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James Walley
An Old Fogey Learning Violin...
As I have mentioned here before, I started studying violin in early-mid-2016, and started with the ViolinLab course not long thereafter.  However, even though I thought I was making decent progress, various circumstances caused me to give up the effort altogether at the end of 2016, and I didn't even open my instrument case again until this spring, at which time I made another try.

Back in 2016, I started a YouTube channel, Old Fogey Music, with which I planned to document my progress weekly.  Obviously, that went dormant as well, and I'm now starting to post new progress videos, although I only plan to upload every month or so this time around.  If you want to go back and look at all my early efforts, feel free to do so; I'll include a link to my latest video in the first comment, and continue updating this thread each time I post another one.
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Posted: September 3, 2019

Gregory Gillis
Grave (Concerto Sol Maggiore) Jan Benda
I just had to take a break from Bach Sonata I'm working on. Bach is so difficult. He makes you pay attention to every darn note. If you don't get the notes in tune the piece sounds troubled.

This Benda melody is so relaxing but also kinda haunting. I love it!
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Posted: October 29, 2019

Soph
Vivaldi G minor concerto Soundslice
 Hi,Beth 
I am in love with your soundslice overhead play through.
 I am currently working on Vivaldi G minor concerto with soundslice video, but it ends on mm 98. Is this supposed to be a short version? 
Love all your updates by the way. Great job guys!!Thank you!
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Ray
Hi Beth,

Loving that E Major scale video.  Fantastic way to become more comfortable playing any where on the finger board.  Anything to reinforce the no left hand squeezing, eh!  Very easy site to navigate.

(side note: I tried clicking on a couple of the tips for the practice organizer.  The couple I wrote showed up but the not the ones that are prepared but I am sure this will clear up in a couple of days)
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Dianne
Wanted to share something that happened in a performance recently. I was playing two full lines of 8th notes and heard the whole orchestra playing the same dynamic. I started thinking, "This must sound totally boring". So I developed the musical line for the rest of my measures. This is something I've learned about here, but have never done, didn't plan, just did it. In concerts, this kind of thing happens, where one or two things that I didn't see coming just happen in the performance. What is it about all the practice and preparation that results in actual performances having these kinds of things happening out of nowhere?
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Posted: November 5, 2019

Lesley
how do people practice?
I wish I could be a fly on the wall and see how other people practice! I have so many questions about my own practice... I never know if I am doing it right or if there is some better way. Actually, I'm nagged by the constant fear that I'm chronically inefficient and getting nowhere. I am also terrible for letting myself get distracted (like right now!). So here are some questions for anyone who would like to respond. I'll answer them to start with, but will hopefully hear other people. :)

What are the things you do every day? 
- I try to do scales every day, but some days the thought of scales is just... too much, so I will dive straight into whatever piece I'm working on. Though I know that if I don't "think" before starting the scales, that I normally end up enjoying them. Beth's "fun with scales" exercises are something I do a lot.
- Recently I heard that Jascha Heifetz did the first Schradieck exercise to warm up. Hey, if it's good enough for Heifetz... It's now part of my routine.

Do you follow a set routine, or do you mix it up a lot? 
- Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was using this very detailed worksheet that I'd created, which listed scales, études and repertoire plus an amount of time for each. But recently I've rebelled! and have resumed a more "free range" practice. Not sure this is the best idea.

What have you found really works for you?
- The worksheet approach forced me to become more consistent. I've heard again and again that with violin, "consistency" is key. I am woefully inconsistent by nature.
- I've started recording myself more... it's painful, but helpful. 
- Keeping my expectations at a reasonable level! Which usually means lowering them by a bunch of notches.

Anyone else?
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Posted: October 30, 2019

Elke Meier
Wow, my favorite violinist posted the first video of performing with an orchestra! And not playin IN the orchestra, but being the soloist! I am so impressed. And I especially enjoy her interaction with the orchestra. Even in such a setting her personaliy comes out. 

She seemed pretty nervous in the beginning, but all that was gone once her music started. Amazing! She is 10 and plays on a 3/4 violin. That the violin even could be heard above the orchestra really amazes me. 

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Posted: November 1, 2019

Assumpció Segura
Hello everyone!

I have thought of a very easy idea to help pass the straight bow, especially at the tip of the bow.
With cardboard and colored adhesive tape.
I have tried it and it is going very well!
I hope this idea is useful!
Greetings from Barcelona!

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Posted: October 29, 2019

Sonia Lancaster
The weekend is here
Well, the weekend is finally here where our quartet will be joining 30+ other string players from around Victoria, Australia for a culmination of work with our string mentor John Noble.


There won’t be an official recording but hoping to be able to post a snippet from the audience.

Sonia
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Posted: October 30, 2019

Timothy Smith
His Majesty Unfathomed
This is an orchestral classical mock up I recently constructed based on a piano composition. Still have a few things to tighten up in it. I had hoped to makes some things I could eventually play to.
I was curious- Not sure which classical time period this piece most closely matches?
 Can you tell which matches the best? Or does this sound like a combination of styles to you. FYI- It breaks away from the theme later on. Comes back to the theme although not in a strong way.

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Posted: October 21, 2019

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