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John Fischer
Double stop fifths
I wonder if you have any technique tips for stopping two strings with a single finger (double stop fifths).  I have more trouble with this in higher positions (where the distance between the strings increases) and with some challenging arpeggio hand positions (e.g. Mazas 37).   Thanks so much.

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Posted: March 12, 2019

Ayoub
Devil's Trill
Hello Dear VLabbers :)
This is one of my favorite pieces, It's quite challenging and beautiful, Please enjoy and I'd appreciate the feedback 

Thank you so much 
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Posted: March 12, 2019

Timothy Smith
Josefin's Waltz
I'm not sure why the Irish music workshop I attended had this song in the file since it's  a Scandinavian tune. I really like the tune though and decided to make a backing track to play along with. The song is in F . I noticed that it isn't commonly played in F online. It's a tougher tune to play in that key for me. Maybe they put it in F as a learning tool. I added piano, harp and cello to the backing track which I'll make available here as only the backing track minus my violin should anyone want to give it a try-

I can get the .pdf if you want it.
Things I noticed. The intonation issues are not as apparent when playing solo. Glaring in places when played with the track. My bow still wanders occasionally. 
I'm still trying to get the feel for up/down bows and bow speed in relation to the length of a note.
Any other suggestions please feel free to comment.
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Posted: March 11, 2019

Maria
Iím  still on vacation but I still brought the manuscript of the piece I was still trying to learn. 

Unfortunately I wasnít able to bring my violin 🎻 with so aI asked my first cousin based here in Manila to interpret this piece for me.

Itís an impromptu or on the spot sight  reading but she was kind enough to try it...She promised sheíll study it and will try again  this coming Thursday.

Oh, how I wish I could sing and sight read like that!
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Posted: March 12, 2019

Barb Wimmer
first attempt   oh rhythm eek


fun song long ways to go

Suggestions thoughts welcome
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Posted: March 11, 2019

Elke Meier
Wow, how absolutely fascinating! This is a link for the German speakers in this community, a documentary I just discovered on Youtube, done by arte: "Die Seele der Geige" (The soul of the violin). 
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Posted: March 3, 2019

Dianne
Scales, Finally- Again
My focus right now is on 3 octave scales - again. It seems each time I start scales over all the years I've been playing, there is something missing in my understanding, my hand couldn't shift that high, or else I get pulled off for something else. But last night I stumbled on a really simple scale video, and I got started all over again on them. After finding more useful videos (it was the fingering suggestions that helped in these videos) I feel more confident how it all goes together. I'm mapping them all out fingering wise right now, and tomorrow will start playing them one by one- again. I mentioned this before, but one of the things that I notice is that the natural minor is sometimes ignored in a description of scales. Only harmonic and melodic natural minors are discussed. Little things like that served to confuse me, but I guess it all makes sense now. And then the modes. And then when I hit the theoretical scales, I knew I had gone too far. That's where I stopped and got back to the instrument. Once I get comfortable with the scale fingerings, then I can start the bow work.

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Posted: March 10, 2019

Barb Wimmer
You Raise Me Up
https://youtu.be/z0Jf5si8r_c

Attempting with bowing. Suggestions welcome-trying to get a bold not nasal sound. And rhythm 
Thank you
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Posted: March 8, 2019

Ray
Critique for Set 2 Exercise 1(2)
Over the few days I've been working on retakes since that was specifically mentioned from a critique.  Thanks for pointing out that weakness Dianne.

So here is a 'live' video for your critique, specifically on retakes and placing the bow.  Of course, if you spot any other glaring errors, such as lifting shoulders please let me know in the comments.  Thanks in advance.  

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray

 
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Posted: March 9, 2019

Ray
My 2 'new' obsessions' or I prefer to say focused attention are the setting up of that first note and retakes.  I am applying Beth's tutorial ideas but I am still,what I would call crashing into the string.  As Beth has mentioned the problem arises when you are playing at the quicker tempos.  

It will come.  Just surprised at the amount of time.   Not to worry, Beth, I will not move forward until I am happy with retakes.  They are so fundamental to most repertoire.

Mat The Beat Be with You A ok ways,

Ray

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Posted: March 8, 2019

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