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I have a silly question.  Has anyone out there in cyberland ever played violin with acrylic nails?  I want to try them but i'm not sure if they will be too long or get in the way.  I wouldn't get them very long, biut I don't know how long is too long.  My natural nails don't grow very well.

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Posted: September 20, 2011

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Oh boy... I think I'm addicted! :-)  I should be working on editing the images from this past wedding and high school senior shoot but it is raining... and I really don't feel like working.  Soooo..... I am having a very nice cup of hot tea and am practicing my violin instead.  Good thing I'm my own boss.... lol! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day no matter what the weather is like in your area!

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Posted: September 20, 2011

Oh THANK YOU Beth for printing the note names on the notes !! I'm just going through your explanation of your scale rounds and liking very much what I'm hearing. One thing that has been difficult for me is to remember the note "names". I know where to play them but most of the time I don't know who they are. First position I've got but anywhere else and I get you ! I'll be printing all that out when I get on my other computer and tomorrow morning I'll take a good look at what you've got there. :-)


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Posted: September 18, 2011

Donna Marie
Hi Beth. Finally able to get some time for violin learning after soooo long. This is a great tutorial on how to do finger spacing. I have one request. Do you have a video or mp3 of you doing the entire finger scale with you bowing on the notes for 3-5 seconds? I know you have the tumbra links for intonation, but they don't have the same sound as the violin and I noticed that my brain and ears prefer hearing the notes on the same instrument. Thanks!


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Posted: September 19, 2011

Shelly ~ South Carolina
OMG!!! Look what came today!! My mother (god bless her) sent me her father's (my grandfather) violin.  It's been in our family for about 50+ years.  It is in excellent condition.  It is a Stainer (copy, I'm sure, though the handwritten label says Jacobus Stainer 1659) and it's sentimental value to me is beyond compare.  I never thought my mother would part with it. 

I played it a bit and I can not believe the difference between this and my cheap Chinese violin.  Night and day!  I hope I will eventually do it justice.  My grandfather played with various orchestras through out California until right before his death 20 years ago.  Sorry for the cruddy pictures - just took them with my phone.  Ok - back to practicing! :-)  Thanks for letting me share.

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Posted: September 14, 2011

Sue D.
Beth, I started practicing the Scale Rounds this morning. For some reason on the "D" string when E flat is played followed by F sharp it just does not sound right. I wonder if you could make a video of the scale so we can hear how it is suppose to sound? I think you did a great job with this scale series! Thank you!

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Posted: September 18, 2011


Hi Everyone,

Somewhere in the community pages-I'm not sure what term(s) to use- is a site where you can download a song and then play it back at a slower tempo and also a few measures at a time.  If anyone has a better memory than mine could you repost it please. 



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Posted: September 18, 2011

steve Allen

Good Afternoon Beth,

I am curious if you have found issues with students who are dyslexic trying to read and play music.  As you might guess by the question Iím dyslexic and find that I will be able to play a piece of music one time through effortlessly then immediately play it again and find it difficult to figure out the notes.  After three years of playing every day, studying the notes, using flash cards, etc , I had hoped to get beyond this frustrating phenomena.    


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Posted: September 16, 2011

Hi Beth,

I've tried the Scale Rounds and found it very instructive and easily gotten through. The 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 finger placement patterns became so clear as I worked my way up the fingerboard. But I got confused at Scale 2. It reads 2-3 and next is also 2-3 with 'down arrow.'  When I substituted 1-2, then played 2-3 it seemed correct, so maybe just a misprint.  

Mastering it all is a very different task which I'm working on now. I'm a bit lost in my practice sessions - there seems always to be so much to work on. 


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Posted: September 16, 2011

Hi Beth,

I've been working on this Seitz piece from the 4th Suzuki book...still lots of work to do but I wanted to show you some of the areas I think I've been improving in...

Improvements, from what I see...
..I'm making much more use of my bow up at the frog left hand is finally loosening up (vibrato work has helped there a lot!)
..pinkie on the right hand is starting to curl more and stays down..for the most part, I still see spots where it lets go or straightens out, but much better
..I'm starting to pay more attention to the dynamics

Areas that need fixing...
..vibrato is always a work in progress. I'm now working on integrating it.  Not an easy task...intonation usually goes all over the place..I only tried on a few of the longer notes here
..I'm still tilting that bow too much I think and I need to do a better job of keeping it on the sounding point in a few areas.
..I need to stand up a bit help in a few areas here and there
..wobbly intonation and tone here and there
..still working on those pinkies. 
..that measure 90 is a bear !  Hardest part in this whole piece I think
..more spic work
..nerves....just don't get why I get so nervous the second I turn that camera on...frustrating !
...etc etc etc etc

How's it look/sound Beth ?  Any suggestions and comments welcome !

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Posted: September 9, 2011

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