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Timothy Smith
Composition-Twilight Breeze
Guitar composition called  Twilight Breeze" I added pics I took to it. The guitars are all played by me  The flutes are sampled and were played on a keyboard.I do plan more violin.
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Posted: August 21, 2019

My Long Struggle With Fiddle Music
I've got some fiddle music to play and my reaction was 'ugh'. Not only am I not able to play the awkward bowings and fast tempos, I don't even like them very much. To the point of tears of how was I going to get these pieces ready, I tried 'the slow practice' routine.

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Posted: August 22, 2019

Gregory Gillis
Older guy trying to regain his mojo
Help with pizzicato, better tone when playing in high positions, over tones?, etc
Hello Beth. 

I joined your violin lab with the hope I can reinvent my violin playing to my younger skill level. I studied many years then injured myself. I stopped playing for many years. I am not able to stand & play. Post polio issues led to pain etc. Recently I began teaching a 67 year old friend, beginner. You have been great help in my teaching her. 

Im 65 years young. Now I need to improve. I am refocusing on bowing. I also need help with left hand pizzicato. I found no lessons on left hand videos. Can you help me? Below are clips of what Im working on now. Let me know if I need to tell you more.  

Gregory Gillis, retired with time

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Posted: August 21, 2019

Arthur Mendez
Have you tried this?
I practice at home alone no audience mostly. I can do a video and post it but i'm no great video recording  sometimes yearn for an audience so......I will play a long video of Beth and her buddies sometime on mute just to have someone watch it kinda helps does anyone do this????

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Posted: August 20, 2019

Interesting points on slow practice from The Strad:

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Posted: August 18, 2019

TamThuc Do
issues with CDbaby while purchase Guide Practices
Hi, I am a new member and i just began my lessons last week. It is amazing and I would like to thank Beth for her great detailed videos. However, I got some troubles in trying to buy her Violin Lab Guide Practices 1-8, I am from Vietnam, somehow, i can't use my credit card or Paypal to make the payment. I have already email them but still no reply. I would be very thankful if anyone has some experiences about this to help me.
p/s: sorry for my english if it is bad

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Posted: August 19, 2019

Day 2 practice 5 flats minor
Day 2 practice 5 flats minor
This is day 2 struggle with this difficult minor key...
As I was going through with my practice it made me think of many things like shifting that is convenient with note placement wise. Imagining or picturing the notes below or above or parallel, opposite to it etc. etc.  So this forces you to think/analyze which finger or what position you should shift to get to the next group of notes.
Yesterday,I was counting only the number of flat notes to determine the key this piece was played .But today as I was practicing it made me pause and think twice that it's not probably Bb minor because the piece ended up with a natural G note so perhaps the 5th flat note was just an accidental note. Definitely not Ab major since this  is a melancholic melody, so I will say this is an F minor piece with 4 flats.
What do you think classmates? Anyone could help me find out what key this piece was written...It has Bb Db Eb Gb Ab but it ended with natural G note.

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Posted: August 20, 2019

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family!
Inspirated by the melody of the emotional song "Hallehujah", I decided to give it a try and incorporate shifting.... which is a work still in progress! hehe
Hope you like! :0)
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Posted: August 13, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
Exciting times
Hello my Violin Family,
I wanted to share some exciting news, because normal every day acquaintances wont really understand!

I live in rural area of Australia and that means few string players and fewer teachers/orchestras. For a while 4 of us have been playing together in a string quartet (meeting regularly and doing a few gigs, Weddings etc.) We sometimes get professional musicians who come from Melbourne (600km away) and do outreach programs. Last year we were lucky to have John Noble who plays with Orchestra Victoria come and spend some time with us. He has a quartet program and he invited us to join! This is a first for our area and basically means we will have professional mentoring and guidance, both in person and remotely, from John and members of the Flinders Quartet We have all been working hard to get this off the ground because it relies on sponsorship funding and we have just found out that we have been successful in securing funding from the local council and local community members who are keen to see string playing thrive in the area.

We will be joining the other groups in November to play in Melbourne at the Recital Centre. 

Just thought Id share


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Posted: August 7, 2019

Cayla Grobler
Hi everyone,
I am struggling with my bow arm which is reasonably straight but my bow is constantly sliding toward the fingerboard. Any advice or comments?

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Posted: August 16, 2019

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