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Hi Everyone,

I am working on my single goal for the year : Rhythm.  I have revisited Level 1 Unit 5 of Beth's fantastic Note Reading course.  I have submitted a video of my attempt at the first exercise found in Unit A.  I am attempting to play the exercise with Beth's recording of the exercise in the background.  While Beth is playing on the A string I chose to play on the D  string.  Any helpful tips to improve would be great.  

Thanks in advance.


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Posted: August 10, 2017
Last Comment: August 10, 2017

Posted: August 10, 2017
HAHAHA!  Took the rhythm pattern to the next stage and introduced scales.  What I learned almost immediately:
  • I played the D Major scale against a background of Beth playing open A string.  This produced an over lap with an app I am using to train my ear to hear intervals, both dissonance and consonance.
  • Playing scales and note reading requires two different parts of the brain that need to simultaneously.
  • After 8 or 10 go through a I'll be back tomorrow.  Working on rhythm.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 10, 2017
Ray! Excellent! I love to warm up to rhythm exercises :-)

One thing that helps me is that I do it increasing beat. For example, in that exercise by Beth I would start with a slow bow, worth four beats.... giving the bow 4 counts in one direction. After a few strokes each direction I double that with only two beats in one bow direction. I then bow faster at one bow per beat, then even faster with two bow strokes per beat , then finally (if possible- depending on the original speed of the beat) I try four bow strokes per beat... so its sort of a systematic way to feel the rhythm as the bow changes from a full note to a half note, to a quarter and then to an eight....

Thank you for posting!

Mary Freeman
Posted: August 10, 2017
Must be international metronome month

Posted: August 10, 2017
Hi Ray, I love the sound of a metronome- all these rhythm posts are awesome.

I think you are doing marvelously. (And I like your workshop- the lighting is wonderful, too). The only thing I noticed, other than what Elke mentioned, was a small rushing of the bow changes perhaps in anticipation of keeping w/ the beat. We know we have a lot of work to do to get to the end of the bow & then change direction, still keeping with the beat of the metronome. The reason I noticed this, is because I am working on this very thing. What I do is try to let the bow change meld into the next note, keeping constant pressure and speed, trying to blend the sound nicely, not releasing pressure, nor increasing bow speed at the change. I realize I have more time to do this than I thought. It's a nice exercise in legato bow strokes.

Posted: August 10, 2017
Thank you Elke and Maria for the quick response.

Maria, changing the tailpiece gut string is an easy repair job and would not cost a lot if you went to a shop to get it done.  It is something you can do but there are a couple of finer points that we could go over if you want. 

Elke, I will certainly have a close listen to 0:48 to hear where I we t astray.  Perhaps too long of a down bow.  I will have a look.  Cheers.

Posted: August 10, 2017

That was impressive Ray, you've really done it, congratulations...

Btw, wishing you are just a stone away so you can fix my custom made viola, the tailpiece cord that holds it broke. I seldom use it and usually I loosen the strings and keep it always inside its case.

My other violin w/c I just leave out is just working fine...and the one I baby and protect from exposure got broken :(

Elke Meier
Posted: August 10, 2017
That sounded very good to me, Ray. There were just a couple places where you got slightly out of sync with the metronome (like :48), but you found your way back. I would not be overly concerned about that. Often that happens because the violin is so loud under our ear. I find it easiest when working with the metronome to have a little headphone speaker plugged in my right ear. Then I am sure to hear the beat exactly and it gets much easier to follow it consistently.