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Eileen
Hi Beth ! When you and Colleen are discussing the "death grip" in this video, you mention how a lot of students have a tendency to grip and want to "push" the violin "UP" to counteract the pressure of the fingers on the fingerboard. I find that what I do instead is to grab and "pull DOWN" on the neck of my violin without realizing that's what I'm doing. I notice it when I take my left hand off the violin and the neck moves upward. Why do I do that....and....how do I make it STOP ?

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Posted: January 14, 2011

jojo
Hi Beth, I can't find how to look at member's profiles anymore, how do I do that? in the old site I just clicked on their avatar/photo or name, what do I do now? thanks :)

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Beth Blackerby
The IE bug is fixed. I love my web designer.

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Fazia Rizvi
The new site looks great! I like the organization of the video lessons and the quick way to search through them. Thanks!

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Eileen
LOVE the "About Us" video Beth !! I need a thumbs up icon...lol !

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, I checked out the "practice sheet for intermediate players". I practice for about and hour and a half mon-fri mornings and whenever I can during the weekends...almost every sunday for at least an hour or longer. How would you break up that time as far as techniques to practice each day....along with repertoire for the music I play on sundays ? Being as how one of my "resolutions" for this year is to improve on my practice skills, it would help to have a program to follow. The sheet you provide will help I'm sure. Thanks you ! :-)

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Eileen
FAntastic Beth ! After going through the "learn how to use this site" video... I can't even imagine all the work involved in putting this all together ! Bravo to you and everyone who put time into this project ! It's going to be fun trying out all the new features.....thank you so much for that helpful video !

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Posted: January 13, 2011

jojo
this is SO different, it's going to take some getting used to!!! I feel lost! LOL

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Posted: January 13, 2011

Diane
Balance Boards and Balls! I made reference to balance boards last week and I wanted to follow up. According to my family - I THREW OUT our balance boards. WHAT WAS I THINKING? Here I am ready to make y'all a video on how to use them. OK - so here goes a text version. Using a balance board or sitting on an exercise ball do similar things. Your body naturally aligns when you're putting it into a situation where you have to balance. Balancing is all about being relaxed and letting your body make the mini micro adjustments naturally. It's not about holding yourself or muscle-ing your way through a posture. Enter - violin playing. Folks get so mentally engaged in the act of playing the violin it's easy to forget you've got an entire body down below your neck and arms! If you practice standing on a balance board or sitting on an exercise ball (safer) you can remain mentally engaged in the act of violin playing while the rest of your body goes to instinctual relaxed balancing mode. Here's my recommendation: Using an exercise ball (approx. 36" diameter) put your feet at a 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock position and sit on the ball. Keep your feet flat the entire time for stability. Practice sitting on the ball, then stand up, then back to the ball and up again. Notice how it feels and make your comparisons. Most of all.... HAVE A BALL!!!

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Posted: November 10, 2010

Anne
I am trying to get the forth movement (Allegro) of the Bach Sonata No 3 in E major vor violin and harpsichord ready for an ABRSM performance assessment on November 27th. I am including two versions, one with play-along accompaniment which is a bit fast and another solo in the tempo I like for this piece. Any comments and suggestions are highly welcome. Thank you for listening!

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Posted: November 13, 2010

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