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Hi everyone,
While I was trying to tune my violin I accidentally cut off the A string.
What should i do? Can I repair it? or I have to buy a new one?

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Posted: March 12, 2012


I have a question about learning higher positions that I would like opinions on.  I am fairly comfortable playing in 3rd position.  I never use 2nd position.  Is it necessary to learn 4th postion or is it acceptable to skip to 5th position?  I have no delusions of ever becoming a concert violinist (at least for the present) but would like the versatility of being able to hit that high F on occassion and learn the Air on the G string.  Thanks for your opinions...John

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Posted: March 12, 2012

KarenJ

Since we're posting fun videos... Pizzicato Polka.

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Posted: March 12, 2012

Jen McColley
Hi everyone, Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I stumbled on Beth's amazing You Tube videos last night during a fit of insomnia. My name is Jen, I'm 42 and I've played the piano since age 5. I took up the violin at age 26 after finding an old violin in my grandfather's closet after he passed away. No one in the family had any idea where it came from or why he had it! So I took lessons for about a year, but then got married and had kids so I stopped. I just recently started taking lessons again after literally not touching the violin for 15 years. It's been frustrating because I felt like I was starting all over again. Absolutely nothing from my prior lessons seems to have stuck. Oh well. I'm determined to make nice sounds, and my kids are pretty eager for that as well. :) I'm thrilled to have found this community of adult learners, and I cannot wait to go home tonight and watch some more of Beth's videos. She is simply amazing. I've had a variety of music teachers in my life, and without a doubt she is the best teacher I've seen. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here!
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Posted: March 12, 2012

Dick Stanley
Dave: "WARNING:  Spouses tend to have hypersensitive hearing regarding violins..."

Indeed. This morning I tuned up early, partly because I like to practice in the morning and partly to help my son get up and on to school. Then I launched into Red, Red Rose. Thought I did pretty well, considering I still have trouble with slurs.

Asked the wife later how she liked waking up to a Scottish ballad? Said she: "Well at first, just at first you understand, I thought it was the garbage truck."

It was garbage pickup day. But still...
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Posted: March 8, 2012



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Posted: March 10, 2012


Hi!

I'm starting to work on a (unknown) polka, which has a few places in it where I have to "knock" my violin with the bow stick. 
Question is, what is the correct place to knock on? I don't want to beat the varnish off of my violin :)

BTW, what's the correct term for that knock, or is there one?
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Posted: March 9, 2012

Dick Stanley
Maryland's Elke Baker's fiddling isn't haunting, except when it ends and you find you foot still tapping. I listen to this four or five times a night lately. Love to be able to bow like this.
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Posted: March 10, 2012

Ray


Hi Everyone,

I've been watching Beth's videos on expressive phrasing to at least aim to make my playing some day sound like a good orator or listening to good reader's theatre performance.  Anyway, while listening to especially #4,5,6, and 7 as Beth had suggested I came upon a piece written by George Haendal in 1711- "Lascia chi'io pianga-from Rinaldo.

This song seems to me to scream for tapers and small cresendos and decrocendos.  Have a listen on youtube and see what you think.

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: March 11, 2012


Rivinus - ergonomic violin

Has anyone been playing / testing an ergonomic violin made by David L. Rivinus?

Greetings from Austria / Europe,

Robert Neunteufel


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Posted: March 10, 2012

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