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  1. Hey Donuel, I've got some information on a perpetual motion machine you might want to invest in. - You smokin' crack man? laugh.giflaugh.gif

    Where did you get this information. I always heard the Asteroid belt planet referred to as Ganymede, perhaps that's just from the book series, the "Gentle Giants of Ganymede" (Science FICTION by the way).

    The most accepted theory on the great Martian canyon, the last I read, from the best evidence is liquid erosion.

    I must admit, your theories would make for great renderings and even better science fiction.

  2. I have heard Mr. Ma many times, from the time when he was 15 to present day. I have even played in a master class with him (I played a Bach cello suite on viola) and my then girlfriend and I were very forunate to spend about an hour alone with him and his wife after a concert in Dallas. As a person he is magnificent, absolutely without ego or a bad word for anyone, he is precisely as he appears to be. As a cellist I have become less and less impressed with him as he ages. His technique is very unique, but there is no denying his control and mastery of the instrument. I heard him play the Bloch Sholomo (spelling?) when he was 15 and it blew me away, but I agree with some others that his interpretations have grown rather stale lately, especially his specialty, the Bach cello suites. I have the taped series he did for PBS on the Bach suites, and I have yet to get through all 6 tapes. However, he has become a favorite with the media and public, kind of the unofficial statesman of classical music, now that Stern has grown so old, and this is not bad.

    As a cellists go, it is still Rostropovitch!

  3. All the products I tried are at least 20 years old, but I had good results without any damage.

    Shar at leat used to carry a pearl white polish that not only cleaned well, but left a lovely shine. The stuff I use most was given to me by the old dealer/maker who sold me my first instrument when I was about 10 years old (over 30 years ago). I still have it and use it - just a little dab on a soft cloth cleans up an instrument nicely, though I carefully polish if all off with a dry soft cloth after removing the build up. It's called Hirons Paste made by the Lamplighter's House in Titusville, FLA, it comes in a can like shoe polish. It is a high quality furniture and metal polish. However, I use very little resin and it is very rare that I need to use anything at all.

  4. Ricci is/was one of the last old school violinists out there. He has some very good and very bad recordings - technically speaking. He is a sweet, unassuming man who seems to have not ego at all and loves to tell stories of his experiences on the road - most of which poke fun at himself. He readily admitted to a master class that he cannot play in tune unless he has had at least 4 hours to practive before the performance. He played a Pag Concerto very badly out of tune, but had the audience on thier feet cheering at the end of the 1st movement (yes the audience was sophisticated enough to know better) so I guess the bottom line is that he is a good ambassador of the instrument. I find his sound in person to be rich and vibrant.

    It is my understanding the he was responsible for the popularization of the works of Paganini, esp the Caprices - he was looking for solo showpieces to play during WWII when he was a USO sponsored performer (?).

  5. While playing never, you place your finger where it is in tune, you hear then feel it. A note is not a loaction on a fingerboard, it is a pitch. I do look via a mirror while practicing technical aspects of playing to make sure hand position is correct or to watch my shifting to make sure it is smooth and relaxed, but never for locating a pitch.

    Ears not eyes. This is the primary difference between those who play in tune and those who don't. A student of Primrose once told me that he never knew what position he was in but was always perfectly in tune.

  6. I went to school with Wynton Marsalis, of course most people know that he is a great Jazz and Classical Player, but his heart and soul are totally jazz. He got his training though in Classical. Why? Classical keeps him honest. The ability to reproduce a piece of music in basically the same way requires a kind of control and discipline that most jazz or improvisational players do not posess. He has been able to utilize this in his jazz.

    Violin technique is in the realm of classical violin. You will not learn how to fiddle, but you will get tools that you will not get in other areas. Don't listen to classical musicians when they offer opinions about fiddling or improvisational techniques, 99% know nothing (myself included). The seriousness you experienced is just a form of self consiousness and nervousness about doing well and showing how well they can play. Classical music is a bet high brow, but there is a certain satisfaction that comes from doing something really well, even without a lot of laughin and joking (I should talk, I've always been the clown of the orchestra). As a fiddler, you get many more opportunities to play for people and share your music. In many ways you will be a far more advanced 'performer' than they. Also, your audience will be more easy goijng and less sophisticated in what they expect (not a put down at all) so there is less pressure. Take classical for what it can do for you and let everyone else stew in their problems. When your teacher offers advice, consider it, see if there is any lemonade in the lemon juice, smaile, say thank you and go on.

