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Elke Meier
A while ago someone asked about which etudes to do in which order. I just stumbled over a website on violinmasterclass.com where they have a list of etude books according to level of playing. Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to make it into a link, so you will just have to copy and paste it in your browser: 

https://violinmasterclass.com/en/graded-repertoire/violin-methods-and-etudes

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Posted: July 17, 2019

Dianne
Masterclass
When I saw this I realized it was lightyears away, but I learned something from it anyway. Thoughts?
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Posted: July 14, 2019

Elke Meier
Not a question, just a comment: I find it so interesting (annoying...) how the violin reacts to the environment. Mine does NOT like humidity. Today we have 80% humidity, I can not turn the pegs for tuning (luckily it mostly keeps in tune pretty well) and it just sounds coarse, like it has a sore throat - poor thing!


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Posted: July 14, 2019

Maria
Day 2 practice...

7-15-19
5Am


Good morning,


Day 2 practice on finger hopping, vibrate on 4th finger, string crossing, bow retake... Shifting on 2nd position to 3rd position, second position, then back to 1st position.

Pardon my medieval note writing, I don't have the app. plus not quite sure how to approximate or determine exact note value so I just marked the notes in triangular shape using comas, hyphens and more elongated hyphens.

I focussed on hopping my finger onto the next string and still be able to vibrate smoothly/sweetly if possible...Also sustaining vibrato on 4th finger on the highest note of this piece which is D 3rd octave then cleanly cross the string-by doing finger hop on D 2nd octave as clean as I could.

The sound that you hear was my actual practice video playing in the background while the camera was trying to followi my crude note notation of the piece.

Thank you and any suggestions on how to improve my practice will be much appreciated...
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Posted: July 15, 2019

Dianne
Sightreading
How could I have left this off my practice routine-again! I would like to sight read a beginner piece daily to watch my skill improve. I am on IMSLP right now looking for beginner level grade books (not etudes). Can anyone suggest one?

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Posted: July 15, 2019

James Walley
For those working through the "Beginner 2" syllabus...
How far did you take the Etude on page 37 of Suzuki 1?  Specifically, did you keep up with it until you could play it along with the piano accompaniment on the CD?  As far as I can tell, the tempo on that track is approximately 117 bpm.  Using a metronome, I've been upping the speed to the point where I can get through it, albeit quite unsteadily, at 90 bpm.  I just don't see how "beginners" can be expected to get through a piece of all eighth notes at what would be considered Allegro Moderato (equivalent to Prestissimo if the piece was in quarter notes instead)...and that's not to mention to switching to the double-bows per note in Variation B!

Yes, I know I'm just whining.  It's the frustration of pounding away at the piece for about two hours while seeing little if any improvement.  And, yes, I'm sure that, with enough effort (not to mention blood, sweat, and tears...along with any other '70's era jazz-rock band you'd care to mention), I'll finally be able to get it at the proper speed.  I just get the sense that I'm going to be stuck on the "blue" level of Beginner 2 for the next six months at this rate!

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Posted: July 12, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
https://www.thestrad.com/playing/violinist-aaron-rosand-on-how-to-practise-effectively/5914.article?fbclid=IwAR2DDpeWTzN8KL5fWKBOT3bT4b9ix-gjEoFO5La6Nmd-DjeRV2Dhp3K8Gjc

Aaron Rosand, on practice. Excellent.

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Posted: July 15, 2019

Maria
Practice on string crossings and still try to vibrate sweetly/smoothly
Practicing quick string crossing then try to vibrate sweetly and smoothly...(Pardon the kitchen activity noise).

Nena, my student violin is sounding a bit shrill and not so sweet...It's been a while since I played/used her to practice...










At the same time feeling sentimental with this piece, itís hard to say goodbye but itís time to move on 😞🙏🏼✨✨✨
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Posted: July 14, 2019

Kobe Tsang
Bow bounces when doing retakes?
Does anyone else find bow retakes very difficult when doing fast? In fact, the suzuki tracks that comes with the book is all crazy fast. I'm currently learning songs using a metronome and then gradually speed up the metronome if I could play through several times with no mistakes, is there a more efficient way? 

The problem for Song of the Wind is every time I do the bow retake it wants to bounce. I've watched all the lessons on eliminating the bounce and I think the bounce during a bow stroke is almost completely gone but its still happening during the retake. I'm conscienous that my right shoulder slowly creeps up when I dont pay attention to it, will that eventually go away? 

Thanks everyone !
Kobe
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Posted: July 13, 2019

Timothy Smith
Playing Reels and Jigs as Technique Practice
It would seem that some reels and jigs have some good technique lessons in them. Take these two for instance, they seem excellent for working on low string bow control and string crossings. 
I appreciate any advice on how to better play the low strings fast more cleanly. I'm tripping up here and there. It seems that generally more of my upper body needs to go into the lower strings. I need more pressure to get the sound in those ranges. Am I going about it correctly?

The song titles are
The titles are clickable links to the music. Take a shot at it and see what you think!
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11 Responses
Posted: July 8, 2019

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