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I read somewhere recently( i probably do too much of this) that you can sand the back of the neck to get a better grip with the thumb.  Any thoughts on this? 

I wouldn't do this to my own violin because i think it would ruin it, but this was someone's advice to a "newb".  Is it bad advice?

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Posted: November 29, 2011

Patrick Regan

mesures 78-85 of praeludium and allegro.

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Posted: November 30, 2011

Ian Renshaw
Hello Beth and fellow Violin Labbers,

First of all, thanks to Beth for running this site - it's very well designed and the tutorials are excellent.

I thought I'd celebrate my new membership by uploading this video.
As an adult learner I battle with wanting to sound better than I do - right away! This produces a lot of physical and mental tension, which is all too apparent in this film.
Please help!

This discussion includes members-only video content

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Posted: November 12, 2011

Monica Reusser

Hi, I downloaded the A drone to my Iphone, but can't download the other drones. Is it me, or is downloading turned off? I want to download the drones to my iphone so I can play them in the room I practice in. Thanks,

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Posted: November 28, 2011

Michael Logiudice

Hello everyone I have a question about Instrument Care,My Question is during the winter months am I better off keeping my violin in one of my colder rooms about50F-65F with a humidifier or in my Bedroom under my Bed with a space heater about 5ft away with a humidifier in the case,as the Temperture does flucuate in the bedroom I am worried about rapid temperture changes during the evening will affect the violin.





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Posted: November 29, 2011

I have been trying to relearn my left hand  --that is, stop the squeezing.  I am doing the exercises, watching the videos--but my hand is slipping all over the place, never landing on the same note twice.  My thumb has no "friction" and  slides off the violin. Any suggestions for a small hand with a very smooth thumb? 

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Posted: November 28, 2011

Andrea Walpole
Just been having a go with the left hand (ooh exciting!)
When you say no tension with the left thumb, does that mean I can't grip at all?

I'm not sure if this is just because my muscles not being up to it but the action of the strings feels really high (I'm comparing to a banjo as that is what I know) so without a reasonable grip with the thumb I'm struggling to get the left fingers down hard enough to make the note sound when bowed. If I do manage to press down hard enough (without thumb) it makes my neck feel like it's going to snap trying to counterbalance the viola. (And there is obviously a whole heap of tension going on...)

Any ideas?

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Posted: November 25, 2011

Patrick Regan

I'm working on Kriesler's "Praeludium and Allegro" and I would like to know how to play double stops- not spiccato, but somewhere in the middle. If you listen to a recording the first to notes to the passage is G and F. I just find it difficult to know what kind of technique is requierd! any Ideas or advice?


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Posted: November 26, 2011

Hello everyone i would like your opinion. There's also a question on a different subject at the end if you don't want give your opinion.

So i started violin just over a year ago, through fiddle lessons (group) which were provided freely through our school. However, as they are group lessons, the teacher isn't very involved with each student, and there are a lot of bad habits that are developed. I later asked my piano teacher (who plays violin as well) to give me a COUPLE lessons to correct this. She did. Then in summer, i came across violin lab :)

although i liked it, fiddle music never exactly... passioned me. that's what classical music does. so i took fiddle lessons again this year, but i find that i just go because i can, theyre free and i learn some fiddle repertoire. 
However, i really believe that the fiddle lesson and practising is just taking up my time. it feels like im practising for something i dont care about you know? I'd rather spend my time practising on techniques, scales, basics and violin lab videos. 

So would you guys suggest that i stick with the fiddle lessons? I suppose it would be good to know how to play some songs.  however i have all of the "tabs" they use in class, which means i could basically teach myself any songs i want, with YouTube as an aid. or friends from school. but nothing beats the teacher, you know?
I'm asking you guys as the majority of you are older than me, with more experiences, and you guys may tell yourselves now "oh, i wish i had stuck with so and so when i was younger...".

well i am younger right now and i want advice. it's not like im dropping the instrument, i would actually focus on it more to be honest. so no worries there :)

Oh yeah, my other question:

So my membership will be expiring towards the end of the year, and if i renew it as soon as the renewal option comes up, will i still get the little bit of time left that i paid for six months ago, and then six more, or does the six month count start as soon as i renew?

Thanks for everything.

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Posted: November 27, 2011

Andrea Walpole
Beth: I noticed earlier when I tried to get on the site that your bandwidth had been exceeded. Perhaps you might want to think about purchasing a wider bandwidth for the site, especially at peak times. I don't know if anyone else has found this problem?

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Posted: November 26, 2011

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