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Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
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Dear Beth and ViolinLab colleagues. 

I finished the third level of Beginner´s Syllabus months ago, but I failed in notifying you guys, so here is a video of Minuet 1 from that syllabus. 

I am working on the first level of Intermediate Syllabus and I promise I will post an update as soon as I finish it. Sorry for the bad image quality. 

I rely on the lessons from ViolinLab only, since I cannot take private lessons right now.  I watch carefully every single video and apply all the proposed exercises as I progress. Hope you all like it and please feel free to comment on it.   


Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
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Posted: November 3, 2017
Last Comment: November 8, 2017

Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
Posted: November 8, 2017
Hi Beth, 

Thank you so much for the video response, that really helped me a lot!

I had two string out of tune. My previously tuning app showed me they were okay, but when I checked them using the TE Tuner app you also use, I realized they were not. But I am aware of my intonation issue. I will re-watch the video you prepared about practicing with a drone and apply it at least ten to fifteen minutes a day.

The bow tilt situation really blew my mind. Yes, I used to tilt the bow all over and I never imagined that we were supposed to see a  white and a brown line in parallel (I may have skipped this information from the basic foundation videos). I immediately started to pay attention on this simple advice and I already got instantaneous result. I feel like my tone improved right away.

I have been practicing the Open String Duets Set 1 since the releasing, and now I will keep the practice with Set 2 and 3 with the correct bow tilting and the finger pressure you mentioned.

I promise you will see a progress in my next video post. 

Hi MsPolkadotz, 

Thanks for the nice words. I follow you and I like you blog very much.  I am really impressed with your progress.

Posted: November 6, 2017
Hi Claudio, 

Nice to see your video. Congrats on moving forward with the syllabus. 
I see a hint of finger motion developing on your bow hand ;-). I also have tuning problems and I just think that intonation is just the hardest thing on the violin! I've been working with the drone quite a bit and I think that it really helps me become acutely aware of my intonation. I have yet to try the intonia app but the TE tuner (if you have it) can give you instant feedback if you use the pitch wheel. Good luck and keep up the good work. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 5, 2017
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Claudio - São Paulo, Brazil
Posted: November 4, 2017
Thank you Dianne, Jaime, and Barbara for watching it and for pointing up the tuning issue. 

I am not sure if the strings themselves were out of tune or if it was a bad fingering of my part. I have been working hard on my bowing arm for better tone production and maybe I ended up not paying attention to my left hand.

Thank you Beth for your special feedback, that means a lot to me. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 4, 2017
Hello Claudio, thanks for posting your video! As you have been so dedicated to the syllabus, I will make you an evaluation response video. 

Barbara Habel
Posted: November 3, 2017
Dear Claudio

Congratulations on working your way dilligently through the syllabus. That is quite an achievement to stay so dedicated.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: November 3, 2017
Claudio! I join Dianne in congratulating you! Thank you so much for your posting!
I see great posture, relaxed shoulders, excellent tempo.... but despite adequate finger position, it seems indeed there is a little string tune issue. I have experienced it. Sometimes I will be playing and for some reason, the A or the E string will be suddenly out of tune, so they suddenly sound "out of place"... recheck, retune... then good to go!