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How to avoid hitting extra strings while playing

Practical tips to avoid hitting extra strings during your violin playing.

Released on January 1, 2014

  
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Francis E. Elliott * VSM MEMBER * on June 4, 2014 @8:55 am PST
An excellent solution for not getting interruptions of other strings in certain string crossing passages. However, the scratchy issue can be solved by bow speed which you should have included when getting closer to the bridge and effects it has on dynamics.
Karen+Wenzel * VSM MEMBER * on March 29, 2014 @4:31 pm PST
Lora, Thank you again for teaching tips for my young violin class. It has been so long since I learned that I no longer know how Iearned it. This idea of lanes is new to me and will make sence to my little students. I wish there were a way to get the video as a link in e-mail to them to help them while they are on Spring Break. If there is, please let me know. And, thank you again, Karen
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator, on March 31, 2014 @3:09 pm PST
HI Karen,
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Shirlene on January 13, 2014 @2:41 pm PST
This was really helpful. I never thought about playing closer to the bridge to help this. What would also be helpful for those of us in the learning stage would be how to eliminate scratches and squeaks, especially when we play open strings.
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Lora - host, on January 13, 2014 @6:27 pm PST
Excellent idea, Shirlene, in fact I was thinking of doing a video all about squeaky E strings, so I might as well tackle the whole topic! Be on the look-out for that video!
JUAN MANUEL GONZALEZ DE COSIO * VSM MEMBER * on January 12, 2014 @5:35 am PST
Knowing how to teach properly is an art. It requires commitment, vocation and lots of patience, and you dear Laurie, are a great artist in this respect. I really thank you for your valuable violin lessons ! Your contribution to all of us who are learning to play this difficult instrument is enormous. My Best to you and please keep doing it.
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Lora - host, on January 13, 2014 @11:19 am PST
Hi Juan! Thank you for your kind words! I most definitely will continue helping where I can! I have plans for more upcoming videos. Keep up the good work...it is a difficult instrument, but SO rewarding once you get over that beginner's squawk!
Kathleen Cornet on January 10, 2014 @2:11 pm PST
Excellent! Thank you so much! Your explanation is so
clear and easy to understand.
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Lora - host, on January 11, 2014 @5:54 pm PST
It's one of those simple concepts that make a BIG difference! Good luck!
Jacomijn * VSM MEMBER * on January 10, 2014 @1:31 am PST
Thanks a lot, I'm going to check out where my bow is this 'horrible' folk music passage. And of course where my bow is during all my other playing.
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Lora - host, on January 10, 2014 @11:46 am PST
I bet it will improve your playing ten-fold! Keep up the good work!
Elizabeth * VSM MEMBER * on January 8, 2014 @8:15 am PST
Thank you for a very clear explanation on bowing placement to avoid hitting extra strings. I especially liked your suggestion to "freeze" and look in a mirror.
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Lora - host, on January 8, 2014 @10:17 am PST
The mirror works magic..."Mirror, mirror on the wall, whose bow is straightest of them all?" :-)
mlp * VSM MEMBER * on January 1, 2014 @8:58 am PST
Thanks for this Lora. Well timed for me as I struggle with speed and extra, unwanted sound in Etude and the Minuets. My bow tends to want to stay in lanes one and two.
Marta * VSM MEMBER * on January 1, 2014 @6:58 am PST
Thank you so much for your video. Where can I get more information on Dorothy Delay (is that how you spell her name?).
Marta
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Lora - host, on January 1, 2014 @2:34 pm PST
Hi Marta
I'm glad you enjoyed the video. There is tons of info on Dorothy Delay because she was such an important pedagogue of modern violin. I would start with the book, "Teaching Genius Dorothy Delay and the Making of a Musician" by Barbara Lourie Sand.

I do not own it, but it's on my wish list! It has tips from Ms. Delay's own teachings.
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