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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

Ray
Been score studying for Berceuse Beginner Level 4 and making those first layers of notes.  Then it hit me on how I would like to be able to play it, a lullaby.  I can just picture it, the violin and piano music being played while putting a baby to sleep.  Now I just have figure out how to play it the way it is in my head.  :)))  Any tips would be great.
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Posted: December 7, 2019

Cayla Grobler
Does anyone know what grade Beginner Level 4 is?
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Posted: December 7, 2019

James Walley
Perpetuum Mobile (beginning)
I'm probably going to regret asking this question, as I'm pretty sure it's going to give me an answer I don't want to hear, but...when one of the steps in completing Beginning Level 4 is "Perpetuum Mobile (beginning)," what exactly does the "beginning" mean?  Does it mean playing it up to a certain measure?  Does it mean being able to play it all the way through, but at a slower tempo?  Or does it mean having started working on the piece?
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Posted: December 6, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Playing two songs. I love this  song When Hope Came Down - and then Estrellita as well. Sorry for the cringing -I play my emotions when I start out a new song I am constantly critiquing how I sound and cringe less when I learn it. My cringing gets less when I think I sound better as long as I am not bored from the song by then. I put the lines above the music to mark each beat, 1-2-3-4. And bowing I put a little bowing on the piece. Suggestions welcome. I think I need some bow pressure less and more and rhythm I have a hard time with ties-thinking I need to play each note. Any suggestions on where to go from here appreciated. Thanks for listening
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Posted: December 4, 2019

Mary Freeman
Is it cheating to use my viola bow on my violin
I just love this bow
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Posted: November 30, 2019

Peter Cranwell
Premium Video Upload
Can someone tell me the best way to upload videos for a premium subscription?

I am wondering what video format is best (MP4, AVI etc) and what is the recommended method for uploading or sharing them.

I am evaluating the premium option and want to understand the methods and bandwidth requirements.

Thanks 

Pete
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Barb Wimmer
I know there are apps like play along violin and it grades you on each note and tells you what notes are off and what ones are perfect. Is there an app that measures rhythm?
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Posted: December 3, 2019

Maria
Re: My previous video posted legato bowing
Finally got  weekend off...


Thank you Barbara

Thank you Sarah

Thank you Tim

Thank you Jaime

Thank you all classmates and teacher Beth

Appreciated all your encouragement and support...
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Posted: November 30, 2019

Barbara Habel
Russian Technique

I had a violin lesson last friday and my Russian teacher taught me something she did teach me before but that kind of slipped under the carpet.

It is the Russian technique for playing at the tip of the bow.

Unlike as in Franko-Belgian technique where you bend your wrist upwards - the Russian technique you aim for a straight wrist or bend up wrist as it is when playing at the frog.

The idea is that the wrist stays similar no matter whether you play at the frog or the tip.

And there is a little Mona Lise smile change between up and down bows and vice versa. That is the equivallent to the Colle bow change motion.

I am having fun experimenting with this on the "Jesus joy of manīs desiring". But on this clip it is only straight bowing.
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Posted: November 18, 2019

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