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hi V-labbers,

Continuing in my resolute quest to 'crack' the code of the violin ;) For what it's worth, here's what's helped me a LOT this past week:

- The shoulder tension mystery is solved! Amazing to discover that after all this time, I wasn't holding my violin properly... Beth's violin hold video has fixed that. A no-brainer probably, except that it's easy (if you are me) to fall into bad habits and think they are good habits.

- Keeping a sharp eye on my bow to keep it very close to the bridge is helping with tone production and with using the middle (not the tip) of the bow. in this video, they mention a trick where you position the bow so that you can see the end of the fingerboard between the bow's hair and wood... super-helpful if like me, your bow tends to skitter away in the other direction. This is also helping me overcome my fear of making noise, ergo produce a more listenable tone.

- Barbara! You had mentioned "air shifting" in one of your comments on an earlier post... and I was like, "Moi, air shift? Naaw!" And then... surprise! Discovered I do it all the time. You're totally right: keeping light contact with the string while shifting IS a more reliable way to gauge shifting distances. I've been putting this into practice this past week with a vengeance. Big thank you!!

Onward and upwards!
4 Responses
Posted: May 15, 2019
Last Comment: May 16, 2019

Barbara Habel
Posted: May 16, 2019
Dear Beth

I plan to watch your shifting videos too. I am in need of them too.

Thank you for your lovely videos on really everything.

You are a great teacher Beth !!!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 16, 2019
Lesley, be sure and check out my shifting videos. I have great information on shifting. My colleague refers to "air shifting" as "lily pad" shifting. I love the image of the frog hopping from position to position.

Posted: May 16, 2019
Hi Lesley, your practice progress sounds great! I use earplugs when really digging in with DS or long bows at the bridge, because repetition can be hard on the ears. But if I'm just playing the piece, the sound is fine. I use the EarPeace earplugs.

Barbara Habel
Posted: May 15, 2019
Dear Lesley

I had to smile when I read your notice about the air shifting. How easy it is to have a blind spot for oneself.

It made me happy to have been of help to you.

Your thank you really goes to my life teacher who made me aware of my own air shifting.

I am still in the process of relearning to shift myself. But it makes life with shifting easier to keep in touch with the string.

However it is hard to relearn this. It is best to learn it right from the word go than to have to relearn this skill.

God bless and happy practicing