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Gavin Huhoff
Hi Beth, I want to practice this very nice small part (first very slowly). Sad to say, i don't know the name for that classical Song you played at 1:00. I only understood "Opening G-Minor" ? Thank you !


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Posted: August 13, 2011

shovan kumar Paul
Hi Beth,
I have posted the National Anthem of India. I have a program on 27th of August. I have to play the song in that program.Could anyone play this song on violin for me. 
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Posted: August 14, 2011

Hello All!

I just purchased a "practice" violin and I will be putting new strings on it shortly. This will be a trial and error as I truly have no idea what Brand of strings will sound the best on my violin. With that in mind, I know that some of you have "tried" different strings and some strings you liked and some you didn't. My question to you is what do you do with the strings you didn't like? Do you keep it on your violin and suffer with it until your next string overhaul or do you just put it aside and let it collect dust?

As far as I know, you can't return strings that you purchased and don't like the sound they produce. Since we all experiment with different strings, I was wondering if we could setup a "string exchange" where we would swap these NEW strings that we simply don't want to have on our violin?

This is just a suggestion, but I think it would be nice and fairly inexpensive to swap these NEW strings instead of letting them sit around. Not only that, it may save us all some cash on the long run when we are experimenting with NEW strings for our violin.

Please post your comments and/or suggestions. I'd love to hear what our community thinks.

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Posted: June 20, 2011


Hi Beth:

In order to get familiar with shifting and the violin fingerboard, I’m practicing G Major scale in 3-Octaves using Ivan Galamian “Contemporary Violin Technique Volume One of Scale and Arpeggio Exercises with Bowing and Rhythm Patterns”.

Beth, I have the impression that I saw an invited teacher in VL using Galamian’s scales. If I’m wrong, Do you have a good fingering and shifting for the above mentioned scale?

Galamian’s indications of fingering shows to do the shifting to 3rd position in D-string finger 1 for G-note at the beginning of second octave; then shifting to 5th position in E-string-finger 1 for the C-note; ending with finger 4 for the F-note and extending the same finger 4 for the top G-note.

Now, the only indications for descending are: finger 2 for B-note on E-string 3rd position; and then, finger 2 in F-note probably on D-string 1st position. In his video cassette of a G Major lesson to a boy, I try to pay attention when he does the shifting, but always miss it.

Do you think I’m interpreting his notations correctly?

Maia Bang (student of Leopold Auer, same as Galamian’s teacher) instructions about 3-octaves scales are a “Combined Paganini - Schradieck Fingering” as she mentioned in her book. Her indications are similar to Galamian when ascending except that the shifting to 3rd position is in A-string instead of D-string, and descending in the same way.

There are many different fingering for scales as books in the field. Any suggestion, will be appreciated.

Thanking you in advance for your outstanding job, I remain cordially yours,


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Posted: August 11, 2011


Hi All, In the spirit of telling stories about our violins, pull up comffy chair and your favorite hot/cold drink and I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours. My story is about the country mouse coming to the city when compared perhaps some of your violins which has a rich history of ages gone by or of  violins handed down from a master violinist.  Having built furniture without electricity and interested in music I somehow got it in my head to make my violin.  Little did I know either what I had gotten my self into nor the pull of violins would have on me.  Is it a very nice violin-no but the colour did come out exactl y what I had in my mind.  There are many mistakes on this violin not the least of which in the curing stage of the varnish blackflies and no-see-ums decided to land on the violin for a breather.  As it turned out a long breather.  Yes, there are plans for making another, perhaps before coming to Austin for the gathering of the clans.  For all it's mistakes I am glad that I made this violin.


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Posted: August 11, 2011

oooops the 'violin stories' thread disappeared right after my story, maybe I said something I should not have said or maybe it was a really boring/bad story :(

Sorry, pity though as I enjoyed Eileen's and Allan stories and I was looking forward to more.....never mind :(

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Posted: August 10, 2011


Beth, this is in reference to my questions about G Major scale.

I found the video that I thought was a VL video. Is in YouTube and the name is “G major 3 Octave Scale for Violin” of AllysonsViolinStudio.



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Posted: August 11, 2011

Nick Thorpe
Bow Tilt - Do I Need It?

Dear Beth & All,

I am in the very, very early stages of learning on Violin Lab and I am currently at the long bow stroke stage, helped immensely by your excellent videos Beth.

I may have missed this somewhere but should the hair always be flat on the string for a beginner, and by implication is tilting the bow towards the finger board an advanced technique?



PS: The Itzhak bow grip video was very helpful, thank you.

PPS: I have been using a £10 / $15 webcam to great effect with my practice; if anybody is interested I will post some details.

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Posted: August 6, 2011

Janette Waddington

Hello Beth.  Firstly thank you for providing this excellent website.  I am an adult beginner and have had 3 months of weekly lessons but the information on your site is really helping to fill in a lot of gaps for me.  I am having real problems with my left hand in the first position where the first and second fingers are very close together.  I find it very difficult to get these 2 fingers very close - I don't have a problem getting this where the second and third fingers are together.  Is there anything you could suggest to assist/

Many thanks and kind regards


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Posted: August 11, 2011


Hi Beth,

In Lightly Row you mention there is an arpeggios in measure 15.  If I'm learning this correctly, is there also an arpeggios in measure 7? 

Cheers, Ray

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Posted: August 11, 2011

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