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I couldn't find the thread about Fingerboard Geography that was going on so I'm starting another one. Here's the video explaining how to assign fingering within a position on the violin. As soon as I can get my web guy to meet with me the site will go live. There will be free charts available for downloading 1st - 11th positions! In the meantime - enjoy this video as a sneak preview.
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Posted: March 10, 2011


Nice Waltz!!! If you learn how to post the music or email the music I would love to have a copy!!knoxjk@hotmail.com
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Posted: March 9, 2011

Ray
Top of the Morning Everyone, In our collective pursuit in finding books on scales-seems to the topic of the day- I made a find a local thrift store. "The Violin by Berthold Tours and revised by Luigi von Kunits". It was reprinted in ? out of England. However, the original author, Berthold Tours lived in the 1800's. It's great historical instructional book that still has relevance today. It has a diagram of a bow from the 1800s. Beth, check to see if it is your library and if not I can make a zip file and send you a copy. Cheers. :)
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Posted: March 5, 2011


I didn't think of posting this video then 'someone' (you know who you are hehehe) told me I 'ought to post it on violinlab' hehehehe I went to an adult concert event and I was supposed to perform a baroque piece which my teacher suggested. I had 5 and a half weeks to learn it and bring it up to performance standard and I didn't even like it much.... also I went through nearly 6 months of agonising upper back pain whilst playing violin, my back was reducing me in tears after only 5 minutes of playing, I could not practice much for a good 4 months, to cut a long story short I RADICALLY changed my violin set up and saw an osteopath and an alexander technique teacher. The osteopath has totally fixed my upper back and I am now totally free of the back pain, the alexander technique teacher has worked on my posture and I am still seeing her (the back pain was NOT AT ALL due to posture by the way, but I still wished to see the alexander technique teacher anyway for other reasons other than the back pain). So anyway, while I was supposed to learn this baroque piece I was seeing the osteopath and going through this change in my back which was healing and half of the time I could not play/practice (he ordered me not to play half of the time to let my tissues rest), to cut a long story short: the performance time arrived and I was NOT ready to perform this piece, I was IN A PANIC! There was nothing else I could take out of my sleeve to play for this event! so the night before I tried a couple of the latest pieces: The Schindler's List Theme I could not play 'well' enough with my new set up so I tried Meditation and it was 'ok enough' but I had not played it for SIX WHOLE MONTHS! that night it was 2am and I was falling asleep, I played the Meditation for half an hour and went to bed! the next day no time to practice, went to the event and I only had 10 minutes to run it through with the accompanist and this video is the result!!! So I was quite happy with the result :) I pulled it off with just a few intonation slips and a few shaky bows ;) the shaky bows I think are because of my new set up my bow hold has started going a bit 'funny' and my little finger and sometimes my ring finger are coming off the stick, also the angle on A and E string may not be right, but I have changed bow hold since in the last 2 weeks and have now learnt the 'russian bow hold', I think it's going better now :)
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Posted: March 8, 2011

Eileen
Hi Beth, I just found your midi of the accompaniment for Sad Romance. It's not half bad for midi but it doesn't play through the whole song...at least on my computer it doesn't.
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Posted: March 8, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, I'll be glad to send you a copy, however, my printer just sang its Swan Song. I'm off tomorrow to replace it and then send a copy of The Violin your way. Oh, on another note, what brand of violin strings would you reccommend? Have a fantastic day!
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Posted: March 7, 2011


I have only been taking violin lessons since the first of this year. I have been using Gustave Bernardel for rosin. I am finding that it is affecting my eyes probably because I am slightly allergic to pine. My eyes feel sticky. I have backed off of the amount and frequency of use. Has anyone out there used what they call dust less rosin. I would prefer to still use something that is natural as opposed to synthetic. Thanks.
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Posted: March 4, 2011

Ray
Here's a question for anyone who has traveled, by air, with their violin. The case that I have measures: (in inches) 6 deep by 10 1/2 wide and 31 long, will I be able to carry this case on the plane or will it need to be checked in? The airline web sites are of little help. What have you found? I plan on travelling (from Canada) to Austin next year. I like crossing my strings well in advance. Cheers for the help.
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Posted: March 3, 2011


Hi Beth, How do you stop the violin from shaking while doing the vibrato?
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Posted: March 3, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, in my quest to learn Little Star by the end of the year, I've introduced the tutorials of Twinkle into my practice-with the metonome. Call me crazy but I liking those peeps and the little blinking light. If I can now mantain (and improve) the quality of sound on the open strings while looking at the metronome it should make looking and using the left hand at least a little easier. lol. I've also ordered a copy of:Magic Carpet for Violin, which has songs just for open strings. As always Beth, keep up the great work! :)
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Posted: March 2, 2011

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