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  1. I read somewhere that Zuckerman said on interview that he prefer guarneri over strad because he can dig more out of it. So, is it general that guarneri has richer, more complex and more powerful tone than strad?
  2. What are the general differences between Strad and Guarneri in term of sound and tone? Which sound do you prefer and why?
  3. Anyhow, it is violin builders who determines the tone of violins. In order to build nice sounding violin, I think that violin builders should have some sort of good musical sense and good ears for nice tone. Otherwise, the violins will sound awful. I have been wondering whether violin builders are also required to have a music training for violin music.
  4. Looking for a shaped case and/or a case cover in decent shape or better. Thank you. Tom
  5. I have a vintage leather case (french fit) and would like to purchase a vintage cover (either all leather or canvas with leather trim) that is in decent shape, but not necessarily new. Any information on sources would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Tom
  6. I have an rather old bow that is showing the effects of age, specifically on the wire wrapping. The wire is uncoiling and coming apart. The wrapping needs to be replaced because the silver is flaking off of the wire in numerous places. Question: is this something I can replace on my own (it doesen't seem to require much expertise, IMHO)? Can I purchase the silver wire, and where?
  7. : : I tend to rest the side of my thumb on the neck instead of angling my hand so that my thumb goes right underneath the neck of the violin. In this way a much more relaxed , natural hand position is maintained. Although i would agree that it is essential not to reast the base of your index finger on the violin neck as it does impede good vibrato. : you could try this new thumb position. Hope it helps. Thank you Aaron. But how does your thumb counterbalance the downward force of the finger on the string if it is on the side of the neck? It seems that there is nothing there to push up. How far down on your thumb do you rest it on the neck? Thank you, Tom
  8. : : I recently discovered that a much better vibrato sound : : can be produced if the neck is basically only contacted by : : the finger tip on top and the thumb underneath. It seems : : to allow the wrist/hand to move more freely. I notice from : : videos that most pro's do this. : : But I am having a very difficult time balancing the neck : : between these two points when playing several notes in succession or shifting. : : The thumb is basically convex : : and not a stable balance point. Two alternatives I have : : tried are to move my left elbow ridiculously far forward to allow : : the thumb to be more or less horizontal to the ground, or : : to rest the neck way down in the bottom of the thumb - first : : finger joint, which I always thought was incorrect. : : What is the key that I am missing? : Simple. When vibrating, pull the base of the index finger away from the neck; I was taught this as the first movement when starting to vibrate. When not vibrating, such as when playing several notes in succession or when shifting, keep the index finger touching (but not squeezing!) the neck. : Think about it. Why would you vibrate at the exact moment that you're shifting? You wouldn't - so do the shift in the usual position (with base of index finger touching). : Hope this helps! Good luck! : Laurel : (P.S. What does your teacher say?) Laurel, thank you for the suggestion. But when I pull my index finger away, the neck drops way down into that valley between the first finger and the thumb, since there is essentially nothing counteracting the downward force of the vibrating finger on the string. What position is your thumb in at that point and where exactly is the contact point between neck and thumb? Is your thumb extended or flexed? BTW, my last teacher did not focus on it (in fact I don't think she ever looked up from the piano the entire time I studied with her). Thank you, Tom
  9. I recently discovered that a much better vibrato sound can be produced if the neck is basically only contacted by the finger tip on top and the thumb underneath. It seems to allow the wrist/hand to move more freely. I notice from videos that most pro's do this. But I am having a very difficult time balancing the neck between these two points when playing several notes in succession or shifting. The thumb is basically convex and not a stable balance point. Two alternatives I have tried are to move my left elbow ridiculously far forward to allow the thumb to be more or less horizontal to the ground, or to rest the neck way down in the bottom of the thumb - first finger joint, which I always thought was incorrect. What is the key that I am missing? Thank you.
  10. : : I need lyrics by Juvenile Back that thing up or back that ass up
  11. : If anyone finds any could they email me please! : thanks...
  12. : : : : : Has anybody found a site containing : : : : My Heart Will Go On? : : : : It's the song form the movie Titanic : : : : I give the movie thumbs up : : : : thanks, Jim : : : : clifbird@portal.ca : : : if anyone has this sheet music or any other songs : : : by Celin Dion or Sarah McLachlan i would greatly : : : appreciate it if someone could e-mail them to me : : : at 030120h@acadiau.ca
  13. 'Tout ce qui brille n'est pas or.' Apres avoir essaye presque chaque corde (dominant, oliv, helicore, corelli aqlliance, etc) j'estime que Dominant est le meilleur (faites attention d'utilizer le D en argent). Apres profond experimentation et echantillonage, je trouvais que le son just en-dessous du nez du joueur n'est pas pareil au son entendu d'un distance. Perlman par exemple utilize Dominant est je vous challenge de trouver un son plus riche. Voila, quoi, mon opinion. J'espere que ca vous aide. A bientot, Tom : Excusez-moi mais je ne peux pas comprendre anglais. J'ai besoin de l'aide, donc s'il y a une personne qui peut m'aider, ca va tres formidable. : Le question, c'est, quelle type du corde est le meilleur? De l'argent, de l'or? Je joue le violon depuis deux ans seul, et naturellement, je suis amateur. J'ai essaye les Dominants, mais apres avoir lu des messages prevus, j'ai aprendu que les Tonicas, et les Olivs sont les meilleurs. Mais oui, on n'est pas bien sur. J'aime un son tres riche, et les Dominants ont ete trop brilliante, et ces ne me plait pas. : J'ai demenage du Canada le semaine passe. Mon frere qui est americain m'a dit de ce site. Je suis heureuse mais j'espere qu'il y a quelqu'un qui peut repondre en francais. : Je vous remercie beaucoup, : A bientot, : Denise
  14. You are right when you say that we are different people. And the difference is that you fail to see that Rachel Barton is a hack! Listen to her play and you will hear the truth. Rachel Barton has less control over her bow than Katherine Hepburn over her neck. And the disease that causes her spasmatic play is undoubtedly the Suzuki method.
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