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Barb Wimmer
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Keyboard and violin. I wonder if I could play this in chords and improvise on the piano and violin. That idea excites me and then I realize not sure what to ask or how to do. Thanks Beth - I like this song. Four on a I think better and lighter pressure on bow on open a seems to sound little better. And bowing can definitely study what bowing to do on this. Any thoughts. Suggestions -Thank you for listening 

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Posted: December 29, 2018

Dianne
Help With 3rd Position Interval in Wohlfahrt #32
Hi, I have been playing this interval and find it difficult to get that 2nd finger placement behind the 3rd finger here in C Major in 3rd position. This is not a double stop, but I like to momentarily leave the 3rd finger down in order to locate 2nd finger placement. I have played this interval in 1st position before in Melodious Double stops, and I am using your interval sheet Elke to identify the interval, but I did not spend much time on this interval in 1st, and now it comes up in 3rd position in the 2nd etude in Wohlfahrt Book II! Hard! Does anyone have a tip or a video to refer me to help with this, or does it take 1000 repetitions for this interval to feel more comfortable with muscle memory?


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Posted: December 27, 2018

Dalila Squarcia
A tag inside the violin
Hi, I am a new member of Violin Lab. I subscibed in hope of learning vibrato, and it's going great. Thanks a lot!
But i noticed a tag inside my violin (where the year of production and the name of the luthier are written) that it's lifting on one side, creating a dog ear like paper do. Can this create a problem for the sound the violin? 
Thanks again

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Posted: December 29, 2018

Mariana Aguirre
Hello Beth have  you the complete score of Deeply grow?

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Posted: December 27, 2018

Barbara Habel
Reflections on my recital at my music school

Last Friday was the day of my recital at my music school. I had practiced the piece by heart and then another musician joined me and my teacher (both playing the violin) on the piano. And suddenly it became a completely different ball game. I needed the sheet music again just to ensure I do not get knocked out and do not find my way back into the piece. But within 30 minutes of shared practice I had gained trust in  myself again.

On the actual day of the recital I had practiced in the hall (where the concert was to be) alone with the piano and also us two violins and the piano. Some parents were already in the audience and clapped at the end of the piece. More and more people joined in the clapping and then I bowed. I had not paid any attention to the crowd but just focused on the music. And I had felt no nerves at all.

Then there was the recital by all the piano students and I was to come after them. When it was my turn I did not put the violin in the right position under my chin and had to clinch the violin with my chin instead of being relaxed. And suddenly the nerves set in. And even so most of my playing was ok there was one shift that was off. I got through the piece and the audience clapped and I bowed and off the stage I went.

As I was lying in bed at night I asked myself why did I not get the shift allright? And then it dawned on me: This was the piece where I learned to shift with the finger close to the string. At the beginning of playing this piece I had a helicopter finger flying high above the string to the next position. Under stress I was just resorting back to old habbits.

And something else I could not understand. Why was the trial run no problem but the recital was a problem as far as nerves went. On both occasion there were people listening and responding with clapping. What was the difference? How can I have the trial run feeling in the recital and play relaxed and at ease in the recital?

Any suggestions?

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Posted: December 25, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
performance
So I officially "came out" as a violinist yesterday, which is to say, made my first public performance. Argh! Fortunately I was flanked by two other musicians and a very enthusiastic, singing audience! Ideal, since it did away with any jitters (apart from a few at the start). There were plenty of false notes, but no-one actually noticed. People were basically thrilled at the opportunity to get to sing (we staged an informal caroling session in the lobby of my mom's building). I was touched at how happy people were to get together and be able to share a moment... very proud to have been part of making this happen. And now I'm super-motivated to improve so that I can do this again next year... but better!

Happy Christmas everyone.

PS. Would have added a video but can't quite figure out the whole youtube thing...


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Posted: December 25, 2018

Ray
Critique needed for bowing stylistically correct for Baroque bowing

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Posted: December 25, 2018

somebodysson
hello from new member
hi I just joined violinlab. I'm a new violinist who has been playing 6 months, after a lifetime of playing piano, reading and by ear. I started off playing  violin this Summer by learning tunes, without much if any guided instruction in *how to sound better*. I got a few little pointers from people who play fiddle, but I had no regular input into how to sound better. I've learned quite a few tunes in the past 6 months, but I play all of them equally; white timing and intonation are not *terrible*, my phrasing, tone, and  articulation  don't seem to be improving. I hope to find detailed instruction in what to do to create that sweet tone and crisp phrasing. I believe that I started learning by *learning too many pieces* but spending about 90% of my time just getting the notes played, and next to no understanding of how to make them sound better. 

I have one little question. Is there a recommended way to follow a curriculum on violinlab? Are the videos ordered? Are the lessons ordered? Is there a suggested order to watch and practice the videos? thanks

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Posted: December 23, 2018

Ray
What do you think, Beth?  Perfect for me or what!!!  :)))



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Posted: December 22, 2018

Nicolinette
tickle the soul...

https://youtu.be/D9SJco84wm8

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Posted: December 25, 2018

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