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  2. Who told you full blocked wasn't associated with BOB, not me!!
  3. Beginner question---open to the possibility of some minor facepalming Ok, so partly as a cost-saving measure and partly for novelty and fun, I've tried my hand at making my own lake pigments. I've got lakes of beet root, poinsettia, brazilwood, red cabbage... all made the usual way, with potash alum and sodium carbonate. As far as I can tell, they came out pretty good. Fine particle size, decent colour strength. As a test, I tried mixing some of them into some Tried and True oil varnish (just what I happen to have, basically linseed oil and pine resin afaik) using a spoon to m
  4. At the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show (think agricultural show on a big scale - a Sydney institution not held last year but but back with numbers limited to 60K a day) there was a violin in the woodwork competition - it came second. I don't want to sound like a smart ass, and I'm the least qualified to comment on another amateur's work, but it left a bit to be desired in several areas. However, non-violin judges clearly thought well of it. Like Heron-Allen's work, I'd rather people had a go than not. It's the best way to learn and hopefully improve. Regards, Tim
  5. I bought a Glasser as a pit/outdoor/-20 below zero / >90 degree instrument. It plays well, is easy to play with good intonation, and can sound passable for a student. It will need a professional setup on the bridge and it can use a denser ebony tailpiece without adjusters as it already has geared pegs. They can also keep it as a back-up for when a better step-up instrument goes into the shop.
  6. I’m always have issues identifying BOB construction relative to the corners. This fiddle appears fully blocked as well which usually isn’t associated with BOB? Looking for another BOB 101 primer course.
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  8. I’m not sure I understand your complaint. I’m not advocating using wrong fingers at all. And I’m certainly not ignoring the scales, it’s just that the first left hand goal is placing All four fingers accurately, and not ignoring one until after Christmas.
  9. No I don’t think it matters what keys a child starts with, I don’t start my children with scales at all for the first few weeks, I just teach accurate and relaxed finger placement. When I do start with scales, Of course I start with major scales, that goes without saying.
  10. I see no obvious reason to doubt the label, which says that it was made in Washington, D. C., in 1920. Can you read the maker's name? It looks like Zimmerman.
  11. That’s funny...and she would say that...
  12. My first violin making book! Heron-Allen was a lawyer, writer, also a Persian scholar, a scientist, archeologist, translator, etc. He was a friend of Oscar Wilde and his wife Constance. There is an interesting site about him.
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  15. Depends on how much work I would have to do to it. But I've been doing this for years. I find a decent violin for sale that needs some tender love and care, fix it, put it in the best condition possible, and then either send it to Tarisios' T2 auction or throw it up on eBay. It amounts to an additional $2,000-$4,000 each month if I'm very active. Lately, I've backed away from it because I don't really need the money and I'm interested in other things. But that's what I would do if this violin were for sale.
  16. This is actually a really decent group I listened to a few of their tracks a few years back. This one is my favourite, great vocals.
  17. I wonder if he tried to return it? He said it was free, after all.
  18. I enjoy sharing ideas, and my post here is not at all anti-Suzuki, it’s a question as to why classroom education approaches beginning strings in a manner that I feel is flawed. I was asking for reasonings behind the approach, and although I didn’t intend it, the discussion digressed into an approach that I feel is better. I’m actually in between lessons right now so I can’t adequately respond, but I will do so later
  19. Yes. It matters. Learning anything new is a huge mental task. Learning an instrument is even more challenging. You need to learn to hold the instrument, where to place your hands/fingers, how to read music (hopefully), all while looking at the music while wrestling with the octopus. Why compound those difficulties by starting with a key that is more complicated to finger? Beginners also want to start "playing" music ASAP. That's the big reward and motivator. They can (and should) do that if it's kept as easy as possible. As soon as they have a grasp on things...then more
  20. Children beginning music are usually first taught to sing a major scale (doe ray me fa so la tee doe), so it is naturally easier to develop intonation and correct finger placement when you can anticipate what the next note is supposed to sound like. Most kids and most adults who can sing a major scale are unable to sing a minor scale. In fact, a knowledgable musician asked to sing a minor scale would astutely ask "which one?" So despite @PhilipKT's complaining about this total non-issue, there is good reason to start kids with fingerings using the intervals in major scales. I would b
  21. It's a nasty piece of wood in that the grain is curving around a branch. It should have been discarded. It's a shame because otherwise it looks well made.
  22. Does it really matter what keys a beginner plays? Intonation takes the same amount of playing hours to develop regardless. During that time all 12 keys can be practiced. Understanding basic music theory, the simple relationships between the keys and modes is a much quicker process, because they are simple enough concepts. But the amount of hours required to actually sound good is enormous. Child prodigies have done those hours. I don't believe there is any other way to develop the skills other than huge amounts of focused repetition.
  23. I missed that. I didn't even bother looking. My mistake.
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