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MariaTess


31st of March 2020
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Posted: March 31, 2020
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Beth Blackerby
More Scales!
You now that feeling when you find a forgotten $20 bill in your jacket pocket? Well, I feel like I just pulled out a $100 bill! I forgot I had recorded a bunch of scale duets last year. Here's a Chromatic scale for this week's Practice Challenge!  .


I recommend playing it with both parts to get used to starting it. The accompaniment enters on the 2nd half note of the 1st measure and then is tied over to the 2nd measure. It's a little confusing.
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Posted: March 30, 2020
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James Walley
I see a number of people here talking about how the forced self-distancing is giving them time to focus on playing.  I have to ask the counter-question: is there anyone else here who is finding the current crisis making it very difficult to get up the motivation to play?

Maybe it's just that, living up here near Seattle, which was the first epicenter of the outbreak, we've been getting inundated with news of the pandemic, and the resulting stress, for well over a month now, long before most regions of the country started looking at it as anything other than "just another flu."  Maybe it's that, given my age and my wife's medical conditions, there's a considerable chance that, should we both get it, one of the other of us would likely not survive.  But I find it a real chore to sit down and actually practice - my overwhelming emotion is "What's the use?" - and, when I do, I find myself in a rut, repeating the same errors over and over again no matter how hard I try to correct them.  I am going to try to get out a progress video for this month but, based on the footage I have so far, I can safely say it will feature the worst playing I've recorded since my earliest days.

Has anyone else experienced the same "block?"  And, if so, have you found a way around it?  Sorry for the sob-story, but I can't believe I'm the only one reacting to the current situation this way.
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Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Charles De Beriot practice....  quite straight forward.... quite CHALLENGING! Hitting those fourth fingers and pairing it to the open equivalent note.... not as easy as it "sounds"! hehe (pun intended).

Kind of epiphanies with this exercise... and not necessarily good ones.... my E string control.. boy does it need more training!!! and interesting how going backwards... from open to fourth finger .... not as easy as fourth finger to open!!!

Thanks Beth! Truly a "reality check" for me in things i have to work on! Lets do this! :0)
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Posted: March 29, 2020
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Gregory Gillis
What a Wonderful World
During this time of isolation we must not forget we live in a Wonderful World. So, I thought I'd play a song that express the wonder of this world we live.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world


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Posted: March 29, 2020
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Steph
Hi Beth,

thanks for including Libertango!

I hope, I will be able to play it one day, because I really love it.

Where is it in terms of levels?

Funny thing: even so I don't work at home, the restrictions on public life here are actually helpful to get in more practice time.

I'm a nurse and the public hospital corporation I work for asked who wanted to help out the colleagues in ICU.
Many people volunteered - so did I, that is why currently I have a Lot of learning to do (I work usually in psych).
Thankfully many hospitals in Berlin are still pretty empty, because most of the planned procedures are postponed to make room for the expected Covid19 patients as well as other emergencies, so there is still time to learn how to be an actually helpful assistant for ICU nurses.

However after a day of learning and the bike ride home there is really nothing better then playing the violin for an hour or so to forget the outside world for a while, calm down and reduce stress.

And maybe I even find the time to finally figure out, how to make practice videos and post them here ;-).

Stay healthy everyone,

Steph

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Posted: March 24, 2020
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Sonia Lancaster
For fun - Piazola’s Oblivion
Hi All,
Here is something for fun. Astor Piazola’s Oblivion.


Hope you enjoy it.

Sonia
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Posted: March 28, 2020
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Beth Blackerby
Today's Practice challenge 3-18-2020
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Posted: March 18, 2020
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Beth Blackerby
Scale Duets

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Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Allegretto No.2... Full speed ahead! :0)
Hi family! Trying to go for 100% full speed with Allegretto No.2!! Whewww!!! Its truly a challenge but fun! Including video inside~ :0)
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Posted: March 29, 2020
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