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Sonia Lancaster
Exciting times
Hello my Violin Family,
I wanted to share some exciting news, because “normal” every day acquaintances won’t really understand!

I live in rural area of Australia and that means few string players and fewer teachers/orchestras. For a while 4 of us have been playing together in a string quartet https://m.facebook.com/malleestringquartet/ (meeting regularly and doing a few gigs, Weddings etc.) We sometimes get professional musicians who come from Melbourne (600km away) and do outreach programs. Last year we were lucky to have John Noble who plays with Orchestra Victoria come and spend some time with us. He has a quartet program https://www.johnnoblesquartetprogram.com/ and he invited us to join! This is a first for our area and basically means we will have professional mentoring and guidance, both in person and remotely, from John and members of the Flinders Quartet https://www.flindersquartet.com/ We have all been working hard to get this off the ground because it relies on sponsorship funding and we have just found out that we have been successful in securing funding from the local council and local community members who are keen to see string playing thrive in the area.

We will be joining the other groups in November to play in Melbourne at the Recital Centre. 

Just thought I’d share

Sonia

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Posted: August 7, 2019

TamThuc Do
issues with CDbaby while purchase Guide Practices
Hi, I am a new member and i just began my lessons last week. It is amazing and I would like to thank Beth for her great detailed videos. However, I got some troubles in trying to buy her Violin Lab Guide Practices 1-8, I am from Vietnam, somehow, i can't use my credit card or Paypal to make the payment. I have already email them but still no reply. I would be very thankful if anyone has some experiences about this to help me.
p/s: sorry for my english if it is bad
Thuc

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Posted: August 19, 2019

Cayla Grobler
Hi everyone,
I am struggling with my bow arm which is reasonably straight but my bow is constantly sliding toward the fingerboard. Any advice or comments?

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Posted: August 16, 2019

Maria
5 flats minor key on G string 2nd position


Is by far the hardest/ambitious key I've tried on the violin...

The killer key signature I was talking about is Bb minor that starts on Bb note on the G string second position.

Was having problem on precise finger placement to get it in tune on that very first note...I was having second thoughts [made me hesitate and delaying my shifting]if I should just shift and just play all the notes using the G string and D string solely but it's  a killer on the arms and harder to get a full sound, I really need to press the bow on the string and nearer to the bridge.

I will rest my arms and will try it again tonight...

First practice attempt/trial raw version with all flaws and mistakes.
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Posted: August 19, 2019

Lesley
Interesting points on slow practice from The Strad:
https://www.thestrad.com/10-views-on-the-benefits-of-slow-practice/18.article

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Posted: August 18, 2019

Kobe Tsang
My Violin Journey
First of all, I just want to say that this is definitely the best community on the internet! I'm so grateful for everyone's amazing feedback and encouragement, it makes this adventure so much more enjoyable. 

I also loved this concept of posting videos of myself playing (never done that before). This really helps to keep my motivation up to learn the next song and push on. So that got me thinking, maybe I'll use this as like a progress journal and post updates of my progress in the same thread (that way I wont push other people's threads down) 

It would be interesting to see how this goes in a year time! 
Thank you for everyone whose travelling this journey with me!


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Posted: July 14, 2019

Maria
TRIAL on Challenging etude from Dianne's


It was supposed to be a fast etude but can only play it slow while sight-reading it. Also it covers from lowest G to high B on E string, the notes on the G string were more challenging... I can only do 7 slurs and the 8th I used the whole bow to breathe if not I'll probably pass out lol.

I have to open my eyes wider so I can see the succeeding notes way ahead!

Dianne, thanks much for sharing this...
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Posted: August 16, 2019

Timothy Smith
This song was titled " The Drunken Sailor's" I think that apostrophe probably doesn't belong there.
I realize the subject matter isn't the best. I can barely get through this sober let alone if I were drunk :)
I was given it to learn as the last thing my teacher gave me before she prepared to move away, so I've been chiseling away at it. Intonation is pretty bad in places. Not much else to say. It isn't super technical, doesn't get into Suzuki 4-5 kind of techniques. 
It is what it is and I am where I am.....boy that was enlightening :)
Here is the link to the music if you want to give it a try-
Apologize for the odd faces. I'm getting some dental work done and my mouth feels weird. These videos are almost too revealing sometimes.


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Posted: August 13, 2019

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Hello family!
Inspirated by the melody of the emotional song "Hallehujah", I decided to give it a try and incorporate shifting.... which is a work still in progress! hehe
Hope you like! :0)
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Posted: August 13, 2019

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Luíza
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Posted: August 16, 2019

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