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Barbara Habel
For the patient of you - my 4 minutes renewed attempts at whole bows !!!

This time with gradual changes in sounding point from near the fingerboard to near the bridge.

And instead of the Colle Motion I am practicing what my Russian teacher teaches me - a kind of Mona Lisa Smile motion. And I am doing miserably at it. You can hear me hit the neighbouring strings a lot.

Comments and suggestions welcome !!!
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Posted: October 20, 2018

Elke Meier
Martini Gavotte
Some weeks ago I wanted to post the Martini Gavotte - and then I stumbled over a duet version of it. Interesting! So I would just quickly learn the second violin and then I could record a duet with myself... Haha! Wrong assumption! Even though the theme of the second violin starts always with the same figure as the first violin, all the rest I had to learn just as much as the first one. Actually, it was more challenging, since I did not have any bowing or fingering instructions for the second violin but had to come up with everything myself. But it was actually a very nice challenge :). I tried to make the bowings in such a way that as much as possible the two violins would be in sync. But that meant that some of the figures I knew from the first violin I now had to play slightly differently - it was amazing to experience how much this can really throw you off! So much so that it was hard to go back to playing the first violin... But by now I am really getting tired of the sound of the theme and want to move on, so I decided to record it even though there are so many spots still that would need cleaning up, especially the shifts and ending on the same note... 

Hope you can still enjoy it :)
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Posted: October 21, 2018

Barbara Habel
Präludium by Shostakovich from 5 Pieces

I am quite happy with this performance together with my teacher.

This is the first of 3 times we played it through and after playing it the 3 times the first felt the best version straight away. So I did not listen to the other two versions when I made this video. I trust I am doing my best here.

Please compare this with my attempts 4 months ago as on the inside of this post.

Comments and suggestions welcome !!!
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Posted: October 21, 2018

Arthur Mendez
Gavotte, J.S. Bach

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Posted: October 17, 2018

Ray
Does anyone recall a pdf print out for Dr.Laurie Scott's Walking Fingers exercise:  http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=164 ?  Thanks for any thoughts.

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Posted: October 20, 2018

Lesley McCubbin
a gym for the left hand
So maybe everyone already knows about this book, but I've just discovered the "Schradieck School of Violin Technics - Book 1," pages 1 and 2 (i.e. the first exercise) and I'm finding it FANTASTIC. It's like a gym for the left hand! Sort of like the tapping exercises, but with added music-reading, rhythm, bowing and intonation thrown in. A professional violinist I was talking to recently told me that people use those two pages to warm up for years. I've been playing it every day since and it is making a real difference, especially to my fourth finger. Just passing that on in case it might help!

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Posted: October 19, 2018

Arthur Mendez
Dear Beth, 

Thanks for the Sound Slice of Lully Gavotte, cool project!  i like the slow down speed factor helps mucho!

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Posted: October 18, 2018

Susan Hollister
Reaching the tip of the bow
Hi Everyone,

I have been working on using more of the bow. I have a hard time keeping the bow straight and reaching the tip. I thought that if I move my chin rest to the right side of the bottom of the violin rather that keeping it on the left, it would be easier for me. have any of you had success reaching the tip that way?

Sue

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Posted: September 8, 2016

Ray
Great 'new' videos, Beth, on String Crossings and Bow Tilt.  Learnt that the amount of bow hair, on the string, and bow tilt are the same thing.  Looking forward to the further videos on both topics.

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Posted: October 18, 2018

Arthur Mendez
Lully Gavotte

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Posted: October 17, 2018

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