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Hi Everyone,

I have been trying to learn the violin for 12months now. Until i tried to learn vibrato recently, i did not realise what a problem my left hand was in. I can not get my hand to comfortably leave a space between the neck and  the first finger. I get such a cramp in my wrist trying to reach further around the neck that i dont think that i will be able to continue. and this has come from only practicing on the e and a strings. dont even think about D and G. My method before trying to learn vibrato had the neck resting on the base nuckle for most of the time.

I believe this is because i have short pudgy fingers and i suppose short arms as well. ARe there any accomplished fiddlers out there with short fingers that can give me hope that my hand will adapt? Is there maybe some tricks to utilise for short fingered players? I have even tried to take up the guitar recently to get my fingers to stretch. I have re-watched all the early one videos about holding the violin correctly and the left hand position so i think i am holding them in the right way.

I am unable to get a  live intructor as i live in a rural area that has no fiddle teachers. Cello yes....but not violin. Go figure.

Any help would be appreciate. I don't want to give up just yet.

Kirsty

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Posted: March 26, 2012


Thought I'd put this up for some comments. I was using the "sing it in your head while you play it" technique that Beth described - it really helps to reduce the mistakes and keep things moving along.

I thought the picture in picture was a good idea for seeing things at different angles. It wasn't too hard to accomplish (I had an old camcorder lying around that I used to shoot the left hand).

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Posted: March 25, 2012


Hello everyone,

Boy time flies, it's already been another month. So, I've made another video of my progress, this is me after 3 months.

This month my focus has been on working through some of the songs found in the Fiddleworks vol. 1, and reviewing what I've covered so far in Suzuki vol. 1. I have only just begun to move forward with Suzuki (this week), so there isn't anything in this months recording from that curriculum.

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Unfortunately I'm not that happy with my progress. I was working on bowing closer to the frog (using more bow) and trying to not move my upper arm so much, but it appears in the video that I haven't made much ground on either. That said, with regards to the amount of bow that I'm using, I wonder if it has to do with the choice of songs. With these fiddle songs, there seems to be a focus on short bows.

Anyhow, as promised here is the latest video.
https://youtu.be/kMLK6K5j6ok

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Posted: March 25, 2012

Mary Reeley
Hi Beth just found the scale rounds. I only know D, A, G, and C major scales now, but I see these will really help when I start learning to shift. Keep them coming. Thanks so much. Mary Reeley

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Posted: March 26, 2012


Hi..My tale is a bit of a saga..at 71 I touched my first violin,and after <3 months of learning how to set up bridge/nut/chin rest and thanks to Beth (later)..the great BonMusica rest..I looked on line to several fine beginner-instructors...figured out how to make some sounds and found VIOLINLAB.COM  !! Joined the first night, to my delight..and found a local teacher who is just fine...But I spend an hour plus with" Beth" daily , for her insight into the human condition and shortcomings come thru in the videos so pointedly that one feels as if one was sitting with your own private teacher, discussing "why I can't get that right", yet...I'm in awe.

I just replaced my $9 string set with Dominants-mediums....and I can't BELIEVE the glorious sound my $70 Chinese violin is making !  I am serious..good strings make an unbelievable difference..Has anyone else this to be true ?..Georgevenshar

 

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Posted: March 25, 2012


I am wondering how I can get the app to improve rhythm and sight reading. I checked the recently added column and didn't see it there. Is the app compatible with iPhone, or is it Android only?

Thanks,
Erie
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Posted: March 25, 2012

Sean
Hey all,

I was playing tonight, and told myself: "why not speed this up?" So i did a little experiment and i was actually impressed!
I'll probably take it off soon, but i just wanted to show you guys before then. Tell me what you think!

Sean

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Posted: March 24, 2012


Hi, Beth,
This is the piece that I played for the Dec. recital...I shook like a leaf and stopped 3 times which I know you are not suppose to do.
This Sunday I am playing it at church with my 15 year old grandson accompanying me on the piano.  (He does a great job!)
Any comments that you have would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Gwen
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Posted: March 23, 2012


Do you have any videos on 3 octave scales and arpeggios?
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Posted: March 22, 2012

Mary Reeley
Eileen     I have a google acct now and can sign in.  How do I get to the violin lab group?  If I try and send a message it comes back that the group doesn't exist.  Sorry I'm not very good at this.  I also wanted to tell you that sadly I fly home on Fri morning.  Hopefully I can get hooked into the google group.  Thanks  Mary Reeley    
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Posted: March 24, 2012

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