Home For Passionate Violin Learners of all Levels
Complete violin learning platform made easy through:
    - Step-by-step lesson modules
    - Instant access to all content
    - All music and resources provided. No need to buy books
    - Private feedback channel with Beth Blackerby

Why Choose Violin Lab
Become a Member
How to embed your video
9204 Items Found
<    << 903 904 905 906 907 >>    >


Eileen
This is the sort of thing that usually throws me when it comes to timing. Just about anytime a note is carried over into another measure I loose track of the beat when I try to figure it out on paper. I can just about always find it when I'm just listening to a recording of the music but that's not very helpful when I have to "get it" on paper first with little or no time to work it out before I need to actually play it ! I have to rehearse this tonight with the group and I only have about 20min practice time left this AM....we'll probably only go over it once because of course, everyone else "gets it" but me and then I have to try and work it out myself and just get up and play it Sunday morning and be perfect....lol. Very stressful and I have almost gotten to the point where I just give up and do "whatever" hoping no one notices...except that stuff like this is usually a "solo" interval thing for me. Our rehearsals are usually rushed and we plow through the music pretty quick so everyone can move on to whatever is next in their lives....and I'm wasting practice time typing this out...YIKES !......*help*
This discussion includes members-only video content

View Discussion
3 Responses
Posted: June 2, 2010


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
View Discussion
0 Responses
Posted: June 1, 2010


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
View Discussion
4 Responses
Posted: May 31, 2010


response Katrina straight bow
View Discussion
0 Responses
Posted: May 31, 2010


Scale Study 5 (Fast Fingers)
View Discussion
0 Responses
Posted: May 31, 2010


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
This discussion includes members-only video content

View Discussion
5 Responses
Posted: May 30, 2010


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
View Discussion
0 Responses
Posted: May 30, 2010


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?!
View Discussion
1 Responses
Posted: May 29, 2010


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?
View Discussion
0 Responses
Posted: May 27, 2010


Beth, Do you have any advise on how to have a nice up-bow staccato? I'm working on "Country Dance" (Suzuki Book 5) and am struggling with the up-bow staccatos, mostly in that I get a tiny down-bow rebound sound on each note. Is the up-bow staccato more reliant on wrist motion or should I focus on downward bow pressure (or both?). Any tips would be so helpful. Thanks!
View Discussion
1 Responses
Posted: May 27, 2010

<    << 903 904 905 906 907 >>    >