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Dianne
Quick Question on Performance Tempo
I was looking at the rubric for advancement in the Resources, and reading that learning stage 3, the last stage before a polished performance, is being able to play the pieces at 80-90% of performance tempo. Can someone help me to know what performance tempo is for each piece in Book 4?

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Posted: July 18, 2019

Barbara Habel
Ave Maria by Bach / Gounod

This is at the end of my lesson.

Please be as nasty and critical as possible.

Thank you!!!
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Posted: July 5, 2019

Elke Meier
Double stop discovery
If you get tired of Josephine Trott's exercises: I chanced upon the most beautiful double stop exercise today! Actually, I have heard this many times, but it was only today that I noticed: oh, this is actually PURE double stops! And so unbelievably beautiful! 
I am talking about the Adagio from Bach's Sonata No 5 (BWV 1018). Try it!

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Posted: July 8, 2019

Barbara Habel
Raw Version - Ave Maria

This is an all can tell version of the Ave Maria by Bach / Gounod.

It is me alone - and this makes it really obvious - that playing with a piano also means that some unpleasant scratches and sounds just get drowned out.

There is one note that is completely out off the ball park. Please forgive.

And Elke - as you will see - there is enough to polish in this piece so that I can not get on to the building suspense suggestion made by you.

But that suggestion has planted a seed and makes me want to practice loud and soft playing on etudes once the recital has past.

Comments and suggestions welcome!!! Thank you
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Posted: July 11, 2019

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have, an opportunity for improvement, :))) any time I try to put emphasis on the first note of a measure my arm's default path is to also increase speed.  Which is not what I want.  I have tried a number of exercises and nothing seems to be working.  I was wondering, if anyone else had this problem?  How did you get past it?  Maybe I need to visualize the action differently.  Any way, this is one of those fundamental techniques which helps us stay in time.  Now that I am able to keep the rhythm I would like to place emphasis on that first note so that I sound even more like other violinists.  

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Ray

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Dianne
Spring Arpeggio
Should this bow stroke be bounced? Notice the performer plays it entirely on the string with no bounce. If you slow the video down you will hear no bounce at all. Notice the tutorial indicates a bounced stroke.



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Posted: July 16, 2019

Elke Meier
A while ago someone asked about which etudes to do in which order. I just stumbled over a website on violinmasterclass.com where they have a list of etude books according to level of playing. Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to make it into a link, so you will just have to copy and paste it in your browser: 

https://violinmasterclass.com/en/graded-repertoire/violin-methods-and-etudes

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Dianne
Masterclass
When I saw this I realized it was lightyears away, but I learned something from it anyway. Thoughts?
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Posted: July 14, 2019

Elke Meier
Not a question, just a comment: I find it so interesting (annoying...) how the violin reacts to the environment. Mine does NOT like humidity. Today we have 80% humidity, I can not turn the pegs for tuning (luckily it mostly keeps in tune pretty well) and it just sounds coarse, like it has a sore throat - poor thing!


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Posted: July 14, 2019

Maria
Day 2 practice...

7-15-19
5Am


Good morning,


Day 2 practice on finger hopping, vibrate on 4th finger, string crossing, bow retake... Shifting on 2nd position to 3rd position, second position, then back to 1st position.

Pardon my medieval note writing, I don't have the app. plus not quite sure how to approximate or determine exact note value so I just marked the notes in triangular shape using comas, hyphens and more elongated hyphens.

I focussed on hopping my finger onto the next string and still be able to vibrate smoothly/sweetly if possible...Also sustaining vibrato on 4th finger on the highest note of this piece which is D 3rd octave then cleanly cross the string-by doing finger hop on D 2nd octave as clean as I could.

The sound that you hear was my actual practice video playing in the background while the camera was trying to followi my crude note notation of the piece.

Thank you and any suggestions on how to improve my practice will be much appreciated...
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7 Responses
Posted: July 15, 2019

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