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Eileen
Hi Beth, I found a very sad and solemn tune that's pretty easy as far as the notes go, but could be a good one for working on articulation and passion, much like Meditation. It's called "Sad Romance" and it's by Thao Nguyen Xanh. I have the music for it if anyone is interested, but I'm not sure how that works as far as copy write and all that. You can find the music if you google it. Someone transcribed it and posted it on a site and you can find a music vid on youtube if you search "sad violin"

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Posted: October 12, 2010

Eileen
I was watching Mr Perlman play Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo op 23 on YouTube.......man, he makes it all look soooo easy ! I was fascinated by his bowing up at the frog.....which is mostly where this piece is played. He uses his fingers and wrist alone. I hardly saw his shoulder move except when he got over on that G and brought his arm waaaay up. His vibrato is a finger vibrato rather than wrist or arm for the most part. Just fascinating watching a master artist work his craft. I'm inspired and just wanted to share my awe. :-)

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Posted: October 5, 2010

Eileen
Ms Trott's "Melodious Double-Stops" came in the mail today ! Christmas came early this year ! x->

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Posted: September 22, 2010

Dilwyn
Not wanting to create neighbor problems I recently purchased a Glaesel practice mute. To my ear I actually prefer the muted sound. I have only been playing for 4 weeks so do not think of me as Heifetz. Could this be a sign that better strings might be in order? Or perhaps just a better player. Thanks Dilwyn

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Posted: September 30, 2010


Beth's Blog 1: Keeping a "Straight Bow"

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Posted: March 1, 2010


Lesson 19: Finger Action and Finger Pressure Exercises

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Posted: January 19, 2010


Avoid Hitting Unwanted Strings

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Posted: April 7, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, I've been getting pain in my left elbow. I believe it's from reaching around on the higher positions at the G string. Twisting that arm around is a bit difficult, though I don't seem to notice much discomfort while I'm playing (except for the awkwardness of it)....it's pretty much sore all the time other than that. Any suggestions as to how I should deal with that ? Thanks !

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Posted: September 4, 2010

Dyan
Beth, Is it best not to look at your hands while playing the violin? Is looking straight ahead best? Dyan

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Posted: September 18, 2010

Patricia L
Hi Beth and ViolinLab community. Beth, I just wanted to say again how much I appreciate this site. I took up the violin about six months ago. I keep plugging away, practice most days and have used the guided practices a lot. I have to say there is some progress, but I do get discouraged that it's not happening more quickly. Kimber, your video was so very impressive for just a few months of study. How'd you do that? My teacher has put me in a string ensemble with other students. We'll have a recital in the Spring. My part is pretty basic, but I'm looking forward to our rehearsals, and playing with the big kids. And to Diane, thanks for the tips on purchasing a violin and bow. The videos were very helpful. I haven't purchased yet, but have started the process. Of course my teacher is helping me too. Oh and Beth, if you remember my dilemma with the glasses and progressive lenses. My optician made me a pair of "music glasses". And that's working out mch better. Patricia

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Posted: September 4, 2010

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