• I already have a little group but how jmsbrown said it is actually how we do it. Going on 7 months now, it’s been great. MOstly every week. We zoom and chat and play 2 or 3 tunes decided in advance. Then we talk about the tunes. likes dislikes technique or variation questions to each other. We wind up sharing cool versions from youtube and it’s…[Read more]

  • Maybe you just play (and listen) to more tunes in 4/4 than 6/8 so it feels more natural. That would make going faster easier. Thought experiment: make a set list of 6/8 tunes to listen to for a while, and play it again after that. Will the hands anticipate the notes more quickly when the mind is set on 6/8 mode? Not sure that’s what you are asking…[Read more]

  • Is it bad for the violin to play outdoors below or above certain temperatures? If so what are those?
    I have gloves with finger cut outs (bike gloves are ok too if not padded much) and like to play outdoors. Today it was a brisk 56. 45 minutes was tolerable because I started warm and was well wrapped. Will it hurt the fiddle at those temps or…[Read more]

  • I left one tape on, for a few weeks when removing the other two. I left high 2 as a reference point. That was about at 6 months. When I finally took off the last tape, I realized my hands already knew what to do most of the time. Drones and play along tracks help a lot. Plus I hit a scale in the middle of a song if I sound off. That helps me…[Read more]

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