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Frank M

Hello Beth:

This may have been mentioned by others already.  If so, my apologies.

I continue to have problems posting to the Community using the Internet Explorer 8 browser.  Basically, the advance editor window does not display scroll bars.  So I can only see the first  ten lines or so of text. Then what I’m typing scrolls out of view.

When inserting an image at the end of the text, it is also out of view.

And although the dialog window has the adjuster triangle in the lower right corner, it doesn’t do anything.

So to post something like this, I have to type it in Word or some other program.  Then cut and paste it into the editor dialog.

As a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve attached a screen capture that was done while making a previous post, so that your programmer can see what I see.  Hopefully it will be large enough to be visible.

Thank you,

Frank



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Posted: December 30, 2011

Joe (aka Pecos)
For those of you who have tried Passione strings, what is your opinion please??

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Posted: January 1, 2012

brian laufer
kind of a odd question but is a fiddle a violin played a certian way or are they seprate instruments?


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Posted: December 31, 2011

Jobby Johns
Hi Beth,

Thanks for creating this site! I really feel like I'm advancing in the violin, though I'm going to wait a bit before I try to tackle any decent songs. I've gotten to the first finger spacing pattern and was curious how long you suggest practicing the first pattern before moving on to the second (and likewise any future ones)? I practice about once a day.

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Posted: November 14, 2011

Frank M

Hello Beth:

I am working on a piece from Applebaum’s “Building Technic with Beautiful Music”, volume 1 (page 17).  It is entitled “The Russian Tea Party”.  The key signature is Bb.

In measure 18 there is a slur that starts on G, and then slurs to Bb, then A, then back to G.  I’m having a difficult time trying to figure out the fingering mechanics of playing this.

If I try to land the third and fourth fingers as a block when slurring to the Bb, I can’t seem to get the pinkie to land before the third finger, no matter what position I use to hold my left hand.  If my pinkie were longer, it would be easier.

If this were played with a bow change or hooked bow, it would not be noticeable.  But since it’s a slur, it’s very obvious that the ring finger is landing prior to the pinkie.

On the other hand, if I try to land the pinkie and then quickly follow with the third finger (while playing on the pinkie), I cannot get the ring finger close enough to the pinkie to have the intonation be true, when I lift the pinkie for the slur to the A.

What makes this even harder for me is that last two slurs are “finger lifts” rather than “finger drops”  Drops would be doable for me.

Do you have any suggestions that I should try?

Thank you,

Frank



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Posted: December 30, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth:

I have another Community suggestion: could your programmer consider putting in a confirmation dialog for thread and response deletion?

There currently doesn't appear to be any for either thread or response deletion. This may be the source of members complaints occassionally when they say "my post seems to have disappeared". Without some sort of confirmation response, I could see how someone could inadvertently delete their response or thread, especially when using a mobile device, where you move through a web page by swiping your finger on the page

Best wishes,

Frank


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Posted: December 31, 2011

bm
Dear Ms. Beth and all my Violin friends,

Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2012.


cheers,

Bonny.

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Posted: December 30, 2011

bm
must watch.....

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Posted: December 30, 2011

Patricia

To Jack in reference to his thread on December 29, 2011

Jack, I will like to thank you for the MuseScore 1.1, but for some reason I cannot get to the "Reply to Discussion" area. I read the MuseScore 1.1 tutorial/tips and seems to be better than the program I have. Thanks.

Patricia


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Posted: December 30, 2011

Vicky
Does anyone know where I could get very good quality MP3's of the Suzuki books 1 + 2 that are played at reduced speed but still maintain very good intonation and tone?    I have Amazing Slow Downer (ASD) and use that often with the "official" Suzuki CD's, but the quality of tone when I slow them down is less than I would like.  At times, I can hear the slight (or not so slight) distortions and it is very distracting. 

I live out in the boonies and have little opportunity to play with others, recordings are my primary "group" option. Beth's video's are wonderful, but MP3's are the easiest to practice with because I can set my MP3 player or ASD on "loop".  Using a slower speed helps when I am focusing on integrating a technique or skill into a melody or when practicing intonation.

I have tried using the recordings for the "Step-by-Step" series, but they tune to A=441 and it sounds "off" to me when I play - and I'm still working hard to consistently get the right intonation at 440, so switching between 440 + 441 doesn't seem like a good idea at this stage in my learning.....I like that rich sound when my playing blends nicely with another "person / recording".

Thank you!

Vicky

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Posted: December 28, 2011

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