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Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hi family!
So still working on Fifth Pupils concerto slow...
But one thing my local teacher wants me to explore is actually some SPEED with the Wohlfahrt etudes I'm familiar with! Yes... I think its been about a year .... and STILL WORKING with the first few etudes. Local teacher wants me to feel CONFIDENT in my first hand position. As we are also exploring second and fourth hand positions , he particularly wants me to speed up on some of my etudes, he wants me to be able to hit my BASIC notes... sharp and clean and precise... so here's etude one .... once more ... from Wohlfahrt. Metronome set around 150bpm :0)
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Posted: August 17, 2017

Dianne
G String 3rd Position F#
Can anyone suggest hand or elbow position to comfortably play F sharp on the G string in 3rd position w/o really swinging the elbow- I don't think it should require it' s own elbow positon just to play that note. Try it and see what you think. Play a one ocatve D major scale starting in 3rd pos. on the G string and play both up and down the scale a few times, not just once. Take it slowly so you don' t hurt your hand. What helps you? Everything else is easy for me except the 4th finger F sharp.

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Posted: August 19, 2017

Ann Meeker
Mignon Gavotte (Suzuki Bk 2)
Hello VL Family!  I've been practicing this for so long its just time to bite the bullet and get 'er posted.  Someday I will play this beautiful piece faster but it doesn't work out too well at this point in my learning curve-:>.  Appreciate any/all critique, you guys are my wonderful teachers.
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Posted: August 17, 2017

Maria
Practice passage


My fingers were extremely stiff and sluggish but this was my only opportunity to practice so I pushed on to get that "crying quality" on this particular passage.


Incidentally, my 7/8 violin Natalia sounded nasal and congested too, must the humidity.


0400 est/8-19-17

 
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Posted: August 19, 2017

Frieda
Introduction
Hello,
My name is Frieda and I live in Belgium. I'm 54 years old and I've been playing the violin for 4 years now. After one year of playing/trying :-) by myself, I discovered ViolinLab and I was immediately blown away... so much information, so much fun, ... so many people who are dedicated to play this beautiful instrument...
After 1 year I got myself a private teacher (about 1 session every three weeks).
Visiting and consulting ViolinLab mostly every day, I learned a lot from the site and from you all!
And Beth... what a teacher... inexpressible!
I hope the day will come that I have the courage to post a video of myself... playing but I am 'video-shy'... maybe I start gently with a mp3... :-)
Kind regards,
Frieda



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Posted: August 19, 2017

Maria
Reversed piece & 4t finger buster


I somewhat reversed my practice piece and turned out as good 4th finger buster...

Not perfect so, practice, practice, practice as recited by Jaime :))

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Comments to postings:

Barb, you are absolutely admirable! Don't ever give up, you are almost there. One tip that I hope will help you with the metronome's beat is to think of it as a dance music -you sway along with the beat and feel it. If it helps sway along as you play/practice with the metronome. Try not to wait for it nor race after it. 

Jaime, your metronome practice always inspire us...You are the metro king!

Dianne, you off the string up bow strokes was spectacular, I still can't forget it...

Anne, your Mignon was impressive especially that clear resonant pizzicato  and fun to watch. Very confident performance and playing.

Cyril, your Air in G string tone is golden! What rich sound you created, you're def. the adult vio beginner prodigy...

Elke, you 're absolutely the winner for you've achieved a nice solid vibrato, be bold and use it confidently on your pieces.





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Posted: August 19, 2017

Barb Wimmer
rhythm again
Oh it is amazing what I learn when I record myself and realize I really need to work on my presentation - ugh. Ok Rhythm again, I think at the end when I try doing the ta and tis like Beth teaches - maybe that might be a good approach I might do a little better. Thanks for listening. Suggestions welcome, sorry it is kinda long.  I think I am more off the beat than on the beat - maybe I will try the next video to do super simple and just one note and then make it from quarter to eighth notes than to 16th notes within the beat.  I couldn't resist trying this song though. Took my mom to a Neil Diamond concert and it was amazing. I was inspired to play a little- I think it sounds like the song a little maybe.
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Posted: August 18, 2017

Dianne
Memorizing Music
I have gone back and read the old threads on this topic- it seems it might be a possible natural progression of a student reader to want to start to memorize...

My goals: to focus on playing the violin, to focus on tone, posture, intonation and expression, and to do all of this while never looking at the sheet music.

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Posted: August 17, 2017

Elke Meier
Vibrato practice
Dianne's post with her nice vibrato practice encouraged me to share my current stage also. Those of you who have been around for a while know that vibrato for me is a never ending story with countless setbacks. I have no idea why it is so difficult. My joints are not very healthy, true, which makes finger strength in some fingers a real and ongoing challenge. I first started with exercises close to three years ago. After several months of practicing for wrist vibrato I had to give that one up. It just was too painful. My wrist does not complain about arm vibrato so I guess that is something to be happy about, even though arm vibrato seemed very unnatural. 

About a year ago I posted my stage at that point. Comparing the two videos is a reason for a bout of depression because there seems only VERY little difference between the two. - BUT there IS this slight difference. A year ago I could only do exercises, by now I have been able to add a note or two in some pieces with some kind of a wiggle. A year ago after two minutes my whole arm was in cramps, now I can do maybe 10-15min without too much complaint of my muscles. During this year I gave up hope many times that I would ever be able to learn it. But then I decided as many times to not quite give up, maybe continue just a little bit more. Maybe one day the big break through would come. It hasn't yet. And it seems like I have to train each finger for each note separately. So far I can only do those exercises on the A-string (and fourth finger on the E-string only), any lower string starts the same process of weakness in the muscles, stiffness in the joints and a complaining arm all over again. 

So, all this to say: I am still not really convinced that I will ever learn vibrato but I have not lost hope completely either. 

Oh, and please ignore the sound of the violin. It sounds like it has this bad cold... The problem is that it really, really does NOT like humid weather - and right now my hygrometer shows 90% humidity. In normal playing with a lot of extra care in bowing I can somehow coax a half way decent tone from it anyway. But in this practice when all my concentration went to the clicks of the metronome in my ear and to what my left hand did there was just nothing left to give the bow the extra care it needs to reconcile the violin with this kind of humidity...
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Posted: August 15, 2017

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
2017 Virtual Ensemble
Well, finally after going over time and over budget, my creative director
Tanner put his paw down and said "get it out now!" 

So here is the 2015 Virtual Ensemble


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Posted: August 14, 2017

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