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Susan Hollister
Counting question
Could any one tell me how to count measures 244-248?  It is 4/4 time signature but it looks like there are more  than 4 beats in these measures. (Measure 247 is 2/4 but it looks like there are 4 beats in that measure)

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Posted: September 5, 2019

Teresa Redding
Bowing Straight
i am a beginning player with absolutely no musical background.  Learning to read music, and learning the fingerboard are coming along easily but I  am having great difficulty keeping the bow straight and this is causing a great amount of frustration. It seems the more I practice the worse it gets which makes me want to practice even more ( and it gets even worse). Itís a vicious cycle. I just found an instructor willing to take on an adult beginner a couple weeks ago and I feel as if,  since I started using an instructor,  I have regressed or perhaps Iíve just been made  hyper aware of the mistakes Iíve been making? Either way, itís frustrating!   Any tips, advice,  or simple words of encouragement,  please. 

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Posted: September 5, 2019

Kleiner Mohrentanz by Busoni
Hi Beth, I can find this by a search on the name but not listed on a level on the menus, unless if I'm just not seeing it.

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Posted: September 6, 2019

James Walley
An Old Fogey Learning Violin...
As I have mentioned here before, I started studying violin in early-mid-2016, and started with the ViolinLab course not long thereafter.  However, even though I thought I was making decent progress, various circumstances caused me to give up the effort altogether at the end of 2016, and I didn't even open my instrument case again until this spring, at which time I made another try.

Back in 2016, I started a YouTube channel, Old Fogey Music, with which I planned to document my progress weekly.  Obviously, that went dormant as well, and I'm now starting to post new progress videos, although I only plan to upload every month or so this time around.  If you want to go back and look at all my early efforts, feel free to do so; I'll include a link to my latest video in the first comment, and continue updating this thread each time I post another one.

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Posted: September 3, 2019

Elke Meier
I'll be without a violin for another couple of weeks starting tomorrow, so I decided to share my work on Busoni's Mohrentanz before I go. WHAT a challenge! Only the recording shows how uneven this still is! It felt much more regular when I played it... :). And the changes between the bounces and the legato - who would have thought that that could be a challenge! And even finding the right notes in the left hand. Such a cute little piece - unexpectedly hard, but fun! Well, in a way it is good that I will be travelling again, at least then the blisters on my left hand first finger from these pizzicato sections can heal again. That was definitely the hardest. There is NO relaxation in my bow arm in this and it really shows. To have the left and right hand alternate in what they do just about killed me :). 
But what a fun piece - in spite of all the challenges!
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Posted: September 1, 2019

Urban Kristan
Zajic daily exercises
Any thought on these exercises? They call for you to have all other fingers down on the strings while trilling with one.

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Posted: September 4, 2019

Shradieck no. 1
Ack! I can't believe I've been playing the instrument for this long and that it still SO HARD. Anyway, I'm trying to break out of this very unhelpful mentality where you practice all alone in your room with no-one to hear you ("yay!"), and you stop and start and stop and start and adjust and tweak as much as you like. The upshot is that I end up never playing things start to finish in tempo. Never performing! And it's become this fake bubble of security. Cuz when I eventually get to my lesson, it all falls apart!

So on that note (no pun intended), here is an upload. I do this nearly every day. I call it my "fourth-finger gym." As you will see, there are a few notable crashes-and-burns. My excuse: I've just upped the pace to 70, from 52. Ooooh, but there's a fine line between "practicing fast so you can play fast" and "practicing too fast to play it well"...

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10 Responses
Posted: September 3, 2019

Various Shoulder Rests
This is the shoulder rest that I use so I thought it was interesting. Maybe you will see yours on the channel. These are just visuals but it's nice to see them up close.
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Posted: September 3, 2019

Timothy Smith
Play Music On The Porch Day
Play Music On The Porch Day
Aug 31st. That's I did.
Here is an info link to it-

I didn't have anyone around to play with so it was just me.

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Posted: August 31, 2019

Beth Blackerby
I'm filled with glee at the new arrangement I have with the mom of one of my students. We trade lessons for her doing some piano accompaniment recording!

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Posted: August 30, 2019

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