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  1. quote: Originally posted by: SteveLaBonne Got tired of the political stuff on SA (frankly I can't even think about our Fearless Leader anymore without wanting to spit, let alone discuss him calmly with those who still insist on being dupes) I feel your pain, Brother Steve!
  2. quote: Originally posted by: crazy jane Oh, here's another idea: get him an amp and a pickup (or just an electric violin). That did the trick for my brother, the reluctant high school violinist. Good idea Jane, but let's take it a step further: Actually, Mommiedearest all kidding aside, it might be a compromise to go the electric route. Check out Mark's website: MARK WOOD: ELECTRIC VIOLINIST I've met Mark at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps. He's a really great guy and very much pro-music education and doesn't just talk the talk. Read more at his website.
  3. quote: Originally posted by: SteveLaBonne Why mess with ebay "bargains"? Because if you know what you are looking at and the seller doesn't, you can score a righteous deal. I purchased a Scott Cao viola model STA017 on eBay (with case and decent bow included) for a whopping $125! My luthier nearly fainted after he looked at it, pronounced it a great viola and then heard the price. :-) PS-Hey Steve! Long time, no SA.
  4. Pushing a teenager into anything (whether they secretly want to do it or if they loathe it) is the surest way to ensure that they will balk in some form or fashion. Speaking as someone that quit the flute at age 10 because my mother "made" me practice, I know how that one works all too well. Your son is at the age where you must respect his goals for his future as much as focusing on your plans for him. Kids this age are difficult, irritable, and rebellious no matter what the topic and no matter how good a kid they are. I have a nearly 20 year old daughter to back up that statement with first hand experience. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth when they come home with black nail polish, pink hair and just be grateful that they aren't getting into serious trouble. My mother also tried to force me to work to my potential in school by bribing me with money for making A's. Didn't work any more than "making" me practice. In the case of both my schoolwork and my musical life, it wasn't until I discovered for myself what I wanted that I took things seriously. It was high school for my grades and age THIRTY-NINE for the violin. I can totally empathize with you wanting to guide your son into something you feel is more positive for him, but I can equally guarantee that at his age he's feeling backed into a corner by your dreams/plans, his peers and his own confused feelings. Regarding your comment that he's not a talker, he's a teenager. It comes with the territory. They may not talk, but they will listen if given the opportunity. Share your concerns with your son, tell him your reasons for wanting him to play in the orchestra, ask him what he thinks would be a good compromise if he were the parent. The greatest gift any parent can give to their children is to empower them to make positive decisions and to sincerely support their goals in life.
  5. My teacher said her dream job was always to play in an orchestra recording music for movies and such. Think of all the movies that are so completely evolved because of the soundtracks and theme songs. She never had aspirations to be a soloist (though she certainly has the chops to do so), but I thought that was a cool way to make a decent living playing the violin without all the usual orchestral dramas. How many of us hear a piece of music and our minds immediately go to a movie we have seen?
  6. quote: Am I a pro? Of course I am. Tell me I'm not and I might just punch you in the nose. How many of Guta's requirements can I fulfill, right now, this instant? I'll keep that my secret. Hee hee. You go girl! You said everything I've been thinking after reading Guta's post but was too annoyed to post a reply.
  7. quote: Yo-Yo Ma sometimes does that as well. I had heard that about him. He's another person that I admire for his love of making music as much as I love his playing.
  8. quote: Originally posted by: fiddlecollector Steven is a fabulous cellist,hes also extremely modest and doesnt make a point of claiming all the limelight, no matter where or who hes performing with. He does an awful lot of work with young people in the UK and regularly attends summer workshops, hes a regular at one near where i live. I don,t think theres another high profile player who is so down to earth as he is. I just received a reply from the orchestra personnel director about his "encore" as to whether it was planned or rehearsed. She said he just asked to sit in with the orchestra (with no rehearsal). How cool is that? How many musicians at his level would just join with the band? Isserlis is clearly a person that absolutely loves making music.
  9. quote: Originally posted by: Erika Hi GV. Clearly not a Brit here, but I'm jealous. I really admire Isserlis and he has never performed in Indy. He was wonderful! He played on his Strad fitted with gut strings. I was surprised Charlotte managed to nab him. Supposedly this was his only US performance, though Lipo mentions he was in MN recently. We have been totally spoiled this season. Last Saturday we saw Hilary Hahn. I upgraded our usual seats (good ones, but I wanted to be close enough to see her BREATHE!) and we were only 25 feet from her. I could even see the color of her toenail polish! It was sickening enough that she plays like she does looking like an angel, but do that in THREE INCH STILLETOS? It should be against the law! We hung around for the autograph session and I shook her hand. To be such a little thing, she's got quite a vice grip of a handshake!! I've developed carpal tunnel recently and my fingers in my hand have been numb for four months. I had a cortisone shot earlier this month that didn't seem to be working. The day after the concert the feeling was back into my hand. Must have been Hilary's magic touch. ;-)
  10. Originally posted by: zebedee quote: Hi GV - you know me by another name in another place (hint - I'm exactly a year younger than you, give or take a day). Hmm, you'll have to PM me. I have an idea but frankly, I'm stumped!! quote: I think he's wonderful, but do I interpret your post as meaning you didn't like his "encore"? No, no! Not at all!!! I LOVED it!! The concert was an all Dvorak progam. Steven played the cello concerto for the first half of the concert. The Dvorak 7th Symphony was programmed for the second half of the concert. As the musicians were coming out during intermission to set up for the 7th, Steven Isserlis strolls in with the other cellists and sits in the back row, third chair next to one of the violists (a gent I took lessons from one summer actually). It was as casual as if he were one of the CSO cellists. I just cracked up because clearly, not that many people were paying much attention. Folks were just chatting as they will during intermission. Steven played the entire 7th symphony right along with the orchestra. No pomp or circumstance or any attention brought to him. The only thing odd was that Christof Perick obviously said something about it to the orchestra before they began playing as there was this very audible giggling from the orchestra. I dont' know if it was Steven's presence or if the CSO was in particularly great form on Saturday, but it was FABULOUS!!
