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  1. It isn't really about how much you learn in the first few years that matters when you start at age 3. It's about never remembering a time you didn't play as you grow older. I think the idea of starting kids this young is a good one in that way that it just becomes a natural part of their life.
  2. : All I know is that I'll probably be playing some gavotte's by Bach, or possibly some other solo that my teacher finds me, I have no idea about what else to play or what goes on in an audition, could someone explain? Well, several of my students have had auditions for youth orchestras, so I'll draw on their experiences. Some of them had to play 2 three octave major scales, two contrasting solo selections, and an orchestral excerpt. For another group they only had to play one solo, and nothing else. There really should be an audition list that will tell you exactly what to prepare. What you choose to play solo-wise is up to you (it should showcase your playing). Before your real audition you should set up several "mock auditions" with family and friends serving as "judges" to make you nervous. Experience under pressure and over prepared-ness are the two things that will help you most with this audition. Good luck!
  3. What do you have to play for the audition? I'm assuming that since it's for an orchestra audition, excerpts will be involved. If you're a violinist, there's a cd out by William Pruecil in which he talks you through several of the most commonly requested excerpts. It could be helpful? Also, during your audition, focus on keeping steady rhythm and tempo in whatever you're playing. Good luck!
  4. I know a guy who started when he was 14, went on to play in the Manhattan string quartet. A guy on the Cello Society page started when he was 14, won a Chicago Symphony audition in his 20's. How's that for encouragement? The guy I know got there on talent. I'm not sure how much work has to do with it.
  5. : I'm not being challenged at all, but I can't drop out, I'm concertmistress and lord knows what they would soundlike without me! This is the sort of thing you can think, but certainly shouldn't say. It sounds like she's teaching to the absolute bottom of the barrel talent-wise. She's a moron. But don't let this experience elevate you too high on your pedestal or you WILL come crashing down later. I really pity people with large egos...it makes for a difficult life. If you're really good, you should never have to talk about how good you are.
  6. That's interesting! You'd think no matter how much the shoulder rest companies argue, their rests would constrain the sound too (I think they do!)
  7. Look at this site under violin tailpieces! http://www.wrolin.com/acces.htm There aren't any pictures but it sounds like what you are looking for. Good luck!
  8. Congrats on your violin playing! I know a guy who started at 14 and went on to play in the Mannhattan Quartet and did other great things as well. Anything is possible! Also congrats on trying to play sans shoulder rest. With aid of foam (if needed) they are completely unneccessary. Beware of teachers who require them of all their students! As far as pain in the neck and shoulders goes...if it hurts you are doing something wrong (for your body type). That doesn't mean to stick a huge shoulder rest on! I know a great number of people who have ruined their necks this way.
  9. These people hitting their bows on their stands are probably the same ones who "whip" their bows to remove excess rosin. Both are harmful to the stick. In my regional symphony I have an idiot stand partner who does this. I read in Strad you shouldn't do this, but you can pretend to be hitting the stand (without actually hitting it) and no one can tell the difference from the audience. I prefer to clap the old fashioned way. Congrats on 4th chair!
  10. Hi David, In my attempt at trying to "read between the lines" of your original message I have come up with a religious reference? Yes, Heifetz has a supreme amount of wonderful qualities. Have a nice week! Bye from, Hello
  11. It doesn't seem like it would be too hard to find, or for that matter play by ear.
  12. I use a cleaner and polish from Shar that has worked well (done no damage whatsoever) on all of my instruments. I almost always forgo the polish though as I'm not one for highly glossy finish. I use a soft cloth to apply the cleaner, and even this I don't do very frequently. In general it works best just to wipe your instrument with a clean soft cloth. If you do try a polish, test it in an inconspicuous place on your instrument to make sure it doesn't react badly with the varnish.
  13. Hello, Playing an instrument is a wonderful idea for your son. I'm going to recommend the cello as a consideration rather than the violin though. While the right hand/arm doesn't change drastically, the left arm is in a much more natural position for cello playing. He might be able to focus more easily on improving motor skills in his right arm without left arm technique getting in his way so much. Good luck, and if string playing proves not to be the right choice, I hope some alternative instrument finds its way to him.
  14. Is it true that David Soyer is being replaced as the Guarneri Quartet's cellist by Peter Wiley?
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