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Jon Griffith

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  1. Could you please tell me the URL of this website?
  2. It's really hard to explain in text. Look up HKVs how to play the violin thread and read the section on the bow. Don't let your thumb touch the horse hair. I've never heard of anyone, Russian, Franco-Belgian, or Galamian school doing that. Jonathan
  3. I had the same problems....when I used a shoulder rest.
  4. Anyone have one of those old fashioned telephone numbers or shall I hitch my horses and travel up to NYC?
  5. Does anyone know how to look at their inventory and order from them online? Jonathan
  6. Also he has an old Mozart/Tchaikovsky/Glazunov WOW. And those new players distort rhythm a lot MORE than Heifetz. I distort rhythm for some music, but not too much.
  7. Have you ever thought of oiling her bow when she wasn't looking?
  8. I have read that being Curtis alumni is pretty much a ticket into any of the big Orchs in the US. I find orchestral playing interesting but would personally find it very tedious to do for a living. I would love to be a soloist for living, except that is quite a bit harder even than orchestra. I know some people who make quite a bit playing violin by playing principal positions in small orchs, doing part time work w/big orchestras, teaching private lessons, and teaching at a University. You're putting a ton of time into music that way, but you're not putting any more time into your job than say a good lawyer or doctor.
  9. Concertmasters tend to come up with really dumb bowings. I don't understand them. Also, as a rule they don't like suggestions because they are pompous jerks. On the bright side it doesn't look too bad to do different stuff on a fast movement.
  10. I came to the same conclusion in teh opening theme, later on it was worse, but still not really bad at all. Just something to pick on. Something about picking the speck out of someone elses eye.
  11. Staylor I didn't mean to insinuate that you were insulting paganini. After reading the first post I thought you were, thus I drew the connection. But no bad intentions were involved.
  12. U of I, I agree. I imagine this means you go to University of Idaho? I am moving to Moscow in Fall, do you have any recommendations for violin teachers?
  13. I never said he was less of a composer. I thought Staylor's comment about it being an arpeggiated accompaniment to the orchestra was an insult (it may well not have been) so I simply said that that's basically what Beethoven's concerto was and yet no one bashes it.
  14. Actually, now that I think about Wolf. (as an abbreviation) op. 38 I remember that it was fairly boring, but playing the duet parts was fun. I think when I teach though (I do plan on teaching sometime soon)I would probably have my students work on scales with tons of different bowings/variations, and then do the Wolfahrt op. 38 duets as duets to learn for playing w/other people. Kind of to add some fun to whatever they're doing. (You've just gotta face it, until you get around Suzuki volume 5 level it's just not that fun to play)
  15. If a bow's not expensive, what's the point?
  16. My radio station is the best, it plays a bunch of obscure music. They were playing a cello concerto in A minor with a chamber orchestra by one of the Bach's (not Johannes). I had never heard of it before. Also I wasn't able to hear the whole thing and I don't know what key it was in, but they were playing a piece for string quartet/piano/and solo violin by Chausson. (so 6 instrumetns in all, but the quartet is basically acting as an orchestra, really cool piece)
  17. My radio station plays a lot of Heifetz. Heifetz is probably the most commonly played violinist, but they don't play any of the more obscure older violinist (unfortunately). They're also big into Bell, Mutter, and Perlman.
  18. I can hear intonation errors in the three recordings I have heard, and I'm not deaf so don't pull any of that bs on me lwl. Just a disclaimer. I heard HKV play caprice 13 last night with almost absolute perfect intonation (there was one 16th note that was flat out of the whole thing). HKV can do better (intonation wise) than he did for the recordings of those three caprices. But to be perfectly honest, a few wrong notes are not worth bitching about, and although there are performers who can play with better intonation, HKV is still better than almost any violin teacher I have encountered. So maybe he's not Auer, but Auer if you remember was taught by Joachim, and I've read on this board that Joachim in his recording did not have really good intonation.
  19. Iupviolin, I know some excellent violinists in full time professional orchestras who haven't played all 24 caprices. Whether they could or not, I do not know. My violin teacher has a PhD from the Moscow Conservetoire and hasn't performed all 24 caprices, and he would say they were very difficult. He would also say that it would be beyond his skills (and he is no mediocre violinist, has played most of the major concerti in concert) to play all 24 with perfect intonation and perfect rhthym.
  20. "The last section of Paganini's 5th concerto, I think, is REALLY profound, and everything! I can never really get over it. It's an arpeggiated acconpaiment of the ochestra, for a few minutes. But no words can describe it." Staylor, he might have learned it from Beethoven.
  21. I'm sorry LongHair, I spoke capriciously (no pun intended). I don't want you to get out of the conversation, but if anything could you just elaborate a little more on your reasons? As to HKVs intonation on caprice one the intonation is good, better than most anyone could play, and with the ammount of notes I wouldn't even put a % on it, he just played a few notes wrong, but it was musically good. I listened to the Perlman recording w/ the music in hand last night and do see that he does distort the tempo, whether he does that for technical reasons or not I cannot say.
  22. I asked a person at a violin store how much they would pay me for my violin and they said $650. Needless to say I was pissed. Although I don't really like my violin too much, I think it's tone is comparable to at least a $1500 violin. It's a Scott+Huaming 800 model (Scott being Scott Cao and Huaming was his partner 10 years ago when this violin was made).
  23. Everyone agrees that the intonation on these caprices wasn't excellent, it had quite a few flaws. However I'm sure some of this might be due to the fact that HKV has, from what I understand, been working on the 24 caprices as a whole for not a very long time at all. Although his technical abilities may have reached their max that doesn't mean he's going to play everything in tune after memorizing an enormous ammount of violin literature without too much time. (Most people spend 6 months to several years perfecting concerti, and the paganini is just as long as much more difficult) Also, although the intonation is not perfect on that one either, it is certainly a lot better a take, you should listen to the paganini caprice #1 on Caleb's website.
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