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F Minor Natural
Hey Guys :) 

Beth suggested i should try and find a fingering that works so I've uploaded 2 video's,  (#1) is the fingering Dianne suggested, and the other (#2) is the fingering i made up, 

I started the scale with a 4th finger on the G string, i really don't know if it's ok to do so, and when descending i returned using the first finger as shown in the photo, 

so tell me what you guys think

I also practiced with an F Drone which is what always to when practicing scales 
(it changes Depending on what scale am practicing)

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Posted: January 17, 2017

Juan Pablo Pimienta
My Lagan's love.
Hi folks, I came across this tune called My Lagan's love and really loved it. It is a mixture between haunting and sweet. I am still working on it but I wanted to show you guys what I have so far.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.


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Posted: January 21, 2017

Michelle Williams
large hands
Hi Everyone, 
I have just started to learn the viloin and am thoroughly enjoying it.  I have played the piano since I was a child and have always wanted to learn violin.  I think because of all the piano I have fairly large hands and long fingers, as you would expect an octave is not a stretch for me.  So my questions is, are there any adjustments to both bow hold and left hand placement that I could try as I feel that my hands and fingers are all squashed when using the anatomical markers, particularly on the right hand

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Posted: January 21, 2017

Hello Fellowship Vlabbers,

My computer crashed and along many other notes on various projects I am involved with my recordings for the vertual recital was wiped clean.   Anyone have the Web site address?  Cheers.

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Posted: January 21, 2017


                                                 Today's Practice...

                                                        Page II 


                                                   details within...

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Posted: January 20, 2017

Mary Freeman
M working on Dvorak Op 75 1st Movement
I am finally recovering from a shoulder injury
This Op has me really relating with Ray and all of his work with the metronome
If I am on with the timing at the beginning then I seem to be off at the end and vise versa
Suggestions are most welcome
especially when it comes to working with the metronome
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Posted: January 21, 2017

Corey Trager
Repeating the same note within a slur. How to bow it?

In the score you can see that within a slur there are repeated notes, A-flat, A-flat, G, G.  In the video you can see that the players take it with one bow.  But to me, it sounds like each note is articulated.  The repeated 1/8 notes don't sound to me to be shmooshed together like a tie.

So, what are the players doing with their bow?  Are they using pressure, to kinda pulse the articulation?  I don't think they are stopping the bow.

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Posted: January 21, 2017

Just wanted to share the joy.....

Wandering around youtube and looking here and there I came across this fella Benjamin Zander and some of his masterclasses.   Wonderful man...and I love his philosophy of playing.....that it's a gift and something to be given away.  It's not about the musician and his/her instrument, but about telling a wonderful story and your abilities and the instrument are only a means to that end.

Most of the students I watched were...nervous, obviously....and focused mostly on themselves and their instrument..wanting very much to make a good impression...don't we all.   But this young lady here.....what a joy watching and listening to her play.   She's got it !  and Mr Zander had very little in the way of advice/corrections to share with her.   You've got to hear/see her play the 3rd movement which she does after Mr Zander stops to talk with her a bit....."inspiring!"

I don't know that I will ever be able to play as freely and "let go" quite so recklessly as she does...but wouldn't it be wonderful !   :-)
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Posted: January 19, 2017

Robyn Stirling
Hi all,
Back with the random questions again. Does anyone here become so full of self doubt they just stare at the case and decide not to open it just in case? I've been hovering over posting a video for ages but held back for my own anxious reasons and after yesterdays lesson which included the repertoire for May more so than ever. Also my video is of some Christmas carols which is I'm sure what everyone wants to hear in January... So my question is how does everyone combat those nerves?

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Posted: January 17, 2017

Elke Meier
Such beautiful music! And on first sight this looked rather straightforward and easy - just a few measures that would be really challenging. But now, when I started to work on it in earnest, I found it not quite so clear - and anything but easy. Intonation is going to be a real challenge! And then the shifts... I will have to practice each one individually. Those high notes are quite a bit outside my comfort zone... Can those of you with more experience please look at my marked up music and tell me whether my markup makes sense? I am especially interested in what you think about the shifts.

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Posted: January 10, 2017

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