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Hi guys, 
just checking in with this weeks' practice session.. 
Hope you're all doing well and have been inspired to learn new pieces this new year.
I'm very excited to continue these "practice with me" video series that I am doing on youtube. Something to give me focus for this year as I continue to learn and develop my playing. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy x
11 Responses
Posted: January 7, 2017
Last Comment: January 11, 2017

Andrea Baroni
Posted: January 11, 2017
Hi, it is really nice to see more of your videos lately!

I don't usually comment much since I really don't have much to add or suggest, being such a beginner, but I appreciate all your suggestions, and watching you practice is quite useful!

I am not as fast as you in learning the violin so I have just finished the Suzuki volume 1 (I have just reached the 1 year milestone now in January... :) ) and I was thinking about starting with volume 2. I usually then integrate it with exercises like Schradieck or Dancla, and some extra fiddle tunes, since I really love to play folk music :) ).
I need now to check more videos here on violinlab about technique and repertoire.
Keep up the great work!

Posted: January 10, 2017
Hi Dianne,
Great to hear you are keeping busy with exercises to improve technique. I think it's wonderful to apply vibrato exercises to pieces you already know like twinkle😊 Playing chamber works sounds like fun. I hope you find a group in your area.. maybe music schools/university can help you out with this? Good luck with this.

I would also love to hear your practice if you have the time to shoot a video. I find it so interesting how people approach their learning🙂

Posted: January 9, 2017
Hi MsPolkadotz, You had asked what piece I am working on. I'm working on Twinkle. :) Actually, I'm doing my vibrato training right now on the Twinkle variations. It's going to take me a while, but it's going well. I'm also still working on my hand frame on descending 2 octave scales, as well as intonation on C naturals, C#s and F#s in any scale, & the spread of the 3rd and 4th finger descending. I have a pile of a dozen books that I rotate through. My Melodious Doublestops are hard but coming along as well. Shifting is coming along. And others. I see that pieces are in everyone's repertoire, as they should be, but I have really slacked in this area while concentrating on my remedial work. I know that soon I will have a pile of orchestral pieces to work on, so I am making use of the time I have left. :) My dream pieces are really chamber works. I wish I could join a live chamber group, with direction & evaluation, but there are no opportunities for that in my area. The live experience would really help me to learn expression, nuance and more on small ensemble playing in general. I read of a group of adult learners who got together and spent 20 years doing that- but they had no professional leadership- no teacher. Good luck on your project and thanks for asking.

Posted: January 8, 2017
Thanks Treble,

I'm doing a self-directed study for this piece..
I haven't got a private teacher to guide me which is why any kind of advice would be great. I've been learning how to play the violin from watching Beth's videos here on ViolinLab since the beginnning. It's been great but I'm working on getting some sort of structure for practice to learn pieces more efficiently. I understand Bach's sonatas and partitas  are some of the most beautifully written music for violin. I sure am enjoying learning it. 

Posted: January 8, 2017
It must have taken a lot of courage to post a piece that some violinists would consider nearly sacred in a practice/tutorial video. Hats off to you and your teacher!

Posted: January 8, 2017
Hi Diane, 

Thanks for you comment. It's very encouraging to hear you say that. I do think I need to work on coordinating my left hand to my bow arm especially when I play faster sections as I hear a delay and uncleanliness in my playing. Still lots to learn but I'm really enjoying figuring these things as I practice. Would love to hear what piece are you currently tackling..

Posted: January 8, 2017
Thanks Beth, after I watched the video myself, I did notice the A and E strings were not quite as tuned.. I was hearing the "bumps" which I initially thought was due to my shaky bow arm which wasn't properly warmed up. I will definitely make sure to train my ear to hear the perfect fifths as I tune the strings instead of relying visually on my tuner. Thanks for your encouragement I really do appreciate it.

I am truly enjoying Bach's music and I think this will help me learn 1-5 positions on the fingerboard. In the past, I've been able to get away with reading music by thinking distances (tones and semitones). It really sank in when I started learning Pachelbel's canon how important it is to learn the notes on the fingerboard by approaching it in positions. Thanks again.


Posted: January 7, 2017
Great job MsPolkadotz. You also have excellent articulation in your left hand- strong finger drops.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 7, 2017
This will be a great learning experience for you, for sure. I wanted to mention one thing. Listen to when you are tuning the A and E strings. Interestingly, the computer speakers exaggerated the "beats" between the two notes, so that you could easily tell that they weren't quite in tune. I hope you can hear that. Hearing the perfectly smooth sound of intone 5th is our best tuning tool. By far better than any app. (of course we need to find the A via a sound source or an app to start).

 It's nice to hear your voice top. :)

Posted: January 7, 2017
Hi Maria,
Thanks for watching the video.
Certainly, I could make a practice video on the canon and share with you how I'm tackling the faster sections. I've learned the entire piece now, but I'm working on cleaning up my playing especially where there's a lot of string crossings. So yes I would be happy to share this too. Will find the time to film sometime this week, fingers crossed. Thanks again for your lovely comment🙂

Posted: January 7, 2017
Thank you for your effort and diligence on practicing and inspiring us to practice... Can you perhaps do Canon as well it would help us get motivated to go through it a little at a time.

What a great tip on holding and for showing how to listen 4 ring tones...

Thank you for sharing and WLFOYNV [will look 4ward on ur next vid].