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Sonia Lancaster
The result is in....
Just got my exam results for AMEB grade 6 and ecstatic to say I got an A!

So pleased, grade 7 here I come!

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Posted: December 11, 2017

Dianne
Christmas Concert
My 1st Christmas Concert w/my new group. Bésame Mucho was filled with slurpy expressive shifts. What a fun day this was!





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Posted: December 11, 2017

Lori Madden
New here. Am I too old to learn?
Hello! I just rejoined here today. I am 54 and have had no luck at all finding a violin teacher who will take on an adult student. So here I am. Has anyone learned exclusively by online training? It is too late for me? I can read music (voice and clarinet) but I don't know if that gives me an advantage or not. I just really, really want to do this for me. I've always loved the violin. 

Thank you. 

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Posted: December 11, 2017

Beth Blackerby
Tragic Loss
Such sad news. Diane from SoCal and her husband Bob barely escaped their homes with their lives and a few of their valuable instruments. They lost their home and business, which as you know was a wonderful violin shop in Southern California. Many instruments and bows perished. We are so relieved to know she and Bob are alive and safe, but they have lost everything. I'm going to go out on a limb and share her email here as I know she would appreciate hearing from her Violin Lab family. 

dgfiddlerontheroad@gmail.com

22 Responses
Posted: December 9, 2017

Colleen Carden
New Kid on the block


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Posted: December 10, 2017

Mary Freeman
Working on Pastorale (Oskar Rieding)
Comments suggestions welcome

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Posted: December 8, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone,
Feeling more confident about Moon Over Ruined Castle.  Simple question: Focus on cleaning up my playing including faster left-hand fingers or includ developing the three dynamic voices for the three times I will be playing this piece?  Thank you for any thoughts that you throw my way.


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Posted: December 9, 2017

Vayia UK
Violin practice
Some days I finish my violin practice feeling really frustrated... by everything going wrong... I really wonder why that is. 

Am I the only one? 




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Posted: December 7, 2017

Ray
Hi Everyone,

I have started a new (for me) piece of music.  Deck The Halls.  This version is found in the resources section along with many other Christmas carols.  Beth has the PDF, tutorial, and audio in the resources as well.

This is a good piece for me because it will give me a lot of practice of a few techniques that I learnt in Moon Over Ruined Castle:  dotted quarter, low 2nd finger, and of course rhythm.  It will also challenge me because while the first time through the tempo is slow it certainly speeds up on the repeat.  It also changes key signatures:  G Major to D Major then back to G Major.  And lets not forget about that 4th finger and being able to play beautifully on the E string.

So yesturday was the first day and I am using Beth's video http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=629  
Stages in Learning a New Piece of Music.

I am posting my first video, and like Beth has suggested, I have not reviewed my video yet.  That is for Day 02 or today.  I have started with right hand only and have also started with the first four measures.  Actually this is a great piece of music because there is a retake every four measures.  I have made lots of fine scribbles on the score sheet Beth and of course many more to come.  :)))

The first video is mostly talking but at around 3:40 or so I make my first attempts at right hand only those first four measures.  I have them on a loop.

So that I do not over run the community page, besides the first video, I will post regular updates on YouTube.  Another goal, for me, is to be more efficient in learning a piece of music and perhaps along the way learn something about myself.  :)))  So if you are curious and would like to follow me on YouTube, Day 01 of Learning Deck The Halls.   Oh AND PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS  along the way!!!  :)))

May The Beat Be With You,

Ray



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Posted: December 6, 2017

Dianne
Help With Vibrato
Please let me know if you have found any resources to direct me to, or have any ideas to help me. I have found nothing specific to my issue on the web or in books. On this blog, one student had this problem and was instructed to lower their hand- it was too upright. My hand is not like that.
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Posted: December 6, 2017

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