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Timothy Smith
Banish Misfortune
I think I almost have the intimate kind of feel I wanted for this violin piece, unlike a classical violin recording where probably a more open sound would be wanted.


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Posted: March 16, 2019

Dianne
Which is Harder For You?
Which is harder for you to practice,

Slow, Melodic Pieces With Lots of Shifting & Vibrato?

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Orchestral or Show pieces With Lots of Fast Runs?

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Posted: March 16, 2019

Dianne
Guillaume Rosin
I have the Guillaume Rosin and have to say, it is very nice. It came in a box and smelled fresh. When I applied it to my bow, I could feel the rosin application to the bow hairs for the first time. Every other time I have rosined, I can't feel a thing, and just hope I am getting an even application. The bow glides smoothly, and the sound is smooth and creamy, with some colors, and a lot of warmth. This is some fresh rosin! I don't feel the sticky residue I usually feel with a dark rosin either. I'll see how it goes with string cleanup and dust during the week...

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Posted: March 7, 2019

Janice Branley
Searching for calm in the left hand........
Iím re-visiting this after a period of working on trying to set a better hand frame shape and vibrato. I had two alternative ways of playing vibrato and keeping the hand relaxed, one with the thumb almost under the neck and the hand quite high which I favoured for a while, but it was unstable, and now this has evolved with the neck more within the hand, but the base of the fingers still above the level of the neck which makes fast passages flow more easily. 

I try and play slower and then keep the rhythm as it speeds up  If I play too fast it gets jumbled so patience is needed.....

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Posted: March 16, 2019

Dianne
Terrific Vibrato Course!
Just wanted to say thank you Beth, for the terrific vibrato course. I'm still using (and will continue to use) the exercises to improve my vibrato. You have made the vibrato clear and easy to understand, and given concrete steps to develop the vibrato, and that is exactly what I needed. I continue to go back to the graduation piece, to combine shifting and vibrato, and this has enabled me to also look at further pieces on shifting and vibrato. It propelled me to the next step in my playing where I had been stalled. No doubt, lots of further work to do here on my part, but you have given the tools where it leaves no questions anymore, and this is all exactly what I needed. Couldn't thank you enough!

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Posted: March 16, 2019

Barbara Habel
Practicing

I am back to practicing the "Canon" in D by Pachelbel.

Then I came across this lovely video by Laurie Nils.

It is a "god send" for playing those fast measures.
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Posted: March 16, 2019

Timothy Smith
The Butterfly
Irish slip jig. 9/8 time called the Butterfly. 
One other called Down By The Sally Gardens.
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Posted: March 13, 2019

Ray
Critique for Open String Duet Set 2 Exercise 4
Hi Everyone,

Especially after the great critiques at 60% tempo, I worked on Exercise 4 today at full tempo.  So here it is for your review and critique.  Where do you think I can improve on my techniques?  Inquiring minds want to know!  :)))

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray 


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Posted: March 14, 2019

Ray
In Need of Rhythm Critique for Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 4 at 60% Tempo
Hi Everyone,

Ahhh, Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 4!  I knew it was going to cause trouble for me.  It is fast, for me, it has a dotted quarter note, AND Beth's part is sooo different that it is hard for me to keep track of where and what I am suppose to be playing.

I have worked on this piece for the last two days and 3 hours today.  The attached video is at 60% tempo.  So when you critique it please do not fall asleep.  Measures 12-16 gave me the most trouble.  

You will find a massive amount to say and critique but what I am really interested in is how close I am to playing in rhythm with Beth.  

Again, this is a very difficult piece for me to play with Beth.  I will get there but I really need the critique before I fall down that rabbit hole of bad rhythm habits.  

Anything you have to say will be held in the strictest of confidence.  :)))

May the Beat Be With You Always,

Ray

 
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Posted: March 13, 2019

Ray
Critique for Open String Duet Set 2 Exercise 2 and 3
Hi Everyone,

I am posting Exercises 2 and 3 in one post.  In fact I decided to up the challenge for myself and combined them in one video.  It was a challenge because 2 and 3 are different tempos and I had just a little time (seconds) between the two but I think it turned out alright.  If you all give the green light, with nothing terribly wrong ( I hope) then I can try my hand at Exercise 4.  Beth's and my part are very different so I will need to really focus to be sure I am playing with Beth and not blindly following the metronome.

I also tried to change the dynamics between the two exercises as well.  :)))

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray


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Posted: March 11, 2019

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