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Eileen
I don't remember if I posted this here before or not...but for anyone who is working on Thais "Meditation"...this is a decent piano accompaniment for you to play along with.

After getting most of the bugs worked out in your playing, it's nice to have some accompaniment to go along with what you're doing. There are other "issues" that crop up when you put what your playing along with someone else. Besides, it's just more fun !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPwPh195ew&feature=related

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Posted: February 1, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, I just sampled the new Google search bar and (for me anyway)the ads are not annoying at all. Especially if it means keeping your expences down. Cheers, Ray
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Posted: May 23, 2011


Has anyone purchased Violin Master Pro? The creator makes alot of promises. HMMM I am curious.
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Posted: May 9, 2011


I thought I'd share with you a video which is helping me to get inspired and I regularly watch it (ie once a week) to help me keep positive in my violin learning journey :)
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Posted: May 19, 2011


Hi Beth and everyone else on VLab. I have a small question about dynamics. When you have "alternative dynamics", (when there is a repeat and the dynamics are different each time. Ex. : F-P) if you don't repeat, then, in the Ex. above should you play Forte or Piano? n other words, when you don't repeat and there is an "alternative dynamic", should you play the supposed to first time indication or the supposed to second time dynamic? Thank you in advance, Julia
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Posted: May 16, 2011


Hi every one on V Lab, I just learned O. Reiding's Concerto in B Minor and I was just wondering if anyone had a few places here I should look out for certain mistakes. Also, any additional tips on this piece would be appreciated. Thanks ahead.
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Posted: May 19, 2011


Funny....I learned this song (Lesson 44, "Are You Sleeping") as "Frère Jacques" many, many, years ago in elementary school French class. At that time, I learned it in French, of course:

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous? Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines! Din, dan, don. Din, dan, don.

Rough translation: Brother Jacob, Brother Jacob, Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Morning bells are ringing! Mornings bells are ringing! Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

Strangely enough, I first played this on the violin more than a year ago (long before I knew of Violin Lab), as it came back to my memory while practicing one day. I remember thinking that it would make a good practice exercise!

Maybe others here first learned it in French class, also!

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Posted: May 18, 2011

Eileen
Beth...I'm very excited x-] I'm actually starting to get a lovely vibrato..here and there, on occasion. It's been a good number of years banging my head against a wall with this and I think it's finally going to happen....Lord willing ! (dance,dance,hoot,dance,dance,jigga,dance...where's that dancing spiderman when you need him !)
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Posted: May 13, 2011


I am a newer member who just started learning violin last year at age 48. My apologies if my questions have been answered before, but I didn't have much luck doing a search using the google method. I've been practicing & practicing and very focused on tone production, but I have a question about violin quality. I have a nice starter violin (priced around $700) that I am currently renting. I have reached the level where I can produce a decent tone on it, but when I listen to some violinists I admire, there tone just sounds so much more lush and full, especially on the A and E strings. Mine, while sounding nice, tends to have a more "tinny" quality that I would rather not have. I realize that experience and talent are the enormous differences between myself and these violinists I admire, but I would think that every once in awhile I would at least produce a comparable tone even by accident. To this point I haven't achieved that on the higher strings. I can't really afford a more expensive violin at this point but I'm wondering, how much of the tone I am hearing on mine is just the limit of perhaps, my bow quality and the quality of the strings on this violin? Would a different bow or more expensive strings make much of a difference for me or is the tone quality I seek there in my violin but I just haven't found it yet due to my lack of experience? Any comments would be appreciated.
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Posted: May 10, 2011

KarenJ
This is great! I was wondering how the shifting in the middle looked because I couldn't quite grasp it. I have never shifted before so this was my first try. I'm so excited to learn somethng new. almost makes me feel like I can "play"! next stop... vibrato. well, maybe in a little while. lol

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