    Most of us purely classical instrumentalists are very envious.


  7. Video Tapes are definitely fleeting. My Step Father has a collection of several thousand tapes made over the last 15 years or so. The older ones have seriously degraded, even with very little play and being kept in a controleed environment. This degradation will be both to degradation of magnetism and materials. CD's will be subject to degradation only if the material on which they are stored degrades. Since it is a plastic, this will also be finite though it should be quite long if shielded from heat and light, the main form of degradation will be the eventual breakdown of the hydrocarbon molecules (plastics or polymers) that the disc is made from, UV radiation and heat accelerate this process. Playtime is negligible if the equipment is working properly.

  8. Thanks all for the great responses. I agree that Giordano's Pizza was the fruit of the remnants of the imbalance of the matter and anti-matter reaction. By the way, if all the anti matter was used up in this reaction, how do we generate the energy to pulse through the dilithium crystal array to power the warp engines? Does this mean that star travel will never be practical??? laugh.gif Oh I forgot everything, broken down into it;s most fundamental is just one form or other of energy. Coooool.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving everyone - how about a happy thread about what you are thankful for? I have two wonderful Childre who let me see the world through fresh eyes everyday. Of course the gift of music and muscal ability. I'll end with a thanks for my family as they have happily inundated my home for the Holiday. Hope the Turkey is good.

  10. Been asked to play at church this Chritmas Eve before service as a part of a traditional music program. They want me to play solo violin or viola. Anyone know of a some good music for this - I am a professional level player, but will not have a lot of time to work up something extrememly difficult. I was requested to play something 'lively'. Its a fairly sophisticated congregation, so no Rudolph or Jingle Bells unless it is a very clever rendition.

    Thanks for any input.

  11. I kill two birds with one stone - watch TV while I practice - seriously, I've heard of people who do this, but it is beyond my comprehension. Only once I did this to see how well I knew a concerto I was to perform - to distraction proof myself - don't know if it did any good or not. If it were up to me there would not be a T.V. in the house - at least not hooked up to anything but a VCR (or DVD).

  12. Just a few years ago they were a popular local group playing everywhere around here in North Central Texas. They definitely have something that appeals to people. They must be good, they already have 'haters'. Sorry I missed the show.

    Here's the question, it has always seemed to me that the average musical quality of country music (lyrics, musical composition, performance) is considerably higher than any of the other forms of popular music - it's just the stories are so blue collar or downright depressing.

    I grew up aroung country music and am always amazed at the skills of many of the musicians involved in this area.

  13. How about a former professional? Ask 10 Pros and you'll get 8 (or 12) opinions. I find that there is much useful info on this board for one who wants to learn, but nothing is better than doing. This is a busy time of year for even us part time pros - lots of work to supplement the Christmas Cash. See ya in January!

  14. Okay guys, a little reality check with Economics 101.

    The major Orchestra Personnel make money in the 60-80K range - good in Houston or Dallas - really poor in New York or San Francisco. The great soloist make what they find the market is willing to pay.

    Reality point one. Very few if any orhestra or soloist pays for their concerts through ticket sales, TV revenues etc. as athletes or pop musicians do, so no whining in that direction. Classical Musicians almost to a T rely on the generousity of benefactors be they rich individuals or Corporations. If there were no rich people, or a good economy there would be no good paying jobs for classical musicians (take a look at what government subsidized orchetras in Europe pay their musicians - don't go down that path please.

