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  1. You're daughter is a very luck girl! She will have many years with this beautiful instrument, and a memento of a very special person.
  2. I would look into an adjustable viola case, or modify a 15" viola case. Do they even make cases for larger than normal violins?
  3. I don't know about the tasting aspect as we all seem to have widely varying tastes. This particular specimen seems to have a bit of pitting and cracking, thus a complete stripping may be in order. Depending upon the form and substance of the interior, you may want to consider a vegetable neufchatel to fill in those chips and a thin coating of smoked Alaskan salmon to bring out it's inner beauty. Of course, if the spots are only on the exterior, and the interior is pristine, then a blend of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped pecans, expertly mounded on the top and lightly broiled will produce superior results.
  4. Maybe they will being creating a less expensive version. After all, plastic wind instruments were expensive when they first came out, now they are much more affordable for the average school program.
  5. I wonder about the stability for use as a school instrument. Since most schools like to play with temperatures (turning the temps way down at night then back up during the day) it would seem that these instruments would be more stable and less likely to crack than wood. For most elementary/middle school applications, tone is not as important as avoiding repairs. If there is an instrument out there that can withstand changing temps, little or no humidity and kids dropping it, I want to take a look at it.
  6. Thanks for the clarification. I'll let my students know.
  7. Take a look at www.violinmasterclass.com I know it's no replacement for a teacher, but you will get a few visuals that you can replay. I use the clips with my beginner class and they, in turn, go to the link at home.
  8. Considering that I will never be able to play anything past the first couple of songs in Suzuki Book 3, I tip my hat to anyone who can play like that!
  9. One of my music students stumbled on this thread while doing some research for class and was totally confused. It would help if someone more knowledgeable than I would list what he did wrong and why the work was so bad.
  10. When I was taking the requisite string class in college, I had to give my husband cello lessons. During the first lesson, we went over the parts of the cello and the first couple of pages of the book (Strictly Strings). Every time he practiced, the cats (3) left the room, but the dog (Black Lab) laid at his feet. A week after the first lesson, he had his second lesson. As we were going over the parts of the cello, he got stumped on the long black piece that comes up from the bottom of the instrument. The dog, appearing to get frustrated at his inability to recall the name of the part, got up, walked over to the cello and started to whack said part with her tail. "Ah!" Said my husband. "It's the tailpiece!" It's pretty bad when the dog knows more about the instrument than the person playing it!
  11. I began my career in music therapy in the mid-80s. I would have stayed in the field had I not landed in an outpatient psych clinic where I was doing everything but music therapy. I had wanted to work in a nursing home or senior center. Now, I teach music. My MT background gives me a very different perspective on teaching and, I think, makes me more effective.
  12. I've been following your saga, but haven't chimed in because everyone else has guided you so well. Leaving a long-term ensemble is difficult, but occasionally necessary. You handled it very well, too bad the other group member did not. They need to understand that you and your friend are growing as musicians while they play for recreation. There is a huge difference. At least you have the other group to play with. That will do more for you as a musician, anyway!
  13. Putting an apple slice in your case will serve no purpose other than to make you hungry when you open the case. I use a Stretto system and it works just fine. My luthier recommended it.
  14. Here is a link to the Yahoo article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200..._mu/people_yo_yo_ma_4 And the USA Today article: http://www.usatoday.com/life/p...-yo-yo-ma_x.htm?csp=34
  15. I feel for the gentlemen, but us ladies have wardrobe issues as well. Many have gone to the strapless/thin strap look because the fabrics that dresses are made are very slippery. Flounces are definitely out and THANK YOU LORD, the football player shoulder pads went out with the 80's!
  16. If you have a good enough relationship with your teacher, you might be able to work out the arrangement a friend of mine worked out when they ran into trouble. The teacher had a lot of beginning students so he gave her one of the students to teach. She used the money from that one student to pay for her lessons with him. When she was back in good shape and could afford the lessons, the beginner was also ready to move to him for more advanced study.
