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    quote: Originally posted by stephen redrobe: Thanks Don, by the way, when I have 'phone conversations or exchange emails with the chairman of Pirazzi (Pirastro) I am often amazed by the gobbledegook which he passes-off as English. Indeed I have almost wondered whether he does it on purpose!. I can see now that I can easily commit similar crimes against his language!. Complicated stuff, isn't it?. German can be quite the bear when it comes to that sort of stuff. I've been continually learning it for years now. Don
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    Which bow would you pick?

    I think you can find some nice bows for that price range. Personally it has been my experience that all bows are unique. I have to physically play a bow to see if I like it or not. Just because it is a Sartory doesn't mean it is the right bow for you. Happy bow hunting. Don Crandall
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    quote: Originally posted by stephen redrobe: JA, MEIN SCHON rainyann [This message has been edited by stephen redrobe (edited 04-30-2002).] [This message has been edited by stephen redrobe (edited 04-30-2002).] [This message has been edited by stephen redrobe (edited 04-30-2002).] You forgot your adjective endings and an umlaut. The subject is female and in the nominative case so it should be Ja, meine schoene Rainyann. Don Crandall P.S. Don't ask I just know this stuff.
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    quote: Originally posted by Ernst: Now if I could only learn to play as well as all of you. LOL I never knew that Uncle Fester played the violin. Don Crandall
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    quote: Originally posted by Alex Carter: The violin's a rental, made by "somebody" lol, and the A string's a little cranky although I can't tell if that's the string or some "sour spot" in my physiology lol. Yes, as I progress, I'll end up getting my own fiddle and probably a bit more "serious" teacher, but what I have I'm sure is fine now. The violin seems OK, no buzzing strings, it stays in tune, etc. But I know there is a progression from "beginning" teachers and equipment to "intermediate" teachers and equipment to "serious" teachers and equipment, fortunately as beginnerly and annoying I might be on the violin, I used to do a sport, one of those olympic ones, where in 2 years I was a us national champion, and in a couple more years was actually starting to get fairly good lol! And, especially in the US where there's hardly any real knowledge or coaching, (this ain't bulgaria or russia etc) to get good one has to become one's own coach to a great degree, and know a lot about training oneself up. Violin is a lot more complicated, enjoyable to others, and socially redeeming, and there are good "coaches" in it everywhere, I think I am beginning to enter a whole new world :-) That is interesting, what was your sport? You are correct self discipline is a big part of music. A lot of musicians I know do other disciplines such as tai chi and yoga. We do after all use our bodies to actualize the music. You will do well. Don Crandall
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    Good-bye stage. . .

    Perfection is only found in an ending. That which ceases to be, morph, and grow is perfect. It has also achieved artistic entropy. Also, I think your artistic vision is limited if you cut yourself off from any type of music. I still play, participate in, and listen to different forms of music though my main focus tends toward the classical or art music realm. Personally I think all musicians benefit from a well rounded listening habit. Good luck, you will need it. Regards, Don Crandall
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    New Concertos

    quote: Originally posted by Jeffie: Mr Woof May I share some MIDI files that I have that is similar to yours? Can I send them to you through email? Sure send them to at my work email. Don
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    Sounds like your present teacher is fine for now till you begin understanding what it is you are trying to do. Importatly though get your instrument to a string instrument expert repairman and make sure it is set up properly. It is hard to build good technique if your are fighting the instrument. A pro in this field will be able to educate you about what makes a good set up. Chances are that you have a zillion questions. Just search through these posts and you will find lots of ready made answers. Regards and good luck, Don Crandall
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    New Concertos

    quote: Originally posted by Jeffie: MrWoof How did you create that MIDI file?? wow!! your piece is certainly reminding me of something, but I will not tell it to you. Where did you get your inspiration from? jeffie Thank you, I am glad you appreciate it. It is simple to save as a midi just one of the options available with Finale. As for inspiration that comes from burying both parents, a brother, and an infant niece and coming to the realization that life is a bonified miracle and that there is love, beauty, wonder, and music all around. As for creating a composition you first have to understand what it is you are trying to say then the rest is mechanically manipulating voices, instruments, and ideas to express that. The what to say part is much more difficult though in my opinion. In a nutshell there it is. I am glad that the music spoke to you. Thank you for your kind comment. Regards, Don Crandall
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    A hypothetical......

    1. Sell the Strad and keep half the $$$ for the purchase of another fine instrument which is much less in price. 2. Set up a music scholarship with the other half of the strad money. Claim this as a deduction off my income taxes for the next several years. hehehe it is nice to daydream. Don Crandall
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    First Violin

    Don't dump a lot of $$$ into your first instrument. You go through a learning curve as to what makes a good violin. Those $95.00 wonder fiddles on ebay are to be avoided if you know that this is something you really want to do. If you are just trying it out and not sure of it then they will look good over the mantle if you decide you don't want to play. If you are serious about playing then you could do a lot worse than getting a nice old german shop violin that has been fixed up and set up properly by a pro. You will spend the better part of $1000.00 or so on it, but it will last you several years untill you have the need and desire to move up to a better instrument. Looking for a decent bow is another can of worms, educate yourself as to what separates a bow shaped object from a good stick. Any bow will be ok for starting, but you should upgrade the bow once you have an idea what you are doing before the violin. The bow is to the violin as breath is to the singer. Regards, and happy hunting. Don Crandall
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    student violin

    quote: Originally posted by fiddlein Chris: Thanks for all the help, everyone. I have put new Thomastik Domanance string on my fiddle, that improved the sound greatly. I asked my teacher about the tone quality of my skylark, she said "it has a great voice". WHOA! Stop the music, is your teacher deaf? I have never heard one of those violins with "a great voice". They must have accidentally sent you a lost Strad by mistake. Go test drive some good violins and tell me if you still agree with her. <shuddering> Don Crandall
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    Why are parallel fifths/eights so dreaded?

    Hmmm, when I write a piece I usually figure out what it is I am trying to say first, then the mechanics of saying it seem to just flow. All those rules I learned in harmony and in my studies seem to just happen when I do this successfully. I am curious as to your process when you compose something. This has been a good discussion so far. Regards, Don Crandall
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    A Place to Practice

    quote: Originally posted by Samira: What are we going to do when my daughter starts trumpet lessons in the fall???!!!! LOL, I am reminded of the old joke that goes, Q: How do you get two trumpeters to play softly? A: SHOOT ONE OF THEM!. On a serious note playing the trumpet softly is an art. You could begin with a mute however. I can commiserate with you. I practice in our living room, hubby is usually playing in Backgammond tourneys on the computer or watching TV when I do. When I play well the cats will usually gather on the furniture near me and sit in blissful meditation. When I play poorly they run from the room! Don Crandall
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    Why are parallel fifths/eights so dreaded?

    I think that we define counterpoint differently. Counterpoint is the art of manipulating a motivic or melodic idea into new forms and harmony. Though Debussy uses lots of parallel constructions I do not define these as counterpoint. Rather they are a very rich harmonic language which he created to give sonic substance to moods and feelings. Both men were geniuses and approached composition quite differently. There music should be appreciated, studied, and enjoyed for the brilliant works of art they are not not what you, I, or any other dozen experts or musicologists say they should be. Call Debussy contrapuntal if you like, I don't agree, but in the end it doesn't matter. All that does matter is that it works, and does that very well. Regards, Don Crandall