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Sean
Hi, I was just wondering if there was any kind of guide tape that will NOT leave any sort of marks/scars on my violin? Because I listened to the suggested tape in guide tape video, but I'm not sure if it would scar my violin with those little lines. Any suggestions?

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Posted: May 31, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I'm pretty sure our disgruntled member won't be posting anymore. I know who it is now and her membership is ending in a few days. She chose an interesting way to say her "goodbyes".

I appreciate everyone's sincere dedication to maintaining the supportive and positive environment we've created on this forum.

And to be clear, I don't mind at all if any one has constructive criticism for me and/or the tutorials. This person's comments about the Suzuki videos I am taking to heart. Maybe I do need to have a variety of approaches to teaching them. In any case, suggestions are welcome, and of course, are better received when stated politely.

I went ahead and deleted her comments, not to be censorial, but because they really weren't germane to the topics posted in the first place. It's been a spicy day here, huh?


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Posted: May 30, 2011

Sonny Kui
Hi, in Song of the Wind where we need to hop with the 3rd finger from A to the E string, I've seem this done by 'rolling' the 3rd finger so the finger never leaves the fingerboard and the side of the 3rd finger presses down the E string. Is this technique correct in your opinion? is this something done in more advance pieces and is it worth learning? Thanks!

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Posted: May 29, 2011

shovan kumar Paul
My problem is I can hold the bow vertically but when going to hold the bow horizontally I need to keep pressure with the pinky to keep it horizontal otherwise the tip of the bow moves to the ground.I don't understand is it natural.Another thing my ring finger become locked.How to solve the problem. Regards, Paul

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Posted: May 29, 2011

KarenJ
I watched the video on facial expression which affects the musical expression. i couldn't help but think of this little girl. she has amazing expression. https://youtu.be/GEOZ31HeZT4

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Posted: May 29, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, I've listened a few times now to the Expressive Phrasing series of videos-WOW. Can't wait to begin and intigrating what you are teaching into my playing. I know, I know, it's possible to begin now, it's just that I'm working on more basic techniques but I'll get there. On video 44 "Are You Sleeping" I will want to start there with one or two of the expression techniques. To that end and as is my way, I researched where and why this piece was written and hope to express what I believe the author want to communicate with the listener. Frère Jacques might have been created to mock the Dominican monks, known in France as the Jacobin order, for their sloth and comfortable lifestyles. This would place it about the mid 1600s. There's another piece, also originally written in the same time period well known to one and all, "Three Blind Mice" which apparently goes back to one of King Henry V111's wives-Queen Mary or Bloody Mary! I'm already imagining what could be done with that piece.

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Posted: May 29, 2011

Mary Freeman
One of my favorite pieces for long sustained bow strokes is Air by Bach. It takes a lot of control to hold one note 9 counts at 66 on the metronome. If one can play that first note well it does wonders for the rest of a persons playing. Check out Sarah Chang playing this piece on youtube. WOW

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Posted: May 28, 2011

shovan kumar Paul
I have started to learn violin in 2003,September. But I am disappointed about my progress.I think I learnt in a wrong way,So, I can't play good. I need your support. Regards, paul
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Posted: May 28, 2011

jack
I just want to thank Beth for creating a beginner's tutorial on this tune. I know the seasoned veterans on our site have already worked on this piece and it's probably old hat now. lol. I'm working on several pieces at the moment, but I will find some time here and there and I'll give this tune a try. It can't hurt right?

I will keep you posted. Thanks again for thinking of us struggling beginners. ;-)

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Posted: May 23, 2011

Ray
Beth, here be a question about musical phrasing, although I'm still in Edwin Abbott's Flatland world(where I should be right now)but when I do start exploring your world of three dimensions, is it possible to apply this musical expression to anything, say something like Twinkle Twinkle?

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Posted: May 26, 2011

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