  11. While I'm addressing this to folks in the UK (since that's where Isserlis is from), I'm curious if anyone else has seen this gentleman perform. He performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony this weekend and did an interesting "encore."
  12. They say if one doesn't like what's on television, turn the television off. The same rule applies to other electronic devices.
  13. quote: Originally posted by: firstup I'm learning vibrato and if i place the scroll against the wall it's pretty good, the minute i try it free, it's a dud. How can i free from the wall? Practice, practice, practice. ;-) That's very normal for beginning vibrato. You just have to be patient, work at it and relax. It will come in time (usually too much time, but that's the violin!).
  14. The link is in my post. You just click the title.
  15. Yo Yo Ma Named U.N. Peace Ambassador I think this is awesome. It's about time someone in the classical world was recognized this way and Yo Yo Ma is an excellent selection.
  16. quote: Originally posted by: lioness The fairytale ending is true. What more can you ask for? For me? Nothing more! ;-) The one discrepancy between Small Wonders and MOTH that I still giggle about when I see it is the finale group performance of the Bach Double. In Small Wonders, poor Mark O'Connor was still thick into his fiddling music so you could actually see him struggling with the piece (*gasp* Mark O, struggling?? Heaven forbid!). In the finale scene in MOTH, I made a point to watch him. Seems the boy had been practicing just a bit.
  17. You guys are too hard on Music of the Heart. I guess I'm biased because I saw Small Wonders and bought the video long before MOTH was filmed and was totally in awe with Roberta Guaspari and her program. MOTH follows the documentary very closely (with the usual Hollywood embellishments, of course) so if MOTH is considered sappy, you guys would crucify Small Wonders I guess.
  18. quote: Originally posted by: thom "The Competition" starring Richard Dreyfuss is good. And don't forget Amy Irving. I love that movie. I'm always impressed with any music flick done by actors that can actually play the instruments (even if a real musician is supplying what we hear). I read once that Amy Irving worked so hard on (faking) the Prokofiev that she kept a case of bloody knuckles. Ouch! The Piano? Yetch! I hated that movie! Did you ever see a flick you hated so much that you forgot WHY you hated it? That's The Piano for me! Music of the Heart hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet. I love that one. Meryl Streep wanted to look as credible as possible playing Roberta Guaspari, so she took lessons with Roberta. I don't know that she's still at it, but I read somewhere that Meryl kept up her lessons after the filming ended. Of course if you want to get the real deal, see if you can scare up a copy of Small Wonders. That's the Oscar nominated documentary that Music of the Heart is (almost to the letter) based on.
  19. I've been at the violin for over 11 years. Every time I think I'm getting a handle on things, some other new thing gets tossed into the mix and I feel like a beginner all over again. Much like DutchViolins says, it's not a straight line up. The learning curve on the violin looks more like a roller coaster! The only thing I've found to give myself a reality check on my progress is to take a piece I learned several years ago, thought it was impossible to play at that time and play it again. Wow! Suddenly I see the progress I've made. Unfortunately some times it means going back to the Suzuki 3 book to get that sensation. But hey I started late, I'm 11 years older than I was when I got started and my body fights me every step of the way. That being said, I'll take a well played Suzuki 3 piece and consider myself successful!!
  20. Check these out! Mark Wood Violins
  21. Your problems with Dominants are some of the many reasons I do a 180 screaming when someone wants to sell me a set of them! It could be that your instrument simply does not like the Dominants. Try something else (like my personal favorite: Zyex in a light or medium) and see if you hear a difference. I certainly did when I tried them right after they were available several years ago. I've since tried several "gimme" sets of strings and my violin balks every time.
  22. quote: Originally posted by: pandora How about some Bartok? The violin duets are a hoot Definitely a hoot and half! My teacher and I did a whole book of them last summer during my lessons. It was a blast. Weird, atonal stuff in lots of cases, but sooooo fun!
  23. I had replied to your post, but it too disappeared. Gremlins? Anyway, check out www.markoconnor.com and click the sheet music tab. You can download the solo version of Appalachia Waltz for a whopping $4. It's not fiddle music if you've not heard it. It's a beautiful piece of music that I first heard played on a classical music station. Our string orchestra is working up the orchestral arrangement, but that's pretty easy compared to the solo version (can you say "doublestop, doublestop, doublestop?" )
  24. quote: Originally posted by: OleBull ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well I haven't heard of such teachers but I have had a couple of parents come on to me Not for our younger readers: Reginald Clews: Violinist to Stand Trial on Molest Charges
  25. quote: Originally posted by: OleBull Well, Grey Violiner, I was waiting for you to fall into that trap. Ole Bull, whom you obviously never heard of,] Keep waiting. I'm quite familiar with Ole Bull. I just chose to pick the alternate meaning for patently obvious reasons, though the violinist Bull's business acumen also had room for huge improvement.
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