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Beth Blackerby
I've been visiting my family in KY over the holidays and one of our projects was to organize old slides from the 60s and 70s. Came across this.

So apparently I learned to play with no shoulder rest...!


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Posted: January 3, 2020
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Susan Hollister
Question about vibrato
Hi everyone!

 I'm working a second time through the vibrato exercises and I have a few questions. The first one is when you do vibrato with the first finger is the angle of the first finger different than the other fingers? To me it seems that it is. The first finger's nail is more facing me. With the other finger, the nails are more at a diagonal.

The other question is when you do vibrato, do you begin at the pitch?  And then go higher to lower etc. ? I think Beth covered this, but I can't remember.
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Posted: January 9, 2020
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Peter Cranwell
DSL Video Upload question.
When uploading videos to Youtube via a DSL connection what format should I use ?

My internet is very slow (about 500 KBPS).
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Posted: January 9, 2020
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Barb Wimmer
Glad to be back in violinlab after changing password.  I am practicing a rhythm video.  Oh a little choppy and thinking I need a lot of practice on this and may be worse than thought. Working on not choppy and in rhythm
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Posted: January 6, 2020
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Dianne
Peak SMS-32
I've been trying to locate replacement parts for the Peak SMS-32 Metal Desk Orchestra Music Stand. Does anyone know where I could find parts? This plastic piece is cracked.
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Posted: January 8, 2020
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Beth Blackerby
November 3rd! Brand new Violin Lab!
Finally! Can't wait for you to see the new Violin Lab. Still fixing little things, but November 3rd is the date for relaunch. And as with anything in the tech world, there may be bugs. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly


Also don't let your membership expire! Current members are grandfathered at the lowest discount rate.
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Posted: October 12, 2019
Last Comment: January 9, 2020

Sonia Lancaster
Soundslice with iPad or touch screen tablet
Hi,
Has anyone used soundslice with an ipad or touchscreen tablet? Iím trying to scroll up the options in soundslice so I can enlarge to full screen, but because Iím using an Ipad which is touch screen, it just pulls the screen around rather than scrolling up?

Thanks
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Posted: January 4, 2020
Last Comment: January 8, 2020

Beth Blackerby
Site Hack
I am having an emergency meeting now with Tony. Needless to say I am absolutely sick over it. I can only assure you that all financial data is dealt with by a company far more sophisticated than we. Itís Braintreegateway owned by Paypal. They have ridiculous security. For now change your password. I will keep you updated!!!
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Posted: January 5, 2020
Last Comment: January 7, 2020

Kate
Scales, finger positions, note reading etc. - help needed

So I've literally just started Intermediate level 1 (yay!) and I can see already I need to put a lot more work into my scales, finger positions, note reading before I get to shifting and add a whole new set of problems.

I have no real musical background. I played the violin for a couple of years as a young child but don't actually remember anything apart from I can read all the notes on the stave without thinking about it. So, if you asked me what note is that? I can say C, F, etc & if I see a sharp sign on e.g. D/A string I know to stretch my third finger etc. However notes above and below I only think of as finger positions, and when I'm playing - in my head I tend to only think of finger positions. This has become really obvious playing Perpetuum mobile. I assume I need to change this way of thinking as once shifting starts a e.g. third finger D on A string can suddenly become a first finger or a second finger? 

I'm sure there is something in the note reading course to help but I've only just started it (and it is not coming easily :)) I thought playing scales and saying notes out loud might help (remember this from one of the videos) but does anyone has any other tips/ advice on how to tackle this? I am going to have to put some time into scales anyway as I'm also struggling to remember the finger positions for each scale now there have been quite a few new ones added - I think just repetition & time will solve this, but might as well get to grips with notes at the same time?. Is it a good idea to also work on the finger patterns i.e. go through 1-23-4 on all strings, then 12-3-4 etc. again saying the name of the note?

Anyway, any ideas, tips, advice gratefully received. 


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Posted: January 5, 2020
Last Comment: January 7, 2020

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Certainly my warmest gratitude!
My warmest gratitude to Beth ! I am so thankful you were able to handle this situation so professionally and diligently!  Sorry you have encountered such an unfortunate event, but you have certainly gone above and beyond to take care of us, continuing your labor of love through music!

THANK YOU BETH! YOU ARE THE BEST! :O)
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Posted: January 6, 2020

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