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KarenJ
would it be possible to get a printout of this music?

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Posted: March 15, 2011

jack
Hello everyone!

I was just wondering about if there are any plans in place already for the Austin Violin Master Classes during Summer 2012?

Is this really going to take place?

I'd like to know in advance so that I can book a hotel and airline reservations. I usually plan my vacations at least 1 year in advance, so it would be nice to know if this is a go or not. I'll be commencing my research for hotels and airlines as soon as it is confirmed and a date is set.

Early bird gets the worm. ;-)


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Posted: March 7, 2011

Ray
I've come up with a new(for me) exercise on open string. I mentally divide the bow into forths and then using whole bow techniques I cross all four strings evenly in tempo and volume. And I've come across a new book-Magic Carpet for Violin by Joanne Martin. It has about 12 duets for open strings and then starts using fingering. Also for each piece a suggested tempo is given-108/88/etc and there are techniques to increase/decrease the volume. For other newbies like myself I would recommend obtaining a copy. One last thing, both the violin and myself are getting used to playing music. Cheers!

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Posted: March 12, 2011

tomi
Hi Beth! Any advice on playing violin duets? I just received a copy of Suzuki: Duets for Violins, which I intend to play with my 8 year old son (at some point), who's been taking suzuki lessons for 3 years now. There must be more to consider than learning the 2nd violin part and "just play", right? :) One difficulty must be that as we both are more or less beginners, it may be difficult to tell which one of us is playing (more) out of tune while playing at the same time... Or are duets too much to handle for two beginners in the first place? Thanks!

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Posted: March 10, 2011

Diane
I couldn't find the thread about Fingerboard Geography that was going on so I'm starting another one. Here's the video explaining how to assign fingering within a position on the violin. As soon as I can get my web guy to meet with me the site will go live. There will be free charts available for downloading 1st - 11th positions! In the meantime - enjoy this video as a sneak preview.
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Posted: March 10, 2011

jack
Hi Beth!

I'm trying to wean myself from using tapes on my violin as I've had them for quite a while now and I was wondering if there is a sequence on which one to remove first?

As I understand it, you don't remove ALL of them at once, but instead it's a gradual process. I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, but I'd sure would like to try it. After all, I can always put it back should I begin having difficulties.

Thanks!


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Posted: March 9, 2011

jack
I learned something new today! I knew close to nothing about violas, but this video series was great in providing some insight to the violin's bigger brother. Thanks!   :-)

On a side note, I've been meaning to ask this question since I first join VL, but for one reason or another I keep putting it off. . . . . .
. . . I noticed that most, if not all, violin players don't wear any rings (wedding rings, specifically) on their left-hand. Is that not to bring attention to their hand/finger when they are playing or is there a more intricate reason for that?

Sorry, but I was made that way . . . curious . . . .Blame it on my Mom.   8^)

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Posted: March 9, 2011

kevin knox
Nice Waltz!!! If you learn how to post the music or email the music I would love to have a copy!!knoxjk@hotmail.com

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Posted: March 9, 2011

Ray
Top of the Morning Everyone, In our collective pursuit in finding books on scales-seems to the topic of the day- I made a find a local thrift store. "The Violin by Berthold Tours and revised by Luigi von Kunits". It was reprinted in ? out of England. However, the original author, Berthold Tours lived in the 1800's. It's great historical instructional book that still has relevance today. It has a diagram of a bow from the 1800s. Beth, check to see if it is your library and if not I can make a zip file and send you a copy. Cheers. :)

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Posted: March 5, 2011

jojo
I didn't think of posting this video then 'someone' (you know who you are hehehe) told me I 'ought to post it on violinlab' hehehehe I went to an adult concert event and I was supposed to perform a baroque piece which my teacher suggested. I had 5 and a half weeks to learn it and bring it up to performance standard and I didn't even like it much.... also I went through nearly 6 months of agonising upper back pain whilst playing violin, my back was reducing me in tears after only 5 minutes of playing, I could not practice much for a good 4 months, to cut a long story short I RADICALLY changed my violin set up and saw an osteopath and an alexander technique teacher. The osteopath has totally fixed my upper back and I am now totally free of the back pain, the alexander technique teacher has worked on my posture and I am still seeing her (the back pain was NOT AT ALL due to posture by the way, but I still wished to see the alexander technique teacher anyway for other reasons other than the back pain). So anyway, while I was supposed to learn this baroque piece I was seeing the osteopath and going through this change in my back which was healing and half of the time I could not play/practice (he ordered me not to play half of the time to let my tissues rest), to cut a long story short: the performance time arrived and I was NOT ready to perform this piece, I was IN A PANIC! There was nothing else I could take out of my sleeve to play for this event! so the night before I tried a couple of the latest pieces: The Schindler's List Theme I could not play 'well' enough with my new set up so I tried Meditation and it was 'ok enough' but I had not played it for SIX WHOLE MONTHS! that night it was 2am and I was falling asleep, I played the Meditation for half an hour and went to bed! the next day no time to practice, went to the event and I only had 10 minutes to run it through with the accompanist and this video is the result!!! So I was quite happy with the result :) I pulled it off with just a few intonation slips and a few shaky bows ;) the shaky bows I think are because of my new set up my bow hold has started going a bit 'funny' and my little finger and sometimes my ring finger are coming off the stick, also the angle on A and E string may not be right, but I have changed bow hold since in the last 2 weeks and have now learnt the 'russian bow hold', I think it's going better now :)
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Posted: March 8, 2011

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