    Now the economics of High salaries. What does the person do with that salary? He does not put it in a box and bury it in his back yard. He spends it - gives it to others directly, or invests it creating capital for new business ventures, thus growing the economy and creating more money - yes more money. Wealth is not a zero sum gain. Because I get a dollar does not meant that there is one less dollar in the Universe for you (yes there is a theoretical limit but it is so far out there it is not even in the equation). This is the most difficult part of Economics to get across to people and the primary reason people are resentful of the rich. However ina capitolistic society, the rich are the most important piece of the puzzle. This is why significant tax cuts actually stimulate economies and usually increase revenues within a matter of years (JFK understood this!)

    When Perlman is hired to play a concert it is becaus some benefactor was excited enough about getting him that they were willing to put up the funds - there is no reason to believe that if Perlman did not come, that that money would be available to pay the musicians. A Perlman visit can actually stimulate interest in a musical organization that will stimulate donation and ticket sales for an entire season in second tier venues.

    If it gets too expensive, there are lots of musicians out there waiting to be discovered.

    Be happy that you can make a few dollars doing something you love. "Rich" is such a relative thing and involves so much more than money. Be happy for someone who "makes it" - believe it or not it does take a lot of hard work and a lot of risking it all (in most cases to get there, so respect that) because 95% of rich people are entrepreneurs. My wife is one and I speak from experience - these guys have more guts and perseverence than most of us have ever imagined.

  15. Sorry, I haven't recorded it yet - oh sorry, thought I was HKV there for a minute. JUST KIDDING! laugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif Lovely piece. I heard it on the radio just the other day, didn't catch the artist, but he actually played with DYNAMICS - very softly and tenderly. Sorry I missed the artist.

  16. I second michael I's advice. If you can take a day drive up to DFW. There are many makers and shops in the Dallas mid-cities area (probably in Houston also). Burak has some of the best value I have ever come across. His lower priced instruments are made in China by makers he is working with and specifying quality from. They are finished to varying degrees in his shop and they play very well, they are also very beautiful instruments, the wood coming out of china is amazing - at least aesthetically.

    Burak's number is (817) 801-6700, by appointment, even on Saturday.

    Can't remember the name of the shop, but some chinese makers opened a shop in Dallas. Viola-dad told me about it.

  17. Zukerman has a reputaion as beeing a bully, physically and emotionally (I know people who attended juilliard with him).

    In general, master classes are great to attend, not only to hear the comments of the master but the performances of the students. I played in many when I was in College, and all were great experiences, but all were taught by true masters. Beware the second tier performer who may try to enhance their reputation by putting others down. A good master will build off the strengths and can do amazing things even in a few minutes.

  18. Patelson's! For sheet music there is no better place. Here in Texas I'm waiting for them to get online! The greatest thing about Patelson's if you are a serious player is they will sell single parts from orchestral sets. This is where you go to build that orchestra repertoire library. Even when I lived in New York I bought all my instrument stuff (strings, cases, rosin etc) mail order. The place I used, Phil Weinkrantz, Dallas, was closed down years ago so I just use Shar now.

  19. First of all, the discussion is beginning to ignore the FACT that there was an inordinate amount of lead in Beethoven's system. This is known from the analysis of the chemistry of his hair. Using lead pipes will get some lead into the water, the smelting processes were much more crude than today and lead compounds that will leach into water are more likely to be present in the base material. There are good reasons to believe that beatings from his father as well as a probable case of Syphillis contributed to his loss of hearing as well as his other health problems.

  20. HKV has it in for modern violinists doesn't he! Actually many modern violinist understand very well how to get a nice tone. Perhaps 'their' tone is not the one that HKV likes but that doesn't make it bad (am I being PC here?). I agree to some extent that the playing of many moderns becomes syrupy and choked in a sea of large tones and lush vibrato rather than these things being tools used in a large array of 'effects' used to make music in a tasteful way.

    So HKV, you like the baroque sound but not the tempos, however the fast tempos are also the way this music was meant to be performed, to the best opinion of those who have spent their lives studying this (as an example, the overture to Handel's Messiah is played at about 1/2 tempo in a modern performance). At least you like the sound - the quickest way to get me to change the radio station is for them to put on a baroque ensemble performing baroque music in a baroque style. It was interesting the first few times, now it is just plain annoying - MY OPINION ONLY.