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Sean
Hello, Violin Labbers!

It has been quite some time since I have posted on here and I truly hope that everybody is doing well and playing hard!

I am currently preparing a certain piece for a big recital coming up this weekend and I thought it would be a great idea to post on here just like old times for some feedback. I have already identified a few things I'd like to improve on, notably dynamics, voicing, some tricky intonation spots and overall phrasing/sense of line, however I would love to hear any other thoughts or suggestions of things to work on (or general comments overall).

Thank you in advance!

All the best,
Sean
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Posted: November 19, 2019

Barbara Habel
Russian Technique

I had a violin lesson last friday and my Russian teacher taught me something she did teach me before but that kind of slipped under the carpet.

It is the Russian technique for playing at the tip of the bow.

Unlike as in Franko-Belgian technique where you bend your wrist upwards - the Russian technique you aim for a straight wrist or bend up wrist as it is when playing at the frog.

The idea is that the wrist stays similar no matter whether you play at the frog or the tip.

And there is a little Mona Lise smile change between up and down bows and vice versa. That is the equivallent to the Colle bow change motion.

I am having fun experimenting with this on the "Jesus joy of manīs desiring". But on this clip it is only straight bowing.
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Posted: November 18, 2019

Maria
Day 1 - attempt to practice legato


It's a very challenging skill to learn...

It would really sound beautiful if theres no break on the flow and note transition.

Went sharp on some notes and I run out of breath in several places of the piece.
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Posted: November 18, 2019

Timothy Smith
Difficulty Previewing Sound Files
I am specifically referring to the files of backing tracks on VL. If no one else is having the issue it probably points back to me or my browser. I'm using Google on Win 10 x64 PC.
I am not at liberty to look into it presently, but can give more info later. Just want to make note and see if anyone else is experiencing the issue? Thanks.
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Posted: November 18, 2019

Melodia
Sheet Music
Hi Beth,
The link to the sheet music for Long, Long Ago doesn't seem to be working, and I didn't see a link for the sheet music for Contre Serieux.
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Posted: November 18, 2019

Ray
Rustic Dance bow line
Hi Everyone,

Anyone who is thinking about starting the Etude Rustic Dance, from Beginning Lessons: Level 4, I have just uploaded on Musescore the bow line.  My call sign is: Rabn and I have it listed as: Rustic Dance bow line.  

You will notice at the beginning that I have included two extra measures.  I use those two measures as a form of counting in so that I have the rhythm set in my brain.  For me it works to always have two full measures as a count in before the piece starts for real.

Hope you all like playing this piece.

Ray
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Posted: November 18, 2019

Dianne
Schradieck
Lesley, inspired by your latest video on Schradieck, I'm trying to capitalize on the shape I'm in after many weeks/months of vigorous practice and not go into a rest period and consequently lose it all. So two days ago I started on Schradieck. It was hard on the low 2nd fingers to 4th fingers, but on the 2nd day I changed my hand frame by bringing the elbow over a bit, and it made it so much easier. I also heard the hammering fingers. I have never had this finger strength from the base knuckles I have right now, and it is not just the shape I'm in as a base, but the combination with Schradieck. It is as if the base is needed to get the full results, because Schradieck never really worked for me before. I just have to keep this up. Are you still running it? Do you see increasing results? Who knows how far it can take me. It's really not that much time to do a run through. No excuses not to!
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Posted: November 7, 2019

Dianne
Do you have to play your violin in to get it sounding its best? I have found that if I really play out for a while on one of my instruments, with open string, double stops, etude, and parts of a piece with full bows and confident articulations, it really opens up. I mean really changing total character, into a resonant, clear and rich sound, whereas before, after being idle for a while, the instrument would sound rather closed. Then there is another instrument that seems to be fine right out of the case no matter how long it's been since I have played it.

Have you experienced this on your instrument and what causes this do you think?
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Posted: November 17, 2019

Barb Wimmer
I am trying to keep track of this song to see if I make improvements or not. I am practicing vibrato. I see there is a way to remind myself to practice certain things and that is very helpful. I think I am getting better on bowing but am wondering what to work on next, what to focus on next.  I think my tone suffered some with vibrato but hope that I improved a few spots at the end. Wondering if I am holding my violin right.  Suggestions welcome. Still not thrilled with overall tone but right before the end sounds a little better. Thank  you
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Posted: November 16, 2019

Sarah Bondi
Long bow and confused vibrato.. sad romance
I have been working on my long bow, but I think my bowing arm is still too high... especially on the G string.  I am also confused about my developing vibrato.  Is it wrist or arm vibrato that I am doing.  Any suggestions?
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Posted: November 18, 2019

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