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Hi Beth,

What is the magic about grace notes? Do they come like, kind of involuntary act or does it have to be systematically learned? Is there any particular lesson, I mean step by step, to be practised to master playing the grace notes?

Thanks.
Best regards,

Bonny Mathew

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Posted: August 29, 2011

Ray

Hi Beth,

In order to learn shifting I am learning Amazing Grace.  My question is, what do you think of using the open G string as a drone (or do you think another note would blend in more complimentary with this song).  The version I've got is 3/4 G major.

Best,

Ray 

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Posted: August 29, 2011


Beth kindly correct me if Iím wrong. To me, there is a difference in time-value when playing embellishment notes than when playing slurred notes, even when in both cases and due to the legato on top of them, should be in only one bow stroke.

It is my understanding that:

The embellishment notes take their time from the main note that carry them; in another words, you must deduct from the time-value of the main note in order to play the grace(s), mordent, the turn or any others in the group of embellishment notes.

Contrary to;

The slurred notes played also with only one bow stroke but long enough equal in time-value, to the sum of all the notes within the slur.

Is the above correct? Please advice.

Tricia

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Posted: August 29, 2011

Sean
Hello everyone. Here's a video of me playing Are You Sleeping in A Major. I would really appreciate any piece of advice or suggestion as to improve my playing, because I haven't been doing the video tutorials for long, and I want to catch any improvements or bad habits as early as possible. Thanks :)

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Posted: August 19, 2011


Dear Beth,

Getting back to violin nearly after 21 years!!!!!!!!
Wanna master this fantastic instrument.

Am trying to play D Major. Please comment on holding the violin and the tone.

Thank you.
Bonny.
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Posted: August 28, 2011


What are your 'dreams' with the violin? 

I know I have 2 of them, one of them sometimes I 'question' and wonder if I will 'really' achieve but I keep aiming for it, and that is to one day obtain the highest qualification one can obtain on the violin which is the 'fellowship'...

but then I have a more 'humble' dream, which 'hopefully' 'might' be more achievable, but even with this one I wonder if I will ever achieve it actually, and that is to one day be like this woman here in this YouTube video, she is my 'inspiration', I go and watch her videos (which were posted by her son) now and again and I sit and 'dream' that at the young age of 84 one day I might be just like her....entertaining my friends and neighbours with my violin :) 

I really hope I can be like her when I 'grow young' :) <3


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Posted: August 24, 2011


Hi everyone. Here's my first short Video of me playing the Intro of my Song "ViolinMeetsGuitar". Don't worry ! Of course i do also my daily praktice working on Beth`s great teaching units here on violinlab :-)  Now i'm playing just over three weeks, and i'm thinking about to buy another, traditional Violin. All Tips to improve my playing are preferable.

Thank You !

Gavin

https://www.box.net/shared/n1q2bvifsaykg2ksc0aa

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Posted: August 27, 2011

Ray

Hi Beth,

Would you recommend subscribing to The Strad?  At $25/issue and $110/year it certainly is up there as far as a magazine can cost.  Any thoughts?

Best,

Ray

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Posted: August 27, 2011


Hi Beth (and all),

While viewing the vibrato videos I was wondering about how the use of shoulder support will affect how the vibrato motion is executed giving the fact that without the shoulder rest the left hand helps supporting the violin.

In other words, does players that don't use shoulder support execute vibrato the same way as players that use shoulder support? I venture to guess that in essence it should be same motion but maybe there is a subtle compensation due to the fact that the left hand is helping supporting the violin. (This is just my uneducated guess...)

Thanks!

Pedro

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Posted: August 27, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Hi Everyone,

A while back there was a discussion about the Yost Shifting studies. Colleen McCullough in her interview stated that she "practice her Yost religiously".  But alas, the book is out of print. However, lo and behold, it was on the MSLP website. I downloaded it and posted it in the Resources section. Look under Violin Lab Resource materials. I had to post it in two parts. 

Happy Shifting ; )
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Posted: August 26, 2011

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