'm playing + much more.

Anyway, problem is that there is not much info on their website how to set it up for violin.

Violin is tuned in "Just intonation" right?

In addition to that, there are settings for A (I use 442), "Root" and "scale". Root and scale are the big guestions, what should I use? Options are:
Root: any note, natural, sharp or flat.
scale: chromatic, major, minor, major triad, minor triad.

I have no clue what those mean :)

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Posted: April 8, 2011

hellow, BETH,as you must know i am a beginner, and right now i'm practicing "string crossing"but when i am bowing, my bow starts bouncing and even though i have a good intonation, i don't know if i am bowing with a lot of pressure, or may be the bow hair is too tight, or my bow hold is not relaxed...i have no idea what i'm doing wrong , please help me!!

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Posted: April 1, 2011

Hi Beth and ViolinLab members, I have a musical background but am a very beginning violin student, and am looking for any advice on interleaving the beginning technique lessons with the Suzuki book 1 tutorials. I would like to create a lesson plan to help structure my progress, and would bet that someone in this group has been down this path before and could share pointers. Thanks in advance for any input!

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Posted: April 9, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth: In reference to your video on fitting the shoulder rest: not all rests have a thick end. I think that my Everest is the same width at both ends.

One trait that may be more common is the profile curve of the rest: on most shoulder rests the end that has the curve that "swoops closest to the back of the fiddle" is the part that attaches to the bass bout (the bout on the G-string side).


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Posted: April 8, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Jack, Ron, and Jego, your requests will guide my filming schedule. Here's my to-do list for next week:

address the scale practice

make a tutorial for Sad Romance

give some pointers for making playing on the G string a little easier

finish Advanced Tone Production series

and lastly finish Witches' Dance.

Aah! It's nice to have it planned out. At times I get twisted in a knot deciding to what to do next.

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Mary Freeman
Is the sheet music included with Meditation tutorial?


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Posted: April 8, 2011

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