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  1. (Lymond, I have been trying to get a hold of you -- I sent you a PM regarding the Hindemith CD... Please read it an respond. Thanks, VG)
  2. Yes, Summer Breeze, Shar has a copy listed for $9.95 which is REALLY inexpensive -- the other prices are $16.00, $17.00 and $21.00 And as D A has said, this is a piece you are probably going to want for your collection anyway, because I am sure at least one time in your life you will play it. Sorry, I just think this would be more convenient instead of having someone go out and copy all those pages (especially including the viola part, because if you can't get a violist that can play this, you cannot play it) and mailing it out to you. As far as difficulty, it is definitely hard in a Mozart-type way -- technically it is not a killer, however exact intonation (especially in the very beginning unison passage), style and very clean playing is always a difficulty Mozart poses for performers. Best, VG
  3. Yes! I agree comletely, Steve, although I am not that great of a violin player. I tried to learn the violin one summer, but I found I could not hear the correct pitches high on the 'E' string (!). It was quite baffling, but I could not hear the difference between playing thirds or fourths! Plus, the violin instructor told me I had a look of pain on my face when I played on the higher strings... Guess I am use to the lower range. But I think playing both is definitely beneficial for either instrument. VG
  4. You might want to try out a GelRest, as well -- I know many members on the forum (particularly Andrew Victor) have loved this rest. Check out the website www.gelrest.com VG
  5. I am completely amazed at this project -- the instrument is beautiful. I wish I could see it up close! Have you all thought about making a set of instruments, such as for a string quartet? I know you talked about a second violin, but what about a viola and cello, as well? (I know the shipping costs for a cello would be a bear...) But wouldn't it be fun to have a quartet of instruments made by Maestronet luthiers, and to have them played at a future Maestronet reunion? Anyway, just a thought. Congratulations! VG p.s. Did Strad ever run an article about this violin?
  6. Are you taking privately or are you in a group lesson? I was thinking about taking Alexander next year. VG
  7. Yes. Sevcik is really great for concentrated attention to a specific problem area. VG
  8. p.s.s. How did you recital go??? It looke like a great program! p.s.s.s. I will be sending you the Hindemith probably in the next week to week in a half... Is this ok?
  9. I definitely think one can improve technique with "Artist's," and I don't doubt you have aquired some wonderful benefits from that book. However we violists can't simply approach the viola as merely a "big violin" -- the great technical excercises for violin will not always transfer to be great technical excercises for viola since both instruments need to be approached really in different ways. I definitely not suggesting that we need less technique than violinists -- we need just as much (or as MuOn might suggest...MORE! ). However I am not sure we are doing ourselves a service by merely imitating the technique routine of a violinists -- it's just not practical since our instruments respond differently, are built differently, are utlized differently and thus need to be approached differently. I do agree though, that with all the above considerations, one's own physical build should be another factor. I did mention in the first post, that particularly for myself and my build, this book was not particlarly useful to me. But at the same token, I am not convinced that the "harder way" is necessarily the "better" way. (Trust me, this was my frame of mind first semester, and I ended up with tendonitis and a damaged nerve) Some of the excercises in the "Artist's Technique" can be a great for violists (my friend LOVES the book), though, as long as they are approached in a responsible manner. You would probably like his viola book, Lymond. I think you might be able to fully utilize all the excercises (the fingered octaves, tenths and extensions). Best regards, VG p.s. Don't get me wrong -- I love many of the violin technique books. Like I mentioned before, I am currently using excercises from Flesch's "Urstudien," his scales sequences, Schradieck, Sevcik, Dounis and occasionally Kruetzer.
  10. The shifting excercises can be utlized in the "Artist's Technique," however they are really impractical for violists on a whole due to the size of our instrument and our repertoire. However, Dounis does have a shifting excercise in his "Specific Technical Excercises, op. 25" for viola that makes much more sense for the viola. Plus, I like this excercise better than the one in the "Artist's" because it combines different finger combinations and patterns, whereas the other mainly concentrates on same finger relationships. By the way, have you looked at Flesch's "Urstudien" ("Basic Studies")? Max Rostal transcribed it for viola and it is GREAT book. Actually I think it utilizes many of the concepts that Dounis introduces in "Artist's," however they are much more practical. This book also focuses on specific technical excercises to be concentrated in the shortest amount of time possible. You might like this book, as well. VG
  11. Actually, it was due to her article in "Strad" that I became interested in Dounis. However, she also recommended Flesch's "Basic Studies" book -- I found it today in our music library, and love it. I would still be interested in the "Daily Dozen," however I now think that my technique-torture-plan for this summer is complete... VG
  12. Yes, a few of my friends have recommended playing without a chinrest -- they also put some sort of cloth (probably the type to which you referred) to protect the varnish. I am visiting the luthier that made my viola and we are going to discuss a few different options. Thanks again, though! VG
  13. The style of the Gelrest (which was a Guarneri style rest) was way too high for me, so I found it to be very uncomfortable (I am now actually thinking about not using a chin rest at all). But, Andrew Victor and several other members absolutely LOVE the Gelrest, and I don't blame them -- it is really a great idea! Again, it will just depend on your personal preference, build and comfort. If you already use a Guarneri style rest, the Gelrest will be perfect, I am sure. VG
  14. Thanks, gypsyfiddler -- I have taken a look at his other books (Artist Technique, Independent Fingers, Trill Studies), but they are not really practical for the viola. Even the viola book op. 25 is really crazy with the all fingered octaves and tenth excercises (!) -- at least for me and my build. But I was hoping his "Daily Dozen" were a bit different -- I seem to have gotten that impression through an article I read about them... Do you know of what ttype of exercises the book consists?? Thanks, VG
  15. Does anyone have this book? It is out of print, and I was wondering if anyone had it and if I may get a copy of it...? Thanks, VG
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