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  1. on the picture of the back...is it the camera angle, or my screen, or my eyes that the left/right side is grossly asymmetrical?
  2. i did not stay in holiday express last night, but here is my opinion: i would not think about an operation to fix your problem. not worth it considering risk and benefit. once they open it up and decides that there is not much they can do, they cannot simply zip it up and return your finger in its current state. just learn to play violin with the impairment. improvise. it may comes in handy when excuses are needed on intonation.
  3. agree with the above posts. some classical pieces are so bad that they should be used by the CIA for torture. (okok, i will tell you, but stop that music first) there is a whole big world outside classical music. there are some greatl pops out there, simple but fun and elegant. there are also pieces written by thugs for thugs. if you do not have bullet holes on you, you simply don't get it. if i were a businessman and profit is the bottom line, i need to consider playing music or its distant equivalent with my target population in mind. Yes Madam, or Yo MAMA! it is not about music appreciation when music is exploited to get people emotional to open their wallets.
  4. using classical music to drive away the youth, so true so sad.
  5. imperfect practice accomplishes a little.... actually, imo, that is the misconception. the damage done with imperfect practice, teaching or learning parts, is huge.
  6. excellent post. perlman has very rich vibratos and with his violin and the overtunes, one hears many things and some hear what some want to or are capable of hearing. this intonation program is a gadget. it has some value. of course it is not a cure-all. as i said before, it can be particularly helpful if the whole household is cluelessly tonally challenged. dad is a computer geek, mom is loving, but neither knows anything about music, just like the kid who is being sucked into playing violin because all the other kids are either learning violin or piano. each week, for 6 days and half the violin is out of tune. IN THE BEGINNING, they may have to tune the open strings ONE BY ONE to something. may be they don't have 4 tuning forks. this program can come in handy. now, if you have played violin for years and now find a need to double check your intonation with this program, of all things out there, eh, you have a problem. you may need to quit violin and pick up piano.
  7. finally got to listening it...always a treat. as i said, i think your c2 will always have this beautiful melancholic flavor to it. not just the way you play or the pieces you chose, but there is that intrinsic quality to it. if you are looking for that high energy, bright, brilliant tone, you have other violins for that, lol. whatever you did in terms of another top, maybe you opened up more space, still to me not great ringing resonance, but very penetrating to the core. it has its own style and merit. i do not think it is fair to think less of it. agree with m that your choice of 2nd and 3rd pieces are really well suited for this instrument. your playing is so very original, sounds better than many pros to me. at times, you made it sound like a group play or another instrument. wild. i also like the antique look. on another computer screen, l liked the bottom more than the top because the top looked so dramatic that it looked a little blunt in contrast. but, this screen i am using, it is easier on my eyes and i see the transition zones better. how do you or do you try to make the varnish look less shiny with this antique look? regards
  8. george, since you are still young, i would think you should take it easy for a while until you sort things out...BUT, if things do not quiet down with rest, you owe yourself an Xray at least, just to check it is what you think it is. often, there is a phenom called impingement syndrome where a rotator cuff tendon gets pinched under a bony spur (acromian) of your shoulder blade. or, depending on the mechanism of injury, could also be the tendon of the biceps got inflammed,( less likely from your story). in any case, both are very common. i am curious on your bowing style... G vs D, and A vs E. often, you may need a qualified third party to take a look and give you some feedback. sounds like you are aware of "raising" the shoulder but end up doing it anyway. that raises the question whether there are other neighboring issues, such as the neck region, that lead you to raise the shoulder as a compensation. it is really tough to sort it out clearly on this board. you are taking a chance. regards
  9. p, my bad. you caught me. tobasco sauce with popcorn...now that will set up for some fiery violin playing!
  10. sweet. j, you will make an excellent facial plastic surgeon. even the purfling looks never interrupted. the violin looks quite new. is it?
  11. thanks again. the video playing is intermittent as usual. i wonder if anyone here guessed the strad correctly before the answer was given. actually i have not seen that part yet myself.
  12. my violin playing can be described as reckless. vengerov, unconscious awareness. big difference.
  13. on unconsciousness awareness... may be others can testify with other examples, but it is scary how i manage to drive to work for close to an hour, thinking about everything, cases to deal with, cases of yesterday, weekend, the piece on the CD, a sip of tea of coffee here and there.... and i manage to get my car from point A to point B like a pro, without even trying or any awareness. and the entire highway is full of nuts like me, some busy putting on make-up, eating breakfast with 2 hands, reading newspaper, and of course, gabbing away on the phone.
