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Ray
Here's a question for anyone who has traveled, by air, with their violin. The case that I have measures: (in inches) 6 deep by 10 1/2 wide and 31 long, will I be able to carry this case on the plane or will it need to be checked in? The airline web sites are of little help. What have you found? I plan on travelling (from Canada) to Austin next year. I like crossing my strings well in advance. Cheers for the help.

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Posted: March 3, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

I was wondering if you could do a Webcast or Tutorial on how to maintain one's violin?

I know that we should use a clean dry cloth to wipe our violin on a regular basis, especially after playing, but how does one actually keep the violin looking nice and shiny in the long run? After all, our hands and fingers do have oils that inevitably can accumulate on the surface of the violin. Is there any "polishing" or similar material that can be used without harming the violin's finishing?

I think it would be nice to know the dos and don'ts when it comes to maintaining our violin's vibrant look. ;-)


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Posted: March 3, 2011

audrey dixon
Hi Beth, How do you stop the violin from shaking while doing the vibrato?

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Posted: March 3, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, in my quest to learn Little Star by the end of the year, I've introduced the tutorials of Twinkle into my practice-with the metonome. Call me crazy but I liking those peeps and the little blinking light. If I can now mantain (and improve) the quality of sound on the open strings while looking at the metronome it should make looking and using the left hand at least a little easier. lol. I've also ordered a copy of:Magic Carpet for Violin, which has songs just for open strings. As always Beth, keep up the great work! :)

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Posted: March 2, 2011

NORM
I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE OF THIS TYPE OF INSTRUCTION. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

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Posted: March 2, 2011

jack
All I gotta say about these exercises is WOW. . . . lol

It's coming slow, but I am working at it. This feels like a mind twister and it really requires a great amount of concentration and coordination. Not only that, i'm trying to find a "sweet spot" so that when I put down my fingers to play D or C or B, I don't touch the E string. That in itself has been fun and hilarious at times. Either my fingers are too wide or my landing is not perpendicular enough.

Beth, these exercises are very demanding, but I totally see the benefits. I'm having a great challenging and fun time learning them. Thank you!

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Posted: February 28, 2011

Patricia L
Thank you Jack for commenting on the Scale Studies series. I took a look at the videos, and find that they're a perfect practice tool. I've been at this a year now, so have some "pieces" to work on for my lessons and ensemble group. I'm finding that I need to always review the basics...fingering patterns, bowing, intonation, etc... And the scale studies are perfect for that. Thank you Beth. As an adult beginner I'm always looking for ways to use practice time efficiently.

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Posted: February 27, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

Just want to make a quick comment on your Scale Studies series. . . I think that they are great and I am having a lot of fun learning them all. They are a part of my daily practice and at my level, they are pretty challenging. I am however noticing that my coordination is steadily improving, so thanks!

Also, I just got Carl Flesch's Scale System book last night and hope to get started on those exercises at some point. Again, I'm only hindered by my skill level and knowledge and understanding of all the musical notations contained within each exercise. I tried to understand all the numbers noted on the very first scale exercise, but I'm having a tough time deciphering them.

In any event, thanks again for making ALL of your tutorial easier for us beginners to understand. ;-)

As always, your work does make a big difference in our violin playing and I look forward to more Scale Studies.


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Posted: February 25, 2011

Marjorie-violinwoman
Are there more video's about martele? I would love to see that!

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Posted: February 21, 2011

jack
Hi all.

For those of you who remember one of my earlier posts here on the VL, might remember that I have a "small" violin goal before I buy the farm. lol
My "small" goal is none other than to be able to someday play Paganini's 24 Caprice. Here is my reminder and inspiration that I use every month to keep myself on track. There are many renditions and videos, but this one in particular has captured my attention the most . . .

. . . I hope you will like it as well.


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Posted: February 24, 2011

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