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Timothy Smith
Teacher Update
Well, someone asked me to keep them updated. Maybe some of what I type will help someone else at some point.

I met with the teacher. We went over what I've been working on. I was shown what I need to do with respect to my bow and violin hold. I knew this was coming...I've been absorbed into the Borg...err Suzuki collective. I trust the teachers professional opinion on that.

Inevitably I think I already knew where it was all headed. I know many of you here have said the same thing, I need to slow down. That's what she said too. She has me beginning with some slower pieces so I can refine my technique. In some ways I feel like a whipped pony. I need to forget about the eagles and ride the turtles for awhile. If it helps I'm all reluctantly for it. Not an easy message for me to swallow. Luckily we are also working on some faster material too but playing it slower. Some violins sound great playing slow material. Mine sounds like a walrus in  heat.










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Posted: September 6, 2019

Kobe Tsang
My Violin Journey
First of all, I just want to say that this is definitely the best community on the internet! I'm so grateful for everyone's amazing feedback and encouragement, it makes this adventure so much more enjoyable. 

I also loved this concept of posting videos of myself playing (never done that before). This really helps to keep my motivation up to learn the next song and push on. So that got me thinking, maybe I'll use this as like a progress journal and post updates of my progress in the same thread (that way I wont push other people's threads down) 

It would be interesting to see how this goes in a year time! 
Thank you for everyone whose travelling this journey with me!


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Posted: July 14, 2019

Elke Meier
I am travelling and don't have my violin with me - and I really, really miss it... So I did at least something violin related: I put together a list of all the repertoire that you find tutorials for on violinlab.com. 

The best way to look at this is via Excel. Then you can filter the file and easily find what you look for: Excel Spreadsheet with Violinlab Repertoire

If you would rather work with a PDF file, here are two:



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Posted: September 8, 2019

Maria
Still on the 5 flats minor key-it's like starting over again since I practiced 2 weeks ago or so...


I've played/practiced other pieces but this one was hard to play [not because of the key or notes because I got it all mapped out].

 Please tell me Beth and classmates why this piece was so taxing? I can only repeat practicing the entire piece maximum 4 times and after that I get so exhausted/it zapped all my energy. The entire piece or  notes  were played only on G and D strings going higher position...Was it because of that?

Notes starts on Bb G string instead of C as seen on the manuscript because I transposed it to match the accompaniment, highest notes were C and D on D string...I will try to plot the notes next time.

Thanks
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4 Responses
Posted: September 5, 2019

Dianne
Major major major major breathrough!

8 Responses
Posted: September 6, 2019

Mike
Slurred third finger notes
Quick question...

Any tips or suggestions how to approach measure 19 in Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes?

It's a D on the A string and then a G on the D string -- two third fingers.  I'm trying to hop from one string to another but it's not legato or slurred in any way.  Do I just need to get faster? Hit both strings at once?



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Posted: September 6, 2019

Alan Barnicoat
To Slur or not to Slur.
I recall hearing Beth talking about adding lots of slurs to music that may not have been originally written for violin - such as songs and piano - but I just don't remember the context and can't seem to find it on the site.  A friend has asked me to play the theme from an old movie "Now Voyager which came out in 1942.  It was originally written by Max Steiner and I have heard a  really quite beautiful version which Itzhak Perlman recorded -with much embelishment to say the least. The sheet music I was given, however ,is for piano with lyrics. It's like a Readers Digest version of Perlman's glorious version.  I'm sure much slurring would help my version and was just wondering is there any method for judging which notes to slur. Quite a few triplets followed by a dotted quarter note and an eighth note are prevalent throughout.  Anyone remember a discussion about adding slurs to help out a song/piano music?


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Posted: September 6, 2019

Urban Kristan
Alec Rowley - Melodie
I've decided to start a project here on this lovely piece that I think is within my comfort level.

I started by memorising the first 4 measures (with some lapses :) ) . 


Looking ahead, I'm wondering why the D in measure 9 is marked as forth finger instead of some kind of shift since it's such a long note. Is it because of the diminuendo? 
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7 Responses
Posted: September 4, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
How does technology help you?
Isnít technology amazing and how it can help us? I am working on a very tricky bit of intonation. I started by taking a photo of the music, adding the notes, fingering and intervals. I then listened and played this with a slowed down version of the solo. Hopefully, a few more rounds and Iíll be able to play it!

What have you found to be the most useful part of technology for your playing?



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Posted: September 4, 2019

Timothy Smith
Keeping Track Of Progress
In attempting to find some of my weakest areas I started this excel file. I omitted my 1-10 scores since I'm not sure I'm a fair judge of myself. I highlighted the areas that I thought needed the most work. 
Suggestions? Any categories I should have included? Feel free to play with the way it's laid out if you have excel. Delete my info make it your own, etc.



5 Responses
Posted: September 4, 2019

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