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String Crossings part 5: Efficiency II

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Posted: October 19, 2010

String Crossings part 6: Practice Exercises

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Posted: October 19, 2010

String Crossings part 7: Integration

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Posted: October 19, 2010

(FREE) Tips for Relaxed Violin Playing

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Posted: August 3, 2010

Lesson 15: Finger Motion at the Frog

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Posted: January 19, 2010

I have a question regarding strings. I've settled on Obligatos for my violin but there are choices concerning gold or aluminum or steel and also thin, medium or thick...etc. I generally get the basic medium set with a gold E...for no other reason than medium sounds like the right choice when you have no clue...and well...."gold" sounds more impressive than steel or chrome ! (hehe, I'm such a clueless idiot !) I've been happy with the choice I've made, but I'm wondering if I could do better ? What are some of the basic differences in quality you can expect from one type verses another ? As obligatos are a bit expensive I haven't been into "experimenting" and risk buying something I'm not happy with.

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Posted: October 17, 2010

Shifting 101: Part 4 - One Finger Shifting Exercise

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Posted: April 7, 2010

Speaking of priceless violins, can any of you recommend an insurance company? In trade magazines, I see ads from Clarion. Any comments or suggestions?

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Posted: October 16, 2010

I am frustrated beyond belief right now. I've come to the conclusion that if I really want to get any better in my playing then I need to find a professional teacher that owns a bull whip and uses it liberally. It's certainly not the case for me that there are no good instructors in my area, I'm 8 miles away from a University that has a school of the arts....trouble costs $50+ per lesson and I can't do that. How does a dedicated student without the means manage it ? The information here is fantastic, more than I've ever had....but I really need personal hands on attention....that's how I learn best ! I know my bowing isn't right because it's not as smooth and easy as it aught to be and no matter what I do to try and figure it out and fix it......I haven't a clue. Lots of other things to fix as well and all I see is a constant struggle ahead of me and falling short no matter what I do. Ok....the whine is over...anyone got some cheese ? >:-\

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Posted: October 14, 2010

Beth....about 7/8 violins... I have recently decided to try out a 7/8 violin as in the last few months I grew up increasingly dissatisfied that in some situations (in 1st and 2nd position) I have a problem with my stretch between 2nd and 3rd/4th finger. I don't have a problem between 1st and 4th and in fact I can cover octaves with great ease on a 4/4 violin but if I have to play say a C on A string with 2nd finger then at same time 4th finger A on D string then 1st finger E on D string, 4th finger A on D string 3rd finger G and 3rd finger Fsharp (all on D string, it's a bar from Wieniawski legend op17) then I have problems, either my 2nd finger on C will creep a millimetre or so upwards and it will end up slightly sharp or my 4th finger A on D string will end up slightly flat. This is just an example but I would have many others where if there is a big stretch between 2nd and 3rd finger or 2nd and 4th I just cannot fully do it. It's 3 years and 10 months I have been learning violin and I have been doing double bass for one year and a bit, surely by now my finger stretch should have developed? if I can't stretch any further by now I really think I ought to down-size to a 7/8, what do you think? I have taken a 7/8 on approval from a shop in London and practicing has been a BREEZE, I never had such a comfortable practice ever, I could do everything with no pain/tension/struggle, of course I still have my intonation problems and it has not made me a virtuoso but it does not feel like a struggle anymore. a couple of people told me I just have to learn to develop the stretch in my fingers, these are just other learners on the net that do not know me personally and are just giving an opinion. What do you think? Thank you in advance for whatever opinion you may have on this.

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Posted: October 13, 2010

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