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  1. I agree - they are fabulous. I wasn't nearly that good at 12 either - in fact, I don't think I'm that good now! I'm going to watch the performance for sure. Good luck in your studies.
  2. : I saw it 2 and 3 years ago and was very impressed. Remember, we are talking about kids here. Most of them are middle-school age. The real value of the program is not in the entertainment value to the viewing public, but in the learning opportunity for the participants. You can't compare their performance to a professional orchestra. You wouldn't compare your all-state middle school football team to the Denver Broncos, would you? I plan to watch and enjoy seeing all those young people at a high point in their lives.
  3. : I know - you're right. Lots of practice is the only way. I know there are lots of ways to make one's practice time more effective. I'm not sure about levels in our orchestra. I think we have only one. I'll probably be last chair of second violin. Maybe they'll have me turning pages for the last chair of seconds for a semester. My knowledge of what to do exceeds my ability to do it consistently, if that makes any sense. All help is appreciated.
  4. :Hi Ken. Sorry you didn't get in, but it might be best this way. I believe that musicians are chosen mostly for their musical ability. When your friend said that they wouldn't take you because you don't have a teacher, she might have meant that you would play better if you did have a teacher. Playing a grade 10 piece means nothing; the important thing is how you played it. Personally, I would rather hear a grade 3 piece played really well than a grade 10 piece played poorly. Mind you, I'm not saying you played poorly, I'm just offering an example. As I remember, you haven't been playing for very long. If you are as serious as you seem to be about the violin, by all means, find a teacher. No matter how good you are, you can always be better. If you're already 18, the youth orchestras will soon be a thing of the past for you anyway. Do you plan to play in college? If so, you would certainly benefit from regular lessons with a top-notch teacher. Don't be discouraged. Just learn as much as you can from the experience. I wish yo the best of luck in the future.
  5. : I have an interest in summer Suzuki (or other) music : camps geared towards children. Has anyone had any : positive or negative experiences with the Wisconson : camp or Colorado camp at Aspen? Sorry to be so late answering, but I've been too busy to check the board lately. My teenage daughter has discovered the wonders of the net, and uses up most of our allotted time chatting with people all over the world. I have attended the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Aspen for the past 4 years. Since I've never attended any other institute, I can't offer a comparison, but I have loved the Aspen institute. Some of the things I like about it are: Excellent teachers; many recitals and concerts; few (but excellent) vendors at the site; many activities other than institute-related; everywhere you go, you hear music; everywhere you go, you hear/see/sense people learning; I share a condo with friends from other parts of the country, so I get to stay in a luxurious condo in Aspen for about $30 a night; getting away from all responsibility and immersing myself in music for 2 whole weeks. That's just a few of my favorite things. The Colorado Institute is happening right now, so it's too late to go this year. They send out their publicity in January. You can get on the mailing list by e-mailing Gail Seay at gailseay@worldnet.att.net janieb
  6. :Congratulations! I doubt that they "give" A's just to encourage you. I think you earned every bit of it. Now, on with Level 3! PS How's the weather down under? We had snow today in the mountains. But that's not too unusual. Janieb
  7. Can y'all stand one more request for Scott Cao's URL? I have a student who is ready to purchase her first full-size violin. I want her to see one of Scotts, along with a von Aue and a Doetsch (which I understand are the same thing). Thanks!
  8. :Ask her to go over the bowings with the entire section so everyone can mark in the bowings she wants. Have a pencil in your hand when you ask, and make sure everyone in the section has a pencil that night as well. Then just mark in the bowings and do your best to follow them. If you find one that is obviously wrong, wait a week or so and then take her aside and admit that you just can't play that bowing. Tell her that this other bowing is the only way you'll possibly be able to play that passage. Chances are, your bowing is right, but she will still save face. Keep us posted.
  9. : Hi John. I have a student who has the same problem you have. He is tall and lanky. He couldn't get his bow arm in the correct position, so his bow was always crooked. We tried an extended chin rest, which helped, but not enough. At one point, we talked about putting violin strings on a viola, but my luthier said it wouldn't sound good. I'm curious - how does your 5/4 violin sound? Does it have good projection? Does it stay in tune? Eventually, my student switched to viola, and is very happy with his choice. Thanks for the info.
  10. : You really won't get the information you need out of a book. My best suggestion is to see if you can interview a violin professor, or a really good teacher to get the informtation you need. BTW, shat is soteriology?
  11. :I'll pass along something I learned when I was a Cub Scout leader. In Cub Scouts, we sing a lot, and the leaders of the dens also lead the singing. Most of us think we have terrible singing voices, and are really embarrassed to lead the singing. The leader of our region told us to just go ahead and start singing, and everyone would join in. He said not to be embarrassed, cause the boys couldn't care less, and the other adults would just be so glad they didn't have to lead the songs, they would never give anyone any grief. Well, it worked. Sure enough, everyone did join in, and on one ever gave me any grief. At your recital, just think about that. The kids will be delighted to see an adult playing, and the adults won't give you any grief! Trust me on this. Glad you're back! Janie
  12. : :Oops! I guess I have a bad case of the small town mentality. I just thought everyone would know! Looks like Doug got the informtion out. Sorry!
  13. : Do you have time to attend institutes and string camps? If you have any stock on hand, you might consider getting a booth at one of these events. I have several students who need an upgrade, but don't need to spend several thousand dollars. If you have any information about your instruments, I would be happy to receive it. E-mail me and I'll send you my snail mail address. Also, do you have an approval policy? Some dealers will send out an instrument for a couple of weeks on approval. This helps a lot, as most people want to see, play and hear an instrument before they buy it.
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