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Tina Carlsen

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  1. Saw Wendy's message below to the Old Dogs! I haven't haunted this bulletin board as much as I used to. I've been focusing on Irish traditional music, playing in a group, haven't been doing much classical lately. However, the vocalist in our group likes to sing in the flat keys (F, Bflat, etc), and I get a lot of opportunity to work in a least third position when I back her up, so it helps me stay of of the D and G rut (the keys Irish musicians love so well!), Nice to hear folks are doing well. Good luck Melinda, sounds like a great challenge for you in the new orchestra. Let us know how goes!! Tina
  2. If your interest is in the traditional styles of fiddling (irish, old time, etc), there are TONS of week long fiddle camps, most tayored to adults, and very welcoming to beginners. These camps can be a real motivational experience for beginning players. Most are held during the summer months. Check out Fiddler's Magazine web site (don't have the URL, but a search should find it), they usually list upcoming camps. I've personally attended the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington the past two July's, and can't say enough about it. Tina Carlsen
  3. Hi Ari, Read your posts about Kieko, and they made me curious about Iceland. I focus on primarily traditional music, primarily from Ireland, Sweden, Norway, with some old time American thrown it. What is the traditional music of Iceland like? Is it Scandinavian based, and thus similar to Norway and Sweden? Any suggested discography that I can check out? Cheers Tina Carlsen
  4. : Anyway I mailed a copy of your note to the Southwest Airlines comment site as an experiment to see if budget cuts have also beheaded their customer relations department. : Maybe someone will respond in kind. Thanks, I considered writing a lengthy letter to Southwest, but thought the BB might be more effective. Please let us know if you hear anything! Tina
  5. Well, even with all the effort to try to be prepared, I still had trouble getting my violin on Southwest airlines. The key to their carry on policy is (paraphrased), "delicate items, such as instruments, are allowed as carry ons, SPACE PERMITTING". And it is the gate attendant that makes this call, and it is VERY inconsistent! Three of us were traveling to Seattle from Oakland. The flight out was completely full, but the gate attendant did not blink an eye when we walked on board with our instruments. HOWEVER, the flight back, which was also full, the gate attendant absolutely refused to allow the instruments on, simply because they were 2 inches too long (didn't matter that they were much thinner and narrower than their carry on size, and thus actually took up much LESS space). We showed the carry on policy, talked to a supervisor, threw a tantrum, all to no avail. And the killer was, they would not guarantee safe arrival if the instruments were checked (they called it a "conditional" guarantee, meaning they were responsible for loss only, not damage). Our two options were to check the instruments, or wait for a flight that was less crowded. We checked the instruments, and were fortunate that they all arrived safely. But, I will never fly Southwest again (and I travel a lot for business), and if I have it my way, none of friends will either. Tina
  6. I had the great opportunity of meeting up with Mimi at Fiddletunes (was that a great time or what?) and got to see her new baby. She was even gracious enough to let me play it. It is a visually beautiful instrument and very pleasing to the ear. Good job Mimi. Tina
  7. Both Janieb and I read more than one board!
  8. : Tina-- : It was my understanding that the guitar is pitched an octave below how it is written. The high "E" string on the guitar is really first finger first position on the D string on the violin. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe it is pitched an octave below its written notes (the same way a double bass is). This of course will not affect the pitch, but you can tell the difference. : Jeff Jeff, You are probably right, now that I'm thinking about it. I played the guitar for several years, and did read notes, vs simply playing tab. I went from violin to guitar (the back to violin), and I guess it never really mentally connected that the tone was an octave lower from what I was reading! I will go home tonight and check my guitar! Tina
  9. It's been a while since I played guitar, and I'm answering this at work, but as I recall, the high octave E on the guitar (the one on the very bottom of the strum as the guitar is in playing position) is equivalent to the E on the violin. The D on the guitar is also equivalent to the D on the violin. What I can't remember is the A and G. I think the G string on the guitar is an octave higher than the G string on the violin and the A is an octave lower, but I'm not really sure. You should be able to tell by the relative positons of these strings to the D and E strings I just mentioned. Hope this helps Tina PS M. Alice really has the best way to go about tuning, but this gives you a point of reference.
  10. Thanks everyone for your kind responses, I feel a little less stressed. I do plan on printing out a copy of the web page exception policy to take with me. A few weeks ago, I spent a week traveling on business and took my fiddle with me for diversion. Neither United nor Continental batted an eye. And it fit nicely in the overhead. The strident tone of the newspaper article on Southwest is what got me concerned here. Thanks again - Tina
  11. I remember a recent discussion on this board about taking violins on Southwest airlines after their new carry on policy was instituted. I've done a search of the archives, and can't find anything. Three of us will be flying out of the Oakland airport on Southwest this Sunday to Fiddletunes up in Port Townsend, WA. A recent article in our newspaper said Southwest is being very strict about the size of carryons. I'm very concerned we will be forced to checkin our instruments. Didn't someone here mention an exception policy by Southwest for violins (instruments?)?. Thanks Tina
  12. I started with a playonair, but my instructor thought the table of my fiddle was not "horizontal" enough (it sloped down to the right), and suggested trying a Kun. While I liked the security it provided for shifting, I found that even with the left leg as short as I could get it, the combined height of my fiddle and Kun was to much for my short neck, causing me to angle my head to the right. This really concerned my instructor, and me as well. I've since gone back to the Playonair, and find it provides just enough padding and stability for shifting, without the unwanted height. Tina
  13. Wendy, Sorry for the tardy congrats, but I've been "off- board" for a while due to business travel and other commitments. I remember a discussion on this board not that long ago about adults, recitals, exams and similar topics. I've since spoken to my instructor and she is coming around to the idea of recitals for adults, although we haven't gotten as far as scheduling one. You and Elaine are my inspiration! Tina
  14. Flavio, I don't consider those who elect not to post their email address as "anonymous" in the same since as those who use various names that are clearly meant to hide behind (such as String zipper or other such silly things). You always consistently identify yourself as Flavio, we know who you are and what to expect. And you always provide thoughts and insights that are valued and respected! Like yourself, I seldom post my email address, but always identify myself consistently. To me, this is the key. Tina
  15. Hi Melinda! Sorry for the tardy response, I've been "off-board" for a while due to business travel and other commitments. I'm familiar with most of the books already mentioned and have several of them, and can recommend them. Two others not mentioned is "The Fiddlers Fake Book" by Oak Publications, and Matt Cranitch's "The Irish Fiddle Book" by Ossian Publications. The later comes with a demonstration tape, and the option to buy two very nice CDs of Matt playing tunes from the book. The nice thing about the Fiddler's Fake Book is almost every fiddler has it, so if you learn tunes out of this resource, you will most likely be able to play with just about anyone. And Celtic (Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton) tunes are well represented. Tina
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