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Laura Yale
Problem with video play on a chromebook
Love the new site but the videos won't play!  Comes up with Sorry and due to privacy settings the video can not be played at this time.  I enabled cookies for this site but still no go.  Help!
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Posted: November 7, 2019

Alessandro
Fluently reading notes outside the staff
Hey everyone!

I can read notes on the staff quite easly but, has I'm starting to learn 5th position, I'd like to know if there are practice methods to speed up the process of learning fluently reading notes outside the staff.

As an example I was looking at this part of Paganini caprice 24, totally beyond my ability ;)



Does one simply goes by memory when playing it or is it possible to rapidly recognize those high notes?

Does the "Note reading" course here on Violin Lab touch these heights or is it about more basic reading on the staff?

BTW The new Violin Lab look is great!
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Posted: November 9, 2019

Arunaditya Deshmukh
Smooth Bowing
Please check out my Bowing movement. I don't think my finger and wrist are very flexible. Kindly suggest exercizes to keep the bowing straight and smooth. 
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Beth Blackerby
November 3rd! Brand new Violin Lab!
Finally! Can't wait for you to see the new Violin Lab. Still fixing little things, but November 3rd is the date for relaunch. And as with anything in the tech world, there may be bugs. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly


Also don't let your membership expire! Current members are grandfathered at the lowest discount rate.
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Posted: October 12, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Finger Crossovers
There was some discussion about the technique of having to move the finger laterally across the strings. Finally made a video about it! I  know it's listed twice in the Recently added column. I put it in two locations for ample opportunity to come across it. So if you missed it in the Beginning level, you may catch it agin in the Intermediate Level.
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Posted: November 8, 2019

Lesley
Condolences
This is for Tim, who (I just read on another post) has just lost his dad. So very sorry for your loss, Tim. We are with you in spirit.
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Ray
A Big Thank you to Beth,

During the sight reading tutorial videos you recommended that we first listen and follow for down beats of each measure.  As we refine our listening abilities we would be able to hear and follow the other notes.

With Berceuse, which I just started I am using that tip, to be able to play the accompaniment quicker.  

So thanks again.
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Posted: November 8, 2019

Dianne
Schradieck
Lesley, inspired by your latest video on Schradieck, I'm trying to capitalize on the shape I'm in after many weeks/months of vigorous practice and not go into a rest period and consequently lose it all. So two days ago I started on Schradieck. It was hard on the low 2nd fingers to 4th fingers, but on the 2nd day I changed my hand frame by bringing the elbow over a bit, and it made it so much easier. I also heard the hammering fingers. I have never had this finger strength from the base knuckles I have right now, and it is not just the shape I'm in as a base, but the combination with Schradieck. It is as if the base is needed to get the full results, because Schradieck never really worked for me before. I just have to keep this up. Are you still running it? Do you see increasing results? Who knows how far it can take me. It's really not that much time to do a run through. No excuses not to!
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Posted: November 7, 2019

Kate
Drink to Me, measure 11 - need help!

Hi all -I've had a great day exploring the new site and have started working on the above but I'm struggling with measure 11. I see I need to somehow get my third finger from the A string to D string in a slur - so I can't 'hop' it across without it interrupting the continuation of sound. When I was having lessons (a while ago) I had to stop both strings with the first finger but I can't do that with the third as it isn't wide enough - but maybe there's a knack? I assume that I need to somehow 'roll' across, but my initial attempts are disastrous - probably because I don't have a clue how to go about it :). Does anyone know of a video covering this or what it would be called (so I can search tags etc).
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Karen Grace
Bach double dynamics
Hello Beth and fellow labbers!

A question about dynamics on the Bach Double violin concerto. Do I just make them up as I fancy or are there convetions to follow ?

Thanks!

Karen
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Posted: October 29, 2019

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