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  1. We will soon be moving onto our sailboat after too many years living ashore. I am considering purchasing a Yamaha silent cello - with the collapsible bouts - which is about the only way I could keep a cello on the boat! (a size issue and a "silence" issue). (I've been renting a 3/4, started playing last month as my violin passion has taken a backseat to a recurring shoulder injury). Any comments on the Silent cello? (specifically the one I referred to with the collapsible bout/knee supports). Is it useful? Can you really practice with this? It looks very difficult to hold and/or support. Thank you in advance. I hate to give up my new desire for the cello, but if the instrument is totally unenjoyable to play (the silent version) than I suppose I will have to. BTW, I would love to demo one if that is possible. Jill San Diego
  2. Thank you Andy for your reply. My (soon to be) teacher suggested I start on the half-size cello, probably because I am relatively small (5'3") and maybe also because of the injuries I have had. I also suspect it is because he rents the half-size! I did examine a 4/4 (new) and a 3/4 (used) at our local strings shop. I was surprised by how small the 3/4 seemed, yet the 4/4 actually seemed rather large for me. I have reviewed some cellos for sale by String Works (online). The thought of purchasing an instrument without playing and comparing is a difficult concept. If you have any thoughts regarding personal preference of particular cellos, I would be grateful. I'm still considering a 3/4 or possibly a 7/8. I just feel that slightly smaller might help me from injuring myself any further. Thank you for your advice. Jill San Diego
  3. Due to a nagging shoulder injury (left shoulder) I decided to explore playing the cello (having played the violin about 2 years). Any advice regarding purchasing, playing, study materials, recordings would be greatly appreciated. Has anyone on this forum already transitioned from the violin to the cello? (yes, I did a search but found no real answers.) I will start lessons with a rented 1/2 size cello, but would consider purchasing a 3/4 or 7/8. Is it reasonable to purchase a cello (no plywood student models, please) for less than $2000? Thanks in advance for any advice! Jill San Diego
  4. Congratulations! Boy, can I relate. My first instructor (about 2.5 years ago) was sweet and taught me all the basics, but I needed more information and challenge. Later, I tried another lady - she probably could have taught me alot but she was so rude -forgot I was coming for a lesson, told me if my check bounced not to come back [i was shocked at the comment!], etc, etc. Went to my good friend for lessons - she just didn't have the time to teach and is an awesome player but maybe not an awesome teacher. I was pulling my hair out! I wanted guidance so badly yet kept hitting walls! I felt as if my playing and progressing was only going backward. Finally I decided to go to Fei Fei (teacher for my niece). I am still a (older)beginner but also wanted to learn fiddle techiques. I "knew" that Fei Fei taught all the young,classical protigies and thus there was no way I could fit in. Boy was I wrong! She is a marvelous teacher, wise, gracious, on time (!) and can also play a mean fiddle. The moral of the story is never give up! There IS someone who is the right person to teach. What a blessing it is for me to find a teacher like Fei Fei. Best of luck to you with your new teacher! Jill San Diego
  5. Hi Bud I listened to this post. Is this you playing? I play (mandolin and guitar) in a Scottish band, intending to play fiddle, too (pending the shoulder injury). Just curious about the details of this tune and the fiddle player. Jill San Diego
  6. I love playing both! I agree - they compliment each other. I consider the violin my first love, but I am much better at the mandolin (guitar background). I currently own a Rigel A and have a Weber custom Bridger on order (I play in a Scottish band). Jill San Diego
  7. Ann Do you think playing the 7/8 size instrument helped? I am considering borrowing a 3/4 to play for awhile. Also, how soon is too soon to start playing? Is a little tenderness and aching okay, or do I need to wait until absolutely NO pain? Thanks, Jill
  8. Any exercises for the girdle muscles? Is this something I should work on only AFTER my shoulder pain is gone? Thanks Jill
  9. Has anyone suffered a rotator cuff injury? (left shoulder). I am 48 yrs. old and have played (violin) about 2+ years; recently after spending 2 weeks on one particular etude (G string) my shoulder became quite sore. Then the next day I could not move my arm. The pain was awful. The sports medicine doctor says no violin for 4 weeks (I'm miserable). Has anyone dealt with this? Is this a recurring type thing that I will need to deal with often? One potential solution I'm told is try a 3/4 size instrument (less reaching/twisting). It is the arm extension/elbow hyper-extension that creates the pain. Thanks for any advice. I am very bummed at the moment. As a side note, I can hardly play the guitar either - the extended arm and rotation of the hand.
