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Lee Gordon Seebach
Intonation and "Floppy" Vibrato
Hello VL Gang,

Lately, my main focus has been playing in tune.  I've reached the point where I have become very picky when it comes to hitting pitches, as accurately as I can anyway.  If it doesn't sound right to me, I search for the pitch until it does, mostly listening for ringtones if this applies to the note.  I play almost everything slowly enough so I can listen critically to how I sound and hopefully I'm training my ear at the same time.

In my last lesson with Beth, she mentioned that I need to have a "floppier" vibrato - wider and more noticeable - so I've been working on that, again while trying for the right pitches.  My vibrato in this video is still very crude but at least I feel alright that it's coming along.

I think I'm finally getting my violin to "sing" a little.  Coaxing a tolerable sound out of this instrument has been a lot of hard work and I think the effort I've put in is starting to pay off.  What do you think?
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Posted: July 10, 2019

Dianne
Simply Amazing Demonstration
Hi Barbara, I know you posted this video a long time ago, but I just found it in the archive and thought it was a fabulous reminder to sing my passages. So many time my passages are just technical work, and that makes sense since I'm trying to learn tricky bowings at a medium speed etc, but there are places in my pieces where I can do this.

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Posted: July 12, 2019

Barbara Holl




Hello ,

I habe a question about Meditation phrase 2  measure  fifteen in the sheet music provided it says 


What I found difficult

But in the tutorial Beth I think plays this ??

Which seems easier ..

But  then I canít get how it goes on with bowing and fingering . Does anyone know?

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Posted: July 12, 2019

Arthur Mendez
Nina and Melody from Kentucky....
I was working on those two pieces and the accompaniments disappeared...where did they go.

Anybody know where I can find them on here?

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Posted: July 11, 2019

Kobe Tsang
Lightly Row
Hi everyone, 
I'm having so much fun with this, before I know it 4 hours had flew by! 
My bow hold is relaxed when I focus on it but as soon as my attention drifts to left hand, the pinky straightens. I've also been forcing myself to do longer bow strokes. 

Here is my best attempt at Lightly Row, would love any feedback for me to improve.

Thanks,
Kobe
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Posted: July 8, 2019

Arthur Mendez
Rachel Barton Pine
Well,  I got my copy of Franz Wohlfahrt FOUNDATION STUDIES FOR THE  VIOLIN: BOOK 1.   Wow 60 first position studies (from Opp. 45,54,74)

tap, tap, tap....where to begin.... i guess page 1

Beth, where is the best place to start? 
Any suggestions?

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Posted: July 8, 2019

Dianne
An Idea
Yes, my cello still sits in the corner looking pretty, but I thought this video was fun. Enjoy!
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Posted: July 8, 2019

Barbara Holl
Stravinsky practice
Hello everyone,

I subscribed a few month ago and find violin lab very! helpful. But I was a bit shy about posting, but without posting I canít get any advice, so here it is 



I would prefer to embed it but somehow this doesnít work...when i click on sharing I only get the option  copy...does anybody know a solution for this?


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Posted: May 11, 2019

Kobe Tsang
The Folk Song
Day 4 of my violin journey ! I'm absolutely in love with this instrument. 
Being watching my bow hand in the mirror to stop it from rocking side to side. Its still very hard to maintain perpendicular to the strings but its better than 2 days ago. (At least its no longer scratchy) Intonation is also very tricky, I'm trying to fix it as soon as I hear it gone wrong but sometimes I dont know until I play the open string. 

Would appreciate any comments or feedback ! 
Thanks everyone,
Kobe
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Posted: July 7, 2019

Kobe Tsang
Hi everyone, 

I'm an absolute newbie who only picked up a violin for the first time 2 days ago! I've always wished I had picked this up when I was a kid but have finally decided that its now or never. Feeling really excited to be on this journey with you all !

Kobe

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Posted: July 5, 2019

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