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back to basics
hi V-labbers,

Continuing in my resolute quest to 'crack' the code of the violin ;) For what it's worth, here's what's helped me a LOT this past week:

- The shoulder tension mystery is solved! Amazing to discover that after all this time, I wasn't holding my violin properly... Beth's violin hold video has fixed that. A no-brainer probably, except that it's easy (if you are me) to fall into bad habits and think they are good habits.

- Keeping a sharp eye on my bow to keep it very close to the bridge is helping with tone production and with using the middle (not the tip) of the bow. in this video, they mention a trick where you position the bow so that you can see the end of the fingerboard between the bow's hair and wood... super-helpful if like me, your bow tends to skitter away in the other direction. This is also helping me overcome my fear of making noise, ergo produce a more listenable tone.

- Barbara! You had mentioned "air shifting" in one of your comments on an earlier post... and I was like, "Moi, air shift? Naaw!" And then... surprise! Discovered I do it all the time. You're totally right: keeping light contact with the string while shifting IS a more reliable way to gauge shifting distances. I've been putting this into practice this past week with a vengeance. Big thank you!!

Onward and upwards!

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Posted: May 15, 2019

slow practice
Pearls of wisdom from the Perlman...

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Posted: May 16, 2019

How Is Your Practice Going?
In joining my colleague in the Play With Ray Practice Challenge, I discovered that it took a lot higher playing level than where I was to solo this piece, and in discovering what the issues were, I ended up back in Book 4. It was so worth it!

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Posted: May 14, 2019

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Play with (the other) Ray
I wonder if any of you are participating in the Play with Ray competition for amateur musicians. The task is to submit a video of the first movement of the Bach Double (Violin 1) and to write a short essay. The prize is a performance in LA with Ray Chen and members of the LA Philharmonic. Here is the announcement:

I have decided to stand by my dream of playing solo with orchestra and to participate. I am doing a series of practice sessions on YouTube at gong play with ray.

Beth has a wonderful tutorial on the second violin part, with many insights that are valid for both parts.

I would be happy about some company in this project. I feel that our voices of adult amateur musicians need to be heard more.

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Posted: March 31, 2019

Barbara Holl
Stravinsky practice
Hello everyone,

I subscribed a few month ago and find violin lab very! helpful. But I was a bit shy about posting, but without posting I canít get any advice, so here it is 

I would prefer to embed it but somehow this doesnít work...when i click on sharing I only get the option  copy...does anybody know a solution for this?

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Posted: May 11, 2019

Student Violin Lessons
Should a student give violin lessons?

How much should a student charge for violin lessons?

I've been playing for 7 years, and my teacher has asked me to take on some students, as their studio is full and there are no other teachers in the area. It would be starting students, and eventually readying them to play in a simple ensemble.

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Posted: May 8, 2019

Ave Maria Series- Version de Caccini

Here's the second version of Ave Maria de Caccini I'm learning...The 1st version I started learning was by Schubert and currently I started the 3rd version by Gounod-Bach.

Next will be Ave Maria by Robert Prizeman and I think there's 2 more...

Thank you...
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Posted: April 22, 2019

Susan Hollister
Renewing Membership
I just renewed my membership for another year and I have to say I am so thankful for this online site! Not only is this community personable, very enthusiastic and genuinely helpful and encouraging to each other, the quality of instruction is top notch as well!

Thank you, Beth! 

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Posted: May 9, 2019

Hi V-Labbers! Here is (what is verrrrry much) a work-in-progress. Perhaps if I play this another 50,000 times, I might get it. I did, like, about 25 takes of this video -- and oh, the mediocrity! (Tim, you are not alone!) I mean, don't get me wrong: I do actually enjoy these (sadistic little) exercises. But you think you've nailed it and then you watch yourself blow it onscreen... {8-\  Back to the drawing board -- or I suppose, the fingerboard, ha ha.

Oh! the exercise in question (which I omitted to specify in my mumbling intro) is Wolfhardt op. 45 no. 34. Hours of fun if you haven't already tried it.

PS. Constructive criticism welcome! You really won't hurt my feelings if you point out any shortcomings that jump out at you. Among my biggest stumbling blocks that I can see at present are: hitting other strings (grr!), keeping the bow off the fingerboard, and reading music while playing in tempo. And a weak fourth finger. (Intonation and shifting are maybe lifetime stumbling blocks.) One "new" issue I discovered in making this video is that my left elbow doesn't "swing" nearly enough: it tends to be lazy and want to stay in the same spot and this makes it much harder to get my hand positioned in such a way as to let my fingers "rain down" onto the fingerboard.

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Posted: May 6, 2019

bow weight
If like me, you struggle with tone production and the whole question of bow weight, here are some videos I am finding very insightful. "Awareness of Tone" in particular, though all are great. 

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Posted: May 7, 2019

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