I'm just learning so I need all the help I can get. I discovered and joined The Violin Lab online with Beth Blackerby and find the site and lessons to be great. She takes everything step by step and I am very glad I joined because the progress is slow and solid. It doesn't hurt that she's as cute as a bug's ear, either!
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @5:02:11 AM
Lee, you know what helped me the most was Gordon Stobbes video....my brain is totally blank right now but I believe it was called 12 things the right hand must know.
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @6:39:02 AM
Rob, thanks for the tip. I found the DVD online and may order it later because there are so many videos on Violin Lab to get through.
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @9:14:07 AM
I found that as a beginner, I really struggled with bowing more than anything. If your bowing is all over the place you will never sound decent. That video helped me bow more fluidly and took some of the rookie stiffnes out of my stroke. It helped me a lot, especially since I had no musical background to start out with.
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @6:25:16 AM
Ditto on that bryan, I love the Gordon Stobbes, it reallly loosened me up. Come to think of it I think I will watch it again this afternoon just for a refresher.
Dick Hauser Says:
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @11:50:52 AM
I recommend Stobbe's "12 Things ..." DVD. I also like his "red" book and CD.
It has traditional scales/arpreggis, etc. exercises, and has notation that has you apply the techniques in the exercises. Together, these two items do a lot to improve someone's playing ability.
Monday, March 19, 2012 @5:59:05 AM
Describes my problem (one of 'em) exactly. Just watched the preview. My mentor hasn't found these words to help me get to a solution - i'll be sure the share them with her... Can't wait for my disc to get here!
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