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Hi Beth, I've listened a few times now to the Expressive Phrasing series of videos-WOW. Can't wait to begin and intigrating what you are teaching into my playing. I know, I know, it's possible to begin now, it's just that I'm working on more basic techniques but I'll get there. On video 44 "Are You Sleeping" I will want to start there with one or two of the expression techniques. To that end and as is my way, I researched where and why this piece was written and hope to express what I believe the author want to communicate with the listener. Frère Jacques might have been created to mock the Dominican monks, known in France as the Jacobin order, for their sloth and comfortable lifestyles. This would place it about the mid 1600s. There's another piece, also originally written in the same time period well known to one and all, "Three Blind Mice" which apparently goes back to one of King Henry V111's wives-Queen Mary or Bloody Mary! I'm already imagining what could be done with that piece.
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Posted: May 29, 2011
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Posted: May 29, 2011
Thanks Beth,Anne for your comments. Just a thought from a newbie, is it possible to not only use facial expressions, Beth, but say also elongate or exaggerate a note or two at the same time? I'm thinking if the notes are the same as your voice and you are talking to someone, then this is something we do when we want to be sarcastic. Or sometimes drop to a lower tone for one word. Not sure if this would work with the violin. Just thinking out loud. What do you think?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 29, 2011
I knew that about "Three Blind Mice", but not about "Frere Jacques". It has a whole new meaning for me now. So it's a little sarcastic, huh? How to work in sarcasm to playing..it can be done with the help of a few facial expressions. Now that would be an interesting tutorial!

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: May 29, 2011
Hi Ray, that's a good approach. Interesting what you've found out about Frère Jacques. Hope to learn more about other pieces. Thank you!