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Meg
Hello, I'm a newbie to violin lab. I am having problems with my fourth finger in first position on the G string. It feels like I'm straining to reach the D (D sharp is out of the question!) without the knuckle of my first finger touching the side of the violin, and there's a lot of tension in my elbow and shoulder. I think it might be a shoulder/set-up problem because I'm grinding my jaw and chin into my chinrest. I suspect this 'Left Hand Squeezing: part 3 - Restructuring' video would really help but I can't seem to view it! Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask these questions:) -Meg

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Posted: January 25, 2011

david_chiu
Hello, The video "Vibrato: part 12: Gorgeous VIbrato, part 2" is not on line. Thank you

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Posted: February 7, 2011

Patricia L
Hi Beth, This practice is the same as 45A Slurred Bowing. It's not finger spacing pattern 3. I love these these guided practices. They're very helpful. Patricia

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Posted: February 5, 2011

Duane Lucy
I am so happy!!! I just saw my old teacher tonight, and we are getting back together.

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Posted: February 4, 2011

Ray
I just watched the video: Bow arm tension-getting rid of the bounce. What an excellent way to remove tension in the right hand. Coming at the same problem from a different direction, I once watched my dad try to loosen a nut from a bolt. When loosening did not work he then tried to tighten the nut even further. And when he tried to loosen the nut again it became loose. I'm wondering if purposely tightening the right hand and loosen it could have the same results? Sort of reverse psychology for our muscles. Just wondering.

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Posted: February 4, 2011

James Marshall
Hi Beth! I started fiddle on Dec. 14th- Today is January 26th. So a month... I feel I am progressing at a faster than normal pace, and I would like yours, and others feedback. It would only serve to strengthen my resolve. First, I have to say that I am a Professional musician- I play Irish Flute and whistle, bodhran drum and various percussion, strumstick, and a little guitar, and I sing. I've been playing on stage in performances 30-40x yr. My mother graduated Sum Cum Laude from McGill- and finished her PhD in musicology elsewhere, and my dad played the pipes. I was immersed in music since 1st grade and Peter and the Wolf..That's my background- oh, and 4 yrs trumpet- Anyway, my ear is highly tuned. In fact, even though I can read music, and have basic music theory to help me, I find that if I listen to a tune, depending on the difficulty, I can pick it up by ear...Irish music. It's how I learned. Session, you know? Anyway- back to my question! 1 month, and I'm playing these songs: Ashokan, Out on the Ocean, Kesh and Swallowtail jigs, Wind that Shakes the Barley, Scotland the Brave, Neil Gows Lament, Ookpik Waltz, and 1/2 doz. more off our set list (60+) It seems like every day, every hour, every minute I play, I improve!! I come home from work- eat, and start at 6pm...Many times I keep playing to 11-12am! Yes, I take 10-20 min breaks, watch some TV, get up, more fiddle...watch TV, more fiddle...all night LONG!! I would say I'm averaging 40 hrs a week practice time. Is this unhealthy even though I am enjoying it and not sore? It's actually becoming an addiction! So..Question: Is it unhealthy? Am I progressing faster than normal? Should I stop and back off? (Don't know if I CAN!) :) :) Thanks...Sorry for the ramble on! lol...

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Posted: January 26, 2011

Ray
The original Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman" Then Mozart wrote twelve variations for piano, so my question is does anyone know if these twelve variations were ever adapted for the violin? And where to find them? :)

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Posted: January 29, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth ! Question on Amy Barlow's piece "In the Style of Bach". I enjoy working on this one and it's one that I think I can manage with a bit of work, but....those 2nd/4th finger chords are a "bear"! I just can't get my brain to get those fingers where they're supposed to be on time. Are there any tricks of the trade for these or is it just a matter of endless repetition ? Also the first chord in the 18th measure is another one. They put me in mind of the game "Twister". Ever play that when you were a kid ? Is there an easy way to get the right finger over to "Red" without knocking down the middle finger which is on "Green" or the left finger which is sitting over on yellow ? <:-\

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Posted: January 29, 2011


Hello again!

I have yet another question, only this time it is a more technical question concerning violin maintenance.

I noticed that my E string is cutting into my bridge a little bit (not surprised since the E string is so thin). The "cut" into the bridge is not too deep (yet), but I was wondering if I should get a new bridge, along with new strings, installed on my violin?

I purchased a set of string a while back already and I believe that my new E string has a little pad, if you will, that is supposed to prevent it from cutting it into the bridge. If I recall from memory, I believe that Beth's E string has that pad(for lack of a better word) on it.

I might take my violin to a Luthier to get a better assessment, but I thought it may save me a trip into the big city if I could hear some advice from Beth or any of you advanced musicians first. ;-)


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Posted: January 26, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

I finally had the chance to watch all of the videos with Dr. Colleen McCullough, which were great and very informative, and I have a question. In one of the videos both of you talk about practicing with a drone. Could you please spend a little time and explain what that is and how it works (or how it's done)? I'm very intrigued and would love to learn more about it.

Thanks! ;-)


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Posted: January 28, 2011

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