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Could you Beth, or anyone, give some advice on violin tuning system?

I purchased interesting app for iPhone: Pitch primer. It displays a real time graph how accurately I'm playing + much more.

Anyway, problem is that there is not much info on their website how to set it up for violin.

Violin is tuned in "Just intonation" right?

In addition to that, there are settings for A (I use 442), "Root" and "scale". Root and scale are the big guestions, what should I use? Options are:
Root: any note, natural, sharp or flat.
scale: chromatic, major, minor, major triad, minor triad.

I have no clue what those mean :)

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Posted: April 8, 2011

hellow, BETH,as you must know i am a beginner, and right now i'm practicing "string crossing"but when i am bowing, my bow starts bouncing and even though i have a good intonation, i don't know if i am bowing with a lot of pressure, or may be the bow hair is too tight, or my bow hold is not relaxed...i have no idea what i'm doing wrong , please help me!!

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Posted: April 1, 2011

Hi Beth and ViolinLab members, I have a musical background but am a very beginning violin student, and am looking for any advice on interleaving the beginning technique lessons with the Suzuki book 1 tutorials. I would like to create a lesson plan to help structure my progress, and would bet that someone in this group has been down this path before and could share pointers. Thanks in advance for any input!

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Posted: April 9, 2011

Frank M
Hello Beth: In reference to your video on fitting the shoulder rest: not all rests have a thick end. I think that my Everest is the same width at both ends.

One trait that may be more common is the profile curve of the rest: on most shoulder rests the end that has the curve that "swoops closest to the back of the fiddle" is the part that attaches to the bass bout (the bout on the G-string side).


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Posted: April 8, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Jack, Ron, and Jego, your requests will guide my filming schedule. Here's my to-do list for next week:

address the scale practice

make a tutorial for Sad Romance

give some pointers for making playing on the G string a little easier

finish Advanced Tone Production series

and lastly finish Witches' Dance.

Aah! It's nice to have it planned out. At times I get twisted in a knot deciding to what to do next.

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Mary Freeman
Is the sheet music included with Meditation tutorial?


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Posted: April 8, 2011

Hi Beth.

I have been hard at practicing these days and I am making good progress and that is in great part, thanks to your tutorials. So my deepest gratitude goes out to you.

I know you are busy with all kinds of projects and I wanted to see if you wouldn't mind one more? I'm a firm believer that practicing scales will benefit me greatly in the long run, and thus I have been trying to incorporate as much scale practice as I am able to manage. With that in mind, I was wondering if you could make a tutorial described in the Carl Flesch's Scale System? The complete description is given in the Methods of Practicing the Scale System where he goes on to indicate the practices that are to be performed each day (1st day through 7th day) using the scales exercises 1 through 5.

I know that it may be beyond my current level, but I figured that if I go slow and pace myself I will eventually get comfortable with it and learn a great deal. As I'm sure others in the VL will also benefit from it.

In any event, please have a look and see if it is something feasible and within your scope of "to do" projects.

Again, Thanks for helping us ALL learn this beautiful instrument. ;-)

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Ron Davison
Hi Beth, I need some help. I can't seen to locate your YouTube video of Sad Romance. I've searched with your name, sad romance and violin lab but it doesn't come up. I saw it once but it seems to be gone now. Any advice? Also I would like to thank you for all your wonderful videos at violin lab. After playing for only three weeks I found a local teacher and had my first lesson. She was most impressed with my technique and had many questions on how I learned proper bow hold, bowing and left hand technique. She watched me play simple gifts without looking at the music and told me to take the tapes off and we will skip the new student basics. I'm sure it helps that I play guitar and mandolin but I know I have progressed much faster having had your instruction videos to work with every day. I love this website. I travel, and It's great to be able to take your violin teacher anywhere. Thanks again.

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Posted: April 7, 2011

Has anyone read this blog before? It may be of some particular interest to Jack

it's kinda funny. his tagline is "Iíve given myself one year to master the violin."
"As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice."
Some people get really upset about his taking shortcuts, but you gotta give him props for the effort he puts in.

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Posted: April 7, 2011

I'm very impressed with how organized the resources section is layed out. Bravo Beth!

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Posted: April 6, 2011

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