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  1. Dobro, I recall getting some sheet music from a store on La Rambla, while I was there but I can't be certain if there were violins there. Mail me and I'll see if I can find the add. Lauren
  2. High-strung, I understand your longing for a good instrument- I saved up for half-a year to upgrade to my present violin and it totally tore my heart apart when an irreparable crack appeared. It shows that you really love your grandfather's instrument- then surely with that kind of attachment you must realize how difficult it is for him to give it up. I don't let even my closest friends touch my violin, let alone play it. Rather than longing for the fiddle, maybe you should strive to understand the owner. Have you talked to your grandfather about his playing days, his time during the war, his future plans, have you encouraged him to pick it up again? Or did you play with him, instead of for him? Just some suggestions. You didn't describe his circumstances much, but could he be lonely, and keeping the fiddle to draw you to him? Or it could be as someone pointed out- he's waiting for the right moment. I'm sorry I'm practically intruding into your personal relationship with your grandfather- it's just that I have few surviving elderly relatives and I have a soft spot for the elderly. My uncle who is in his 80s, gave me his erhu (a chinese string instrument) that he'd been using for community gatherings, last year,and instead of being thrilled it tore my heart apart, worrying that he'd given up a part of himself, that he's be devoid of music when he needed it most... but he refused to take it back.Remember the fiddle is a part of your granfather, then you'll have some idea how to tackle your woes.... Lauren [This message has been edited by An_individual (edited 10-19-2000).]
  3. Irene you've brought up an interesting question. I often wonder how music fits into the ways of the world. Are people who never indulge in music deficient in some way? Are there actually people who have absolutely no exposure to music?- even prehistoric beings had some form of music in their lives... And someone on the board once mentioned a congenital disorder ( William's or Wilson's syndrome- I forget) that left the victims devoid of common sense but with incredible musical abilities. Are there genes that control musical abilities then? I often subdivide my New Year resolutions to aspects such as - intellectual, spiritaul, physical, social, emotional..... so which exactly does music fit into??All or none.... More confused than ever, Lauren
  4. I'm a beginning teacher and I wonder, apart from tuning a student's instruments and restringing when necessary, should teachers do things like : Rehair the bow, adjust the soundpost, adjust height of bridge, select shoulder rests etc. Or are all these entirely the student's responsibility? I need to know because my own teacher took care of all these aspects for me, and because there isn't a reputable luthier anywhere near where I live.Thanks Lauren
  5. I'd like to ask a few questions- hoping you jamming experts can enlighten me. First- what's a chop? and what's 'playing in circles'? And how, oh, how do you harmonize on the spot? Thanks Lauren
  6. Thank you all for the replies. I'm flipping through the AB syllabus,Theresa and I like the little 'green' men bit, Mark and the sharps and flats squashing and jumping,Ann ...you all make it more fun- the way it should be. The problem is Suzuki pieces start with Amajor....and at some point I'll have to backtrack to C, D majors and so forth, but maybe i'll do that at a later stage. Thanks again! Lauren
  7. I need some advice- I'm going to start teaching violin ( so excited!- never formally taught anything in my life). I can only draw ideas from mainly my own learning experience.... unfortunately I started violin as a 2nd instrument, so I already had many years of grounding in theory from those piano learning years at that time. How do I introduce concepts like scales, sharps and flats to a youngster who's totally new to music theory, without depending on a keyboard? I was trying to think of an imaginative way other than drawing out a note-by-note picture of a fingerboard but I'm stumped! I would really appreciate it if anyone can share his/her own experiences or suggest some ideas? Thanks! Lauren
  8. You're right, staylor though it'd be challenging to read the posts and try to imagine someone's personality - makes me read beween the lines to find out. I've decided- F!
  9. Hi everyone!! Where do you see yourselves in 5/10 yrs time?? ie- what is that ultimate vision that drives you to excel?? Lauren
  10. Taurus- the aggressive bull Monkey -the restless lil critter
  11. Hmmm...errr....I'll have to ge back to you after some introspecting Lauren
  12. Well, I don't know about the rest of Asia, but here I daresay we learned from the English. Is it so bad to Grade music? Lauren
  13. Theresa, I find this thread very thought provoking- thank you for bringing up the topic. My parents never, ever pressured me -but they did expect a lot from me. And I felt it was unfair for them to expect high achievements without participating themselves. I craved criticism- I needed to know they were interested in my pursuits, not just back-benchers taking credit at the end. Dead-on criticism is out and out horrible, I remember it was a day before my audition for state orchestra and I was preparing and my mom was listening and she said "couldn't you play something else- that sounds bland" and she couldn't take it so she walked out. I was so helpless- here she was telling me my playing was crappy when it was too late, if she had offered some advise at an earlier time I would've realized in time that I was not adequately prepared; I couldn't pull through and needless to say I blundered the audition. And when I brought back above-average exam results from school or even now in med school, the first thing they would/still ask is, "did anyone do beter than you?" Don't get me wrong, my parents are always supporting me indirectly- but I needed their Direct involvement. I had to initiate everything- Finding out about concerts I could attend then dragging them there..etc..All this time I was feeling - gosh I'm doing this all by myself, I'm not getting due respect- I craved admiration!I remember when I was in 6th Grade and everyone was passing autograph books around,instead of writing notes of freindship and appreciation, I used to list my academic accomplishments in them ( I feel so embarrassed to think of it). The point I'm trying to bring home is much as over-stressing children can bring about resentment and hunger for appreciation, neglect can do so as well. Constructive criticism and a little prodding wouldn't harm in showing them how much they could achieve if they really tried. But now I realize parents aren't just parents- they are also individuals with their own likes and dislikes, and they weren't Born with parenting skills. I can't force my musical interest onto them, and sometimes their blatant criticism is not out of tyranny but mere lack of understanding. And besides going it on my own gives me a sense of independence, and I don't need anyone's approval. My apologies for the long-windedness, Lauren
  14. ??????????!!!! You've got me curious! Lauren
  15. Is it internationally recognized? You could try the ARSM or ATCL etcetc too. Lauren
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