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Here's the "surprise".
Beth Blackerby
10 Responses
Posted: November 9, 2011
Last Comment: November 11, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: November 11, 2011
Thank you, Beth, will check it out.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 10, 2011
Patricia, I like you choice of words. "Galamian's blood runs throughout the strings of my violin". Interesting thought, indeed

Anne, take a look at the preface to Manoogian's book. The way he describes the release of the finger and the little bit on bow pressure and speed is the way to best disguise shifts. That info is peppered in the earlier shifting videos, but I don't know exactly where. But I can say (based on what I remember from Manoogian) that it is in the release of the finger before the shift and the slight release in bow pressure during the shift that will best disguise the shift.  I found that in his exercises (I practiced with them today), just seeing the R for release above the notes which represent the shifting finger, made my shifts feel more relaxed, smooth, and accurate.

Posted: November 10, 2011

…. Manoogian came to New York, where he studied at the Julliard School with the great violin teacher Ivan Galamian.

He earned a master's degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied violin with Ivan Galamian and chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet.


Beth, Do you realize that Galamian’s musical blood runs throughout the strings of your violin? Probably the reason why you play “Meditation from Thais” the way you do.

Congratulation lucky you!


Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: November 10, 2011
Fascinating, Beth. It is great to have "musical" exercises. I am relieved that the book has also English explanations, along with the Spanish. I am curious how you got the PDF. They don't look scanned.

I researched Manoogian on the Web and found two insightful short biographies/obituaries: http://www.news.wisc.edu/13938 and http://www.madisonmusicreviews.org/doc/p_199704_manoogian.html. So, Beth, you are not only Galamian's but also Enescu's "grandchild". It would be fascinating to learn more about Manoogian from you personally.

My focus with shifts right now is to make them completely unnoticable, like in scales. Do you happen to have some material on this specific aspect in the library of violin lessons?

Posted: November 10, 2011
Thank you, Beth...
What a wonderful gift from your own teacher!
I have downloaded them ...now to get practicing!

Posted: November 9, 2011
Thank you very much, Beth. :D

Posted: November 9, 2011
that's a GREAT surprise Beth, thank you SO much :)

Posted: November 9, 2011

Hi Beth,

As always very timely and what a great surprise.  I'll soon have to build a new book case. 


Posted: November 9, 2011
Wonderful Beth !  I so look forward to your tutorials on these books !  I'm sure you'll have some !

Posted: November 9, 2011

oooh, i like your surprise!  i was debating whether to get one of the books you showed in video 13.  i think i can start with this one and do it along with your videos.  thannks again, and again....