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Dianne
Amy Beach: Berceuse
Thank you!!

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Posted: February 23, 2019

Juan Pimienta
Audition result
Hi folks since all you helped me greatly on the way to the audition I will tell you how it went. I didnt get in to College since two things were missing Quick and precise sight reading and being able to sing a passage naming the notes. On the positive side the pannel liked my playing a lot my pieces were very good and so was the three octave scale.
I will try again next year and will prepare the section i lacked ability on. I feel i can do this but i was never taught how to do this.

Thanks so much you guys.
Juan.

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Posted: February 25, 2019

Elke Meier
Important insight...
...about spiccato just a few minutes ago. Sevcik op 3 #2 is the first spiccato exercise in this book. I have been doing this it seems forever, but my spiccato is still not very nice. The notes are kind of choked up, but the biggest problem is that it is very irregular: the down bows are heavier than the up bows resulting in the down bow tones always being a bit longer than the up bow tones. But I would like them to be such that I cannot hear any more whether a note is played on the up or down bow part of spiccato. Note: This is the down-up-down-up version of spiccato, not the up-bow-only-spiccato. That one I find much, much easier to get even. 

Basically in each practice that I can do without a mute (=  whenever my neighbors are gone...) I work on some of the Sevcik exercises. For exercise #2 I normally start with an open string to first establish an even movement. And the last few weeks I actually did manage every so often very even spiccato where I could not distinguish any more whether it was up or down bow. Yeah! I can't do it yet consistently but it is slowly happening more often :). 

However, it still did not translate into the actual exercise. As soon as I added the notes they became very muted again, unregular, choked - just not nice! I wondered what the real culprit was: bad intonation? or because I could not process the notes at the same time as trying to concentrate on evenness in the right hand? or because of lack of the finger stopping the string proplerly? Whatever I tried to correct it did not work. 

Today I had the idea of just playing a scale with a full measure of spiccato for each note. So no concentration necessary for the left hand. Ha! I instantly discovered the culprit for the choked up notes: left and right hand are not independent from each other! The open string was wonderfully even, I put the first finger down - and if felt like there was a weight hanging on my right hand! - I am so happy about this discovery, as it gave me a handle now on how to work on this!

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Posted: February 25, 2019

Lee Gordon Seebach
Added Vibrato to Quarter Notes
Hi gang,

I'm adding vibrato to quarter notes in Minuet No. 1 from Suzuki book 1 in this video.  I hesitate to post this, but what the heck...it's really slowly played - I have to slow down so I can think about getting the vibrato going.  That means other aspects of my playing suffer: my string crossings aren't clean here and there, and my thumb placement under the neck needs constant adjustment.  I also struggled with the violin on my clavicle.  Oh well.  So it goes.  🤓

I figure I'll speed up as I get better at vibrato and other skills improve, so no worries.

Feedback welcome.  😇
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Posted: February 23, 2019

Ray
Here We Go 2nd time for Exercise 6 Set 1 of Open String Duets.  I like this one of the previously posted video.  Last note may be cut a little short.  Have to work on my endings.  

Very helpful critiques for the last video, thanks a lot.  If you notice anything for sure let me know.  Thanks, again.

May The Beat Be With You Always,

Ray
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Posted: February 21, 2019

Barbara Habel
Recital

Dear All

Friday was the performance of my recital at the music school at Carneval. With lots of little children running around in costumes. The kids do that at all the recitals there but especially so at carneval.

Hope you enjoy the music.


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Posted: February 22, 2019

Dianne
Note Reading Course
I've started Suzuki Book 5 this past week, and I have found the note reading course to be indispensable. First position is no longer 'home base'. I must know where I am, and where I am going, according to the key signature, at all times, in the 1st five positions. As well, I must know the relationships across strings in an ever changing environment. The two vibrato pieces I worked on recently have really helped. I am also excited about the new pieces coming up!

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Posted: February 24, 2019

Timothy Smith
Cliffs Of Moher
So I'm still trying to get it right. I watched Hillary Hahn  today playing Beethoven and Mozart. OMG I should probably just quit now :S

Problems I noted as a result of this video, if you see more please do tell and thanks.
I modified my mics(put socks over them) to help tone them down. This has helped the sound issues some since I'm so close to the mics in a small room.I added a very small amount of reverb.
Issues I noted
-My thumb is too far around the neck. I am having difficulty in training myself to keep it further back
-My intonation is off on some of it
Things I hope I did correctly
-bow angle
-staying in correct position with bow
-bow pressure
Things I would like to do
Play like Hillary Hahn...yeah right.

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Posted: February 18, 2019

Ray
In Need of Advice
Hi Everyone,

In need of advice for ideas on how to blend my sound seamlessly into Beth's part of Exercise 6 of Set 1 in her Open String Duets Series.  To my ears my sound 'is sitting on top but blended with her accompaniment.  

So any ideas would be great.

May The Beat Be With You Always.

Ray

https://youtu.be/W6FJxe3yO3E

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Posted: February 21, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Suggestions welcome- working on flow and more wow. Thinking flows more and less sloppy but wondering where to go from here-getting notes down better and slower bow faster bow maybe ? Thanks
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7 Responses
Posted: February 19, 2019

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