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Beth Blackerby
Suggestions for the next piece tutorial
Hi everyone, I received an email sweetly asking that the community vote on a piece for my next tutorial. The rule though is that it has to be something originally written or arranged for violin and within the ballpark of playability. In other words, I have to be able to play it (decently)!

Also just so you all know, I'm curating all kinds of new pieces and adding them slowly to the library. However the ones I'm adding are things you surely won't have heard of it. Im' on a mission to rediscover gems that have been buried for decades and bring them to life again.

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Posted: March 22, 2019

Dianne
Scales
It is very clear, and doing the shifts this way is so much easier- thank you!

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Posted: March 22, 2019

Dianne
Metronome Tip
Perhaps this is here and missed it, but I wanted to share a metronome practice tip I discovered this weekend- place the metronome on the 1st beat of the measure only, to test for rhythmic stability of arrival on the downbeat of the following measure, throughout the piece. I've got to implement this!

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Posted: March 18, 2019

Ray
Critique for Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 7
Hi Beth and Fellow Violin Travelers,

A while back, I focused on string crossings, and now in the Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 7 I get to apply those skills (hopefully successfully).  I also tried to focus, during Exercise 7 on the setting up skills of that all important first note. 

Since this is 4/4 time I tried to set the feeling of the piece by bringing and setting up the bow by the third pick up beat.  Then, I tried to flatten out my knuckles and have a fraction of second to still the bow before playing that first note.  How did I do?

With string crossings I hit other strings and did not have good bow distribution.  So I've been working on that separately.  How did I do?

And lastly, of course, if you are playing ensemble and in this case with Beth playing the accompaniment, I have been working on blending my sound with hers.  How did I do?

Thanks for any thoughts on anything else I should now be focusing on.

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray




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Posted: March 20, 2019

Ray
Critique for Open String Duet Set 2 Exercise 6
Hi Everyone,

In need of critique for Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 6 which focuses on articulation, tone, and slowly increasing volume.  Crescendos, for me, is a new area and one in which I would like to begin integrating into other pieces of music.  Exercise 6 was somewhat problematic because my previous attempts did not turn out well.  I think I am on the right track here.  If you see or hear any areas for improvement I am all ears.  Thanks a lot for listening.

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray


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Posted: March 18, 2019

Dianne
Using Back Muscles
I just want to say, I am having a great education on how violin playing, or what aspects of violin playing, use the back muscles, and to what degree. Over the weekend, I twisted a lower back muscle, and am off the violin for an indeterminate amount of time. :( About the only thing I can do that does not use the back muscles, is flexing the hand and fingers using the  other hand, part of my usual warmup. Yay! But any kind of strengthening exercises, and even putting fingers down gently onto the fingerboard, uses the back muscles! Care to know if a certain violin aspect uses the back muscles? Vibrato for instance? Ask me now!

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Posted: March 20, 2019

Dianne
Harmonics, Shifting & Vibrato
Has anyone tried for instance the octave harmonic to get a soft and wider vibrato, to loosen up the hand? If you are having problems with over pressing the violin during vibrato, this can be very helpful, initially hard to do, but then not so hard. Or else playing a section of your piece with a light harmonic and vibrato (no pressing down the string at all). Keep the bow moving, and get the hands to be independent (you'll hear strange things). I'm doing this as a warmup and it really helps.

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Posted: March 20, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Trying new song, or going back to a song, working on vibrato and rhythm. 

Suggestions welcome

Sorry for the distraction of dog barking, my 15 year old beagle chi is very spoiled.


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14 Responses
Posted: March 18, 2019

Lesley McCubbin
why do you play
in 50 words or less!

me: because when I hit the right note and the whole violin vibrates -- well, there is simply nothing more magical in the whole world!

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Posted: February 27, 2019

Linir Zamir
High pitch noise when playing
Hi all, 

Just started playing violin, and I want to start by saying thank you for all the information this website provides. 

I have a small issue, that I was hoping someone from this community will be able to help me with. 

A lot of times, when I play on the A string, I have this annoying high pitch note, sounds as if someone is scratching his nails on a blackboard, instead of the crisp sound that sound that should be. 

I followed everything on the website as to how much pressure apply, and how to hold the bow, but something is not working specifically on the A string. What can be the reason for this? 

Thank you again!

5 Responses
Posted: March 20, 2019

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