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Cayla Grobler
Hi everyone,
I am struggling with my bow arm which is reasonably straight but my bow is constantly sliding toward the fingerboard. Any advice or comments?

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Posted: August 16, 2019

Interesting points on slow practice from The Strad:

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Posted: August 18, 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

TRIAL on Challenging etude from Dianne's

It was supposed to be a fast etude but can only play it slow while sight-reading it. Also it covers from lowest G to high B on E string, the notes on the G string were more challenging... I can only do 7 slurs and the 8th I used the whole bow to breathe if not I'll probably pass out lol.

I have to open my eyes wider so I can see the succeeding notes way ahead!

Dianne, thanks much for sharing this...
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Posted: August 16, 2019

Timothy Smith
This song was titled " The Drunken Sailor's" I think that apostrophe probably doesn't belong there.
I realize the subject matter isn't the best. I can barely get through this sober let alone if I were drunk :)
I was given it to learn as the last thing my teacher gave me before she prepared to move away, so I've been chiseling away at it. Intonation is pretty bad in places. Not much else to say. It isn't super technical, doesn't get into Suzuki 4-5 kind of techniques. 
It is what it is and I am where I am.....boy that was enlightening :)
Here is the link to the music if you want to give it a try-
Apologize for the odd faces. I'm getting some dental work done and my mouth feels weird. These videos are almost too revealing sometimes.

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Posted: August 13, 2019

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family!
Inspirated by the melody of the emotional song "Hallehujah", I decided to give it a try and incorporate shifting.... which is a work still in progress! hehe
Hope you like! :0)
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Posted: August 13, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
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Posted: August 16, 2019

Wohlfahrt Op.45 No. 26
Ugh, I'm having such a hard time playing this etude cleanly. I divided my bow into 8 segments until I got rid of the feeling of running out of bow. Then just used the metronome to partition the bow ias that worked much better. But this is not an exact science, as violinists save bow on slurs, but starting out in equal segments was fine. After 2 days, I no longer felt like I was running out of bow and got the bow speed consistent with good sound. But then I added the fingers! Some measure were clean, but other measure have so many things going on that needed to be addressed. Some were caused because I need to leave fingers down when crossing to an pen string, so I fixed that. Others are caused by hitting two strings with the finger, so I need to place the finger more to the left side of the string rather than centered. These I have cleaned up but one remains: Others are caused by late arriving fingers, which on a slur is easily recognizable.

Can someone help with a demonstration of how to use dotted rhythms on a slurred passage? Or a tutorial to help me clean up late arriving fingers on a slurred passage? Thank you.

I've got weeks if not months left on this beautiful 8 note slurred passage etude - a gem in Book 1. Here is a video of very clean playing of it- my goal! Notice how he says at the end that putting fingers down is the least of our problems in the etude - not in my case!

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Posted: August 14, 2019

Some great music at the upcoming concert Thursday.
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Posted: August 6, 2019

Supplement to Reviews of Ear Plugs
Hi Everyone,

I wish to thank everyone's input.  This is what is terrific about this site.  We are all on our own musical path, however, through Beth's site we moving along at our own speed in the same direction namely musical expression.

For me in the last week it has become a little rocker than before but looking at it differently it is also putting my hearing sounds better in tune.  Pun intended.

Last Thursday I was diagnosed with 4 issues with my hearing:
1. Normal hearing loss due to age.  Here there is a quite a bit of difference between my left and right ears so I will need to see a ENT to find out why.
2. Hyperacusis is basically means I have lower tolerance for certain frequencies/volume which becomes painful for me to listen to those frequencies.
3. Intermittent tinnitus
4.Central Auditory Processing Disorder
4.a.Binaural integration where it applies to music, for me I have a problem somewhere between the inner ear and brain where I find it difficult to read the music, play the music, and also listen to and respond to those musicians around me.
and finally,
4.b. Auditory Divided attention skills: basically very similar but not quite to 4.a. 

With both 4.a. and b. one of the symptoms specifically mentions there may be problems with rhythm and timing while playing music.  How's that for you Beth!  At least now I have a name for it.  

So this has to be my main focus.  The good news is that my doctor wants me to continue playing the violin while reading the score.  Score reading, while not playing the violin was also mentioned.  

So for me, my musical journey will be shaped to get my ears and neurological pathways to work together.  My goal,  which may now take year(s), is to attend the Austin workshop as a strong contributing member who holds up his part of the orchestra.  It will likely take a while but we all need goals.  Occasionally I will still be posting but likely not very often, at least for a while.

Thank you everyone, and as always, 

May The Beat Be With You Always,


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Posted: August 14, 2019

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