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Hi Dianne, thanks so much for getting back to me so soon! It’s nice to read all your great tips! First of all, yes I do always use sheet music. Honestly, I don’t feel the need to memorize. But I do see that many violinists memorize their music so it makes me wonder what are the benefits of memorizing music. I think it would be fun to play for friends and not having to worry about where to put the sheet music or that the sheet music would fall from its stand etc. But what do you think are the real benefits of memorizing music?

Aha it’s great to know that I shouldn’t rush my vibrato. I love the idea of practicing vibrato separately. When I practice vibrato it goes pretty well because I only focus on that. But as soon as I add it to a scale or a piece, it’s not a nice vibrato and my fingers are not so relaxed at all. So I guess I should just give it more time. I think I’m pushing myself too hard to want to add it to a performance piece and your words make me realize that it’s OK to wait a bit more to actually use it.

Oh I love that Tonalization exercise!! Can it be that you mean the first pages of book III? Anyway, those are the Tonalization exercises I’ve started about a week ago. I did study Books I and II already. I especially liked playing Minuet by Boccherini and Gavotte by Lully from book II. And last week I’ve started Book III. I’m so looking forward to book IV!! But I’ll have to be patient because I think it will take quite some time study Book III because the pieces do get harder!!

Thanks again for your feedback, I’ve learned a lot from it and it’s very clear to me now what I’ll be working on the next months. 🙂

Have a nice day!