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Mary Freeman
Beth made a music guru tutorial on this piece a long time ago. My computer crashed and I lost it. This is me trying to remember her instructions. Thankfully I did make a video of her playing but lost the tutorial portion. Any sugestions about my playing or if beth might possibly have a copy of that lesson I would be stoked.
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Posted: October 17, 2019

Beth Blackerby
November 3rd! Brand new Violin Lab!
Finally! Can't wait for you to see the new Violin Lab. Still fixing little things, but November 3rd is the date for relaunch. And as with anything in the tech world, there may be bugs. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly


Also don't let your membership expire! Current members are grandfathered at the lowest discount rate.
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Posted: October 12, 2019

Maria
Part 3-b...This time following the down bow and up bow pattern


A very slow trial again on this tricky section---doing the segment slow and following the bow pattern this time.


Thank you Elke, I will continue to practice this...Playing fast notes is truly hard and challenging for me including DS/FH. Hopefully I will overcome my fear encountering those mentioned before.

Going to pack my luggage now...
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Posted: October 16, 2019

Gregory Gillis
Schindler's List (take 3)
I decided to take a break from working on the sautille' bowing, the art of the floppy wrist. I think I have made great strides towards sautille' so I decided to revisit Schindler's List to see whether I have improved on the problems that brought me to this community, tone production and bow arm issues. I believe with the guidance from Beth and with the use of all the resources in Vlab I've found answers to how to fix much of my right arm and wrist issues. However I am still learning to "master" the micro management of tone colors and phrasing. Also, I heard out of tune notes when I listened to this video but I can easily fix that because intonation has never been hard for me which is strange since I can't sing a lick.

On 8/15 I joined this community making a commitment to play my violin on a regular basis. I have learned many things in the 2 months I've explored the resources here at Vlab. With the changes coming in November I am sure I'll be able to chart my course of action and monitor my progress better.
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Posted: October 15, 2019

Dianne
Just discovered this app even though it's been around a long time here. Really like this app but I don't own an iPad yet. I probably will in the future though. Fun and interactive!


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Posted: October 16, 2019

Dianne
Pinky Buster File
Anyone else have trouble opening the Wohlfahrt pinky buster pdf?


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Posted: October 15, 2019

Ray
J.S.Bach Minuet No.1 Rhythm Video at 50% tempo
Hi Everyone,

Decided to post the first time I tried combining right and left hand rhythm patterns for Minuet No.1 by J.S.Bach.  I tried to focus strictly to rhythm.  You all are right, open strings can only take you so far.  As a piece of background, I am able to play the right hand to tempo and left hand finger patterns to tempo (without the bow) so now combining them.  This is the first time and with no editing out videos that I did not like.  Closest I can come to playing in front of people.  As Beth knows is a small (?) thing with me.

So what can I say, it can only get better from here.

Ray
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Posted: October 1, 2019

Sarah Bondi
Moon over Ruined Castle
Ok... This is my first post.  It is slightly terrifying.  I have been playing a little over one year, practicing about an hour a day.  I love this instrument and all of the challenges it brings.  Thank you for any tips.
Sarah
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Posted: October 13, 2019

Gregory Gillis
Schindlerís List
John Williamís 
Schindlerís List

I debated whether to post this early effort at playing this beautiful piece. My intonation was unbearable in so many places & my bowing was very rough at spots (I lost contact with string, bow was too close to bridge) but this a starting place. I now can fix the areas what needs work. I just found Bethís video on this piece on her YouTube page. 

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Posted: September 2, 2019

Ray
Question for you Beth,

So I was wondering if part of the problem, with squeezing of the neck, has to do with an incorrect perception of how much force is required to make good contact between the string and the fingerboard?

Perhaps, as a beginner, we truly believe that we not only have to hold up the neck with the thumb but also that we have to smash the string into the fingerboard to make good contact.  

I have been running through Minuet No.1 and paying attention to squeezing.  I have been putting in a lot of time into thumb placement but I was still finding that when ever I had squeezing I also found that I was smashing down the string.  Then I remembered one of your videos on discovering how little force that it actually takes.  That lead me to making a connection with squeezing.

What do you think?  

Thanks of any thoughts.

Ray 

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Posted: October 14, 2019

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