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Arthur Mendez
Where is your goto?
When you seem stuck in a rut....where is your favorite goto lesson, etude, scale or just violin thing to do?

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Posted: August 24, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Estrellita - a free song on Musicnotes.com. I can almost follow the notes of Joshua Bell and then I get lost. I think the same notes on the page I am reading. Trying to blend all together and not be choppy.  
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Posted: September 2, 2019

somebodysson
First post. Shifting. Geringas Round Dance, question
So I've practised some shifting and I got Geringas book on Shifting Round Dance  seems like the first bona fide song in the book, so I'm trying to learn it. I'm confused. I thought in shifting we're supposed to go to harmonic pressure and shift to find the note and then increase the pressure to sound the note. I don't find that that is possible in this song. Am I missing something? It seems to me that to play this song you just have to get to the shifted note automatically judging the distance, you don't have time to hear the harmonic and use that as your guide. Can someone post a performance of Round Dance where the harmonic pressure is evident in finding the shifted note? Or alternately explain to me how I'm supposed to find the note without harmonic pressure. Thank youl 

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Posted: September 2, 2019

Arthur Mendez
Drink to Me With Thine Eyes Only
Dear Beth,

Do you have a second violin part for Drink to Me With Thine Eyes Only?


Cordially,

Art M

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Posted: August 31, 2019

Dianne

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Posted: August 29, 2019

Gregory Gillis
Making a rich ringing tone
https://youtu.be/ZNOUvi6-sOk

The Swan
Saint-Saens

I am still trying to improve my tone. I know I tend to play too close to bridge. Also, I fight various neurological issues that impact my playing. Doctors advise that post polio as well as my damaged spine, from top cervical down to lumbar spine. What I say is... whatever... 

I refuse to allow pain, etc. to interfere with my love of playing violin. So, my friends you will be “victims” of my posting many videos. I started on violin.lab August 15, 2019. This next year I (and you) will watch my progress here.

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Posted: August 27, 2019

Deanna Kemler
Great range of motion finger exercises
Hi all,

Although I've played fluted for a long time, I'm new to violin and to this community.  In the process of understanding the bow hold and how my particular hand can work toward having a good one, I realized that I don't have full range of motion in my index finger...probably from jamming it in high school many years ago.  It doesn't hurt, and for all other purposes, it works just fine.  I do, however, have to keep a plug in that key in my flute, because otherwise the key leaks because the finger is slightly curved toward the middle finger.  But for the bow hold, it's a bit of a problem because when it bends, it twists toward the middle finger and puts pressure on it.  It's also hard to wrap it around the bow in the way I've seen Beth do in videos.  So I've started working with it, to see if gaining fuller range of motion would be useful.

In the process, I found a great set of finger exercises that would likely benefit many people in the group, even if you have no range of motion issues.  I like them because they not only strengthen and stretch, they also teach you to isolate the different joints/finger segments in a way that's very useful to the various ways each violin hand works.  


Enjoy!

Deanna

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Posted: August 28, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Kreutzer #2, 80 bpm. August, 26, 2019
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Posted: August 26, 2019

Dianne
Violin Audio 3 Octave Scales (& Arpeggios!)
This is missing Arpeggios! :(

But..I found a CD Baby collection of violin scales in all keys major/minor/melodic/harmonic in 2 and 3 octaves. It is a digitally rendered violin so sounds somewhat staccato, but I would like to make one of these collections myself as I cannot just but these two collections. But this is a place where those digitally mastered violin applications could really make it sound 'real'? Any ideas? Here's the collection that I would like to create. Now I do not want to just play these and then play along with my own playing because of intonation issues that exist right now that I am attempting to correct. I also know I could use drones, but this collection seems like a nice idea if it was violin, to play along with if it could be slowed down. Just a fun way to practice all scales in all keys.

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Posted: August 28, 2019

Dianne
Help WIth Counting
Can someone help me with counting this? Can't quite make out what the conductor is doing and just memorizing this by rote is one option, but I'd really like to learn how to count this so I have my entrances. 
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Posted: August 24, 2019

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