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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
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

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

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

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

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