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Katja
What are you working on this summer?
So what are your goals for this summer? What are you working on at the moment?

I have been so busy this spring with orchestra, lessons, preparing for the VL workshop that I didn't realise how much freedom the summer would bring me 😎. My priority number one for this summer is to work on rythm, second: I want to gain better confidence shifting and no 3: my secret wish would be to get my vibrato actually audible. I also realised that I really need to again continue with open string whole bow bowing in front of the mirror every day.

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Posted: June 25, 2017

Barb Wimmer
If you have a song and it has six sharps and no flats it would be in the key of F sharp right? Or called F major scale sharp or G flat?  If you have a song with no sharps and six flats the song is in the key of E flat?

So what if you is it possible what if you have a song that has six sharps and six flats is the song in the key of E flat F sharp G flat?

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Posted: June 24, 2017

Treble

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Posted: June 24, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have been practicing the base line (for violin) of Laurie Scott and Bill Dick's version of French Folk Song to work on my timing.  After a solid week of 2-3 times a day of practicing my timing is coming along but I am wanting more consistency.  But my question has more to do with quality or beauty of sound.  I am slow in improving in this area. 

I am practicing with their CD.  Their sound is has a refined quality with a definite beginning and end.  The volume is consistent throughout the bow stroke.  While my bow stroke does have that beginning and ending and it has a consonant at the beginning of the bow stroke it has a loud obnoxious harsh gratting quality to it.  My contact point is consistant and the bow is travelling straight.  So that leaves pressure and speed.  I have tried to vary these two variables but with limited success.

Any ideas?

Thanks for any and all suggestions, I am certainly ready and able to experiment.  Is there a lesson in Beth's huge video library inwhich addresses this issue?  I have this sound in my head and I want to be able to play it.

Best,

Ray


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Posted: June 24, 2017

Barb Wimmer
Ok will need to work more with the metronome. Trying to figure out a system of practicing with the metronome.   Sorry about the not so good camera work. Gigue from the Sonata in D Minor in Book 5 of Suzuki. In 12/8 time. It has one flat, a b flat which means  this  song is in the key of F Major? Because there is only one flat and it is a b flat. My teacher was telling me that you don't have to listen to a song first to play it correctly if you can figure out everything. That is new to me. 

Thanks for listening to my rambling and I just played Twinkle because I think I was totally off on counting with the metronome the Gigue from the Sonata in D Minor song.  I think I sound a little choppy in Twinkle but then realize it, so trying not to sound like a metronome but to hit the beat correctly

Thanks, will review Mary's video again, you have good rhythm. Does anyone have a system on how they work with the metronome?
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Posted: June 24, 2017

Maria
Day 2 G-minor key 4th finger practice


Second day practice of G-minor key piece for my 4th finger...

Also working on intonation, I hope it gotten a bit better than yesterday.





P.S. Thank you Mary for listening and commenting, appreciate it much.
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Posted: June 23, 2017

Mary Freeman
Some parts are a bit out of tune but YAY 
I think I have got the rhythm down
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Posted: June 21, 2017

Maria
practicing and working on my 4th finger with this hard G-minor piece


Still working on my 4th finger with this G-minor piece, I specifically chose it bec. it has Eb, Bb and accidental Ab which is perfect for my 4th finger. Unfortunately it was hard and a challenge for me to stay in tune especially there were scattered accidentals.

Trivia:
The composer is a fave of mine since I was 16 y/o, his music I played over and over again while I'm on the roof hanging my handwashed college uniforms :)
Well, I used to have this cute 80's sky blue radio cassette player and whenever I tune in to this classical station I would wait for his pieces to be played and then with a blank cassette tape I would record pieces that I like. 
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Posted: June 22, 2017

Elke Meier
What a difference!!

When I picked up my restored beloved violin from the luthier a couple of months ago we talked again about my left hand limitations. She mentioned that she had lowered the bridge for a friend of hers who had arthritic hands and found it hard to play on "standard" measurements. Today a visited her again and had her lower my strings also. She lowered the nut a bit. When I asked how much that now was she just smiled. "You won't be able to measure it in millimeters, but you will feel the difference." And she lowered the bridge a bit. Actually, that was not that much either. The G-string now is maybe one and a half millimeters closer to the fingerboard at the end of the fingerboard. But boy, can I feel the difference! I can now actually produce a (consistent) TONE on the G-string in third position :). In first position there is no strength required at all. The strings are stopped just about automatically. It feels so good! I have included the before and after picture inside the post. 

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Posted: June 21, 2017

Melissa Mitchell
2017 Chamber Orchestra in Austin, TX
This is the 2017 Chamber Orchestra in Austin. 
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Posted: June 17, 2017

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