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To each and all of you at VL:

Approaching the end of the year 2011, I will like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during the year in accepting my non-perfect way of writing in English due to the fact that I born in Chile, and after living in Florida, USA for the last 47 years, my mind still have to translate to English what Iím thinking in another language. If someday I did or will use an inappropriate word, I want all of you to know that it was not and it will never be intentionally.

If this is not too much to ask, I will like to know from each of you at least three of your goals for the year 2012, naming first the most important and meaningful to you. I thank you in advance.

Here are my three most important:

1.- If 2012 is not better, to be at least as good as 2011.

2.- Play a nice vibrato. Is sloooowly getting there.

3.- Rent a home for 2 or 3 months up north US during summertime to be near to my family. Not during winter because we Floridian think that is an state of emergency when the temperature drop to the middle 50 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 12 Celsius).

I will like to take this opportunity to express my warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2012 to all Violin Lab's members.

Patricia


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Posted: December 4, 2011
Last Comment: December 7, 2011
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Posted: December 7, 2011

Joanna Vander:

How wonderful is to find people like Eileen, and young people like you and Michael Logiudice willing to help others.

Thank you. 

Patricia


Eileen
Posted: December 7, 2011
Hello Joanna, I don't know John Piper, but that's a great statement and I'm going to post it on my facebook page !

You're 15 ?   You've gotten a great start Joanne, be blessed and have a wonderful Christmas !   \o/   




Posted: December 7, 2011
Eileen, I was SO happy to read your goals for this year...mine are practically the same. :-)
It is so amazing to live life with that one passion.  I don't know if you know of John Piper, but here is a quote you might enjoy: 
'Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is and cling to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain.'

My other goal for 2012 is to live my 15th year, which will be mostly spent here in the DRC, as a BRIGHT light in the darkness around.  Jesus IS doing something in the Congo and it is SO exciting to be a part of it!!!!
Merry Christmas to all of you, and thanks again Beth for this amazing program.



Posted: December 6, 2011
Boy how I struggled with German in college but I loved it. That was ages ago and I barely remember much of it but basic words and sentences. I tried to write a couple of lines to Anne and I just know my grammar was laughable, yet she was very gracious with me.

Patricia, your English is very good, and rarely do you miss some very minor detail. We can understand you easy, and since English is such a difficult language to master, we native speakers truly know how much you had to work at getting to this excellent level.

I make typos worse than your biggest mistakes - don't give it a second thought.

bob


Posted: December 6, 2011

Thanks Anne for your support. I'm trying to improve every time I post something here in VL. I will be looking for your goals and the results of your recent exam.

Bob, I can see your life is very well "balanced".

You have a dog that adore you, and a cat that ignore you.

Patricia


Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: December 6, 2011
Can't seem to settle down and think about New Year resolutions, yet. So, just two short comments on different subjects in this thread:

Patricia, please don't worry about language. I am German and I lived in Canada for just a year, so as a non-native speaker I just trust in people's good will here.

And Ian, this is not my style of music, but I greatly enjoyed your creativity, and the fun you are having is contagious.


Posted: December 5, 2011
Tricia, my home is two blocks from a popular university and I already have a friend (cash buyer) lined up for it. She has to make sure she can use some of her retirement account for investment real estate and how to do it. Since I was once a landlord I know she can, but the mechanics in Texas I'm not aware of and the laws may have changed the last time I knew them. Her cash flow will be way better than what her money market is paying today, and I may rent from her after selling it. We are talking seriously about it.

Austin is less than 5 hours from Dallas so I can probably attend if I find a baby sitter for my family (little dog - Danni, and a cat with attitude - Charlie). I'd love to go and a lifetime membership is very tempting too. Beth is so good to us! Thank you very much for the information and I wish you could join us in Austin.


Posted: December 5, 2011

Bob hold the sale at least until July ( 8th - 12th) of 2012 for the Violin Lab Reunion and Workshop in Austin, Texas, where you can meet Beth and some others VL members. I will not be attending because I'm planning to go up north USA for the summer, but since you live in Texas perhaps the reunion is not so far from your house. Beth will give a life time membership to all of those who attend. And you know Beth, she will be working hard to make things right. Maybe, just maybe she will be able to invite VIP in the violin's world. Beside, today's market shows that it is not a good time for selling a house (LOL).

Thanks for posting.

Patricia



Posted: December 5, 2011
I had to give this thread and question some thought before answering.
My goals for next year are:

1. Sell my house so I can afford to attend a nearby university to study the violin in their music department, and afford lessons when they may do me the most good. I'll rent a smaller place next and save a ton of money without property taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc.

2. Of course practice religiously and try to improve my violin skill as rapidly as my ability permits me to do it. I need to focus my practice more and get back to learning with the Suzuki Method since I've seen how much others have grown with it.

3. Drop at least 50 pounds but with my love of good food, this may be the hardest goal of all.

bob


Posted: December 5, 2011
Ian, thats great that you play the violin in a band,Even though that song is not my top favorite,just want to say good luck with your music and your exam.


