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Hi Beth, is bowing on plain gut strings really a lot different than on silver/aluminium covered gut strings and synthetic strings? I have heard it is different and that plain gut strings can be quite sensitive to pressure and contact point. I have just ordered some plain gut strings (D and A), will use a silver wound gut G and a steel goldbrokat E, I was 'in the mood' for experimenting with new strings and as I like 'mellow' rich stuff I thought I'd try plain gut for that 'old style' violin sound LOL. You can tell that since I decided not to sit any exams for a while I now have time to do some 'leisure' things with my violin hehehehe
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Posted: March 23, 2011


Hello Beth: I was wondering if you or any other professionals use Thomastik's "Dominant" rosin, and if so, what you think about it? I've tried it multiple times, and always initially love the smooth sound it creates, yet later find that it requires too much pressure at slow bow speeds to make the string speak. Also, do you recommend gently wiping the hair with a soft cloth after applying rosin, to remove any loose particles?

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Posted: April 4, 2011

KarenJ
I was looking through eBay listing- I like to look at the different types and compare nice ones to common factory built and such. I thought I knew what "flamed" was, but the images aren't consistent with what i thought. What exactly is "flamed?" I'm sure it's personal preference to have that characteristic, right?
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Posted: April 5, 2011

Eileen
How's this for a challenge.....6 songs to get down before Good Friday with only 2 practices with the choir.....if I had any finger nails I might start chewing on them.... <:-[
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Posted: April 4, 2011


Hello Beth: I've been reading some of the historical literature on the violin, and have seen mentioned several times the subject of "harmonics" in playing, and in use in chords. Do you have any demonstrations or lessons on this?
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Posted: April 4, 2011


when I try this, my arms are too short to get the bow to the tip. What do I do?

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Posted: March 31, 2011


Hey Beth, I just had to say you SAVED THE DAY AGAIN! you know, sometimes when you get to the 'higher stages' of violin learning you forget the invaluable 'basics'. Lately my violin teacher was 'stuck in a rut' with me, he was lost and I was lost too. Sometimes even the best teachers get lost and 'forget what to do' or 'run out of ideas' with students and us students get frustrated and just can't understand why they can't get something so simple anymore! Anyway, it's been about 2 months or maybe 3 that my teacher keeps telling me 'YOU HAVE SUCH A POOR SENSE OF RYTHM, you keep getting these simple things wrong that at grade 1 you should know!' I have been in tears in between my lessons and during my lessons as we've been stuck in a rut like I've said as in my pieces for some reason at random I would play some quavers for too long or don't make them last long enough, this is often when they come after in between demi-semiquavers runs! The thing that puzzled both my teacher and me is that if I play the runs on open strings I play them PERFECTLY! if I clap them I clap them perfectly as well! so why does he tell me I have a bad/poor sense of rhythm? I obviously have a good sense of rhythm as otherwise I'd get it wrong on open strings!! so I came here on violin lab to look for help after 8 week of tears with my teacher and practicing to the metronome counting 1-2-3-4-5-6!!! and there you were telling NOT to count LOL and to practice feeling/humming the rhythm and learning to subdivide it too! well I didn't have to learn to feel it or subdivide it as I knew how to do that already and I already had a GOOD sense of rhythm (contrary to my teacher's saying) and could already feel it and subdivide it, but what I did tonight in my practice was to put the metronome on just to give me the 'beat' while I was practicing then instead of counting like I always used to I just played without counting as per your advice and I knew how to subdivide in my head every time I had a demi-semiquaver run and BANG, I think for the first time I played the piece correctly, at least I think I have now, I can't wait to go to lesson tomorrow and see what my teacher thinks, if he is pleased with my results I will tell him about Beth's suggestion LOL LOL perhaps he will keep that trick up his sleeve for another student? ;)

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Posted: April 1, 2011

KarenJ
Fun looking at all the new profiles. Glad to meet everyone. :)
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Posted: March 28, 2011


Beth, I notice that some videos show the length of the video and a "count up" timer but others don't. This would really be helpful on the Guided Practice videos. The "count up" timer is really helpful when you want to back up to a specific point in the video. Also...would a search function be possible on the "Community" page?

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Posted: March 23, 2011


Hi Beth, guess what! I am doing a piece with my teacher which happens to be in a suzuki book (which one I am not sure n5??)! But I am not doing it from the suzuki book, I have the 'schott edition' sheet music, it's the Vivaldi G minor concerto RV 317, I am doing the whole 3 movements, it's a pretty concerto am certainly enjoying it. Another piece I am doing is the Melodie by Gluck transcription by Heifetz (heavenly!!!).
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Posted: March 29, 2011

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