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Michael L.

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  1. Well, what do you know? I thought I'd never agree with OOOooooooo on anything, but this is a real lemon. You basically cut up some discussion about VIOLINS and chose to butt in with your little grammar crap. Are you really a high school student? YOU SOUND LIKE AN ENGLISH TEACHER....and an ill informed one at that. (No offence to the few English teachers who are good people). Come back later when you actually have something to say, and have enough self-confidence to post your e-mail address. The lack of this element of your post indicates that you are not capable of taking responsibility for what you say. -Michael L.
  2. : My bow was warped pretty badly. I didn't really notice it before, but when the people at the shop told me, i could see it very easily. In fact, now i wonder y i never noticed it in the first place, i guess i just wasn't paying much attention to it. I would say the bow curves about 15-20 degrees to the side.
  3. I was reading Mandy's post and noted with some alarm that the people at the violin shop told her that one of her bows was warped and thus was basically garbage. This is very alarming to me because I have come to notice a slight bend to one side in the middle of my bow that increases when I tighten the hair. It's almost entirely unnoticeable when the hair is loose. I say "almost entirely" because it looks perfectly straight to me but my teacher says otherwise. When I tighten the hair though, then I can see the bend. My bow is quite expensive, a good deal more $ than just a couple hundred. It's not enough of a bend to hinder my playing in any way, I'm just making sure this isn't really bad. Is my bow ruined, or will this just be corrected at my next re-cambering? Many thanks if anyone can help. -Michael L.
  4. Sprezzatura vibrato is when one uses their vibrato to strengthen their sound and make it seem louder. Sprezzatura is an Italian word which describes a difficult act done so skillfully as to make it appear easy. This word has also come to mean the vibrato effect I have described as well. -Michael
  5. I am a "kid student" myself, but I've got some thoughts here on adult beginners and re-starters. Well, the reason why some teachers don't take adult students is because they ignorantly don't think adult students can progress much (people like Tanya Schumacher). They want students who (they think) will have a chance to win competitions and scholarships and auditions etc., and they don't think adults will. Frankly, I find that ridiculous. When I was at music camp there were two adult students. They had started at ages 30 and 36 (respectively). That evening, I heard one of them play the first movement of Bach's Sonata no. 1. The other one played the Romance from Wieniawski's D minor concerto. Both had very pleasant tone and good sprezzatura vibrato. I was very impressed. Adult students may need to work a little harder because their muscles and ligaments aren't as "elastic" as when they were younger, but it is very possible for them to play well. It wouldn't surprise me if one or both of these adults I had heard are headed on their way to professional orchestras. Good luck. -Michael L.
  6. Well, I've got a very important audition on the 18th. I already got into this regional youth symphony, but this is the chair audition. I'll be in the first violin section, that's already been decided. I would really like to have a chair as close to the front as I can possibly get (who doesn't). The guest conductor will be auditioning me and will meet me and get to know me a bit so of course it will not be a blind audition. He will take excerpts from the first and fourth movements of Haydn's Sinfonia number 83 (we will play the whole thing in concert eventually.) For now, all I need to work on is the 1st and 4th movements. I can play both movements up to tempo etc. And I am doing my best to represent the style and pay attention to all the staccatos and dynamics, but does anyone have any musical suggestions that might help me do well so I can get a good chair? I need all the help I can get. The competition is ferocious! Many thanks to anyone who can help me. All suggestions would be great and I will be very, very grateful! -Michael L.
  7. If it is a professional, soloist quality violin that sounds beautiful, 325 dollars is a wonderful price. Take it to your teacher. Have him/her examine it and play it. Pluck each string and count how many seconds the sound continues. 8-9 secs. is good. Rita's advice is good too. -Michael L. P.S. I'm not a violin expert luthier or maker of any sort, I'm a violin student. These are things I was told when looking for my violin.
  8. Oh, I'm not insulted. I was just trying to clarify. When communicating via computer it is often far too easy to misunderstand intentions. I value your input. -Michael L.
