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Kinesthetic Intonation
October 26, 2015
Kinesthetic Intonation refers to how we feel distances between fingers on the fingerboard in response to the interval spacing between printed notes. First we are visually aware of the an interval, which then immediately translates to spacial relationships between our fingers. Developing a strong kinesthetic memory for interval spacing is fundamental to playing in tune and becoming good sight readers.

This class presents resources and tools to jump start both your knowledge of intervals as they appear on the printed page, as well as your awareness of interval spacing relationships from one finger to another.

Summary for Kinesthetic Intonation Class
October 30, 2015
This video summarizes the content from our class Kinesthetic Intonation. We examine how a basic knowledge of intervallic relationships between notes greatly impacts sight reading accuracy, efficiency of practice, and overall baseline intonation.  
Off-the-String: Adventures in Bouncing Bows
November 23, 2015
This webinar explores the bouncing bow techniques: spiccato, sautillé, and ricochet. Although these seem like advanced techniques, spiccato and ricochet are both techniques even beginners can practice. This class is for all levels. We think you'll enjoy the fun new tunes to play at home. We've recorded practice accompaniments to make bouncing practice more effective.
The Well-Timed Shift
December 15, 2015
Shifting can be daunting. Sometimes the target note feels far away, and the margin for error is large. In this class Beth and Laurie give information to help you simplify the process of working on shifts. The focus of the class is on the timing of shifts, a component of shifting that is under-discussed in lessons and published materials. You'll learn great new practice strategies to help polish your shifting skills.
Scale Routines: "Scaludes" by Kristin Turner
January 11, 2016

Commisioned by Violin Lab, Scaludes, by Kristin Turner, is a collection of short, hauntingly beautiful pieces, each featuring a two octave scale. A complete cycle of our 24 major and minor scales, Scaludes  impresses upon the listener the profound in simple beauty of the ascending and descending scale.  Beth and Kristin perform a selection from the cycle.

Scale Routines: Part 1
January 11, 2016

Scales comprise the cornerstone of technique and repertoire practice.  To gain the most from the arrangement of notes which comprise scale formulae, one needs to understand the goals for scale study, rationale for different fingering choices and a repertoire of bow variations that prepare technique for advanced repertoire. Beth and Laurie discuss the interactions of tone production, intonation and resonance, bow distribution and string crossings, aural awareness, and fingerboard geography in regard to scale study.

I've Got Rhythm
February 22, 2016
In this seminar we cover: what a time signature really means,  the importance of internalizing rhythm, subdividing beats, compound and simple meters, complex meters, syncopation and much more.
Sight Reading
March 28, 2016
Our Sight Reading webinar explores strategies to improve sight reading skills both as individual players as well as ensemble players. Good reading abilities allow musicians to be independent music consumers and opens up opportunity to make music in many different capacities.
Tone Class
April 25, 2016

Tones of Gold
April 25, 2016
In this class we explore the nuances of tone production. Learn exercises and techniques to build a powerful and singing tone.