  10. Congratulations! As an older violin beginner, I loved playing, but yet the pieces I was learning were just "okay." I figured you had to learn the little uninteresting lessons, because, well, that was part of advancing. One day, while listening to a CD I bought in Ireland, I picked up the violin and figured out, by ear, one of the pieces to which I had just listened . Well, there's been no turning back! Of course I would still like to play a Bach piece beautifully, and will strive to do that, but the fiddle music stole my heart! Yes, it is so much FUN! Best wishes! Jill
  11. I agree with the other posts. I started violin at age 46 (last year) and love it. Of course I would love to hear only beautiful, marvelous music from my instrument when I play, but I'm willing to work and be patient. If I live to be 77, I will have played 30 years! If you love the violin, then just do it! Although I still play the guitar, my heart truly is with the violin. Good luck! Jill
  12. I would like to "upgrade" my Scherl & Roth (German) student violin, as I am in no need (yet!) of a completely new violin. I would appreciate input regarding: 1. What strings (brand and gauge) would you recommend for an "upgraded" sound? I am using Dominants (and fine tuners) but would like a "mellower, warmer" tone. Should I try a different brand altogether for the E string? Suggestions? 2. Also, I would like to upgrade my bow(s). I have two, both are Brazilwood. I've been guided toward Pernambuco. Any recommendations for a good bow, maybe less than $200? Thanks in advance. Jill [This message has been edited by Shiloh (edited 03-18-2002).]
  13. Any available fiddle teachers in San Diego? I am concentrating on Scottish/Irish fiddle (vs. Bluegrass style). I started my violin training about one year ago, and currently am involved with a Ceilidh Band playing guitar. But I just love playing the fiddle. Thanks in advance for your replies. Jill San Diego (858) 382-7046 (cell) [This message has been edited by Shiloh (edited 03-03-2002).]
  14. quote: Originally posted by Candace: How new to fiddling are you? I have a book "You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling" from the Mel Bay series, and it is really geared for someone who knows nothing about the instrument. Even though I was not that much of a beginner at the violin, I was able at least to learn shuffle bowing with it. But it is not Irish or Scottish at all. I have the Irish Fiddle Book by Matt Cranitch and highly recommend that for a beginning book on how to play in the Irish style. I also got the tape that goes with it and a cd of tunes that are in the appendix, so it's pretty useful even for a non-beginner. Also, Kevin Burke's first video is wonderful. His second is probably going to be good too, when I get it. I really recommend a combination of books, tapes or cd's, and videos. Candace, I am extremely new to fiddling, to answer your question. As a fiddler I am totally self taught, but do have some leads on fiddle teachers. Shiloh (Jill)
  15. I'm comparing different fiddling books/CD's to purchase. Anyone have advice/preferences/ownership (yea or nay) on these? If you were to only buy one (or two!), which would you suggest? I prefer "Irish/Scottish" fiddling, and I'm a new player. I'm also assuming a video would be helpful. Thanks! Jill 1. Celtic Circles (book/cd) B. Rideout 2. Complete Guide to Learning Irish Fiddle Book/CD Paul McNevin 3. Complete Fiddling Book (book/video) Duncan 4. Easiest Fiddling Book (book/cd) Duncan 5. Fiddling Handbook (Book) Duncan 6. Ireland's Best Slow Airs (a Mel Bay pub./no author) [This message has been edited by Shiloh (edited 02-01-2002).]
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