  14. there you go, now we are talking, the evolution of a pencil. how about putting a bowl of jello (sugar free) or popcorn (light butter of course) and tell the kid to use the bowspoon for some indulgence while watching TV? what is any meaningful event without food!
  15. yes, it is one of those freak things that happens out of anyone's control. i knew of a patient who finished the cardiac stress test with flying color and then died in the parking lot with a massive heart attack.
  16. you may think you have lousy salesmanship, but you certainly have great buyswomanship. for others. that is a talent! i think everyone here will command you for your honesty and decency. it is bad karma taking money and not providing something worthy in return. good going!
  17. con, you always bring up good and balanced points. i am not very well versed in violin literature, so thank you for sharing that. i want to clarify my point one more time on bow- in- air... between holding the pencil and someone practicing bowing motion in air, i simply want my kids to hold the bow and watch tv (come watch some tv...oh, bring your bow). i want to condition the hold from conscious to unconscious awareness. because genetically we are programmed to react with the fight or flight instinct, if we are aware that we are holding the bow, we tend to recruit many more muscles than we need. do we think that telling someone to relax really work? why just hearing the word relax makes people more tense? because that is how we are wired. we need to rewrite the software. when the attention is on kung fu fighting on the screen (where you can appreciate rhythm and spontaneity), the muscles in the hand become more selective and efficient. they become lazy and inactive, doing only the minimum necessary. the hand and bow get to accept each other naturally on their own terms. this development of unconsciousness awareness should be started early, as early as possible. you learn something without someone yelling: now listen up, i am going to teach you something, you pay attention. when starting late, we have to go through painful de-program. you should see how i play golf.
  18. years ago, i did some volunteer/charity work in china (PRC). i saw a girl coming in with an injured eye from one violin string breaking and snapping back into her eye. given the technology back then and there, i have to assume her vision in that eye will be significantly impaired if not 100% vision loss. so lets all pray that when violin strings break, they break near the end piece, not the peg.
  19. andy, i respect your prof opinion and it is not easy to disagree with your experiences. and i have no problem with your using the pencil as a start, for a little beginner to get "some" idea on the proper hold since it is light and balanced. but, in my opinion, the pencil exercise is quite limited because a whole different set of muscles are engaged holding a real bow which is heavier and not "balanced". there is a big gap between the pencil and the bow in motion. many people fall into the gap and have problem getting out . no teacher complains, never even once, that student is holding the bow too loose. always the opposite: loosen the grip, easy on the thumb, easy on the index finger, etc.... give the strongest person on earth the pencil, then give him the real bow. immediately, the death grip. tip of the thumb goes white. WHY? the issue is not the weight, but the management of the weight,.... in other words......balance and control. it is not heavy, just seems and feels heavy. can we learn the use of chopsticks well without enough practice and understanding? in a chinese restaurant, pay attention how we hold chopsticks vs how native holders do. the next table holds them like an extension of the fingers. with minimal exertion. once they grab onto that cube of kungpow chicken, it is going into their mouth without a diving detour. grab it too high, it slips down, grab it too low, it pops up and out, grab it too loose, you are not hungry. grab it too tight, that is what we do. we try hard, but the contact is weak and unpredictable, so by the time the chicken is over the soup bowl, a splash follows. same idea: figure out how and why least amount of work actually get the job done with least amount of risk. the other thing is this: if one can manage to hold the bow in air with total relaxation, one can translate onto string. just add the arm weight and move. if you can run 2 laps, you can run 1. if one can manage to hold the bow on string with total relaxation, can one do it in air? not necessarily. and because of that, the rate of progress will be limited. the bow hold is not in total control. staccato is not even. having difficulty in direction change. having difficulty playing a long passage of single bow 16th notes because the forearm freezes from fatigue. it all comes from a poor grip and that the entire arm has never been completely comfortable with holding the bow. in fact, one should not grab the bow. rather, let the finger skin get in contact with the bow and let friction support the bow in place. and let everything else in hand go limp. the bow- in- air to me is a very good learning process. relax whereever is tired or sore, until it is not. people should have problem accepting this, because it is not in the books. i made it up.
