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  1. quote: Originally posted by phantom: The debate is pointless now. HKV has been banned from this forum. If only.....
  2. quote: Originally posted by aamtnbike: VIOLIN IS HARD. aaron I'll second that vote, but to continue the "debate," what I'm reading is that slow passages are far less forgiving of errors in intonation and tone production to the listener's ear than are rapid passages. Personally, I'll take slow any day because I'm too OLD to make my fingers fly beyond a certain tempo, but I can toss emotion into a piece all day long. I think that's something that comes with age, though I've no doubt I'll be disputed on that opinion.
  3. quote: Originally posted by HuangKaiVun: But not everybody is that fortunate to have a "Music in the Heart" school system. You've missed my point entirely. IF there were programs in the schools more kids would have the opportunity to learn the violin. The original question of this post was "How Come" there aren't more string programs, not that a private teacher is available (paid or charity lessons). Misplaced priorities in our society.
  4. I ordered one of the store front last weekend. Thanks!
  5. This was Pre-September 11 (funny/sad how our lives are measured by that date now!). I went to a music camp in Canada (flying from NC) and flew USAir. At least at that time, the airline was incredibly considerate of traveling musicians. I called prior to leaving and was told that when they call for boarding of children, elderly, and disabled passengers, that I should board then so I could get first choice of the overhead! In theory it worked, but the last leg of my flight home was crowded and I had to keep a sharp eye on who used the overhead AFTER me or my violin would have ridden under this big jock's "carry-on." Yes, I asked to put the case on top of his garment bag.
  6. quote: Originally posted by Lane: Hey Grey, you must be here in NC. I did mearle fest last year. Good event. Cannot make it this year. Great lineup for this show. Saw Doc and Richard with David Holt last week in Hamlet. Excellent show. LP Guilty Actually I used to live in Deep Gap (Doc's home 'town') and frequented his local performances when Merle was still alive. I've been in the Piedmont near Charlotte the past 12 years so I really miss all the local bluegrass festivals that were only a few minutes from home at that time. I've hit up the husband for two tickets for the Saturday Watson stage performances this year. I'd love to see Doc again!
  7. quote: Originally posted by HuangKaiVun: Cutting string programs in schools forces students into the hands of private teachers like ME. That's fine for the kids of those parents that have the money for private instruction, sheet music, instruments, etc., but a perfect example of why violin should be in the schools can be found in NYC. Not only are the kids of Harlem benefitting from the Opus 118 program, but the human whirlwind who founded the program is also a "school taught" violinist. Probably everyone on this board saw Music Of The Heart, but have a look at Small Wonders, the documentary on which it was based. That alone should be enough to inspire string programs in every school in the country. Sorry, I'm preaching and its only 7:50AM!
  8. I agree with Andy: get a good teacher. I mostly started playing (at 39) as a fluke. I'd love to say I had a burning desire all my life to play, but that just wasn't the case. At any rate, after I got my first violin, I started looking for a teacher and found my musical guardian angel. She's taken me from not even reading music to playing in our community string orchestra. The violin has also led me into the local music club and other music organizations along with finding a new group of friends. This was almost eight years ago and I can't imagine my life without my violin. I owe a huge debt to my teacher for bringing out the latent musician in me. So go forth and find your own musical guardian angel.
  9. Check it out. http://204.84.96.72/HomePage.htm
  10. This is an incredible lineup of talent this year! http://204.84.96.72/HomePage.htm I wish I wasn't broke
  11. quote: Originally posted by LongHair: I thought that it went by who could drink the most whisky and still play "twinkle". I believe that only applies to the viola section
  12. Check out Chris Daring. http://www.texasfiddling.com/ She's great! She used to do video fiddle lessons where you videotape yourself, send her the tape, she critiques it, sends back a new tape with new songs and so on. I tried it for a while, but having to borrow the camcorder from my office got to be a hassle and I'm too cheap to buy my own , so that ended my Texas Fiddlin' lessons! But check her site.
  13. quote: Originally posted by Yojimbo: Just a note Grey Violiner - as I understand it Inderal does not calm you down. True, wrong choice of words, oops! But the end result is actually "calming." When all the physiological sensations are less bothersome, you become mentally less nervous. I've known people who have used Inderal and this is how its been described. I think I'll stick to bananas and pass off my bouncing bow as a really fine example of spiccato work [This message has been edited by Gray Violiner (edited 03-25-2002).]
  14. quote: Originally posted by gleam: a lot of people on the pegbox suggested inderal, has anyone here used it before? Nerves or not,I'm totally against drugs to calm you down. It seems to me to defeat the purpose of why we make music. I'm personally not opposed to ingesting a few bananas and some whole wheat bread to neutralize the adrenaline before important solos though. Whether or not it works, who knows, but it certainly isn't harmful. There really is no one solution. Everyone has to figure this one out for themselves.....or play in a group!
  15. quote: Originally posted by shetland: ..or vodka, for musicians north of the mason-dixon line. Or moonshine if you are WAY south of the Mason-Dixon Line! And I'm a born and bred Southerner, so I'm allowed to disparage the South [This message has been edited by Gray Violiner (edited 03-25-2002).]
