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 Latest practice videos of meditation
  Hoping for some comments from Beth as well as VL members.I try to make good use
Beth's videos.
 It is in chunks easier to get through.I do play shifting ex -part 12 video and play along with
 recordings.I am working on turning,dynamics as well as daily vibrato ex.
 Looking for ways to improve or other exercises add to my practice routine
 I playing it for my own enjoyment and hope it will improve my playing overall.
 Thanks for listening

10 Responses
Posted: March 1, 2015
Last Comment: March 2, 2015

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 2, 2015
Beautiful melody... And a beautiful performance Madonna! Thanks for posting! :0)

Posted: March 2, 2015
Thank you so much Beth for the video response.It made so much sense.I will work on  getting my hand around more do some exercises like you suggested.I have a good amount of 
 Theory so I will Go through the piece and analyze it more looking at the arpeggios and playing section with chords and intervals and finger spacing in mind.I think I will use piano along with my violin as well in playing around with notes of chord.
  Very much appreciated many thanks Madonna

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 2, 2015
This discussion includes members-only video content

Posted: March 2, 2015
 Thank you all for taking time to write such kind comments and words of encouragement.
I have been concentrating for years on bowing.
   Started with dvd that played slowly book 1 suzuki noticing my bowing was not same copying bowing of  the instructor.Then videos of suzuki seitz violin concertos with Yuko Honda purchased about 10 years ago playing along and copying her bowing .
  The book by Robert Gerle called art of bowing practice that I read and reread
really started to make more  sense to me when I became a member of VL and started
watching and then practicing Beth's videos on bowing especially about distribution,straight
bow,and legato and sustained bow.
 I still do bowing exercises.I am trying to concentrate on shifting if I could play every thing
 in first position my tuning would not drive me crazy.
 I do play along with Beth's videos a lot starting and stopping then copying  her,when I get
comfortable with piece or exercise I will play along with her.
 My advice play with Beth's videos as much as possible!!
 I would encourage everyone who is learning or practicing an instrument to have practice
schedule.I write down what I practice everyday been doing it all my life.I have set thing I
play  every practice and times for example I do virbato 5 minutes,shifting ex 4 min,practice and scale or two related to the  piece I am playing,some pieces I practice daily some
 alternate days.Tunes  I know well play through a couple a day alternating days.
 If you practice everyday or 2 times a week make a practice sheet,you can start with few
tech things and pieces then adjust or build on it as you need.It keep me organized and on
track instead of  jumping around which is normal.
 I wrote quite a big response hope the info on my practicing habits help.I listen and enjoy all your videos,discussions and learn a lot.
 Thanks Elke and Maria  I really needed that Beethoven quote was kind of angry at myself
for bad tuning.

Hélène Mathers
Posted: March 2, 2015
Congratulations Madonna, very well done!  I can't wait to start practicing Meditation but I'm afraid it won't be anytime soon!

Love your celtic harp in the background!

Daniel Gheorghian
Posted: March 2, 2015
That was beautiful!
Great playing, congrats!

Posted: March 2, 2015
Some off notes here and there but you certainly played that piece with a lot of passion.  If you were to have played that piece with fantastic intonation but no feeling......it would not have been as lovely.    I think Beethoven says it best here  :-)

Posted: March 2, 2015

I listened yes but the truth was I was mesmerized by the gracefulness of your bowing arm/hand...What a magnificent movement and bowing you have!

Whatever shortcomings you have was totally forgotten because you played it with all your heart...Just incredible and I was definitely moved! 

Elke Meier
Posted: March 2, 2015
How beautiful, Madonna! I love your expressive playing! Wow, to use the Meditation as a practice piece!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 1, 2015
Hi Madonna, I really enjoy watching your bow arm. I've commented before on your fantastic mode distribution. Since many of you have posted video this weekend, I'm going to try and shoot a bunch of responses this week. I'll share some thoughts with you on your Meditation.