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I will leave all of you classmates with this beautiful and moving and heartwarming violin video...

I'm off to out of country adventure once again, I wished I could bring my violin with me!

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Posted: March 9, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
Hi All,
I have tried for much of my Violin life to avoid double stops, but it looks like the time has come where I canít avoid them any more.  I am currently working on Mendelssohnís Andante from his concerto and struggling with the double stops. I just had to share my excitement about something I found. Otakar Sevcik  wrote ďElaborate studies and analysisĒ for many famous compositions, including this one. It is amazing, every measure has numerous study bars written for it. When you can play the study bars then you can play the piece. Amazing! Itís Opus 21.


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Posted: March 7, 2019

Timothy Smith
Morrison's Jig
Pulling the red eye tonight. After 10 up since 5. I hope I can deduct a few points for that. 
I wish I could practice in the morning. 
This doesn't feel comfortable quite yet.

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Posted: March 6, 2019

Critique for Set 2 Exercise 1
Hi Everyone,

I've been working on my retakes since they are featured in the Set 2 of the Open String Duets series.  I've tried to relax that right hand but not quite sure I've got it down yet.  This video is the closest that I've come up with so far.  If you can spot an area or technique that I can improve on just shout it out, thanks a lot in advance.

Also, in paration for Exercise 4, I have tried to pay less attention to the clicks from the metronome and more to Beth's playing her part.  If you think I should be more nsync with Beth please let me know.   

May The Beat Be With You Always,


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Posted: March 5, 2019

Shoulder Pad
Are those of you using the Mach 1 rests still happy with them? I am thinking of trying one out, but there are many choices out there, not sure which one to try. Also, are there still Bon Mķsica users that are happy with that rest? Is it too restricting? My little shoulder rest allows for lots of freedom of movement, but it may not be sufficient now that I am doing lots of shifting and vibrato. It somehow doesn't feel that it supports the violin position as well as I thought it did, and I find I need to apply more chin weight, which I don't want to do. I could try changing thumb position, but I like it where it is. Or else I just need to keep at it with the setup I have. I have tried my spare Wolf, but it was awful. It felt restricting.

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Posted: February 24, 2019

Timothy Smith
Practice Course Audio Examples
I enrolled in the practice course. As someone who does not have a solid classical music background I admit to being a bit dumbfounded in trying to hear how some of the practice materials ideally should sound.

Do you have suggested examples I can hear? I might have missed it in the course. If so, my apologies.

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Posted: March 4, 2019

Alan Barnicoat
To See or not to See?
Am I correct in assuming that among the many skills required to play well, one would be to play without having to look at the fingerboard? I don't recall much discussion about this aspect of playing. Perhaps the obvious answer is simply "yes" and that it just takes time after removing the tapes to lose the habit of visually still checking correct finger placement. While reading and playing, I continually loose my place in the music if I have to check my finger placement. Therefore, I have been forcing myself to only look at the music regardless of how long it may take to physically find correct finger placement. I'm not overly confidant with this yet so my general tone production suffers quite a lot in doing so. Is it just a matter of time?

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Posted: March 3, 2019

Timothy Smith
The Tarbolton
I know I should probably work on this one slower, however it is only at partial speed compared to how fast it is usually played.I think a few more video takes and I would have nailed it. I know, that's what they all say.
I am getting the thumb under better control now hopefully. Tripped slightly in a few places on this. Most notable is the link between the repeat. 

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Posted: March 2, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
Vibrato Graduation Piece

Sonia Lancaster
Graduation piece vibrato
Hi Folks,

Here is an excerpt from the graduation piece for the Vibrato Training. My best fingers are 2 and 3. One I find more difficult in lower positions and it looks like 4 needs to be more upright, since the flatness isnít helping. Itís the first time Iíve looked at my vibrato close up. I wondered about the finger joint motion and it was quite revealing. Now I need to devise a way of improving 1 and 4. Suggestions welcome 😊 

Sorry on iPad I canít embed the video only share the links.


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Posted: February 22, 2019

Lesley McCubbin
vibrato question
The vibrato quest continues amidst much frustration!

Here's my most recent issue (as I try to move from "flings" to one-finger oscillations). How much are you supposed to clamp down with your chin? I think I am clamping too much, but if I don't, then I have issues with the instrument shaking...

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Posted: February 28, 2019

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