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  1. HEY SCRATCHYBOW, Not quite as young as you are but dang near!!!! Seventy-four and started about five years ago...first with a very good student/performer then with a concertmaster for the last four plus years. Have played the piano for sixty plus years but fell in love with the violin and enjoy it very much. I too, try to get a couple hours in a day and have made progress....I would have loved to have started at seventeen but university/dental school took most of my time......then came along three kids, now seven grandkids and I'm havin fun!!! Anyways, I'm happy to hear that someone my age still enjoys the challenge!!!!! We're both havin fun! Dr. R.
  2. I've been looking too and you might look at FEIN.COM or Peter Zaret and his bass bar for cello. I can tell you that the bass bar is incredible as I have one put in two of my violins. Dr. R.
  3. Sorry Doug...I read the first part of you reqest and responded with what I have done.....don't blame you for not wanting to carry your laptop to your son's viloin lesson. I have three grandsons in college and they(sometimes) use this method for class lectures; maybe it's not that cool, I don't know! Good luck, Dr.R.
  4. If you have a laptop, Microsoft has a software, OFFICE ONE NOTE 2003, which has an excellent recording program for just your needs. All you need is a charged up battery (or a 110 outlet) and a mic, say from Radio Shack and you're there! I've done it, down loaded my recording to a CD and pleased with the result. Dr. R.
  5. Does anyone own a Fein Cello and if so, how do you like it?
  6. The M-Audio 24/96 recorder is an excellent device for just about any recording you might be interested in....I have a one GB Compact-flash Card in mine and download to my computer then burn to a disc. A little pricy at $499.00 but an excellent handheld recorder....has it's own mic which is very sensitive. Dr. R.
  7. I for one have become obscessed with the violin and as a very senior adult, working eight to ten hours a day, I set a goal of three hours practice /day to learn to play this instrument, knowing I'll not live long enough to master it....I don't always acheive my goal, but I give it a shot. There are times however when I think of quitting, but I think of the time and monies spent, and I'm not willing to walk from it. I have a great teacher, concert master, and he has had several adults start and quit usually because the commitment is too overwhelming. The piano has been my instrument for over 65 years and I can usually play whatever I set out to learn, the Chopin Ballade G minor right now, but I most often op to practice my violin with a goal of the Massenet, Thais, and later a concerto in mind. Question, are my expectations too high at 73 years young? Maybe so, but I would like to hear if there are others with similiar goals. I think the responses about kids trying other instruments is great....they might find another instrument that would carry them into adulthood like I did with the piano until I took on the violin. Any replys?
  8. All of the above are great responses and worth consideration. I have just one small thought, and that is know you can play your violin with confidence, which comes from lots of practice...the lack of confidence brings on the nervousness and I for one have suffered with this for years, at the piano and most recently, with the violin. The first time I gave a patient an anesthetic, I was very nervous. After the 20th patient, I got over it, knowing I could make it happen. Practice, play with confidence, and no one will know you're nervous. Dr. R.
  9. You may be beyond your teachers expertise....I happen to be blessed with an intellect, especially teaching not only the violin but several other instruments and he has stated that I present a challenge in my efforts to improve my technique on the violin....I've had several piano lessons with him also, eg.,1st movement of the Pathetique ( I've finished the 2nd and he did critique it for me). I have several brillant people in my dental practice, eg., a man in cardiovascular research, two physicains who care for post-op donor patients, a geophysicist, not only experts in their particular fields, but knowledgeable in other areas too. And my teacher is right there with them, a humble and brilliant person. What's my point? There are some very smart people out there that will welcome your efforts to advance your technique and thus play well. You may have such a person now and it simply hasn't come out.....if not...hummmm....you can take it from there. I admire your wanting the best and I wish you good luck in your effort..Dr. R.
  10. Suggestion...take a technique or difficult passage that needs your teacher's help; she/he will appreciate the challenge and you'll be better for it. Also, keep a dated journal of your lessons; it's great to refer back to and it will show you progress made. I write my lessons down as soon as I'm finished and refer back to them often. Dr. R.
  11. HAHAHAHA.....time do have a way of telling on us!!!
  12. Interesting...I have over fifty years on the piano, decided to study the the violin and have become obsessed with it! I have a concertmaster as an instructor and wanted to focus on technique...he has brought me a long way with just the three Bach pieces dealing with minutia. The time frame has been around ten months...we've played around with different pieces for technique, even into Book II and III, but the basics has centered on the Bach pieces. Seventeen months as stated with other posts, depends on the student and time available to practice...I shoot for three hours a day but sometimes with a busy day, it's hard to do! Dr. R.
  13. I have an incredible teacher, classical technique oriented, Dave Robillard, 405-478-1148, Oklahoma City, OK. I have studied with several concert pianist these past sixty years and now studying the violin....he would be worth the trip, possibly once a month. Dr. R.
  14. Thanks for your input....maybe the titanium will be the answer for my "not that good to the ear" violin...Dr. R.
  15. Has anyone purchased and placed on their violins the new Vision strings, especially the titanium strings, and how do you like them? I have one violin that I have not found a string I like and I'm willing to try something new if there is any positive feedback on this string...Dr.R.
  16. This is an interestng post...I am also a beginner; started with a university violinist but did feel not I was getting the technique I needed to play. Now, I am studying with the concertmaster of my city's orchestra with big emphasis on technique....with the three Bach Minuets from Suzuki Book One, he has taught me an incredible amount of technique. We've moved into book two and three, but for the basics, he often takes me back to the Book One Minuets. Right now I'm on hold with rotary cuff surgery and when I'm healed, I'm sure we'll go back to the Bach Minuets. Traditioal? Could be, as he mixes a lot of additional technique items with these minuets...very strict and vey disciplined.
  17. Age is not is factor....I only wish I started 40 years ago. I am truly enjoying learning to play the violin, studying with a concert master, once a week. Right now, it's all technique and hopefully I'll be able to play with a small orchestra in a year or so....I do have a small advantage in that I have played piano since I was seven and have reach a level in which I'm comfortable working on a few of the Beethoven sonatas.....well, one or two anyways. I envy your youth.....and as the man said, in five years, who knows what level you will go to...Best of luck, Dr. R.
  18. Summer Breeze.....if you're interested in a new 6000.00 violin, made to look like it came from the 16th century, I have one..and it is excellent, contact Roland Werning, Norman, Okla. at 405-329-6146, Dr. R.
  19. One of mine too...the second movements of the fourth and fifth piano concertos are very touching and in my solitude can bring a tear to my heart.....I am presently working on the Pathetique and started on the second movement a year or so ago......one of my favorites
  20. The second movement of the Pathetique.....one of my very favorites....and I almost have it memorized as I am working on this sonata, starting with this movement......
  21. The piano....Beethoven's second movement, Pathetique. The violin....Massenet's Meditiation from "Thais"
  22. Thirty-eight is young!!! Go for it......say, five to eight years with intense study AND practice...you're in your forties and at that point in time, a church orchestra, a local symphony and you're on your way with possibly another good thirty/forty in music.........do it, with best wishes. Dr. R.
  23. The correct spelling is 'Fur Elise', beautiful and not difficult...start slowly, two or three measures at a time and in no time you'll be enjoying this nice piece of piano music. Good luck, Dr. R.
  24. The third pedal is a sustenuto or sustaining pedal...usually found on grand pianos but sometimes on uprights.....play a note, press the middle pedal...the note is sustained and you can play other notes while the sustained note continues to sound...fun to 'play' with!!! Dr. R.
  25. Southwest Strings....I just purchased two sets....put one on my #1 instrument and they're great!!!!
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