Posted: December 5, 2011

That is a very good idea Eileen, thanks. I'm going to do that next time Iíll go to the luthier. This remind me that one of my bow needs a new set of hair.

Ian, that is exactly what I have in mind. Have a lot of fun (very important to me) while learning how to be synchronized with other musician. It does not really matter which style of music you are playing as long as you love what you are doing. I was watching the video which I have replay more than once to get more details and particularly, to see how the group is projecting to others how much they enjoy the music. I bet you will be the one choosing a name for the trio. Congratulation.

Patricia


Ian Renshaw
Posted: December 5, 2011
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Hi Patricia,
I do play in a trio, but I'm the only violin. The other two are a singer and a guitarist and we play pop covers and our own originals.
I love using the violin in this informal and fun way - it creates a sense of freedom,  relaxation and humour alongside the formal classical training that I have.
It's fun to spend a lot of time improvising along to CDs of all kinds of music too - it helps with intonation and fluency. Of course my sight reading practice suffers!
Here's a video (quite old now - very much early stages) of my little trio playing 'The Number of the Beast', by Iron Maiden. As you can see we don't take things too seriously!
Oh, and to answer your question fully, I'm a very low-level self taught piano person. I wish I'd learned it more thoroughly years ago.
Re the video - any Brits over 30 who can spot the hidden TV theme tune..?



Eileen
Posted: December 5, 2011
Patricia, could you get in touch with your luthier and ask him who that was ?  Do you think he'd remember ?    I hope you do find a group to play with that's enthusiastic about playing and has the time to just enjoy the experience.  You pick up a lot of important skills when the group you play with has the time and desire to help one another learn.


Posted: December 4, 2011

Ian, you play the violin in a trio and which instruments the others two play?

Eileen also play with a group. Once I was over my luthier, when another client invited me (and he was well aware of my level) to joint him and friends to play together, nothing formal or professional just play with a group. But then my violin was ready and I did not asked him for phone/address missing this way the opportunity to play along with others. I have regret this very much. Next time in a situation like this, I will jump and say -here is my phone, give me yours.

Patricia


Ian Renshaw
Posted: December 4, 2011
Thanks Tricia and Eileen :o)

Eileen
Posted: December 4, 2011
Ah yes, I think so too Ian !  


Posted: December 4, 2011

Ian, I have no doubt that one of your goal is going to be accomplished in 2012, you are going to pass Grade 6.

Thanks, Patricia


Ian Renshaw
Posted: December 4, 2011
That's a nice thread Tricia.

Hey, don't worry about your English - it's a darn sight better than any language I've ever tried to learn!

OK goals for 2012 (and I'm going to keep 'em fiddle related because any others would require an essay..)
1. Work towards and pass my ABRSM Grade 6 violin.
2. Like you, continue searching for the ever elusive gorgeous vibrato (as Beth calls it).
3. Improve my violin contribution to the local pop trio in which I play; less 'noodling' and better use of classical techniques applied to pop music.

Happy Christmas folks!



Posted: December 4, 2011

Michael and Eileen, I believe during 2012 both of you are going to be an inspiration to many of us.

Thank you.


Eileen
Posted: December 4, 2011
Hi Patricia,

What a wonderful post....

My goals this year ?

in this order...

1.  Live as Christ as much as it is possible for my part....and to trust Him for the rest.

2.  Spend more private personal time with the Lord....because unless I do...my first goal is unattainable....

3.  Clean my ears out and "listen"......many times I've heard that little voice and have ignored Him to my undoing.   He knows....and His will for me is good so I need to pay better attention. 

3.  I just want to be doing what I'm supposed to be doing for the Lord...and I need to be very near to Him in order to know/find out....what that is.   That's my ultimate goal...to be in His will always.  This music is a journey that He started me on and only He knows where He's going with this.  I just need to do my best and trust Him..no matter what and keep my eyes focused on Him.........even when I do a lousy job at rehearsals (though I've worked my arm sore all week long)...and only have a few more days and one practice to get it right.....  x'-(   

lol..sorry Patricia, but you asked.....   If you were to specify "music" goals then I'd stay on site topic and post those...   x-D

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas....or Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza or whatever holiday it is that is coming past for you.  I just pray everyone a very blessed and peaceful time this season.  Enjoy your families....be gracious and patient with one another and with yourself. 

:-)






Posted: December 4, 2011

Hi Tricia,

Here are my Goals for 2012

1.Help the Homeless and Poor more than last year.Food,clothing,ect..

2.Play all the notes on the Violin in Tune in First Position.

3.Take better care of my Health ,Eat right,Exercise,ect...4.Be able to play the Bach Minuets out of Suzuki Book 1 Well.

5.To not sweat the small stuff in life work,bills,life in general,live more for the moment.

6.To for ever be present in the Light of my Lord Savior Jesus Christ