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Lesson 2: The Bow Hold
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Posted: January 19, 2010


Vibrato: part 3 Learning Wrist Vibrato
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Posted: June 3, 2010


My first video upload
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Posted: July 21, 2010

Eileen
Beth, have you ever heard of table music for two ? Where you both have the same sheet of music on a table between you, you face each other and read the music upside down from the other player. Same music, but the notes are upside down.
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Posted: July 21, 2010


Ok, Emg being so kind to post her progress has 'spurred me on' to do the same, so blame her ;) lol This is the latest piece I've been working on, still needs loads of improvement like vibrato needs to be more smooth and not interrupted, intonation in a couple of bits, string crossings sometimes need to be more smooth/clean and I need to relax to let the 'expressiveness' come out a bit more so it's not too mechanical :) but hey, I am still a violin 'baby' having played 3 and a half years and not (unfortunately) 30 years :) (not yet ;))
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Posted: June 19, 2010


Dr. Stephen Redfield, part 5: Varying Sounding Point
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Posted: January 19, 2010


Vibrato: part 9 Continuous Vibrato
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Posted: June 3, 2010


Beth, I have a question! I have been VERY LAZY in my learning journey and even though if I want to I can tune my violin in fifths, I still reach and grab for the chromatic tuner and tune each string to that one. My teacher a YEAR AGO told me to throw the thing away, tune my A string to a piano or to my tuning fork (I have one) and tune in fifths, check if I am in tune when I play against open strings and listen to intervals (3rd/5th etc). Ok, I have been a very NAUGHTY girl and have kept tuning at home with the chromatic tuner all week, when I go to lesson I tune the violin in fifths in front of my teacher (hehehehe). What my question is: if I practice all week on a violin which is tuned by the chromatic tuner then I go to lesson and play on a violin which is tuned in fifths, could this make me ever so slightly out of tune on the day of my lesson in front of my teacher? as I am used to play all week on a violin tuned to the tuner? my teacher has such a good ear he is 'scary', if I only have my finger slightly on the wrong tilt he will stop me and say 'it's sharp/it's flat/fix it fix it!'....it has just occurred to me that I might be 'damaging' my learning by tuning with the tuner during the week as the strings will be slightly different to each other? and that's why in lesson my intonation is not as good as during the week at home? please enlighten me! Thank you Jo
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Posted: July 16, 2010


Hi Beth! It is a pleasure to hear from you.I am a adult student trying to learn violin. I have been working on Vivaldi A minor 1st movement and Bach's Arioso. It would be really great to have some videos on shifting specifically controlling it in higher positions and some videos to help right arm finger motion for a smooth bow change. Also,I wanted your expert opinion on a problem that I have been facing continuously.You see,when I start vibrating on notes my bow tends to bounce or produce a not so clear sound.I believe the problem is with bow pressure and slipping of the bow. Would you have some recommendations/exercises on how to improve upon the problems.Also is their a specific method to allow a more independent functioning of right and left hand. I know these are a lot of questions but your inputs would be greatly appreciated. Once again thank you for the great videos and tremendous help to the student community. Regards, Jeetesh Srivastava
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Posted: July 15, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, I'm still trying to work out the difficulty I have with vibrato on the G string. Here's a vid of my progress so far. I can't tell you how difficult it is for me to do this. The movement you see is really all I am able to get out of those fingers over in that position. My whole arm is strained and everything feels very stiff. I know there is a way for me to get this (where there's a will there's a way !) Any suggestions ?
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Posted: July 14, 2010

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