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Ray
Hi Everyone,

I am starting Si Bheag Si Mhor, the last piece in Beginning Level 2 (very exciting!!!) and a piece that I have wanted to learn since I first heard it played.

While, in Beth's tutorial video, she mentions that we are able to make Si Bheag Si Mhor our own there is a mordant I have a question about.

How would these sets of notes be played?  A three note slur with a mordant?  I found this while score reading.  Not sure I will keep it but would still like to know in case I come across it again and I have to play it.

Thanks for any thoughts.


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Posted: October 30, 2019

Betsy Kopyc
tape for beginners
I'm brand new to learning the violin. I watched the video of Beth putting tape on the neck of the violin to help with learning the position of the fingers. The video looks like she is using 1/4 tape, but she speaks of using 1/8 inch tape. Which should I be using? Thanks.
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Posted: October 29, 2019

Elke Meier
Here is a double stop practice video I would appreciate some feedback on. This is #9 in Josephine Trott's double stop book. I have worked on this now for a long time but don't seem to be able to get it fluent. Even the first three notes are hard! Well, not so much the first two, but the third, a minor sixth. I can't tell you how many times I have practiced this, and still it is hit and miss to really nail the intonation. 

Without a camera I can play this better than with a camera, sure. I even had a hard time finding the harmonics and that is normally (i.e. without the camera rolling...) not difficult. Getting the two strings consistently is harder, but without a camera easier than what you hear in the video. Beth's advice to have a tension free bow arm for double stops is so true. But tension free does not work so well with the camera rolling... 

What IS very, very difficult for me, though, is the last line of the piece. Intonation is very hard as my fingers just about break off (so they are TENSE...) and I am wondering whether there is an easier way to do that than what I do. The last line starts when you hear the beginning motif for the fourth time. - Well, you will notice right away what the last line is! It is very scratchy! And I have repeated it a few times.
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Posted: October 27, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Ten days ago I' suffered what doctors call 'syncope', that is, a sudden fall upon my first lower left rib. Severe cough frequently causes me this event. Despite the medication, new coughing crises cause more intense pain, than in the beginning.

Today, I took dipyrone, rivotril, plus wine, and  began to bow open string, to situate myself. I took a break to report this experience here.

It's ok, mainly after a 7 days period without touching the violin,

That would be a great issue, Beth, to introduce a 'Violin Medicin', in your plans.


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Posted: October 26, 2019

Maria
Nena- Ikaw lang ang ...


At the other end of the world there’s this peaceful place called Pearl of the Orient, my homeland...


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Posted: October 23, 2019

Ray
Hi Everyone,

Critique needed on my latest video in playing insync with Dr. K. Jetter and her cello for Minuet No.1.  If you could give it a listen for any measures where I am not playing insync I would appreciate any feedback.  Thanks, in advance.
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Posted: October 26, 2019

AZ
Awesome 4th Finger Exercise!
Hi Violin Labbers,

Since I started playing the violin about two and a half years ago, I am having a big problem with my 4th finger, which is either straight or the middle knuckle is flat. I am taking lessons and my instructor showed me a variety of ways to help with this, from tapping on the body of the violin to turning the hand a bit more, but nothing worked so far.

Yesterday, I found a genius 4th finger exercise that worked for me from the start. Of course it will take some time to commit it to memory, but I was excited to see that it worked from the start. It reduces the risk of squeezing with the thumb AND the hand position feels natural! Needless to say that I am very excited, so I wanted to share it with you.

You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrKyFTNat3U
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Posted: October 25, 2019

Dianne
Bow Hold Buddies
Has anyone used these? Are these really a shortcut to a good violin bow hold for either children or adults? Any opinions or ideas?

I do have to say, these seem cost prohibitive.
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Posted: October 24, 2019

Lesley
OMG Benda Grave. I'm giving UP on this one! Been trying to play it for two months now. Aaaaagh. This video is pretty well where I'm at. Intonation all over the place. Audible slidey shifts galore. Vibrato, fegeddaboutit! Actually my teacher thinks I should leave vibrato alone and just focus on tone, but still! it would be nice to be able to pull it out for occasions like this.

I tried recording this earlier today and got so discouraged, I was seriously considering packing it all in. Then later (cooking with glass of wine), my attempt didn't seem quite so bad. So it's getting posted. I'm basically trying to get over myself and develop more of a 'performance' mindset, warts and all. As they say, you have to practice as if you are performing if you want to improve. It's true that I spend too much time playing to myself and endlessly stopping and starting.

The occasional thumping in the background is my boyfiend (wasn't a deliberate misspelling, but I think I'll keep it) chopping wood. It is cold up here in Quebec. :)
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Posted: October 21, 2019

Ray
Wondering what finger independence exercises people would either recommend or are using and you really like them?
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Posted: October 25, 2019

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