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  1. Well, thanks for all the advice. I think I will have to go to Rio to have my violin fixed. At least it is a pleasant drive... As for mail order fixing, I don't believe it is feasible here in Brazil, as the post office is quite unreliable and we don't have private companies like UPS or Fedex. Thanks again. Acacio.
  2. Well, it just happened. My wife and I were playing some xtmas carols (violin and cello) and, all of a sudden, all strings of my violin went out of tune. What happened is that the neck got loose, as well as the botton plate of the violin. I believe this was caused by the very damp weather that we experienced continously lately, but I'm not sure. So, here is the question. We live in a armpit of a town in Brazil that has only one luthier. From what I understand, this luthier is not someone good, but can make small repairs (he works mainly with guitars). So, is the problem with my violin a major repair or can I risk fixing it with this luthier? Should I schedule a trip to Rio de Janeiro (2 hours away) and visit a luthier there? I think that if it is a serious repair, the visit to a luthier in Rio would be the reasonable thing to do. Advices are welcome. Thanks, Acacio.
  3. Emerson, Lake & Palmer again. In their album Trilogy they get tunes from Gershwin. Also, their Bolero is pretty much the same idea as Ravel's Bolero. Rick Wakeman copies several measures of Grieg (with acknowledgments) in his Voyage to the Center of Earth. Check also his album on King's Arthur court. Pink Floyd claims strong influence from Stravinsky and Debussy, but I can't tell you whether they used parts of their songs. For brazilian music, if you're interested (not Rock, but Bossa Nova), Tom Jobim has lots of stuff borrowed from Villa-Lobos. Acacio.
  4. I started playing about 1.5 years ago (violin) and my wife started cello at the same time. If you have a playing partner anywhere near your level, we suggest the "Beautiful Music for Two Stringed Instruments" by Samuel Appelbaum. It's a 5 volumne series, and volume one is very easy. What we liked about it is that although the books say "for 2 violins" or "for 2 cellos" you can mix instruments. The violin, viola and cello versions all have the same songs in the same keys. We also loved the fact that many of the duets sounded great for how easy they were. Acacio
  5. Ok, I may be wrong about this, but I believe something similar happened to me. I started playing the violin a little over one and a half years ago, and I also noticed that I was getting worse. However, I also recorded my playing. So, after "getting worse" for a while, I decided to compare my playing. I was indeed improving, and it was hard to believe how bad I was at the beginning. What was happening is that my ear was also improving, and the effect is that I became more aware of my playing, but the net effect was that it seemed I was getting worse, but the oposite was happening. So, I would recommend you keep records of your playing to compare and see if you are improving or not. You'll be surprised on how your standards will change with time. My 2 cents. Acacio.
  6. Just to add to what was said. Flames are caused by the uneven growth of trees during different seasons. During summer the trees grow fast, whereas during winter they grow slowly. This difference causes the wood to have flames. BTW, that is why one can tell the age of a tree by looking at the cross section of its log. Acacio.
  7. One violin, one cello, one viola (well, FAPP) two guitars, two recorders, and a keyboard.
  8. quote: Originally posted by Lydia Leong: I've been reading Wayne Booth's For the Love of It and thinking about what keeps people doggedly at trying to master some of the most difficult skills on the planet, which leads me to wonder: What is the most supportive thing that anyone has ever done for you, in a musical context? The most supportive thing was done by my wife (then my fiancee): she gave me a violin that belonged to her grandfather as a gift; she realized I was having fun learning to play it; she did not take the violin back when she *heard* me playing (or threw it in the fireplace); after a month, she joined me by learning how to play the cello (very romantic, actually); we now have fun together, even though we still sound like cats in heat. Acacio.
  9. Pardon my ignorance, but what is a zodiac sign?
  10. I think this question can be answered if compared to a less unprobable situation. Instead of asking if it is ok for a beginner dotcom player to buy a 1M instrument, we can ask if it is ok for a beginner player to buy an expensive instrument, say a 10k one. From previous discussions, I recall that the majority of people though one should buy the best violin we could afford, as it would easier to play and an instrument that you can learn from without strugling. The problem, however, is that once you become a good player, if ever, you should look for as instrument to upgrade that will reflect your way of playing. How can you upgrade from a Strad? Perhaps to another Strad? The upgrade is also gonna be expensive... Anyway, to summarize: if it is ok for a beginner student to buy the best violin he/she can afford, the it is ok for a dotcom millionaire to buy a Strad or Villaume or whatever. I, for instance, I'm happy with my cheap violin, but would love to upgrade to a better one, even though I'm still not playing at the level of my current violin. Just my 2 cents. Acacio.
  11. quote: Originally posted by twoblink: The answer is easy, The CHICKENS! Read the bible, two by two were created. So the chicken(s) plural, were first. Even if you don't believe in the bible, and you think that macro evolution is true, the chickens still came first. Albert Errr, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't dinosaurs lay eggs much before chickens existed? Hence, isn't it a imediate conclusion that eggs existed before chickens? Yet another point where the Bible is wrong (of course, given that your information is correct about the Bible)? Acacio.
  12. I've heard once that the difference from a world renowed violin player and a US nationally renowed violin player was 10 thousand hours of practice time, i.e., the superstars loged 10k more hours of practice time than the stars. I've heard this from a reliable source, but I shall ask him for references if someone is interested. Acacio.
  13. quote: Originally posted by HuangKaiVun: Tanigumi, are you on the kung fu forum? Your name sounds familiar. In any case, marijuana is horrible for music. It deadens one's emotion, reduces one's libido (necessary for "romance"), weakens one's fingers, diminishes a person's drive (sexual and musical and practical), and gets you in trouble with the law (hard to play violin from jail). Hmm, it gets you in trouble with the law in some contries. Remember Clinton? He didn't inhale, but could have inhaled without breaking the law, as he was in a country where marijuana was not illegal. In lots of countries it is legal to consume marijuana. Bad for music? I'm not so sure. Some rock bands made quite nice music under the influcence of drugs in the 70's. It was bad indeed for the musicians, as many died young, but not bad for music. As for the libido, it is not reduced with the consumption of marijuana, as can be attested by thousands of people smoking it daily in, say, Amsterdam. It is true, however, that it reduces the sexual potency for men. However, I would tend to agree that drugs like marijuana would not help at all in performance of classical music, as it would tend to make one's fingers not respond properly. Just my 2 cents. Acacio. [This message has been edited by acacio (edited 07-18-2000).] [This message has been edited by acacio (edited 07-18-2000).]
  14. Try http://www.themefinder.org Acacio.
  15. Actually, this topic has been discussed before, but I'm not sure about how to search for it. A new instrument usually has its sound improved by being played. So, some makers put new instruments in front of loudspeakers playing classical music such that their tone quality improves, as if they were being played. Acacio.
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