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Barbara Habel
Jesu, Joy of Manīs Desiring by Bach (1685 - 1750)

Recording something is soooo revealing.

This clearly needs some more work done on "clean" playing and "keeping" sounding point.

I have 2 more weeks to practice this before my christmas recital on Friday the 20th of December.

Comments and suggestions welcome!!!!
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Posted: December 9, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Yippeee! Your Christmas present is almost finished!
I'm the luckiest human today. The new pianist in my life came over to record something for your Christmas gifts and it sounds amazing! She's such a talent! I'll be sending the gifts by email, so make sure you didn't register with an email you never check ;)
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Posted: December 13, 2019

Barb Wimmer
When the printer is not working and I need to fix, and I am reading notes from computer screen and it has option to play along but also reads the title of the song too, then I resort to playing by ear. I don't like having to turn pages, it causes me to lose focus and this a three page song so maybe doable.   I love this song. I have a cold and I think my music sounds a little nasally also.  Parts I start to get it.  Suggestions appreciated on anything. Thank you
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Posted: December 14, 2019

Heather Pritchard
Angled endpin?

So I just noticed today my endpin is angled slightly toward the top of the instrument. I replaced the tailpiece awhile back and was thinking of readjusting it when I change strings before I noticed this. Is this normal? Should I be concerned or just wait til I replace my strings to try to fix?

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Posted: December 14, 2019

Ayoub
Thank you Beth
Good Day to you all dear VLabbers
After 4 years of starting the beautiful journey of learning to play the violin, I finally had the privilege to play with my beloved teacher Beth, this is of the biggest highlights of my musical journey and it truly is an honor to be a part of violinlab.com and a student of an incredible teacher, Thank you Beth for your support, your sharing and your hard work with each and every person on violinlab, I speak for most when I say that you're truly an amazing teacher.

Thank you for everything you taught me

Here is Bach's double concerto 2nd movement, hope you all enjoy it :)



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Posted: December 13, 2019

Timothy Smith
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel
So I've been working on bow stroke lengths based on the music and tempo. I'm supposed to play this in public this weekend with a pianist.
Can you tell me if I'm moving the bow up far enough on the long strokes or if my shorter strokes are ok. Thanks
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Posted: December 4, 2019

Ceci
Pieces you aspire to play
Hello everyone,

I am new here to the community forum, although I've been a member since May. I am just curious to see if anyone else has certain pieces that keep them motivated to keep going.

My "short-term" piece is the Shostakovich Preludium from the Five Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano. I was so excited to find out that Beth features this piece in Intermediate Level 4! It will be some time before I get there, but it is in a somewhat foreseeable future.

My other piece is the Introduction from Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella. I think the intro is one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard. I am not including the Tarantella in my goal because I don't think I'll be able to play it in this lifetime, lol!

What is the piece that keeps you going?
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Mandy Notley
Hi,

Here is a link to Ray Chen's version of Waltzing Matilda 

https://youtu.be/vWhFUBdJZWo

Merry xmas and hapy new year to all 😊
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Posted: December 13, 2019

Mary Freeman
I love how my new Viola bow pulls the sound from my violin
YAY
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Posted: December 11, 2019

Timothy Smith
Natalie McMaster Concert....wow
I attended the Natalie McMaster concert last evening and was amazed at the level of talent in her family. For starters they have 6 kids . They labeled the concert a "Celtic Christmas".
It's a blend of folk music from the Nova Scotia area in Canada which is really taken from Irish and Scotts who came there a long time ago and has adopted some of it's own individuality and flavor. I could have sworn I heard some French influence in some of it and some Americana in other things they did. I'll post a few videos. One was from last Christmas. The kids are a little bigger and play a little better now.
When Natalie and her husband get the fiddles out...look out! They are both ace performer/players. The videos don't really do them justice completely but might help you get some idea. 
If they are in your area this season I highly recommend their show!

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Posted: December 13, 2019

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