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jack
This is just an update on my progress since I first started to use this wonderful site as my main and only source of violin instructional information. Beth, of course, has been my principal mentor and inspiration through all of this.

If you have read some of my past posts you might remember that I was dealing with a squeezing of the left hand issue. Well, after I purchased a Bon Musica shoulder rest and followed Beth's videos on the issue, the squeezing is no longer an issue. I have been cured :-)
I have since moved my thumb a little lower on the violin neck and with some practice suggestions from Beth and great awareness, I'm now able to play without squeezing and with more relaxed hands. Hurray!

Another issue I was dealing with was with trying to learn to play Triplets, which might sound silly since it's probably a no-brainer for most people, but apparently too much for my old brain. Once again, Beth to the rescue with her wonderful video where she breaks things down and tell us how to successfully grasp the technique. It worked! I'm now able to play Twinkle variation D (triplets groupings), not only that but I am working on trying all kinds of fun stuff such as scales and different tunes using Triplets. I'm on my way to become a Triplet junky LOL.

Finally, I think I'm getting the Hop (while playing Long, Long Ago [Suzuki Book I] when playing B on A string and E on D string) figured out. I'm still nowhere I need to be, but I am able to make the hop without much trouble. I simply need to work on it some more and increase the speed. The mechanics are finally there, I just need to fine tune it.

Yesterday, I began to play Allegro (Suzuki Book I) and was happily surprised that I could actually play it without much trouble. I was simply amazed at my progress. Things are becoming a lot more manageable and all the practices and different techniques are slowly coming together. Dividends for all the practices are starting to show and it is a great feeling of accomplishment when I can actually pick a sheet of music and simply play it.

Beth, I can't Thank You enough for what you have give me these past few months. You are an outstanding inspiration and mentor! Thank you for helping me (us) achieve my (our) dream(s). Bless your heart. You simply Rock!


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Posted: June 1, 2010

Dyan
Dear Beth and Student: Thanks so much for the input. It really does help to get some coaching. You are right about enjoying the moment, and everything that goes with it. I do love everything about the violin. I will stop looking so far ahead, and will enjoy what I have, right now! Thank you. I feel better already. Dyan

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Posted: June 1, 2010

Dyan
Hi Beth, Thank you so much for your response. You are right. In other words, there is no quick fix! I don't mind hard work. We reap what we sew, right?! Beth, I think what annoys me, sounds silly, but I seem to get stuck practicing the same things, songs. Realizing, I'm in a rut! I start out practicing a scale, the one my music is in for that particular practice session. Then, I may work on my vibrato for a bit going back to the same song to apply it. Once I put time into that, I go to other songs and work on them a bit, from start to finish, like I shouldn't?!!! Is is best to take little sections at a time, learn them perfectly, and then play the song from beginning to end? I think I spend too much time playing the song, but not perfecting it. I start out ok, but find myself just playing, and not focusing in on any particular point. Discipline?? Do you think I should practice technique for half my practice, and for the rest of my time apply it to (one)song, to perfect a complete piece of music? I should mention, too that the Suzuki books are very helpful, but I don't always stick to the book. The song Long, Long Ago has a part in it that a second person can play, while the actual song is being played. Could you explain to me the bowing technique on that part?! Beth, I hope these questions aren't a waste of your time. I know that some of the answers are obvious. I guess it's not having a practice plan that's making me feel like I'm not getting too far with any thing particular. Does that make sense?! Beth, I will thank you in advance for taking the time to figure out my dilemma! Dyan

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Posted: May 31, 2010


response Katrina straight bow

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Posted: May 31, 2010


Scale Study 5 (Fast Fingers)

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Posted: May 31, 2010

Luis
I am uploading a version of the Love Theme to the movie "Cinema Paradiso" that will make your skin crawl :-) Now, seriously, it has many errors, in particular in the C G F Eb D C Bb sequence (twice) and I am pretty sure that 5th/6th positions are way off. Still, it is a good song to get feedback on from the community, hence the post. Best. Luis
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Posted: May 30, 2010

Dyan
Beth, (Tea Time) Sometimes, no matter how much I practice playing the violin, it seems like I'm not going to get beyond a certain point. I was wondering if you could put your lovely violin down and talk to me, us about those feelings, feelings of defeat. I am truly excited about Violin Lab. I feel so lucky to have it. But, I do get discouraged. I'm wondering if a study program would help me. I find myself bouncing around and not focusing on any one thing for very long. Then, I'm back to where I started. Should I just take one piece of music and put away all my other things, until I have mastered that one piece? I just get so frustrated. I know I'm learning, but it seems one day I sound ok, and the next day I sound like it's my first lesson, sort of speak!! I always feel like I should go back to the basics. Gee, I'm educated and I got my degree. I'm not stupid. What's with this little instrument? I do my best when I'm focused and going slowly. But, that gets boring. So, once again, I speed up the process, and I am back to square one again. I guess, when you learn an instrument as a child, you bypass the frustration. You simply do as you're told and it just becomes a habit. Is this correct?! Helpppppppp! Thank you, Beth, for being my sounding board. Dyan

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Posted: May 30, 2010

Dyan
Beth, I am so impressed with your Violin Lab. It is sky rocketing! There is something for everyone. The answers to all of our questions are there! I have learned so much. What's most encouraging is I have someone to go to when things aren't going just right. Learning to play the violin takes lots of time. It has been so helpful learning to play the violin in the privacy of my own home. Plus, it saves time not having to go to lessons. Lessons are so expensive, justifiably so, making it impossible for some people to take. So, thank you for making our dreams come true. Dyan oops, I should have put this on Facebook?!

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Posted: May 29, 2010

jack
Hi Beth, hope you are feeling better. I understand that you'll be posting some pointers on how I can best tackle the Twinkle versions D&E soon, but if I may impose on your generosity and wonderful teaching skills could I add one more request? ;-)

I'm working on T.H. Bayly's Long, Long Ago (Suzuki Book I) and I'm having a tough time getting measures 9 and 11 when going from B (on A string) to E (on D string) as indicated by the piece. My left index finger is long, narrow and somewhat pointy and I can't quite get it to cover both strings. Not only that, after playing those two notes I have to go back to my 3rd finger on the A string. I've tried several approaches, but my hand and fingers are looking more like a pretzel (lol) and I don't seem to quite flow through those notes. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Posted: May 28, 2010

Abram Inman
I have a section on a music sheet that I dont understand. I scanned an image of the specific section but cant see now that Im able to upload images in discussions :o( Am I missing something?

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Posted: May 27, 2010

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