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  1. Hank, it's really easy to tell whether it's carpal or cubital tunnel. With carpal tunnel, your thumb, forefinger and middle finger get numb. With cubital tunnel (unlnar nerve), it's your ring finger and pinkie finger. If it's ALL your fingers, you'd best get to a doctor and have it checked. Sometimes people can get these symptoms from pinched nerves in their neck. I'm a firm believer in chiropractic care, especially for this sort of thing. I was ice skating once and got nailed from behind, had both feet taken out from under me and when I fell, the back of my head hit the ice and bounced off it at least once or twice giving me a loooovely case of whiplash. I had numbness in my right arm that gravitated to my fingers (a long time before I became cursed with carpal tunnel). I'd go to my chiro and it cleared it right up. Bottom line though: if this is a recurring thing, go get it properly diagnosed and take it from there. As was mentioned in the Cubital Tunnel thread, permanent nerve damage can occur if treatment isn't begun soon enough.
  2. quote: Originally posted by: Soundboot I'm sure the computer mouse is more responsible for my problem than the violin. I wish my situation were more easily explained. I'm a right-handed mouser and got hit with carpal tunnel in my LEFT hand. I've always had a perfect ergonomic set up at my work station and though the one at home is hideous, I don't type much there. Seems the conclusion to why/where in my case goes back to having small bones, lousy tendons and of the age to join AARP.
  3. quote: Originally posted by: Erika Really makes you admire all those WB studio players! Actually, for decades I've been in total awe and respect of the entire group of people from Warner Brothers that came up with the concepts, the characters, the art work, the voices, the story lines, just about everything from those cartoons. When you consider that the bulk of the cartoons are 50 years old (more or less) it's amazing how sophisticated they are from start to finish, especially with the inclusion of so much classical music. OT a bit, but my father adores Foghorn Leghorn. He's 76, STILL quotes sayings from Foghorn cartoons and it still cracks me up!
  4. quote: What or who brought you to love classical music? The cultured and refined gentlemen below: [/b]
  5. Carpal tunnel, yes. Cubital tunnel, no. However my line of work surrounds me with both. I'm assuming you've been to an orthopedist to have come up with the diagnosis. IMHO do everything, try everything (and I mean everything) conservative, alternative medicine, whatever, but run from surgery until it becomes absolutely necessary. Orthopods are in entirely too much of a hurry to "put you out of your discomfort" while lining their pockets at the same time. Both carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel (aka: ulnar nerve) surgeries are nothing to mess with, too easily go wrong and often leave the patient in worse shape than they started because of scar tissue. But I'll admit I'm very jaded on this topic. I'm not a doctor, but rest is the primary and best form of treatment for ulnar nerve damage. Is it safe to assume it's your right elbow?
  6. Anything with an ear-splitting soprano running through what sounds like scale exercises over and over and over and ooooover! Sorry, just can't handle opera!!
  7. With you being in Florida, ring up George Behary at Loxahatchee Vintage Strings and check out the Scott Cao violins. I can't speak for these KCC violins, but I've had a Scott Cao for 9 years and LOVE it. George has the best prices on Scott's instruments. Have a look at Scott's instruments at George's web site. I found out myself that teachers have their own biases and preferences when it comes to instruments. Don't let that sway you into something you may not be happy with. Be sure to check out several instruments before you buy one. You will be playing it not your teacher, so you should be making the decision on which instrument feels right. Certainly after you narrow down your choices, have your teacher or another advanced violinist play it and get their feedback. Only having been playing 3 months, you'll have an easier time making a decision with some external feedback, particularly with notes in higher positions that you aren't at now, but will be eventually.
  8. It's one of the concerti from Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico, though it escapes me which one!.
  9. To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies: quote: "It's an egg. Hold it like it's an egg." It's really that simple. You know how to hold the bow as far as the bow hold. You just need to be firm but gentle with it. If you doubt this in any way, go to your kitchen, get an egg out of the fridge and try keeping it intact with your current bow holding death grip. Messy, huh?
  10. I've been hooked on Zyex strings since they first came out. Or rather, my violin is hooked on them. I used them exclusively then got caught up in all the hoopla about other brands of strings, so I've tried several others. My violin simply doesn't sound worth a hoot with any other strings. I do use the Kaplan Solutions E string because the Zyex E always was a bit shrill to my ear. Strings are like designer shoes: what fits one person's feet won't fit another's feet even if they are the same size shoe for the same sized feet. Ask my poor husband who lives with my 200 pair of them!
