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Hi all. After watching some of the videos, I picked up a tip about "music minus one", and so I have a simple question... is there a "minus one" book for newbies like myself? Would using such a thing be a good or a bad idea? I am doing Suzuki and sometimes I deviate, but always "solo". Maybe this minus one approach would add some nice accompaniment. What do you think? Thanks in advance. Luis
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Posted: July 11, 2010


Hi Beth and everyone,the minute I became a member I've been living with this site,just a short question right now that really bugs me ,,How can I get rid of my thumb tention I really concentrated on it but I couldn't get it relaxed please help me if there's any special exeercise I need to do thanks a lot Sasan
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Posted: July 10, 2010


Hi Beth, First of all, this is a wonderfull site. I love it. Is it okay if you post some videos about etudes we can study? Like sevcik, wohlfarht, hrimaly, kreutzer, mazas,hanh sitt, etc. Going over them with an excellent teacher is revolutionary and sure to attract more students. Just my two cents :D Best Regards, Robbi
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Posted: July 10, 2010


Hi Beth and everyone, First off, I want to say "thanks" Beth for these great videos. There aren't violin teachers near where I live, (the closest one is 45+ minutes away) so your website has been very helpful, especially with bowing. One thing I wanted to mention that has helped me tremendously with my finger placement is a "fiddle fretter." Basically, a fiddle fretter is a sticker you put on the neck of your fiddle that makes frets much like a guitar. Since I already play the guitar and understand fretted instruments, this has helped me tremendously. For me, the fiddle fretter has been a great alternative to using tapes. Just thought I'd mention it in case other people had tried it or wanted to try it. It's helped me progress at a much faster pace than before I had it. I needed to get new strings put on my violin, so I had the luthier put on the fiddle fretter at the same time. It can be removed if you feel you don't want/need it, or you can leave it on. It's all black, so it can't be seen, even if you're 5 feet away. Hope you all have a great day! Colleen :)
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Posted: July 9, 2010


Hi Beth, First of all, I love, love, love your website! I'm an adult student. I started taking violin lessons in February. The video tutorials perfectly augment my weekly 30 minute lesson, helping me with all those very important elements of play. I particularly appreciate the the early focus on good bowing. My question for you and the community has to do with wearing glasses with progressive lenses. It's been hard for me to focus on the finger board and also look at bow placement on the strings. I seem to always be closing one eye to keep things in focus. Otherwise I "see" too many strings, or need to move my head too much. I see many violin players wearing glasses at the symphony. Is there some trick to this? Are their glasses made differently? As I go along I need to look at what I'm doing less and can keep my eyes on the music, but it's still a challenge when I need to see what my fingers are doing. I can't imagine that I'm the only adult violin student who has run into this problem. Any help, advice, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much...........Patricia
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Posted: July 9, 2010


Just 'touching base' and letting everyone know 'what I am up to' lately. My teacher started me 2 weeks ago on the Schubert Sonatina n1 in D major, I love it to bits! I am working on the 1st movement at present, I am playing it 'ok', when I say ok I mean 'acceptable enough' not to make anyone cringe too much LOL, I still find it hard to keep the vibrato going, it keeps switching itself off on anything less than a minim in this piece, sometimes I manage a crotchet or two but not all the time.... Then 3 weeks ago I started on all scales over 3 octaves plus arpeggios, I am loving them, I always loved scales :) then on a side, have not told my teacher.....(naughty) I am having a look and slowly playing the czardas from Monti (and I mean SLOWLY!) I am getting the artificial harmonics bits quite ok now, apart from the final bit on G string, that is still quite 'dodgy' are artificial harmonics high on G (I mean D and above) more difficult than those on other strings? I get the impression they are....
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Posted: July 3, 2010


Staccato Vs. Spiccato
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Posted: June 30, 2010


The Staccato Bow Stroke (off the string)
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Posted: June 30, 2010


Good day everyone. I would choose not to clutter up the main discussions screen so I'll make this post and then put all subsequent progress vids as responses within. I worked on Perpetual Motion and Etude last couple of days. A few notes are a bit off and it's not a clean run by any means, but I think it's about as solid as I can get for now. I hope my mechanics are at least half there. Sorry for motion blur, guess I'll have to get a better cam soon. Everyone have a great day.
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Posted: June 30, 2010


Sorry if this seems like a silly question, but sometimes I see references to someone playing at "Grade such and such". Being so new to playing, it doesn't apply to me anyway, but just curious what this is actually referring to. Perhaps I'm totally misunderstanding the context when I see it and there is no such thing lol. Just curious and if anyone has insight on this, thanks.
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Posted: June 29, 2010

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