  16. quote: Originally posted by MrWoof: I think in some ways the strings are much easier than winds. With strings you never have to master the breath control which is a requirement of all winds. Oh, I dunno. It's a bit tough to play violin and hold your breath at the same time Not to mention that you have to play with both your arms in the air! But as to the original topic, yes as said above, be grateful for even having a string program in your school district. It's a real novelty around here, though those of us who do play actively in the community and are involved in the various arts/music organizations are pushing hard for that to change.
  17. quote: Originally posted by Daniel_the violist: Oh...That hurts. As the violin student of two different accomplished violists and being a wannabe violist myself (and can't figure out alto clef ) JUST KIDDING [This message has been edited by Gray Violiner (edited 03-25-2002).]
  18. I LOVE Limerock! In fact, at that performance I mentioned, he had a violist from a nearby symphony accompany him on some of the 'new' things, but at the end of the concert, they played Limerock. Mark's opening comment: "to those of you who thought a violist can't fiddle, well hang on to your seats." They proceeded to rip into a terrifically rowdy version that was as great as when he and Rachel Barton played it at his 1998 camp. I hope he and Rachel reprise that performance this summer. I am going to be there in June [This message has been edited by Gray Violiner (edited 03-22-2002).]
  19. I've been away for a while, so I'm curious about getting an update on the infamous "A Dean." I haven't seen his/her name in any of the boards. You "old timers" will remember this person, I've no doubt. "He" was sort of like putting too much pepper in your chili: spicy but eventually gives you really BAD heartburn
  20. quote: Originally posted by SteveK: That's so true, Violiner. He has no "prima donna" about him at all, and I never suspected the tragic circumstances that belied his unpretentious demeanor. I think that's why I was so floored by this recent revelation. His background really has led him to a most unusual path - fiddler turned classical composer. I can't think of anyone else in the classical tradition who came from so far outside the classical mainstream. Certainly many classically trained violinists have dabbled in, even mastered, fiddling - that's not uncommon at all. But, the other way 'round - unheard of! Steve What's funny is when you go to his concerts these days, you will see people strolling in expecting the "old Mark" style of playing and their jaws drop (amazement or disappointment, I'm never sure!) when he goes into his "new repertoire." He came to our dinky little town a year or so ago to do one of the community outreach type concerts he enjoys, so it was in a small, intimate auditorium. I got such a kick out of watching the crowd that night and listening to the audience before and after the concert. Me? I love both his "genres" since I'm a dyed in the wool hillbilly and proud of it, but a classically trained violinist who equally loves anything classical. Now if *I* could only learn to fiddle.....
  21. I also knew little snippets of Mark O's past, but when I received that letter from his listserve, it completely explained how he continues to be a basically humble "celebrity" and seemingly like a kid in a candy store when you read his other letters about hanging out with presidents, major violinists, cellists, (yeah, you guys know who I mean!). It's one of the things about Mark that I find endearing, that he can be that gifted, but that modest about it all. It definitely was a horrible childhood/adolescence, but it has kept him accessible to "regular" people. If any of you have been to his fiddle camps, you have likely been struck by that right from the first day.
  22. quote: Originally posted by g#maj: I don't know what's unethical about naming something Italian. Junk instruments are made everywhere, and yet I sense a disposition to slam Chinese instruments particularly, as if all of them -- from low to high grade -- are a waste of wood and glue. If someone wants to pay a premium for an Italian name, s/he'll pay for it. That's marketing. Think of some of the many stupid names automakers come up with. There was a time when "Made in Japan" provoked derisive laughter among many Americans. That wasn't too long ago (60s). Then came quality cars, motorcycles, TVs, radios, you name it. The laughter stopped and, at various times, trade restrictions followed. I wonder if something like that will happen with Chinese violins. [This message has been edited by g#maj (edited 03-12-2002).] Amen and let's hope that people will continue to learn to judge an instrument by its merits, not it's nationality! I convinced my teacher that "Italian violins" were not the end all be all when I handed her my CHINESE WORKSHOP violin, didn't tell her what it was until after she played it. She promptly dropped her jaw, her preconceived notions of "Chinese violins" and has nothing but good to say about mine. [This message has been edited by Gray Violiner (edited 03-19-2002).]
  23. Twenty three old? Since when?? I started at 39. Talk about a challenge! But I'm still at it 7+ years later, so 23 looks like an easy go of it. No duets with Perlman anytime soon, but if you do it for fun? Hey, isn't that why we SHOULD make music?
  24. I went to Mark's camp this summer and spent a lot of time talking to him and watching him teach and perform. I've also seen him live (up very close) on two occasions. Mark is a very humble gentleman who graciously accepts the talent he has. I can't imagine something like this being set up. I have seen Mark pick up another person's instrument and perform on it as though it was his own, though. At one of the camp's evening concerts, Buddy Spicher's band was playing. Buddy called Mark to jam with them, but Mark didn't have his violin. Buddie's other fiddler loaned Mark his violin. After a few minutes of warming up, Mark was improvising and hanging in there with Buddy on music he hadn't played and on an instrument & bow he was just handed. Seems wierd to have three strings break in a performance, but who kn|ows, stranger things have happened.....
  25. Bill: Where in NC are you? I've been wanting to double my torture and take fiddle lessons along with my classical studies. Maybe doing fiddle in the summers when my classical teacher is basically off. You can e-mail me at vyolin@aol.com or post here. Look forward to hearing from a fellow Tar Heel
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