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Enrique
Hi Beth, I've been trying to work on my detache. I noticed that when I put the bow on the a string at the middle of the bow I'm not in the "square position". To move upbow I need to engage the upper arm. So this is not a detache-correct? In order to use pure forearm motions I need to place the bow higher on the string-the upper third and up. Am I doing something wrong or is this due to the fact that I have long arms? Thanks, Enrique Lasansky

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Posted: March 20, 2011

Beth Blackerby
I'm not sure what happened to Elizabeth's excellent question about "how do you know when to shift", so I'm re-posting my video response.
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Posted: March 14, 2011

Ray
Hi Beth, I've been working on the techniques between detache and legato. I remember a previous video that you want to increase the downward pressure of the index finger to maintain an even sound, near the tip of the bow, by tilting the wrist slightly. My question is when using the legato technique at the tip should you, for a split second, release the pressure the index finger and increase the pressure of the pinky to help disguise the change in direction of the bow?

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Posted: March 17, 2011

KarenJ
would it be possible to get a printout of this music?

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Posted: March 15, 2011

jack
Hello everyone!

I was just wondering about if there are any plans in place already for the Austin Violin Master Classes during Summer 2012?

Is this really going to take place?

I'd like to know in advance so that I can book a hotel and airline reservations. I usually plan my vacations at least 1 year in advance, so it would be nice to know if this is a go or not. I'll be commencing my research for hotels and airlines as soon as it is confirmed and a date is set.

Early bird gets the worm. ;-)


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Posted: March 7, 2011

Ray
I've come up with a new(for me) exercise on open string. I mentally divide the bow into forths and then using whole bow techniques I cross all four strings evenly in tempo and volume. And I've come across a new book-Magic Carpet for Violin by Joanne Martin. It has about 12 duets for open strings and then starts using fingering. Also for each piece a suggested tempo is given-108/88/etc and there are techniques to increase/decrease the volume. For other newbies like myself I would recommend obtaining a copy. One last thing, both the violin and myself are getting used to playing music. Cheers!

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Posted: March 12, 2011

tomi
Hi Beth! Any advice on playing violin duets? I just received a copy of Suzuki: Duets for Violins, which I intend to play with my 8 year old son (at some point), who's been taking suzuki lessons for 3 years now. There must be more to consider than learning the 2nd violin part and "just play", right? :) One difficulty must be that as we both are more or less beginners, it may be difficult to tell which one of us is playing (more) out of tune while playing at the same time... Or are duets too much to handle for two beginners in the first place? Thanks!

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Posted: March 10, 2011

Diane
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

jack
Hi Beth!

I'm trying to wean myself from using tapes on my violin as I've had them for quite a while now and I was wondering if there is a sequence on which one to remove first?

As I understand it, you don't remove ALL of them at once, but instead it's a gradual process. I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, but I'd sure would like to try it. After all, I can always put it back should I begin having difficulties.

Thanks!


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Posted: March 9, 2011

jack
I learned something new today! I knew close to nothing about violas, but this video series was great in providing some insight to the violin's bigger brother. Thanks!   :-)

On a side note, I've been meaning to ask this question since I first join VL, but for one reason or another I keep putting it off. . . . . .
. . . I noticed that most, if not all, violin players don't wear any rings (wedding rings, specifically) on their left-hand. Is that not to bring attention to their hand/finger when they are playing or is there a more intricate reason for that?

Sorry, but I was made that way . . . curious . . . .Blame it on my Mom.   8^)

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Posted: March 9, 2011

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