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Eileen
Hello Beth, I am keeping you quite busy I think......but......a question on practicing vibrato. It's difficult for me to do vibrato on the D and G string. I have been focusing mostly on working at the E and A. My thinking is that as it becomes easier to vibrato there I may not have as much trouble over at G and D. When I do try at the G and D I find I push down on the neck with my fingers because I'm trying to lift my left elbow to reach over the neck...having to hold tighter or push down more with my chin. I can better get the vibrato at those strings by doing this but not sure if this is a good thing or not.
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Posted: May 16, 2010

Eileen
Hope these come up ok....I can't delete and try again...lol
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Posted: May 15, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, Here's that piece I've been working on with the 3/2 measures here and there. Needs LOTS of work...still not getting up to that frog like I should. (Need to tape that pinkie down or something) The first 3/2 is right after the first 6-let run at the very beginning. I think I've got the idea of the beat but I'm not sure the timing is quite right. Thank you for any helpful suggestions/strategies you can offer as to how to effectively work on this piece and make it presentable ! It's the second violin part of a duet with piano.
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Posted: May 12, 2010


How many minutes of practice per day do you recommend for small (age 6 and under) children? Any suggestions on how to inspire them? They are not doing the Suzuki method yet - their teacher wants them to learn fingering and note reading first. Sometimes it seems long and tedious compared to the fun of the Suzuki book 1 but do understand that it's good for them to start early. I'm really curious how kids can play the Suzuki music without note reading. Thanks for your time and the awesome site!
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Posted: May 11, 2010


Thanks, everyone! Great advice. Martin, the comparison to speedreading technique is very helpful, and Krista, I really like the idea of trying to play a measure from memory after looking at it. Maybe I can convince my teacher to work on that with me ;) Beth, since one of my biggest issues is sightreading when it involves tricky rhythms, I am really looking forward to your video about internalizing rhythm.
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Posted: May 8, 2010


response Katrina straight bow
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Developing Good Rhythm and Sight-Reading Skills
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Articulation, part1: Overview
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Sustained Bow Strokes
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Articulation, part 3: Practice Techniques
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Posted: May 7, 2010

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