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James Walley
Perpetuum Mobile (beginning)
I'm probably going to regret asking this question, as I'm pretty sure it's going to give me an answer I don't want to hear, but...when one of the steps in completing Beginning Level 4 is "Perpetuum Mobile (beginning)," what exactly does the "beginning" mean?  Does it mean playing it up to a certain measure?  Does it mean being able to play it all the way through, but at a slower tempo?  Or does it mean having started working on the piece?
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Posted: December 6, 2019

Ceci
Pieces you aspire to play
Hello everyone,

I am new here to the community forum, although I've been a member since May. I am just curious to see if anyone else has certain pieces that keep them motivated to keep going.

My "short-term" piece is the Shostakovich Preludium from the Five Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano. I was so excited to find out that Beth features this piece in Intermediate Level 4! It will be some time before I get there, but it is in a somewhat foreseeable future.

My other piece is the Introduction from Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella. I think the intro is one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard. I am not including the Tarantella in my goal because I don't think I'll be able to play it in this lifetime, lol!

What is the piece that keeps you going?
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Nsehe Otobong
About improvising
Hello!!!

I can't find the last question I posted on the third of November. I was responding to the people that had replied but wasn't able to send because the site upgrade started at about the same time. Unfortunately, I do not remember the names of the people that responded. Still, I found the comments very thankful. So, thanks a lot.

My question today is about improvising. I played some hymns last week alongside a saxophonist and I played them exactly the way I learnt them. He kept asking me to "add a few more notes". In my head, I thought that if I attempted that, I'd be lost forever, not able to come back in time to the original thing I was playing. So, are there any tips or hacks for improvising? It's almost like sight reading limits my musicality a bit such that I can't be expressive without sheet music (not that I have mastered even that). Can improvising be learned? How?


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Posted: December 1, 2019

Ray
And now something from the lighter side of the practice room.


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Posted: December 5, 2019

Barb Wimmer
Playing two songs. I love this  song When Hope Came Down - and then Estrellita as well. Sorry for the cringing -I play my emotions when I start out a new song I am constantly critiquing how I sound and cringe less when I learn it. My cringing gets less when I think I sound better as long as I am not bored from the song by then. I put the lines above the music to mark each beat, 1-2-3-4. And bowing I put a little bowing on the piece. Suggestions welcome. I think I need some bow pressure less and more and rhythm I have a hard time with ties-thinking I need to play each note. Any suggestions on where to go from here appreciated. Thanks for listening
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Posted: December 4, 2019

Timothy Smith
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel
So I've been working on bow stroke lengths based on the music and tempo. I'm supposed to play this in public this weekend with a pianist.
Can you tell me if I'm moving the bow up far enough on the long strokes or if my shorter strokes are ok. Thanks
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Posted: December 4, 2019

Mary Freeman
Is it cheating to use my viola bow on my violin
I just love this bow
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Posted: November 30, 2019

Peter Cranwell
Premium Video Upload
Can someone tell me the best way to upload videos for a premium subscription?

I am wondering what video format is best (MP4, AVI etc) and what is the recommended method for uploading or sharing them.

I am evaluating the premium option and want to understand the methods and bandwidth requirements.

Thanks 

Pete
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Sue Strack
Inability to play well while videoing
I don't know why it is but as soon as I put on the camera I play so much worse than when I'm not on it. Does anyone have any insight into why this may be and ideas for how to overcome it. I feel like I can often play Ode to Joy quite nicely without the camera and I wanted to post the improvement but it fails every time. Just keep at it maybe?
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Posted: December 5, 2019

Barb Wimmer
I know there are apps like play along violin and it grades you on each note and tells you what notes are off and what ones are perfect. Is there an app that measures rhythm?
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Posted: December 3, 2019

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