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Joe P
My apologies... it has been for ever since I've been back here to the place that was most inspirational and helpful in my early violin days.
In the early years of my participation with Beth and VL, there were some videos or links posted with exercises for improving finger independence.  I found the invaluable and practiced them for several years pretty religiously.  I still practice "refresher" exercises almost every week.
Unfortunately, my memory for such things has never been good and with age has gotten worse... if any of you can point me to the videos for those finger independence exercises I would appreciate it.
Miss you all!
joe
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Eilleen
Hi,I cannot find some videos after the update of violinlab. Did Beth delete some?
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Melodia
Oskar Rieding Violin Concerto #2 op. 35 1st movement
Hello Beth and everyone,

This is my first post so I'll start with a little introduction.  I've been wanting to improve on the violin after playing it on and off over the years, and so I started practicing more regularly from the beginning of this year.  One of the pieces which I practiced before and am learning again now is Oskar Rieding's Violin Concerto #2 op.35 1st movement.  Here's my video.  Looking forward to your feedback.
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Posted: November 10, 2019

James Walley
Moffat Abenlied issue in lessons
In case it hasn't been pointed out yet, while the piano & violin Soundslice version of Abenlied is linked correctly, the piano-only version is a dead link.  Since there's no downloadable piano-only audio track of this either, it's a problem for those working on the piece.
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Teresa Redding
Fantastic fiddler
https://youtu.be/sBNCyh0OBGs 
Amazing string musicians. Check out the flexibility of the bow hand /wrist at about 4 minutes into the video. #goals 🎻
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Just children.........but wonderful.
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Sue Strack
First Video
This is my first attempt at embedding the video and first time taking a video of me playing the violin. I felt as nervous as performing in public - crazy. Any feedback is very welcomed. I did notice that my pinky finger seems very stiff and straight on the bow, too much tension there and my bow did slide towards the finger board until I noticed it and corrected. I know it's hard to hear me over the violin lab play along. I may try the open string duets so I can be heard.
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Char
Prokofiev Sym #1 fast passages
Hi!
Has anyone played this piece? Am I on the right track to block a passage in succession? Are there other tools out there I haven't come across? It's only been a few days for me here, and I am bouncing off the walls with all the resources. Help me reel it in and focus on a goal!

-Charlene
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Sue Strack
Technical Question
I was wondering how people managed to coordinate starting the music and then playing to record a video. Do people have two laptops, one recording and the other with the music on or do people split screen the video and music. Just curious as I start to make an effort to put myself out there and expose how bad a player I am. I seem to not have enough time to start the music and get situated as it were to start playing in enough time.
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Posted: November 13, 2019

Elke Meier
I think I had a real epiphany two days ago :).

I have been revisiting the "Left hand squeezing" series. Actually, I don't think I tend very much to squeezing, my thumb is loose (mostly), it is easy to disengage with the hand from the fingerboard (mostly). But I still revisited the series because of my young student. I wanted to make sure I was aware of the things she is watching. 

And guess what: I really had the light go on with the third video of this series, Restructuring the Hand. I noticed that while in general I did not squeeze I definitely did not use this movement upwards of the thumb that Beth introduces in this video. It was always counterpressure INTO the neck. And in certain notes, especially anything having to do with a low second finger, I pressed into the neck for all it was worth, because low second fingers are so difficult for me!

As I concentrated on the difference between this counterpressure INTO the neck and the tug on the skin of the thumb in the upward movement (and actually FELT the difference very clearly!) I noticed that my low second finger all of a sudden became so much easier to place. Wow! I could not believe the difference! I also noticed that vibrato exercises all of a sudden seemed to work. It was quite unbelievable. 

Then I tried a few measures in a piece where I have to shift to third position to get some high notes in a fast section. I never was able to even get close in the intonation there. Now I realized why: The moment I am insecure I press into the neck! When I consciously keep this "upward" tugging movement of the thumb, all of a sudden even intonation in third position is much more secure. 

I am excited - to put it mildly!
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