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New vibrato exercises on the resources page!

Thank you very much Beth, great ideas! I just practiced all the new exercises up to 150% of the time
The exercise 11 is hard to practice fast ... but I can do them all!
My vibrato is improving a lot and I do not have any tension, I just have to improve the different speeds
Exercise # 12 I can not open the link ..
Thank you for giving us so many resources, you are a genius!

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Posted: August 13, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
curious: how do other people practice?
hi community,

general question. wondering how other people structure their practice time. currently, mine is (unfortunately) all over the map. sometimes i start with open strings and scales, other times i leap straight into repertoire (e.g. whatever piece i'm studying here in the Practice Course), still other times i leap into repertoire from my past that i know is way too advanced, and still other times i just fool around and try to make stuff up! i suspect i'd get further faster with more structure. as Beth says, perfect practice makes perfect... on that note (pun intended! groan), here are some questions...

- what do you usually start with: scales? etudes? exercises?
- how long do you practice for?
- do you vary your routine, or do you generally try to follow a set format?
- has anything in particular helped you advance, apart from logging in the hours?

thanks in advance!

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Posted: August 19, 2018

Shaheen Saliahmohamed
left shoulder/neck tension

I've been really working towards finding comfort while playing.
I changed my Guarneri style chin rest to a Paganini one and using a thick acousta grip shoulder I mentioned in an earlier post chinrest touches my tailpiece but somehow trying it out today it doesn't seem to do much to the sound, at least to my ears.

This setup feels a lot better, but I still feel so much tension in my left neck and shoulders.

I posted a video of me loosely playing Haydn's Allegretto, still a lot cleaning to do. I also got conscious of the filming towards the end and got even more sloppy ...

But it is to show how I am currently playing and to ask if I am doing anything wrong with my posture that may create that tension?

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Posted: August 19, 2018

Proper breathing for infinite smooth bowing

I wished there's a tutorial video about this or discussion...

I was trying to do it but failed, breathing did not synch with my bowing. You'll see it within the practice video.

It's day 22/100 [but can't practice everyday] practice on this improvised violin melody, the piano piece was from YT Nostalgy by R. Clayderman.

Tried the improvised melody on the piano, played it ouido.

P.S. Btw, I have my face mask on in case someone may wonder lol :))
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Posted: August 20, 2018

isolation of thumb
Could you please tell me if my thumb is isolated or not ?I can feel my thumb is moving but not very much. Do I need completely keep my thumb still?Or it is okay as I show in my video?
Thank you so much. Have a nice day. 

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Posted: August 20, 2018

Susie Kirwan
Hi Beth and everyone,

I played this piece without reading the music.  Feels so good and free!     

It is called 'Swing and Swang' by Kerin Bailey.
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Posted: August 19, 2018

Robyn Stirling
A question on strings
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone has experienced this before and if so how they dealt with it. Hubby bought me a set of Obligatos and a Kaplan E string. When it came to restringing, everything went really well until I got to the G string. It just wouldn't fit. I have a spare tailpiece and it wouldn't go in there either. Took it to my teacher, who eventually got it to in but a good load of the wrapping was in the tailpiece. Last night I had to take it out as it was putting too much pressure on the tailpiece and replaced it with a spare Dominant G from my case. I've ordered another Obligato G but I was wondering what I should do if the same thing happens again. Also can anyone suggest anyother brand of strings similar to the Obligato as it is far too expensise to get this brand if the G won't fit.
Many thanks

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Posted: August 11, 2018

Violin Cover Songs
I am so surprised that there are so many videos on YouTube lately called 'Violin Covers' of game themes and popular songs. I scroll through hundreds of them when searching for an etude or classical piece, and more violin covers are being added every day. I've seen these covers for a few years, but now it seems they are getting even more popular and that the violin is being taken up by new players with these covers. Here is one description of the possible origin of the term 'cover'. The covers increase with artist releases, but it seems it is becoming ever more popular to upload a 'Violin Cover' of a song now. Have you noticed this? Are these players also taking lessons do you think? Or teaching themselves how to play by ear and self taught? It's pretty amazing to see hundreds of videos uploaded of covers!

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Posted: August 19, 2018

It's a raw video...Listen at your risk :) lol

Barb {Wimmer}/classmates...

You were asking me days ago about improvisation, I was about to go on duty that night was in a rush.

 So tonight I'm off and encountered this beautiful piano piece by G, Caccini's or Vladimir V's... I hit record right away so you can see and the video can catch everything I did to hunt notes. :)
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Posted: August 17, 2018

Playing At Fast Tempos
My goal a few years ago was to play fiddle tunes with 8th notes at 120bpm, or the infamous Rieding Concerto 3rd movement at 108 bpm.

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Posted: August 16, 2018

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