  11. quote: Originally posted by: nickia Should I talk to the teacher Absolutely. It's her call. She's the "boss" so she may well want you to sit for the one piece and be very fine with that. Or she may want you to skip the concert. Ask the teacher. There's no sense in panicking about it.
  12. quote: Originally posted by: DR. S Maybe not the saddest, but perhaps "moving" - Dan Fogelberg, "Leader of the Band" always gets to me. I'm a sucker for his music. Not even sure why, there is nothing about it that I can really relate to in my life, it just does. Wow! Flashback! Knowing that he wrote it about his father is the reason it gets to me.
  13. quote: Originally posted by: Shirl And, as they say, "Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." And that, my friends, pretty well sums it up! Thanks Shirl!
  14. Backatcha, Mike! Cassi is sweet, but let's face it only people that aren't 50 (or more) think it's not old! Excuse me now. I need to run to the store for some Ben Gay, Aleve, ginseng, Maalox, a new heating pad, a couple of boxes of Icy Hot and two new braces for my wrists. I'll pick up my new reading glasses and wrinkle cream tomorrow.
  15. quote: Originally posted by: longrifles Yes, yes, that's all very well. But darnit! Would you please tell me where I put my car keys???????? I think I saw them in the here after.
  16. Aw shucks. Ya'll are embarrassing me! Yes Ms. Cassi, GV is really gray! That happens in the here after when you're almost 51!! Yes Nurse Ratched, I know. Time for my medication......
  17. quote: Originally posted by: COB3 Gray violiner, you are a hoot-- and a major encouragement. :-) I have a longish white/gray beard, so I can empathize-- s'cuse me--now MY nurse is here.... Thanks Chet, but I have to confess now (drat it all!) That's really not me. She's much better looking than I am. Here's the real GV, but I refuse to confess to how much gray is under that L'Oreal Excellence Dark Golden Blonde!
  18. So if I change my name to Minnie Mouse, then I can play like Hilary Hahn? Can you tell it's Friday?
  19. Why Yuen, this is me, of course! At least it's the picture them youngin's keep painting of we violin playing senile senior citizens here. Excuse me now, must hobble along. My nurse is here to give me my medications.
  20. Aye? Did you say something, Honey? I swear between my failing eyesight, failing hearing, failing reflex and all the brain cells everyone keeps telling me I'm losing. Well shoot! What was the question???
  21. quote: Originally posted by: KOF Old people just learning will never be as good as young people because they have fewer brain cells and reflexes, and smarts Spring break Lauderdale?
  22. Click away and it's yours for the nominal fee of $12.95 (plus S&H) Sheet Music for Schindler's List
  23. quote: Originally posted by: allegro Adoration by Felix Borowski (edited by George Perlman) . That's my teacher's favorite. She uses that piece to test drive violins that her students are checking out. She'll play that on every violin and makes her decision from there. Several years ago she finally let me have a go at it. I really like it too, but my "Adoration" is still Meditation from Thais.
  24. Albinoni Adagio in G Minor. Geez, it's hard to play when your mascara is running into your eyes! The other is simply due to a connection I made to the music: La Cinquantaine by Marie. I hadn't been playing very long at that time and it was nearing our recital. Twenty-two years prior, my grandfather died just before my grandparent's 50th anniversary. Around a month before the recital, my grandmother died. One of my consolations after her death was knowing my grandparents were finally together and could finally celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. This was the inspiration I felt when I played La Cinquantaine (loosely translated to mean the 50th) and its nickname was The Golden Wedding. I HATE playing solos, but it was almost like my grandparents were right there with me during the song because I had never (and haven't since) played a solo with such confident passion. It was a gift to them. After the recital my teacher was stunned at how well I had played because she hadn't heard that come out of me before. Even her husband commented that he'd never heard me play with such passion. Long story, short song but it still gets to me when I play or hear it (in a good way that is).
  25. I'm sure it's more what it signifies than the music itself, but hands down: Theme From 'Schindler's List' with Itzhak Perlman at the helm. I canNOT hear that without crying. The Elgar Cello Concerto gets to me for similar reasons. Everytime I hear it, I see the scene in Hilary and Jackie where Jacqueline du Pre (Emily Watson) has deteriorated from her MS and is in her wheelchair listening to a recording of herself playing the Elgar. Then she hits the arm of the record player, the music hits a crescendo and she breaks down crying. Every time that plays on the classical station I listen to, I'm a gonner! Holy cow! Somebody write a "happy thread" or get me a tissue!!!
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