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  1. TOAD!!! Long time, no ribbit!! How's married life and Little Toad? Any more Tadpoles since Little Toad?
  2. Wow! Everybody is coming out of the wood work! So nice to see everyone again!
  3. This is HYSTERICAL! The husband and I have been working our way through The Teaching Company Concerto Series and literally just listened to the 12 tone lecture. We were not amused..... However this video is the best!
  4. Too funny, Outside!!! Nice to see everyone here again!
  5. Hi guys! I just did my first practice in basically 2 years. Can you say OUCH???? The ouch in the back is a given, but my left shoulder?? Ouch! Funny thing, I would have thought it would be my left hand that had gone to hell, but my bow arm is the problem child. I'm squeaking, bouncing and yowling like a Book 1 Suzuki student. Any good tips from the seasoned pros on how the heck to get your bow arm back after a two year layoff? Yeah, I know: practice, practice, practice. Seriously, any particular etudes or tunes that might be helpful would be appreciated.
  6. Hi everyone. I thought Mnet had died and gone to rosin heaven until I got a friends request from Lymond this morning. (HI LYMOND!!) I've been on the DL list for over two years now due to three back surgeries (yes count them, THREE) and am still on medical leave from #3. Isn't life special? Strange that Lymond shows up in my email box and pointed me back here this morning. I literally had my first lesson back at the violin this week since all this nonsense started two years ago. It's nice to be here again, as this was my first forum home going WAY back to 1995. OMG, has it been that long? I'm getting old... Good to see some familiar faces back here, yes even KEN!! Hi guy!
  7. Hey Soundboot, I need to talk with you about that Flextend gizmo you were using last year. Can you sent me a private message so we can chat and swap emails? Thanks! Gimpy Gray Violiner.
  8. quote: Originally posted by: Roy Sonne quote: [ O'Connor hasn't been playing "straight" classical that long, I don't think. Hi Doc, I'm not aware that Mark has ever played straight classical. If you know of any recordings or performances that he's done, I'd love to know about it. Thanks. Roy Hi Roy! Ole gimpy here. ;-) Mark would be the last person on the planet to say his playing is, was, or ever will be "straight classical." He prides himself on the melding of his fiddle playing into the classical genre. He's never even pretended that he's a classical violinist or plays like one. His joy is opening the people's eyes to the parallels of fiddle and classical styles. This is what his "classical" pieces accomplish. My personal favorite of all his "classical" pieces to date is The Fiddle Concerto. I just love it! His subseqent composition are good, but I've not heard any so far that I love as much as FC.
  9. I was afraid to check you link too, but I can tell you that one year of playing isn't much at all when it comes to tone, intonation, etc. If you teacher says you are on track then unless he is a total hack (which I doubt), then don't worry about it. I didn't feel like I sounded decent until I had been playing at least FIVE years! I've been at it for 12 and am back to feeling like I sound lousy, but that's another story! Or simply put: Learning the violin is not for the impatient of temperament!!
  10. quote: Originally posted by: Hank Schutz Here's a variation on Andrew Victor's suggestion to take some time off: study the viola for a year. HS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! SAVE ME! NOT THE VIOLA!!!! Kidding of course, Hank. Actually I did try the viola one summer four years ago. After going nuts switching between alto/treble clefs and the different sizes of the instruments it made me appreciate my violin so much more! Now the husband plays the viola.
  11. quote: Originally posted by: Victor_Zak Gray: From time to time, I get frustrated with my lack of progress on a piece, feeling I should be making far faster progress than I am. I then get demoralized, which only adds to the problem and my wanting to avoid practising. I'm beginning to realize that in my particular case, I sometimes get into too much of a hurry to work through a piece, thinking I should be finished it. Victor, are you and I related? You've nailed me down cold!! quote: What helps me get out of my slumps is that, at the level of difficulty and sizes of pieces I'm working on now, I have to "conquer" the piece bar by bar and phrase by phrase rather than thinking I can learn the work from beginning to end. During the summer of 1997, my teacher decided to take the summer off. I knew I'd go into withdrawal without lessons all summer, so I found a violist from the Charlotte Symphony that also took violin students. Peter used to drive me INSANE because that was how he taught me: one or two bars per lesson, dissecting everything I did. I was NOT used to that style of teaching. My teacher is more the gestalt type, though she'll only assign a small section of a piece, and once that's under your fingers she'll add on more. It was interesting that by the end of that summer with Peter, we'd barely done one page of one piece but I learned things from him that I still use. Don't get me wrong about my teacher she's wonderful, but she seems to be in such a hurry to make "music" that sometimes I feel left behind. I really hadn't registered that until just now! I definitely will be having a chat with her at my lesson on Wednesday. Thanks, Victor!
  12. Hey Stillnew. The recurrence of the hand issues was just coincidence. The cortisone shots I've gotten for the numbness in my fingers only seem to last around 3 months and I'm at the three month mark since the last one. The feet really are a minor aside, just some swelling that I can deal with by sitting to practice (I normally stand). No, it's the mental demons that are back in full force. It could be as much to do with being back at my BORING, UNSTIMULATING JOB that's spilling into my music life as much as anything. And while it sounds like I'm making excuses right and left, this horrible heatwave we've been having has sucked the life out of me as well. It could just be a combination of the above. I definitely need to have a heart to heart with my teacher this week, outside my lesson time that is. She know's I'm not up to my usual standards, but I haven't gone too much into details as to why. Thanks for taking a stab at this mess though. I really do appreciate it!
  13. I'm so with you on this one, B.Ceruti!! I'm staring some seriously difficult pieces in the face at my lessons and because I'm frustrated with the level of difficulty, I'm taking the passive approach and not putting in the usual practice time, so I STINK at my lessons. That's only a small part of my apathy right now, however. I've been playing close to 12 years (started at age 39). The past 7 of those years have been fraught with physical ailment after physical ailment including two separate hand surgeries. I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel, severe, in the left hand the first of this year. This was on the heels (pun fully intended) of feet problems last year that were so bad I could only sit on the sofa with my feet elevated and an ice pack within reach. Try playing a violin like that. Doesn't work! Then there have been recurrent neck problems and back problems. Tough to play anything when your body turns traitor. An aside: none of what's going on has to do with playing the violin so changing setups or technique won't help. Sorry for the whining about my ailments, but there's a point to it: I'm always waiting for the proverbial "other shoe" to drop. I went to Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp last month and it was wonderful. I had a great time, no "physical issues" that kept me from getting a lot out of it. I came back from camp fully recharged to get back into it. It didn't last long. The demon voices in the back of my head (and my feet and my wrists and my fingers) started talking again and I'm back to forced practices, if I practice at all. To add insult to all this, I was in the midst of a HUGE plateau before the feet/hands went out and was already frustrated with that. Sigh... My background is counseling and psychology, but I'm the classic case of physician heal thyself, but I can't seem to do just that. So, do any of you lovely people, old starts or otherwise, have any words of encouragement for me as well? Sorry B. Didn't mean to hijack your thread!!
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