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Ray


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. 

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: September 18, 2011


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.    

Steve


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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. 

Best,
Harriet
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Posted: September 16, 2011

Eileen
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
..my 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 straighter...lol...might 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
..timing
..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


Beth  - you are amazing, really. I have been playing the violin since I was 9 years old (I am now 51). At 40 I stopped playing (life circumstances got in the way), and now I am back to playing; however, I never really had a good vibrato (I used to use the wrist vibrato but it was not uniform and sounded very tight or strangled). For the last 6 months I've been trying to get vibrato to no avail. I watched your videos last night and guess what.... I have wrist and arm vibrato ... not continuous yet, and certainly not gorgeous, but a vibrato. I will let you know how it progresses. Thanks for the details. You're a wonderful teacher. 
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Posted: September 11, 2011

Sean
Hi Beth,

Here is a video of me doing the vibrato exercise with harmonic pressure (earplugs everyone!) that I explained in an earlier post. I used all four fingers (arm and wrist)  to show the wrist/arm impulses, and I just want to know if there is anything I should do to correct these actions, because I find that when I wanted to move onto Part 6 of the vibrato series, my fingers (specifically my knuckles) felt too locked and stiff to correctly do the exercise. Unless I only wiggled my fingers, but then my wrist wasnt doing too much.

P.S. - I have already done bow variations with the pings at the same time, but I just left them out as it's the wrist and arm motion I want help with. My bowing seems fine ( I think anyways ).

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Posted: September 12, 2011


I was just looking for examples how to play "happy birthday to you" on violin, something a bit more advanced than the very simple tune found everywhere....

Found something I just have to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvAxdJBabBM

Not quite what I was looking for ;)

Have to keep looking something "a bit" easier :)
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Posted: September 13, 2011

elizabeth
Beth, You are an incredible teacher and a mind reader. Thank you for anticipating the confusion beginner violinists encounter and for spending so much time innovating ways to simplify... scales, etc. I hope that you will consider publishing Scale Rounds.

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Posted: September 12, 2011

Eileen
I've shared this youtube vid before, but I think it was on the V-lab FB site....I wanted to share it here because it's such a beautiful/gorgeous piece of music IMHO and so well done.  The violinist is Maurice Sklar and I believe this vid is from the early 80's, not sure.

I would LOVE to have the music for this piece...not that I could actually "play" it, but it sure would be fun to try.  It's a rendition of Jerusalem of Gold and I've actually tried playing along with the video and have managed to somewhat find my way through the first part, though certainly a very "ruff" attempt. 

I guess I just wanted to share a lovely piece of music with my V-Lab friends ! 

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Posted: September 12, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I just had a delightful conversation with Gaylord Yost, the 78 year old son of the Gaylord Yost of the Yost Shifting Studies.  Yost wrote several other books on violin playing but they are all out-of-print. Mr. Yost (Jr.) emailed me announcing the re-publication of all his fathers' books on violin playing.  Over the years Mr Yost received any requests from violinists asking for copies of the books.  As a memorial to his father and a desire to see them back in the hands of violinists, he has printed all the volumes at his own expense, and selling them at a price that only pays for the printing and shipping.

I've ordered all the books, and will give reviews when I get them.  I'm excited!  Meanwhile, I've also posted the link on the Resources page under Resource Materials Websites.

You can read more about this at Yostsystemforviolin.blogspot.com.
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Posted: September 11, 2011

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