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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.
  16. There is some discussion about this subject on the book "Science of Music", by Sir James Jeans. I don't remember the details of it though. Hope this helps. Acacio.
  17. acacio


    quote: Originally posted by Ludwig: This sounds like the beginnings of a great movie script. Add a couple of car chases and a grave robbery and call Spielberg ASAP. Seriously...... I'm horrified by your story! I'm a major insectophobe and I know I'll never again look at my instrument in quite the same way. I saw a silverfish in my case once and I almost threw it in the trash! Well, if you like horror stories, here is one. I used to live my guitar at the university dorms, and one night I just removed it from its case and tryed to play something, when my left fingers felt something smooth on the strings. It turned out that a ****roach decided to die tangled in my guitar strings, and I found myself rubing it before I looked to see what it was. Needless to say, I spend the month remembering the feeling in my fingers and whashing my hands every minute or so... Just another horror story. Acacio.
  18. 666 is the number of the beast apparently because 6 is the number conected to evil. The number conected with good is 7. That's why 13 is considered an unlucky number, as it equals 7+6 and is unpredictable (hence it's special rule in gambling with dice). I think this number stuff is somehow related to some jewish tradition, but I'm totally ignorant about it, as most of my information about numerology came from the movie "Pi". :-) There once was a guy on e-Bay selling his soul for $666 initial bid. Nobody bought it. (In terms of funny stuff on e-Bay, appart from the violin ones, there once was also a guy selling e-Bay at e-Bay.)
  19. quote: Originally posted by Ludwig: Nobody performed the cello suites before Casals???? He "found" them in a music shop???? My understading is that he rescued the suites from the oblivion. They were pretty obscure songs before Casals, and were played only by cello students. Casals started playing them differently, and that brought Bach suites to the main stream repertoire. Acacio.
  20. The Cambridge Companion to the Cello http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/...isbn=0521629284 and the Cambridge Companion to the Violin http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/...isbn=0521399238 mention wolf tones in details. They claim that wolfs are not too common in violins, but are very common in cellos. They even claim that all the good cellos have a wolf tone, whereas most of the good violins do not have a wolf. The reason given is that cellos are not a scaled up violin, and violins have shapes that can give nice overall resonance in all ranges without having a specific not sticking out too much, whereas this is not possible for a cello. BTW, all the stradivari cellos have wolfs. Acacio.
  21. You may want to check Casals' Master's classes, available in VHS. He has students that come to class and play most of the suites as they were written, and Casals show them how (he believes) they should be played. BTW, they sound a little uninteresting without the tempo variations and the flares that Casals introduce. Hope this helps. Acacio.
  22. Try to use http://www.themefinder.org It was developed by some people from the music department at Stanford, and it usually works pretty well. Acacio.
  23. acacio

    Very new

    quote: Originally posted by mlemt: Oh my gosh...what is peg dope? I am just getting starting. I'd rather not attempt the re-wind myself. I don't know which string is which! You mention which way to turn the pegs depending on the note. Can you tell me the strings by note? I hope to learn all this when I start my lessons, but a headsup would be great! Thanks for your help. P.S. how does one apply peg dope? You may want to take the violin to a luthier, such that he/she can take a look and see if everything is ok. Maybe the peg needs fitting. When you got the violin, do you know if it was new? If so, was it properly set up? Violins come from factory (assuming it is a factory violin) in need to be adjusted by a luthier, and if yours were not then it would be a good idea to have it adjusted. If your pegs are well fitted, you won't need peg compound. However, a luthier once told me that peg slipping could also be avoided by applying a (small) ammount of chalk dust on the part of the peg that frictions with the pegbox. Anyway, the strings correspond to the notes G, D, A and E, from the lowest pitch to the highest pitch. The A in the violin corresponds to the 440Hz one. Hope this helps. Acacio.
  24. I was just wondering... After all, they have not plates to be carved. So, I would assume that an electric violin should be cheaper than a violin, but it is the opposite. Of course, I'm talking about factory made violins. Why? Acacio.
  25. To find a tune you like, try using http://www.themefinder.org It is pretty cool and complete (for classical music). Acacio.
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