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  1. Below are a few of my favorite musical humor bits from YTube. I will survive Ian Cooper Chord hat: Hamster dance: Crazy Spoon lady This last one is not musical humor, unless you consider the phone ringing music, but it is hysterical Bank advertisement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjuw6NXEkQQ
  2. I looked up the various strings on the Southwest Strings website and found the following about the D you mentioned: Made with a gut core, Kaplan Golden Spiral strings capture the essence of traditional playing, suitable for classical and modern music styles. Made in U.S.A. Tone: Warm, complex sound Playability: Requires advanced bow technique Stability: Recommended for indoor use Since I sometimes play outdoors, it sounds like that type of string would not be a good choice for me.
  3. I think that there is a fine line between teaching, and controlling. It sounds to me like you have great respect for your instructor, and you have learned a lot, and that is wonderful. The problem is, you feel that your soul is being controlled. You feel you must parrot back exactly what has been fed to you. If you can not play and express yourself in your own way, I believe that your soul is being controlled as well. As a musician, I believe you have grown to the point that you want not only to play the pieces, but to also express yourself, and have some control with the outcome of what you are doing. That is not an unreasonable desire. I have played, on occasion, with others that were so controlling, that the music lost it's joy. You need to keep the joy in your music. Right now you are on pins and needles all the time because you are afraid of offending the instructor by expressing yourself musically. Music is about expressing yourself, not just playing the notes or trying to sound exactly like someone else.
  4. By the way, Meghan, I never got to hear the clips, but I think you are a class act the way you handled yourself in this situation.
  5. I had a lot more to say, but I think I will just quote the following. There is a saying "you don't have to blow out my candle to make your candle shine brighter." I think it applies here.
  6. I do think you have a nice looking website, though. It would be nice to have a picture of you, playing, somewhere on the site.
  7. I too, don't hear any streaming clips when I look at the website. My sound is turned all the way up.
  8. Richard, SA has quite a blend of music. This is not fiddle specific, but more of an overview of music types you readily find in south Texas. You can find classical music and jazz. On the other hand, there is a plethora of singer/songwriters. You can find them at just about any bar-b-q joint, restaurant, or bar in town. There were a lot of German settlers in Southern Texas, so their music is readily available. The German music (specifically the accordion) impressed the native Mexicans in this area, so there is a lot of accordion in Mexican music. The Mexicans enjoyed the German polkas, adopted them and gave them their own twist. In southern Texas there is lots of tejano, cojunto, and mariachi music as well. And, I almost left out country music.
  9. Austin is the music capital of Texas, for sure. There's lots of good music in SA too.
  10. It's more than amazing. I sat in my car for 10 minutes, recharging my phone before getting out. The odds of such a meeting happening blows my mind.
  11. As luck would have it, who should I meet while walking down the street in San Antonio with my fiddle strapped to my back? I met a very nice gentleman and his wife, tourists, enjoying themselves. We talked a little about playing violin, since he saw mine. Then he mentioned having asked for info on San Antonio on Maestronet. We exchanged our Maestronet names, I suggested a few things to do while in SA, and they were off. Gypsky, I hope you had a wonderful time! Welcome to Texas and welcome to San Antonio! I guess I should check in on what's going on here more often.
  12. Currently I am using Dominant strings with a Pirastro Gold Wondertone E. The little dab of lead is interesting, seems like something that would not do any harm and could be removed easily if it didn't work. How would I connect it to the bridge? Is this something I could find in a store somewhere? Yankee Fiddler
  13. I own a very bright fiddle. Today I was playing around with it and tried a clip on clothespin on various places on the bridge. The place where it starts to sound best just barely clipped just under the E string, but above the hole in the bridge. So, what does this tell me? Just to find a way to mute the E and everything else would sound better as well? Is there anything else I could learn about the bridge from this experiment? Also I was wondering about neck adjustments. I had a neck angle repair once on this fiddle. After the repair I found the A and D string to be harder to play than usual. After several sound post adjustments it has still been harder to play on the A and D than even the G. I was told to get a heavier bow, like maybe a viola bow (by the repair guy). I don't think that's the answer at all. Would it be wise to just had the neck angle put back to where it was and start over? (this question has nothing to do with brightness.) I haven't played this fiddle much at all since the neck angle repair. Thanks! Yankee Fiddler
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