Musical Chairs

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  1. I'm an adult student. I pay my teacher $50.00 for one hour. Often times we go over. She charges the same for serious high school students or adults. She's a great teacher as well as a fine professional musician. She's worth every penny. I live in a small town in Northern New Mexico.
  2. I never seem to have the music running through my head while I'm playing. When I'm learning three or four movements of a quartet piece I concern myself with bowing, fingering, notes, and rhythm. Once I've worked on difficult passages (over and over), I pay attention to dynamics, and how my voice fits/flows into the three other voices. At some point, I'm not thinking so much but playing (with some emotion) and enjoying the music. When I stop playing, then the music goes round and round in my mind!
  3. Hi Banzai, When I was at the fiddle camp in Cape Breton, we learned the tunes first by ear. Later, sheets of music were handed out. Here are some of the tunes: Stan Chapman's Jig, Drummond Castle, The Musical Chisholm Household, Brenda at SW Margaree, Rita's Tearoom, Sandy macIntye's March, Joan Beaton's Reel, John Angus Beaton's Strathspey, Mabou Coal Mines, The Snipe (a march), Munlochy Bridge (strathspey), and John Angus Strathspey. I don't know if you can find these tunes. When I was at the camp, I bought Cape Breton Fiddler- Kinnon Beaton's 100 Original Fiddle Tunes, and Brenda Stubbert's Collection of fiddle Tunes. She's a popular teacher and a well known fiddle player on the island. Her collection is both traditional and original tunes. Google- Cape Breton Music Resources. Good website. The link for the camp I went to is : www.ceilidhtrail.com Jerry Holland is the new director! He's also one of the teachers. I would highly recommend this camp. There's nothing like learning the music from the folks that have had this music passed down to them and play it everyday. You can't learn the ornamentation, nuances, swing, and feel of the tune from sheet music. There are plenty of dances to go to every night in the summer. Amazing musicans! Cape Breton is gorgeous too and is often compared to the highlands of Scotland. Have fun with your music, Lisa
  4. Hi Banzai, I attended a Cape Breton fiddle camp for a week a couple of summers ago. It was great fun and I learned a lot. My two fiddle teachers were in high demand in their own right. They grew up playing Cape BretonScottish style of fiddle tunes. I'm playing classical more than fiddle music these days. But I'll dig up the names of the tunes I learned at that camp and give you the link for the camp. I know my teachers knew hundreds of tunes and played variations of them in jam sessions. All from memory of course. Lisa
  5. I have and ipod and I also have a subscription to xm radio. I have plenty of classical cds to listen to also. I usually listen to my ipod when I'm exercising indoors or taking a brisk walk outside. But sometimes I prefer to listen to the birds when I'm walking in the mountains. Depending on my mood and how far I'm driving, I turn the radio on, or I enjoy the peace and quiet. In my house I listen to classical on xm. Not all the time though. We're all different. I bet your kids would understand that being plugged into an ipod as often as they are, is something you don't feel the urge to do. But you still appreciate having one when you do feel like listening to your music.
  6. I'm guilt tripping myself right at this moment because I'm not practicing. It's difficult driving 17 miles home from work, getting a bite to eat, getting a fire going in my chilly house, shoveling snow, and then playing my violin. I tell myself I can at least do some exercises and run through difficult passages. I try to play at least five days a week. I do love to play. Especially when my quartet group gets together. Lisa
  7. My favorite holiday recipe (which is kept top secret in my town): EGGNog! 6 eggs, 1 quart milk, 1 quart of cream (1/2 &1/2), 1/2 pint whipping cream, 1 1/2 cup of sugar, 1-2 tsp of nutmeg, 1 1/2 cup of Kentucky Bourbon, 1/2 cup of rum, and 1/2 brandy. I use local farm eggs and all organic on the other ingredients. ferment for 5-10 days. Caution: the devil lurks! I never attempt to play my violin after partaking! It is wicked good!
  8. I've read far more than I've posted since being told about Maestronet by a friend. I've learned much. I've also had some good laughs! Happy Holidays to Jeffrey and the maestro community at large. Best wishes for a music filled '08! p.s. where do you all get the graphic art symbols from?
  9. fiddleD125- I also can vouch for Padah Hound. I recently bought a violin from him which I love. It is everything he described. Everyone who's heard me play it has responded positively to it's tone and projection. The advice I would give is to not be in a rush. For months I watched all the auctions going up in my price range. I researched the instruments and looked at the sellers feedback. I watched and waited for months until I made my first bid. I was outbid in the last two seconds. The next time I waiting until the last possible moment and won the violin I have now.
  10. I play about the same amount of time everyday as still new. When I used dominants, I changed them at least every year if not six months. I really noticed a loss of tonal quality after a year, or earlier. I can see little dinks or gouges on the A string in particular. Once I play with my new strings- What a difference! Now I use Evah Pirazzi. They last longer and I love the warm tonal quality of them. Treat yourself to new strings!
  11. That was fascinating and entertaining! Thanks!
  12. -in response to iburkard, I did not replace the pegs which came with the violin. I believe them to be the originals. It has occurred to me that I shouldn't force tune the pegs. I would be bummed if I cracked the pegbox or broke the peg!! Thank you all for your informative responses and suggestions. I've learned a lot. I need to re-read all the suggestions with my violin in hand. Thanks
  13. sonnichs, Thank you for the warnings. I will carefully check the pegbox for cracks. I'm heading to my luthier in couple of days. So I'll see what he finds. (or doesn't find). My teacher suggested using the fine tuners too, but I'm resisting.
  14. " clear: left; padding-top: 5px; width: 98%; float: left; padding-left: 4px;"> Hi, I've recently purchased a violin made in 1922, which I just love. The only problem is that the pegs are difficult to handle when I'm tuning. I get the tone just where I want it, but it takes superman strength to get the peg to stay in place. Sometimes if I accidentally touch one I've just tuned while tuning the neighboring peg, it slips out. I haven't encountered this problem before. I'm trying to bring it a violin shop. (11/2 hours away). I suspect the holes will have to be re-drilled. Thank you.