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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

jojo
Hey Beth, I just had to say you SAVED THE DAY AGAIN! you know, sometimes when you get to the 'higher stages' of violin learning you forget the invaluable 'basics'. Lately my violin teacher was 'stuck in a rut' with me, he was lost and I was lost too. Sometimes even the best teachers get lost and 'forget what to do' or 'run out of ideas' with students and us students get frustrated and just can't understand why they can't get something so simple anymore! Anyway, it's been about 2 months or maybe 3 that my teacher keeps telling me 'YOU HAVE SUCH A POOR SENSE OF RYTHM, you keep getting these simple things wrong that at grade 1 you should know!' I have been in tears in between my lessons and during my lessons as we've been stuck in a rut like I've said as in my pieces for some reason at random I would play some quavers for too long or don't make them last long enough, this is often when they come after in between demi-semiquavers runs! The thing that puzzled both my teacher and me is that if I play the runs on open strings I play them PERFECTLY! if I clap them I clap them perfectly as well! so why does he tell me I have a bad/poor sense of rhythm? I obviously have a good sense of rhythm as otherwise I'd get it wrong on open strings!! so I came here on violin lab to look for help after 8 week of tears with my teacher and practicing to the metronome counting 1-2-3-4-5-6!!! and there you were telling NOT to count LOL and to practice feeling/humming the rhythm and learning to subdivide it too! well I didn't have to learn to feel it or subdivide it as I knew how to do that already and I already had a GOOD sense of rhythm (contrary to my teacher's saying) and could already feel it and subdivide it, but what I did tonight in my practice was to put the metronome on just to give me the 'beat' while I was practicing then instead of counting like I always used to I just played without counting as per your advice and I knew how to subdivide in my head every time I had a demi-semiquaver run and BANG, I think for the first time I played the piece correctly, at least I think I have now, I can't wait to go to lesson tomorrow and see what my teacher thinks, if he is pleased with my results I will tell him about Beth's suggestion LOL LOL perhaps he will keep that trick up his sleeve for another student? ;)

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Posted: April 1, 2011

jack
Happy April Fool's Day!

Keep your wits and a big smile. ;-)


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Posted: April 1, 2011

KarenJ
Fun looking at all the new profiles. Glad to meet everyone. :)

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Posted: March 28, 2011

Jeff
Beth, I notice that some videos show the length of the video and a "count up" timer but others don't. This would really be helpful on the Guided Practice videos. The "count up" timer is really helpful when you want to back up to a specific point in the video. Also...would a search function be possible on the "Community" page?

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Posted: March 23, 2011

jojo
Hi Beth, guess what! I am doing a piece with my teacher which happens to be in a suzuki book (which one I am not sure n5??)! But I am not doing it from the suzuki book, I have the 'schott edition' sheet music, it's the Vivaldi G minor concerto RV 317, I am doing the whole 3 movements, it's a pretty concerto am certainly enjoying it. Another piece I am doing is the Melodie by Gluck transcription by Heifetz (heavenly!!!).

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Posted: March 29, 2011

tomi
Hi beth!
As you are a violin shop keeper, you propably know the "hardware" quite well too?
Could you recommend me violin strings (brands, types) which do not contain ANY nickel?
I ask because I have nickel allergy and I've come to suspect that my fingertips STILL hurting after 8 months of practicing could be due to nickel in the strings.
For example, If I don't cover chin rest's...umm..those metallic parts, I get rash on my neck only for playing an hour!
We don't have a music store nearby which would specialize in string instruments so I don't trust them too much on this matter...

P.S. I hope gut strings are note the only option ;)

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Posted: March 18, 2011

KarenJ
I played this for the first time tonight. what a fun song to play. I'm going to try the other bowing patterns too. I've been using the essential elements but decided to try some of the suzuki song because you did the videos for them. these are fun and a great change of pace. (i have a short attention span)

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Posted: March 23, 2011

Cathy
When should a beginning violin student start learning vibrato?

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Posted: July 24, 2010

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