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How do you keep your thumb in place without creating pressure in the thumb area?

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Posted: August 9, 2011


After practising Sad Romance for some time my latest project is a little more spirited. 

He's A Pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean. A great little romp. 

David Garrett watch out...

Here is a pdf of the score for you all... If it doesn't print out large enough I'm sure I can find a way to send you the original... (I can do the Sib / Scorch files if you want them)


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Posted: August 7, 2011

Eileen
Here's a link to an article discussing how to memorize your music.  I thought folks here might be interested in reading this.    I've copied the link using the "LINK" tab over the comment box, but it doesn't show up in the box.  Interesting...have to see if it does when I post this !   :-)


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Posted: August 8, 2011



Hi, Beth. It's min. I have a question about moving fingers on the board.

When I move my finger from sting to string, although I put the bow in right string It sounds squeaky. for example my finger was in A string and my other finger moved to D string but somehow it makes metalic sound. of course it sounds A and D sting but plus metalic sound.  is it because the timing(bow moving timing) wasn't right or the bow angle wasn't right? Or even this question is weird? :(

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Posted: August 8, 2011


Hi Folks, I'd like to ask about cases for violins.  I've been searching for some time for the perfect one, but am not having much luck!  Here in the UK we don't seem to have much choice, and the good cases cost upwards of $600 USD!

Of the two violins I own, one is a new 'student' violin in a styrofoam case and the other violin was made in the 1920's and is still in the original wooden case (which has no padding!)  Both deserve better, but I have a budget of around 200 (~$350 USD)

What I'm after is an oblong shape, arched lid and plywood for strength.  Weight isn't really an issue for me.  What does concern me is the depth of the violin / case and the thought of the bow clips contacting the belly of the instrument when the case is closed - crunch!

Some of the Glaeser and Bellafina cases listed on the Woodwind & Brasswind site (https://www.wwbw.com/Violin-Cases---Gigbags-Cases---Gigbags.wwbw) look good at reasonable prices, and shipping to UK isn't too bad either.

Any recommendations?  What do you have?

Thanks!

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Posted: August 2, 2011


Confused over note names vs. scales

Hi Beth and everyone.  I'm kind of confused on note names, especially when I see the diagram of note letters on the books.  My brain got used to the A major scale for the notes and when I see the fingerboard patterns regarding the letters, I get confused.... How will I know what scale (and notes!) should I follow????  

BTW, I saw the A major scale video of your student.  Her notes are great, way perfect than mine. :(  
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Posted: August 7, 2011



Hi Beth. As someone with not much knowledge with music technicalities, I would like to ask a question.... What does "phrasing" mean?  

Someone made a comment that Janine Jensen's "phrasing" was not that good to be considered as a great soloist. Is phrasing really important when playing classical music in order to be considered great in playing classical compositions???

Thanks.
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Posted: August 2, 2011

Beth Blackerby
A little bow hold lesson from the master. Please just keep in mind when looking at the proximity of his pinky to the screw, that his hand is gargantuan.
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Posted: August 4, 2011

Eileen
ARGHHH !   LOL !   I just wrote out a couple of paragraphs comment in a thread....when I posted it, it was all just one long paragraph so I copied the comment and deleted it to fix that.....and when I went back to paste the comment in the reply box......I couldn't !!!!   "Paste" was not an option !   x-[

There's no way I can remember everything I wrote....lol.   Beth, what did I do wrong ?   As far as separating the paragraphs I put in the <  p  > where I wanted and when I posted it it wasn't right.  (I had tried just separating the paragraphs in the "reply" box last time I posted, and it didn't separate them, so I tried the <  p  > this time to see if that would work)

No as far as trying to copy/paste a reply in the response box.......I copied it after I posted it and before I deleted the reply......should I just copy any replys I make before I post them ?  I'll try that with this post and see if that works....but I'm ALSO going to copy it to wordpad.....JUST in case !  LOL
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Posted: August 4, 2011


My teacher put the tapes 34mm, 53mm, 80mm, 106mm is it ok? I put my finger on 63mm and it doesn't make F sound in D string. What is right ?

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Posted: July 26, 2011

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