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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


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


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


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


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!
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Posted: May 27, 2010


Hi Beth! Do you have a mini-series on Timing and Rhythm? Although I play piano, I've never felt overly confident that I truly understand. Memories of my piano teacher saying "apple pie", "one-e-and-uh" and things like that.....still confuses me! Thanks, Janice
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Posted: May 25, 2010


Hi Beth, I'm back from vacation. I'm amazed at all that's going on with Violin Lab. That's great, thanks to you! I have a question for you. Why do I have a red mark on my neck after practicing the violin? I can't seem to stop doing whatever I'm doing to cause it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Dyan
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Posted: May 23, 2010


I need some guidance on how to keep from getting ahead of myself. How proficient should I be with one lesson before I incorporate the next lesson into my practice? How many things should I be working on at the same time? I have only been "playing" about 1 month. I like the violin so much, that I want to be able to play the Canon in D next month! I know, impossible. Any Ideas out there?
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Posted: May 21, 2010


response Katrina straight bow
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Posted: May 21, 2010


Scale Studies: Introduction
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Posted: May 21, 2010

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