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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


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


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


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

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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Hi Beth, If it's possible, if you could have the questions on a video included with the actual vid. that would be great. I don't mind using the google search, but it is a little slow sometimes.
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Posted: May 24, 2011


Hi everyone, I am shifting to 5fth position but I still have a little trouble. When I go up I am fine but going down, my thumb tends to stay. Oh, it does move down,but it does not go completely to it's post. I can still see my 2nd and 3rd finger, but the 1st finger, it is too high. Thanks for any tips!
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Posted: May 19, 2011


I just got my new bon musica shoulder rest...and I have no clue how to adjust it. I managed to get it on my violin but there is about a 4-inch gap between the bottom of the rest and my chest. It could be upside down or backwards, I wouldn't know. Can anyone suggest a website with a good explanation of how to "install" and adjust this rest? The official instruction booklet that came with the rest is not helpful to me at all. My violin has a wider lower bout.
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