  9. When I said "Tree of Opportunities" I meant it with a little sarcasm meaning that I don't know where to find all of these audition opportunities my parents think I should be involved in. I have just moved here and I don't know what there is here. I want to audition for events like temporary orchestras, organized student chamber weekends, stuff like that. I know there has to be stuff like this going on frequently because I often hear about them after they've passed already. Where or how does one customarily find out about this stuff? It's not on the bulletin boards at school, it's not in Strings lately. That's what I meant. Why should I be expected to "create my own opportunities" while other students audition and know all about this stuff? I tried asking people and responses vary from "It was a one time thing" to "next year". I do not have time to wait whole years. If it sounds unresourceful, then sorry. I can't help it. -Michael L.
  10. Once after a concert, someone told me that we seemed like we were all best friends when we play. I laughed. We don't hate eachother, but unfortunately everyone is often "at odds" with eachother. For instance, when I first came to the orchestra, the conductor didn't audition me, he instead put me in the back so as not to be risky. Well, my stand partner in the back didn't dislike me at all, but now is rather resentful at me because I got moved way up in front. Other people in the front have told me similar things happened to them. There's also another issue. Over compensation intonation-wise. I have noticed that sometimes in the more advanced music we play, if a lot of other people's intonation is wrong, it affects the whole sound so I think my intonation is off and I overcompensate which sends my intonation the other way. I can play this stuff with correct intonation by my self. Hmmm. -Michael
  11. Well, friends of mine, my parents, and my teacher tell me that I should be involved in more musical things. I would like that very much, except I don't know where to look. Where is this tree of audition opportunities weighted to the ground with it's abundant fruits?! All I've got is many hours in my practice room and a begonia in the windowsill. I did audition for a regional youth orchestra and get in, but that doesn't even start until spring. Where do I look? I'm 16, almost 17 actually, I play the violin and I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. It would be nice if I could find something local for now because I can't go anywhere right now. Thanks. To reply, please respond here on the board. My e-mail is in shambles and refuses to let me check it. -Michael
  12. If you looked at us in a photo, you would simply see a crowd of penguin colored (well not exactly, but you know what I mean) students all wearing nearly the same smile (yes, the director examines and critiques our smiles before photo shoots), holding instruments in a completely uniform manner, individuality neatly erased for the sake of the whole, but OH OH OH, what a facade! When I look at the very photo I am describing I can hardly believe this is the same group of people I see in the rehearsals! In the rehearsals, some students are trying to please the conductor into allowing them to move forward while those of us who already have desirable seats are (admittedly) doing the same in order to protect our status from invaders behind. It is considered a mark of social-musical status to have dark lines on fingertips 1-4 on the left hand (an indication of practice and dedication), and (I kid you not) to have a red mark under the left jawbone (for violinists and violists) is thought to be a certain sign of musical prestige! Some people have been known to "accidently-on-purpose" drop difficult repertoire on the floor near the conductor as if trying to fool him. I saw someone from the back of the second violin section have this exact type of "accident" with extremely difficult Paganini stuff! I know this is as I suspect, because said violinist perspires in 3rd position, uses open strings before ever considering 4th finger, and complains of any note faster than 8ths in 4/4 time andante! I will not mention this person's name because they are generally well-meaning, but what on earth is up with the stack of caprices bursting said violinist's folder? Some of these people can't seem to close their mouths even when playing and simultaniously being screamed at by the conductor to *shut up*. Some of these people consistently arrive at rehearsals looking every bit as tidy as street urchins.......and yet there we are in the photo wearing tuxes and gowns, instruments in hand after playing a glorious "Halleluja"......perfect. I almost can't decide whether it's ironic, a coincidence, or just a photo-negative! -Michael L.
  13. My bow is not straight. I'm not talking about the usual curve that's supposed to be there. I just noticed it today in orchestra. It is bent slightly the other way. Sorry, I know I'm speaking in really un-technical terms, but it seems that my bow is warped. I have not had any accidents with it and I take really good care of my violin and bow. I suspect that it might be due to my last rehairing (which was quite recent). Is this a horribly dreadful thing, or can it be straightened out? If it is because of the rehairing, should I have to pay for it to be straighted and re-done? Thanks. -Michael L.
  14. The proper name for Mozart's "upside-down duet" is: Mozart's Table Music for Two. Chopin wrote multiple Polonaises. Specify which one you want, and post your question either in the Music Stand board, or the Keyboard. Or even better, if you are actually DESPERATE (ah, the drama of it all) for this sheetmusic, go out to a music store, and get it!
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