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Vicky
I'm experiencing a bit of stress this week...it will last in to next week, but I'm hoping it will be over by late next week...please don't let it go on through the Columbus Day weekend.  Yikes!!!

I sent my violin to the luthier's for a check up....and I'm going stir crazy without it.  It arrived at his shop by mail on Friday afternoon, he hopes to be able to check it and tweak it on Monday or Tuesday, and then ship it back to me.  Please, please let it arrive back home (safely) before I have to face another weekend without it.....p-l-e-a-s-e-e-e-e-e.

I bought Simon Fischer's book a couple weeks ago, I'm doing every exercise I can that doesn't need a violin.....but I am experiencing massive withdrawal symptoms. 

I think I need to start introducing myself as "hello, my name is Vicky, and I'm a violin addict".  Who knew a later-in-life hobby could be so addictive?
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Posted: October 1, 2011

Ray


Has anyone heard of Embassy strings?  They used to or still do make steel strings in the U.S.A..  I picked up a few old parts with this package in the pile.  There's no other way to date the parts.

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: September 30, 2011


Hi,

I've been working through a few videos, teaching myself some of the basics of violin, and I thought (as my left hand is fairly relaxed, and my first finger's base knuckle stays away from the fingerboard) that this would be a good time to begin learning vibrato.

I'm not sure quite where the strings should contact the fingers during a nice wide vibrato; in view of this, I have a strange request... would anyone mind maybe putting a dab of something (like chalk maybe, or even white board marker?) on their violin strings, performing a bit of vibrato, on all 4 fingers if possible, and then photographing and posting the resultant finger marks here on this forum? It might help me to understand whether my fingers are moving in the same way as more experienced players; something I can't grasp from watching videos.

Obviously if this request sounds like violin heresy then I apologise; I don't want anyone messing up their fingerboards or fingers to do this, and maybe there's a better way, but if anyone could oblige I'd be grateful...

And thanks to Beth for such a superb site, by the way, I feel like I'm in safe hands here!

Richard
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Posted: September 28, 2011


Beth, thank you for the note by note video on the G harmonic scale round. It will help very much !
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Posted: September 30, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Hi all,

Here is a video message from Diane Allen, who has recently authored the Fingerboard Workbook series. We are holding a live streaming event October 8th to help all those needing help with learning where all those notes are on the violin. It will be an interactive event.  You can just observe, type in questions, or even activate your webcam and ask questions in person. I can't wait to see how this is done, because it might be something we use in the future here at Violin Lab.

The details are on the home page on the news reel. Registration for the event is accessible through the video "Violin Fingerboard Workshop: Oct. 8th 10:00 am central" posted as a lesson under "Recently Added"

Hope you'll join us! Even is you're comfortable with the topic, please join the event to see how this marvelous technology works.
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Posted: September 29, 2011

Beth Blackerby
No obligation to listen, but I wanted to share this beautiful Bach piece with you. I play with this wonderful group of musicians on occasion. We call ourselves "Austin Bach Ensemble". We performed this last fall, and I'm only now getting around to posting it. We sure look like a serious bunch, but we were having fun.
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Posted: January 30, 2011

Ray


Hoping there is history buff amongst us.  I bought parts of violin and would like to try and age the parts or at least get in the ball park.  The best clue would a string package which reads|: finest Embassy Steel Strings-violin 1st plain, made in U.S.A.. Not much to go on but has anyone heard of these strings before?

Cheers,

Ray

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Posted: September 29, 2011



Hi Violin Lab Folks! I'm hear to answer any questions about the upcoming Fingerboard Workshop. You can also reach me through my personal email: info@myviolinrecital.com.

 

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Posted: September 29, 2011

KarenJ

the link on the fingerboard workshop note on the front page doesn't work for me.  where is it supposed to go?
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Posted: September 29, 2011

KarenJ

There is a new link in the video list regarding fingerboard workshop.  is this from Diane's workbook site on vokle.com? I have the 3rd position workbook.  will this help me work through it better?  its easy to follow, but i may or may not be missing things.
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Posted: September 27, 2011

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