  17. One of my string students was looking through a more advanced book and noticed the bowing names. She asked me what each one sounded like and I had to admit that I was clueless on about half of them. So many of them sound alike that I wonder if the plethora of names is merely a way to exclude the "serious" violin student. Of course, started by the "old masters" who didn'e want just anyone playing their fine instruments. Sounds logical, anyway.
  18. Since I've been coaching archery, I've been spending more time on the archery forums, gaining knowledge. It's good to see a few familiar faces.
  19. Can you read music? If so, see if you can audit a college string class. They are usually 14 weeks long and you either play one instrument the entire 14 weeks or you play one instrument for the first half and another for the second. You might find that you'd rather play one of the other string instruments.
  20. I take on many students who have studied with others. I always tell them that we are going back to the beginning to allow me to hear their tone, see hand positions, embouchure (I teach bassoon), fingering and to check their abilities on various rhythms and note combinations. That way I can skip the stuff they do well and concentrate on the stuff they need to work on. I have yet to have a student complain. I couch it as a way to help me help them become a better player, sort of a review test. I don't put them into a different book because the Weissenborn Method is THE book for basson and we all use it. I add scale studies and etudes after the first three weeks (that's how long I take to sort things out).
  21. These are a few papal connections to the arts. Note that only one pope is listed as being a violinist. I have not heard that any others were, or had anything to do with the instrument. In 1737, production of a new Vivaldi opera at Ferrara was forbidden by papal authorities on ground that Vivaldi was a priest who did not say Mass and had a relationship with a woman singer. The majority of Handel's compositions during his stay in Italy from 1707 until 1710 are the chamber cantatas. While Italy was the European center of opera, in Rome it did not exist while Handel was there. A papal decree in the 1690's had banned operatic productions and was in effect until after Handel's departure. Although the papacy found opera objectionable, others in the church hierarchy, such as the Cardinals Pamphili and Ottoboni were very glad to produce oratorios and private concerts. In Rome, Mozart attended a performance of the celebrated nine-part Miserere by Antonio Allegri which could be heard only in Rome during Holy Week performed by the papal choir. By papal decree, it was forbidden to sing the work elsewhere, and its only existing copy was strongly guarded by the papal choir. Any attempt to copy the piece or reproduce it in any form was punishable by excommunication. Mozart, however, had heard the work only once when, returning home, he reproduced it in its entirety upon paper. This incomparable feat soon became the subject for awed whispers in Rome, and it was not long before the Pope himself heard the rumors. The Pope summoned Mozart, but instead of punishing the young genius with excommunication, he showered praise upon him and gave him handsome gifts. A few months later, the Pope bestowed upon Mozart the Cross of the Order of the Golden Spur. Lorenzo Corsini was elected pope at the age of 78 on July 12, 1730 after a very long conclave (more than four months), maybe with the help of money paid by the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Lorenzo Corsini belonged to a very influential and rich family of Florence. The Corsini had been on friendly terms with pope Urbanus VIII Barberini (1623-44) and for more than a century they had a cardinal in their family. Lorenzo Corsini became a cardinal in 1706 and he was a candidate for being elected pope in 1721 and 1724, but both the Austrian Emperor and the King of France were hostile to his appointment. Cardinal Corsini was known for his vast culture and his support for the arts including music (he was a good violin player).
  22. Some fiddlers think of it as a show element, like the buildup of rosin on the top. Most fiddlers I know if who also play classical have two sets of bows. It would be nice if they invented a bow hair that is strong enough to handle fiddling!
  23. I'm dealing with the same thing. With small hands and short arms it is even more of a challenge on a full size violin.
  24. I call mine Scarlett, after Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind". She's not red, I so named her because Scarlett was often heard to say, "Fiddle dee dee."
  25. I'm not worried about improving sound on the old Skylark. Nothing will help that old thing except a good bonfire! No matter what I have done with it, it's a bear to tune. Fine tuners only work so far, then you have to turn the pegs and reset the tuners so the Perfection pegs sounded like a viable option. Of course, I haven't had time to take the fiddle anywhere to get the work done, plus, the girl who was playing it left the school and now it sits until I get someone to play it. Oy vey!
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