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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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Posted: April 19, 2011

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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Posted: April 17, 2011

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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Posted: April 17, 2011

jack
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:

AND

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

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