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  1. Also try stringworks. http://www.stringworks.com
  2. The answer is it may or may not continue to sound nasal. When I first tried synthetic strings, I went from Helicores to Pro Artes and found that the Pro Artes always sounded nasal to me. The sound did get better after a few days but I could never shake that nasal sound. Now I use Zyex or Evah's and neither of those sound nasal on my violin. (I don't know if it has more to do with the string or that now I'm used to the synthetic sound vs the steel string sound)
  3. The Southwest Strings Catalog I have lists that you can get a Glasser composite bow in black, blue, gold, green, purple and red.
  4. Does anyone have a method for counting 32nd notes. When counting 16th notes, you count them 1 e & a 2 e & a, but I can't seem to find the equvialent for 32nd notes. I asked a few friends I have who mainly play piano or organ (as soloists) and they said they simply play the 32nd notes as fast as they can. Somehow I don't think this works so well when playing in a group, so any help on counting them would be welcome.
  5. I've been switching between Evah Pirazzi and Zyex strings on my violin for about a year now. I like both of them and can't decide which one I like better, so I go back and forth. Overall, both are great strings and I haven't had any problems with either.
  6. My first violin was this brand. Actually, it is a fairly decent violin as far as student violins go. It was easy to play and actually sounded nice compared to the "cheap" student violins.
  7. quote: Originally posted by Andrew Victor: For those of you with a "scientific bent" this is the form of "quantization" that underlies the original Niels Bohr "quantum theory" of electronic orbitals. The (allowed) quantum states of the (vibrating) orbitals would be analogous to the allowed natural harmonics of a vibrating string. Andy [This message has been edited by Andrew Victor (edited 01-28-2002).][/b] So, to determine the wavefunction of these harmonics, one would have to solve the schrodinger equation for a harmonic oscillator and using a series expansion. However, is the spring constant, truly constant for a synthetic string? or is it close enough?
  8. I bought a Maestro from them in October and I am very pleased with the instrument. I believe you probably can't go wrong with the new line, and if you don't like it, you can always return it.
  9. I asked this question about a year ago and got a very helpful reply. Search under "first time changing strings" or user name tigger_1. It was really a very thorough description of changing strings.
  10. There is a community orchestra in my area which is looking for intermediate level violinists. What skills do you think an intermediate violinist possesses? (ie which positions, bow strokes, etc)
  11. What are the advantages/disadvantages to having a violin with a one piece back vs. a two piece back?
  12. Well, this has certainly been very enlightening to me. Being a college professor I have been asked to write many letters of recommendation over the years (not for music but for medical and graduate schools), and I would have never in my wildest dreams even thought to have a student write their own recommendation. And after reading this I never would. The other thing everyone must realize about letters of recommendation is they are not easy to write. Very few people can write informative and honest letters of recommendation. Some people are downright awful at writing them. This may be the case with your son's Cello teacher. Maybe he doesn't have much experience with it or possibly has never read a "good" letter of recommendation. The letters I wrote early on in my career were truthful, but in all honesty were extremely weak. Over the years I have worked on them and they are getting better, but I am still working on them.
  13. I read a post from a month or two back that listed some suggestions for practicing vibrato (ie using a film canister or a box of matches), but they didn't really explain what exactly you are supposed to do with them. I have been trying to follow the exercises listed in many method books (All for Strings, Essential Elements, and another book which the name escapes me now) and nothing seems to be helping. My teacher can only show me what she does and doesn't seem to know what to tell me to do. Here's what I know. My hand is supposed to be relaxed and move only at the wrist. The finger is supposed to rock back and forth. However, my finger rocks sideways! Any help is appreciated.
  14. Violinsetc (http://www.violinsetc.com) has a violin sizing chart which tells you how to measure a child and figure out what size violin they need
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