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I was going to reply and say thank you to all of the kind and supportive responses to my introduction, but I think I accidentally deleted the post instead! It is nice to meet a welcoming community and find some beginner companionship. Violin Lab is fantastic.
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Posted: February 12, 2012


I just want to say hello! I've just joined violinlab.com after I found a recommendation for the site on Facebook. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing here!
Laurie Rogers Trlak
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Posted: February 10, 2012


Hi All,

I'm struggling with sight reading... If I look at the notes, I'm not looking at my left hand (or my right hand come to that.) My fingers travel in a bunch towards the nut.

Alternatively, I find myself ignoring the sheet music, and playing by ear, and hence getting a bit lost when I hit phrases that start like a previous one, but end differently.

Also, I'm supposed to be sight reading!

I'm using Suzuki book 1, where all the postions are marked above the stave. Practice is improving my playing, but not my reading.

Does anyone have any really good concise sources of information that might help me out?
I'm probably going to go and stay with a friend who sight reads well, and is very patient with me! In the meantime,  I can 'cheat' and practice from the suzuki recordings until I improve, that way I'll not frustrate my teacher too much:) He likes the Suzuki books, and so do I , but he prefers to teach a different bow technique, and emphasise sight reading without having heard a piece, which I find I'm a bit lost with.

Thanks in advance, I know I'll find what I need here!

Richard B
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Posted: February 10, 2012


Beth, I just looked up that app you mentioned on the home page.  It is called Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer.  Looks pretty cool and is only $3!  I think improving rhythm, especially syncopation, is worth a few bucks.  Has anyone else tried this app yet?
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Posted: February 11, 2012

elizabeth
Hi Beth, Your voice is very faint in all of the One Finger Scales Parts 1 through 3. Is there a technical problem with the camera's audio portion?

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Posted: February 11, 2012



What is meant by "playing off the string" ?
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Posted: February 11, 2012

KarenJ

I don't mean to "hog" the forum, but i have a question and maybe a request for a video?

here is the audition piece i want to work on.  It's the hardest one.  doesn't look too bad at first, but the if i look closer its scary. 

How does one change from pizzicato to arco and back so quickly?  i guess i'm asking about the hold.  I'm not that good at pizz in the first place- hard to get the right tone. 

the next question is should it be played off the string?

 

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Posted: February 10, 2012


Hi everyone - Is anyone else out there reading Gary Marcus' new book Guitar Zero? It is about learning an instrument as an adult, and what the science of learning teaches us about adult learners. I am finding it very interesting and useful so far.
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Posted: February 7, 2012


The new videos "One Finger Scales, Parts 1, 2 and 3 (with arpeggios)" are great.

Also, is a very good way for me to get familiar with the fingerboard.

Thank you Beth.

Patricia

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Posted: February 9, 2012

Alejandro Madrigal
Dear Beth, i just join Violin Lab, and I am so happy, I would like to have the same Shoulder rest that you have, since the once that I have try don't fit me well, In your video when you talk about it you mention is name (Biomusic?) but in the web there are different stiles, could you please give me if it is possible more information which precisely you use, since since to have a lot of shoulder back support?
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Posted: February 9, 2012

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