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Ray
Hi Everyone,

If you are looking for a way to practice your rhythm skills late at night BUT do not to disturb other people fire up your iPad open the app Steve Reich's Clapping Music.  Steve has composed a piece of music for two people to clap the rhythm.  There are 20 patterns to learn.  There is a practice section of the app where you can tap the screen instead  of clapping.  You are shown your accuracy when you want to stop just press pause.  

I have been and still are looking for different ways for my brain to catch unto rhythm.  I am finding slow and steady improvement as long as I specifically practice rhythm training every day.  I find even missing one day I slide a little further backwards and that one day off means 2-3 days before I am back where I was.  I work with 7 different apps on rhythm, a metronome where I can silence the sound for any number of measures (as a test), Note Reading with Beth, and Moon Over Ruined Castle.


Great app for training your ear and hand coordination.

Best,

Ray
Ray
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Posted: August 12, 2017
Last Comment: August 13, 2017
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Barb Wimmer
Posted: August 13, 2017
Sounds good. And I like something that tells me if I am doing it right or wrong. I wonder if I could put something like that on my I phone 

Dianne
Posted: August 12, 2017
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Becker Gavotte
Hi Ray, Well as it turns out I am unable to play this piece perfectly @ 120bpm as I had hoped. But it's very close. I have marked 5 measures that give me a problem, and marked the tempo at which I am successful with them- they vary. It has revealed 3 techniques that need to grow. What made this piece challenging was the off the string up bow staccato and the shifting into 3rd position @ that tempo. If I had just played it in 1st position and staccato on the string- no problem. If I had played it just in 1st position off the string- problem because of the bow control that still needs work to feel effortless. I am so happy for the tutorial on this Becker Gavotte on Violin Lab which challenges us to take the piece to a more professional sounding level. That is what makes this one so hard. Have not seen a video on YT of anyone playing it this way. I am so close though! So....I will go back and work those areas, but I am moving on because I have not been able to progress at all beyond what I am able to do for over 2 weeks (except the off the string is much, much better). My technique needs to grow over time, and these measures now become my exercises to build fast fingers, even better bow control, and secure shifting 100% of the time at 120bpm. The Suzuki recording actually varies 120-132 bpm but I choose 120bpm for now. Such a beautiful playing by Preucil on the Suzuki CD- the way time is relaxed and sped up throughout- gives it great character. But here is a video that I enjoy very much which is played at the tempo I want, but all in 1st, but with the off the string technique we want, and this student is my practice partner. :)

Ray
Posted: August 12, 2017
Hi Dianne,
You will marvellously well.  You have worked hard and put many hours so that when you play for friends, family, and yourself now is the time to relax and enjoy the reward of having a shared experience.  Best of luck.

Dianne
Posted: August 12, 2017
Looks like a good app- thanks for sharing. You are really working hard at this and are an inspiration for keeping at whatever we are focusing on- we'll get it! Trying to finish Becker today & perform it for family so I can move on. That's my criteria- if I can perform it for family without hesitation, and with good tone & technique. I think I have learned what it is trying to teach me- but need to come back to polish it for sure in a couple of spots.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 12, 2017
Thank you for the info Ray! I will check it out!