  20. jape, i agree with your points. some liquid chemical are mixed with others. one reason is to alert the user not to get too close too far with the noxious stimulus. if your skin is irritated or coughing up a storm, chances are that you will learn through biofeedback which works quite well in the animal kingdom. problem is, humans are a different breed. we do not learn well. until too late. and that is the problem here. we have enough determination, stamina to ignore the bells and whistles. on absorption: not obvious. our skin is like a sponge and some toxins are colorless and odorless and we do not exhibit symptoms of intoxication until we cross some threshold. seeing your cute 4 legged friend reminds me to tell you that some dogs love to sip on some sweet smelling liquid. so watch out!
  21. andy, agree with those observations, that young players then to overdo it and then let go with more years and experience... i do believe that one should be able to hold the bow in air (palm down) as comfortably as it is on string. one needs the right mix and amt of finger touch and balance to hold the bow in air. if not, the problems will come out once the bow is on the string. i ask my kids to hold the bow in air and then learn to imitate the motion on string with finger and hand joint movement. i let them watch an entire movie holding the bow and moving it around, so that they are not mindful of the bow and learn to hold it as light and efficiently as possible, as an extension of their hands,,,,because some jackie chan movies are quite long. nikia, watch how perlman does it. do you have his videos or dvds?
  22. OK, agree that touch up is not a simple matter to do it well. a good one is that no one can tell. reminds me of having a hair cut where afterwards people say: wow, it will grow back, or did you have an argument with the barber...
  23. there have been some very informative posts. there are 2 issues that i would like to share: 1. to rule in or rule out. if someone is suspected of having a particular illness, the thinking process is to rule in or rule out the disease entity in mind. the correct approach is to rule out. one needs to eliminate all possibilities, including the final correct choice. this thinking process will help decrease the chance of both false positive and false negative. to quickly rule in something may be wrong, if not harmful, because a broader perspective is not considered to begin with. a while back, i presented a violin for fun, asking members here to identify it while i revealed the violin piece by piece. Jeffery asked for an outside shot of the entire outline from the start, to my dismay. why? because that is the correct process of ruling out, the first step to take. the way i presented may lure people into ruling in prematurely. to put it another way, if we are presented with a violin for identification, some of us will jump in and say german or italian based on a single feature or two (i will cheat by saying german knowing i will be right 99% of the time), while people like MD, jeffrey, omobono (where has he been lately anyway) etc will scratch their heads, busy thinking. i rule in instantly, and they are going through the PROCESS of ruling out. may be, in the end, they say, they simply do not know. but in the long run, the PROCESS will serve them well. 2. denatured alcohol is group of solvents commonly used in all walks of life and we do not see people piling up in emergency room with brain damage simply because of ethanol/methanol exposure. why? because relatively speaking, it is a safer agent to use when compared to other categories: aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene/benzol, toluene/toluol, xylene/xylol, or chlorinated hydrocarbons such as carbon tetrachloride, acetylene tetrachloride, chloroform, etc, or aliphatic hydrocarbons such as hexane, or ketones, or turpentine, etc, all of which are used in some form in the paint industry. it is not just what to use, but how to use it. water is not to be avoided just because drinking too much too fast can kill. ps. once i took care of an old lady who got in the hospital because of stomach bleed. the history was unremarkable except she said she lived across from an firehouse and took "couple" "sleeping pills" every night to sleep. upon further inquiry, she took up to 8 aspirin to sleep every night and she did it for years. and screwed up only once.
  24. agree that no chemical vapor is safe until proven otherwise, but your friend's association of denatured alcohol ( i take it as a vapor not as a beverage) and significant neurological dysfunction is highly unusual, particularly if the symptoms persist. often, until a full work up by an authority in the field, it is not easy to tell association from causation. also, with neurology, the etiology of the manifestation can be very confusing. some are treatable and some are not. the key is to make the distinction, as early as possible. good luck to your friend.
  25. great to hear your good hits. i think ebay is like other walks of life where we have to manage risks ... if on ebay you get many good deals and couple bad deals, you are a winner, way ahead of many others. just like a lawyer who has to choose between settle vs trial, a doctor conservative vs surgery, a luthier a patch job vs an extreme makeover....shoppers on ebay have to start from worst case scenario. estate treasure probably means i cannot wait to get it out of my house into yours. italian violin probably means it aspires to be one in its wildest dream. another brain teaser: italian school where all the students are german.
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