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  1. Michael, I'd like to ask you to come down somewhat in value, and describe the character of the bows of Klaus Becker, the higher-end ones. Thankyou.
  2. I think the finest teachers explain things violinistic using every means possible, personalize their method to the student's personality and learning curve, and try to be sure to teach the student to teach herself/himself. In this way, the foggy picture of doing several things at once comes into focus, and the student learns to analyse music before putting in the emotion and KNOWS WHY they should do the things that a violinist does. I think this had been said in all the good answers above, one way or another.
  3. For any sort of learning, having the three types, ie, visual, auditory and tactile at hand gives us a good chance of absorbing ideas faster. Therefore, having your teacher demonstrate is, to me, rather important, and helps round out the picture very well indeed.
  4. Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Liebeslieder Waltzes for two pianos are good too, and I have a recording of Faure's "Dolly Suite" for two pianos that is very pleasing.
  5. I am not a professional, but am still studying with a fine teacher who just retired from a famous orchestra, and if anyone knows violins, he does. Today at my lesson, we exchanged violins for most of the morning. Mine is a Czech violin - and at lesson's end he handed it back to me, full of appreciation for its tone and handling and clarity. He has persuaded me to really go for an excellent bow. I am using a German bow (on loan) and find the combination a perfect match. There are more bows coming to try out. Perhaps thinking about a better bow is sometimes more worthwhile instead of changing the violin. This is his philosophy at the moment, and I think he is right.
  6. Do any of you reading this Board know about Albert Richter bows? I have one at present on approval, and feel I have met the bow I dreamed of. I am going to try some upgrades shortly, but will hang on to this, because it may be hard to beat. I cannot find anything about Richter, except that this is a German make. Thankyou if you can fill me in about the maker and the types of his bows.
  7. Technique Doc: If you continue your book with the clarity and commonsense that is demonstated in your postings here, you will have an incredible teaching tool, that, used in combination with an excellent teacher, will serve the violin student extremely well. I had a similar posting a few days ago and you answered it well. I do have the excellent teacher, demanding and meticulous, who is teaching me how to teach myself as well, but I applaud you for the extra dimension of explanation that helps clarify the picture even more in the bow-hold area. And this approach is right there in your preamble anyways. This is what is truly good about this Board, the solution to a problem . Thankyou again.
  8. Thankyou, Technique-doc, for these really practical helps, that can be done at many points during the day. I can see they will alert the brain to a different way of getting used to what is required, and that is exactly what I was hoping for. As soon as the mind leaves the frog and goes to difficult position change, different bowings, etc. up curl the fingers. Using your thoughts will develop some muscle memory, and I shall get right to it. Thankyou.
  9. There have been very many great posts on the types of bow holds in the past, with good advice from Maestronetters. I find that in my playing, that my grip, (which I assume to be Franco-Belgian with index finger touching the bow at the first joint ), gradually losing its attitude. My middle and ring finger slide up and away as my knuckles flatten, and I cannot fathom out why. My teacher says to stay the course, it will get better, but I would like to know if any of you have had this problem, and what you might have done to remedy it. With thanks.
  10. I was taught positions as follows: first, half, second, third, fourth, fifth, and then a small amount of sixth and seventh, and never once was any voice heard telling of difficulty with second, so I went into it in total naivete and found it no different from the rest. I probably would have questioned doing one, three, five, and having suspicions aroused that two was a stickler. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.
  11. Do you have any brand suggestions of E strings corrected in this fashion? I have the same problem, and have found slowing the bow helps - but this is often impractical, and not always in the best interest of dynamics at the time. With thanks.
  12. The Shar bows are a huge leap forward from the old bow. Off-the-string bowings, less surface noise, and a springiness plus depth of tonal quality is amazing. I'm impressed with the qualities of them all. My teacher suggested the old one is very good - make unknown - for slicing smoked meat! But it served a purpose and is a good "second" to have around.
  13. Apologies all around, as I had no idea about this - this is my first bow-buying experience as my first one is the one I have used until now, and thus, with nothing in writing or hearsay anywhere, it seemed like a judgement call as one would use in other areas of purchasing. I promise to behave when the Strad comes my way.....
  14. Thankyou for your reply - I will call first thing tomorrow. I think you can understand where I am coming from though - even if the imperfections can be remedied, I am still not receiving, for my full-price payment, a brand new bow. This wouldn't be acceptable on a used-car lot or in a second-hand appliance store. I will post the results of my discussions tomorrow morning. My thought was that a trial with these used ones was to result in the ordering of a brand-new one from the store. Anyways, I will let you all know what transpires.
  15. I just received four bows on approval from Shar, and have just begun to try them out. I notice to my dismay that on a couple of them, the bow hair is quite filthy at frog and nut, there are marks of string/frog warfare on them, and some of the finish on the under metal is worn off, scratched or needs metal polish. I am of the understanding that you may choose the one you like and send the remainder back - but I certainly don't want to pay full price for something that appears to be a demo. Of course, I will contact Shar tomorrow about this, but does anyone else have any information about this service? Many thanks.
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