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Jeanet Elders
Hi Beth, Sorry to tell that the video doesn't show instruction and scales.

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Posted: November 25, 2011

Rafael Guerrero
Beth, still in lesson 7 @8:10, you use your knee to tune the G string and you mention that you have to push the peg inward as you tune. I didn't know that you have to always push inward when turning the peg. I did it one time but i think i pushed it too hard and I had difficulty turning it loose but fortunately I was able after using some more force. Since then I am afraid of pushing the peg in as I tuned - what should I do and what is the proper of turning these pegs when tuning? thanks again.

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Posted: November 24, 2011

Beth Blackerby
To all those in the country that pigs out on the 4th Thursday of November:  Happy Thanksgiving. In honor of the holiday, I will be taking the day off tomorrow. I'll still be thinking of you all. Happy eating or practicing.

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Posted: November 24, 2011

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Hi, this is the second piece I am preparing for my ABRSM Grade 8 exam on December 4, Wieniawski Légende. It still needs some work on technical details, but the main challenge is sound (expression) and variation of sound, sound production (bowing) and vibrato. I am very much interested in your feedback, if you have time once more for me. It does not have to be technical. What counts in the end is the sound that comes out, anyway. If I get feedback on the music, I can try to translate it into technical means.

The first theme appears three times, right at the beginning, marked piano and semplice. In the repeat after that it is marked forte. Then it reappears at the end, marked piano and sotto voce, to be played with mute. Presumably, I should exaggerate the differences between the three sections more. Any suggestions what aspects I should particularly concentrate on?

Then the middle section, marked cantabile at the beginning and culminating in a huge climax, should sound joyful in general, I believe. Again, any suggestions on varying or deepening the expression and building up to the climax?


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Posted: November 22, 2011

Eric Frederick
do you have the sheet music so I can follow the tutorial?

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Posted: November 23, 2011

Eileen
Beth, when a thread gets relegated to the "next" page....is it no longer active in the community discussion ?

I went looking for a post I had made a few days ago, I was going to "bump" it up and when I went to "reply" to do so.....I saw that you had answered the question but the note on the bottom of the thread still said "0" responses.  When I replied to thank you the thread remained on the second page and did not get "queyed" up to the first page...and still said "0" responses.

Not concerned about that particular thread/question but just wondering if there's an issue that could cause some confusion.   :-)

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Posted: November 22, 2011

Linda
Hi Beth

I am a relative newbie to the site and I have observed several times that people have problems downloading lessons or files. I think they are referring to opening up the videos and watching them, perhaps?  I have found sometimes I am having problems myself with the videos not starting but I have discovered there is an easy fix to this problem. This is what I have discovered - select the video you want to view and instead of pressing the play button straight away wait about 30 seconds. This allows the file to start downloading then hit the play button and the video will then start playing. It works every time, well almost unless there are other problems in phone lines etc. I am sure many people may already know about this, and I am sure you may have mentioned it, but I thought I would point it out for the new viewers. Hope this helps the folks out there!! By the way, I am eagerly watching the lessons and learning a lot - thanks.

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Posted: November 22, 2011

elizabeth
Ann, the volume is turned down so low that the sound is hardly audible. 

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Posted: November 22, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, I clicked on the "video instructional materials box...but nothing happened. Not sure, I probably missed a step in the process somewhere.

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Posted: November 21, 2011

Ian Renshaw
Here it is folks! A new thread about our violins and equipment, set up and so on. I'd like to hear what kit people use and how they get on. Comfort issues, string qualities. Bows; wooden or super-tech carbon fibre? Most importantly most people have an attachment to their fiddles (not just literally...). How did the love affair with your squeaky wooden thing begin?

I told the story of mine on the previous thread about this so won't bore y'all with the details again just a brief run-down?

Bow: Currently using a carbon fibre number as my posh wooden bow developed an alarmingly sudden case of alopecia and is having the hair re-attached.

Shoulder rest: Bon Musica or Kun depending on how I'm feeling. I'm finding it hard to bond with either of them actually. Maybe a big cushion would be nice.

Strings: Dominants

Violin: A long story - which some of you read on the previous thread. Short version: It's not valuable but is of unusual design. I love it - it's warm and forgiving - but it's not mine (a 'permanent' loan from a friend). Here's me with it - complete with very 'rock and roll' pick up.



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Posted: November 19, 2011

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