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Hi Beth. I'm really enjoying the site remake. It's great! I have a question and then a quick comment about the site. I'm a 41 and have been working with my excellent teacher Lana a couple of times a week for about 1.5 years. We're making great progress but I have one key item that continues to prove troublesome that I feel really holds me back. I consistently am not getting enough wrist flexibility / envolvement in my bowing arm. As a result I can still have a pretty significant arc motion sometimes. It of course is worse when the left hand is busy & taking my focus away from the bow and also when reading as opposed to playing from memory. Lana has given me some suggestions which I do use (mirror, exercise with memorized pieces, etc). I absolutely 'get it' in concept with regards to the required wrist motion but I'm seriously having problems executing & certainly comitting it to muscle memory. I was wondering if you have any tips or specific exercises to help. I feel like we're on the verge of making another breakthrough if I could just get this under control. Now my comment about the site. Looks fantastic & lots of great content. We REALLY need a 'search' feature. I wanted to search for wrist in the community section & didn't see a way to do it. Surely it's a feature available on the platform that your site's hosted on?? Thanks again! -Bill

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Posted: February 14, 2011

Hi Beth, just wanted to let you know that the "Bow Articulation part 3" is missing or...."teeeeny tiiinnyy" :-)


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Posted: February 14, 2011

Papa Bear
General information request: when I post on the Community page I cannot get the paragraph to separate lines. Instead of separate thoughts, all of my responses are displayed as one long paragraph. I'm sure it's my computer but not sure how to correct this.

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Posted: February 11, 2011

Papa Bear
Hello Beth - This weekend, while in Nashville, I mentioned the Violin Lab and taking fiddle lessons and was corrected by some of the folks. They said the Violin Lab is for teaching classical violin and not fiddling. I’m okay with whatever you’re teaching because I have started at the beginner level learned a lot (I have a lot to learn) but my question is: have you ever made a syllabus for your program that could be used for fiddling or are there lessons that I should skip since I will only be playing fiddle tunes as opposed to classical? Thanks, Papa Bear

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Posted: February 10, 2011

Bug List

Perhaps we need a thread to report bugs, or maybe just not knowing how things work. I click on the check box for my queue and favorites, but they do not show up on those respective lists. Is this a bug or do I need to do more than just check those boxes?

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Posted: January 15, 2011

Hi Beth!

I know that you are working on Suzuki Book 1 songs and that you will upload them soon. If it's not asking too much, could you also do a quick tutorial on some of the exercises listed on the book?

For example, I'd love to see a tutorial on the following:

Suzuki Book 1, pg 34


Suzuki Book 1, pg 36

I know that you are probably booked with all sorts of projects, so whenever you have the time is fine.

Many Thanks!

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Posted: February 8, 2011

Bravo Beth, First, I am impressed with the amount of work that you have quite evidently put into the online instructional videos. You should be proud of yourself. Of course the new format will take some getting used to but so what, that is part of the journey. You may have a set of videos on this topic already, if you do please ignore, there is a lot of information 'out there' about selecting a quality violin. But I have yet to find good information on qualities to look for when buying a bow. Could I impose on your 'spare time' and include a video on what to look for when selecting a bow as well as names of quality bow makers. Cheers, Ray

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I can't wait to get home to watch and practice all the New Suzuki Book 1 tutorials. Beth, you are the best!

Just in case I missed it . . . . . Thank you!    ;-)

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Posted: February 11, 2011

Hello everyone!

I found this little TEMPO guide today and I thought it might be helpful to some of you music novices, such as myself. Although my metronome has some labels depicting tempo variations, it's not as complete as this.    Enjoy! ;-)

  • Grave – <40 bpm – Extremely Slow
  • Largo – 42 – 66 bpm – Very Slow
  • Adagio – 58-97 bpm – Very Slow
  • Larghetto – 60-66 bpm – Rather Slow
  • Andante –76-108 bpm – Moderately Slow
  • Moderato –66-126 bpm – Moderately
  • Allegro –120-168 bpm – Rather Fast to Fast
  • Presto – 168-208 bpm – Quite Fast
  • Prestissimo – 184-240 bpm – Very Fast

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Here's a thought that I'm just throwing out there-instead of calling it "the bow hold/grip" which has conotations of gripping or seizing the bow and thereby sets up (in the mind of us beginners) the death grip. Why not call it "cradling the bow/the bow cradle"?

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Posted: February 9, 2011

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