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  1. well, coinsidentaly I was looking for a full size violin for my son on ebay and came across bestviolins listings. I wish I could go to a violin shop and have my son try several violins, but we don't have a decent shop around here and financially, we just can't afford thousands of dollars right now for a violin. So, I need someone's honest opinion. I don't care if it's a fake Italian or German. But are these violins decent quality as far as the pictures show? They certainly look beautiful although I don't have vast knowledge in judging good violins. I can tell some bad ones to a certain degree like really cheap ones. My biggest concern is the quality and the sound. I don't expect ones being top quality as good as the violins that cost thousands of dollars when I only pay hundreds, but are they decent enough for my son to play for several years until we can afford buying better ones for him? Your input will be greatly appreciate it.

  2. I was watching Masters last week (golf) on TV. The guy who won was from South Africa and stated in the interview his parents even took second mortgate to place him with the right instructors, tournaments, etc. and entire family moved around the globe with him. Maxim Vengerove and his mom said that she used to yell from the kitchen to practice constantly and he hated practicing, but told her "I am practicing for you only because I love you." They also moved around with their teachers. It is a touchy subjects. Even those pushy parents, I believe, they are doing because they believe in their children's gift/talent. But when parents lose sight of how their children are feeling emotionally, the dangerous situation is ahead of them.

  3. I remember at my wedding, we used a pianist and requested a few

    wedding songs like Cannon's Paccabell (sp?). I distinguishly

    remember she made a tiny mistakes as I was walking down the isle. I

    was disappointed to be honest. So, yes, Dr. S, people are

    listening. On another note, this past Sunday, my son was asked to

    play at a wedding along with two flutists from his youth orchestra.

    This was a last minute request and they don't get paid. (I guess

    the youth orchestra gets paid some.) I was horrified. Imagine

    ruining someone's wedding! Fortunately, there were only three

    pieces they wanted them to play. Although they only had a little

    over 30 minutes to go over. They pulled it off OK. Hope there will

    be no complaint

  4. I asked my son's teacher when my son was practicing bits and pieces all over the place. He wrote my son his own practice routine he's been using for over 30 years.

    First, scales 20 - 40 minutes including different bowings and double stops,etc.

    He said that the scales would help you warm up and loosen your fingers, too. His wife (also a violinist told us if you master all the scales, you can play anything.) Oh, yes.... use your metronome. Like Andrew said, he suggested to repeat any scale at least four times without making mistakes. Then you know you got it.

    Second, etudes. This varies with individuals, I guess. My son is doing Kruetzer now. His teacher picks the one that helps my son with the piece (concertos) he is working at the time.

    Third, Sonatas and cappricio, things like that if you are working on one.

    Lastly, the concerto you are working on.

    I agree with Andrew. You should play slowly and clean up first before playing in tempo. My son's been adviced so since he tends to play everything fast and could get messy at times.

  5. Technique_doc, I'm so glad you came back. I almost posted a message saying "Thing harder!" Thank you for your input.

    "It's not going to last much longer, all the distinctive "schools" are gradually merging....such a pity. " reminds me of food. There are so many "fusion" cuisine such as Vietnamese-French, Japanese-American, etc. After awhile, you want to go back to the original

  6. Going back to Asian female soloists, I am thinking (this is only my speculation) that in Asian culture, women should get married and raise children mentality lasted for a long time while male were to be encourage to study hard and get a good job. So parents will not dare push music as a career for boys. On the other hand, the pressure of making career is not very strong with female. They can pursue what they liked (Of course, good academic was pushed for the girls, too.) until they get married. In that comes some extraordinary talents. Then parents get seriously involved with those girls. Especially in the culture, where we are taught you are dare to disobey your elders, the discipline comes in handy with regorous violin study My two cents. When you watch Issac Stern's "Mao to Mozart" video, you could tell they practice without complaining, yet emotionally holding back which Mr. Stern pointed out. One of the students said in the video, "You can learn all the technique here, but you have to go out of the country to live the music we are playing." I think that's one of the reasons you see a lot of Asian students come to Julliard, Curtis, etc., to study. My son's violin teacher had a student who auditioned for Julliard and told him that 80% of the people in the waiting room was Korean (by the way, he was Korean, too.)

  7. Mike, I do have a digital camera with a video mode which I never used (see I was afraid I'd mess up the camera! ) I might try it for fun. On another note, I need a quality recording to submit for the audition in the future. They say on the web that the recording doesn't have to be professionaly done, but the sound quality will affect the audition, so I'm wondering how well does it have to sound recording wise?

  8. Violinplayer555, I wish I could, but my daughter broke our laptop and it may cost more than we paid for it, so I haven't got around to have it fixed. Andrew and Hank, I'll look into Ederol and Zoom (yes, $100 less sounds appealing though). Are they easy to use? I am really bad with mechanical things that my husband won't even trust me with camcorders Hope they are push and record type of things.

  9. I am happy to report that they finally reached the agreement and resumed their performance. According to Fox News, Jacksonville, "Wednesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Symphony Association made an agreement with the players to a five-year contract, ending the lockout that began in mid-November.....The new contract also includes raises of 2.5 and 3 percent coming in years four and five. The musician's pensions have been reduced but there will be a pension fundraising concert."

    I received their e-newsletter and they returned to the stage on Jan. 18 and were greeted by standing ovation. I am so happy for them!

  10. Rutherford, I hope you get a good sleep This 10000 hrs is based on the world class soloists, I guess. In order to reach to that level, these people spent around that much time developing thier skills. But I'm sure once you reach that level, you probably don't have to spend hours and hours, but spend enough time to keep their skill level and learn new pieces (?) unless of course you want to.

  11. I had an opportunity to listen to Stanislav Ioudenitch (pianist) up close and he was humming very quietly like a little kid singing while he/she plays with toy, the entire time he was playing. I see some pianists do this on video clips. It is hard with a violin under your chin Also, I heard, in a masterclass, there was a very talented student who played perfectly in tune and everything. After he finished, Midori asked him if he was singing in his head while he was playing. She complimented on his intonation, but pointed out something was missing in his playing.

  12. From the cost stand point, I don't know, but I think it is, in part, due to bad management. From the community point of view, the orchestra did so much for the youths in the area. Their youth orchestra started out as 3 levels and now expanded to 6 levels starting from total beginner student who's never touched the instrument to advanced students. That itself tells the raised interest in orchestral music among the community. It will be so sad and disappointment to the youngsters in Jacksonville if the JSO disappears.

  13. How about listening to ipod just in front of kids so that they know you appreciate their gift to you. I remember giving a pair of tickets to my dad's favorite singer for thier wedding anniversary gift when I was a teenager. My mom didn't want to go and told me I should go with my friend. I started to cry because I wanted them to go. I thought they would enjoy the music they used to listened to. Your kids probably thought since you love music so much that you would enjoy it and find it useful.