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Carl Stross

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  1. 1. I really don't think so. There are far more accurate methods. 2. I don't think "amazing precision" applies there. Or the standard is very low. 3. I get that but I submit it might depend on the maker/rsearcher.... 4. Sure. To each it's own. 5. Are you a professional player ? 6. Sure.
  2. I see. You believe "the secret of Stardivarius" is a better graphic equalizer. That's downright stupid.
  3. No amount of bridge tapping will ever "describe the instrument fully". This is a grossly incompetent statement from a technical pov .
  4. You lost me here. Lots of violins sound alike with or without similar graphs.
  5. Not by far enough info in a "sound graph" to tell if a violin is good or bad besides some vague idea of it's frequency response curve. It is perfectly possible to have two violins sounding completely different but with identical "graphs". The sound of a violin has characteristics which can not be revealed by a "graph". And some of those are exactly the ones a top player is sensitive to. Bottom line is that a graphic equalizer with however many bands will not convert bad violins into the Soil Strad and it is incredibly easy to actually prove this one to the satisfaction of any enthusiast.
  6. That would rather be the norm, I think. Good point ! Nonetheless, I have to suppose the author agreed with the review. Reminds me of the countless "explanations" from Woodhouse, all of them pretty useless.
  7. From Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Soundpost-Violin-John-Ph-d-Mclennan/dp/1543403107 "This book dispels the mystery that the position of the sound post in determining the sound quality of the violin is critical." This tells me all I need to know about his ability to discriminate sound quality...............
  8. Didn't imply that and surely hope not. In 20k hours of practice you've learned so many wrong things, you're beyond repair. But I have a feeling you'll do fine, you just need a bit of courage...
  9. 1. That's why they used to be the secret weapon of some violin teachers. They're not intimidating, they demand accuracy and they anchor interpretation in a classical pattern - an absolutely invaluable feature. A Haendel Sonata immediately tells you if the player understands how (classical) violin playing works or if he's just a moron with 20k hours of practice under his belt. 2. You should play through it more than once or twice but don't "practice" it. Once you exceed 16hours/day and feel the need to measure the length of the bow strokes with a digital caliper you'll need to dial back some...
  10. I'm sure. That's how FFT works. Those "patterns" are missing important details. But this is not a subject I like to elaborate. And anyway, not much can be gathered from an FFT. It's simply the wrong tool for the problem.
  11. Of course. The chain curve from which catenary arches are generated. It's simple to apply, it is perfect if the material has constant density and all these while the maths intricacies required to find the curve and prove from first priniciples it does what's believed to do are very difficult.
  12. I am genuinely sorry to have to say this but the above is a very bad piece of advice. It doesn't mean it is not exactly what I did in my time.
  13. Haendel's 3rd Sonata, 1st Movement Adagio. https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/c/ca/IMSLP648077-PMLP1039679-Han_VS_1_Han-Sitt_vol_1_vl.pdf You should keep up the pace there : their slow movements where faster than ours and their fast movements, slower. And try stay as much as possible in 3rd position to keep some tension in the tone - you don't want to sound deflated. Give it a try : because you are returning to violin after some (10?) years you have a fair opportunity to get the basics right. I would not waste it...
  14. Two violins can gave identical "patterns of activity" and still sound completely different.
  15. Engineering technologies are PACKED with simple rules of thumb which, while seemingly unrelated to reality work wonderfully and (would) require a couple of PhD's in Mathematics to be placed on solid theoretical grounds. Once the rule of thumb is lost all we have left is the data approach.
  16. Well, if I chose "his" I probably meant "his". And don't worry about practicing the H 1st Mov. - I am curious how it sounds w/out practice. One of the most efficient ways is to copy a good player. The best example in my opinion would be Szeryng. Plenty stuff with him o YT . Watch and copy his everything, in particular his high elbow : Szeryng has perfect right hand action. Tension in the left hand can come ( often does ) from a violin with a bad set-up. Good luthier can fix that.
  17. AND they've done away with the New Makers and the Violin Mongers as one can replicate one's Strad....
  18. 1. I'm afraid I do not follow - I am sure there are women with 2-3 decades of (teaching ) experience, myself know quite a few. Could you please clarify ? 2. I really can't come up with any worthwhile advice w/out having some idea where you are technically at this very moment. Learning violin EATS time and you want to 1) Make progress and 2) NOT cement wrong habits. If for example the action of your 1st finger is defective that will take some time and attention to fix. However, be that the 4th finger, we're looking at at least 6 months. Also, how much time can you put aside for practice daily ? 1 hour ? Not nearly enough. 10 hours ? The sky's the limit then. Best would be if you could record the 1st Mov of Haendel's 1st Sonata exactly as it comes out at this very moment and PM it to me. A video would be even better. Then, I can give you some properly informed advice. <<<As a young adult, I studied under a local university professor and made immense progress with him>>> What is immense progress ??
  19. Without some sample of your present day playing any advice would be a complete shot in the dark. It would take me pages to properly explain why. At your presumed technical level the "golden rule" used to be Haendel 3rd Sonata or/and Mozart's G Major 1st Mov. w/o the Cadenza. A lot of people can play some major c/to badly. Very few people can make decent work from the suggestions above. You need to work out a convenient relation between quality and quantity. You also need to decide if you learn your technique on the actual piece or through specialized etudes. ( Read this one carefully !) A good, experienced teacher with 2-3 DECADES of teaching under his belt will sort out these things for you in no time. Wish you good luck finding one. Worth every penny.
  20. 1. It's not the "basic point" . It's the wishful thinking and the word salad. 2. What does that MEAN ? Beginners take a ( long ) while to be able to tune the violin and an even longer while figure out is not in tune. It takes 2-3 years for a beginner to tell a violin is better than another short of the case the former is an atrocious plank. 3. Early on, probably not. Later, opinion is very divided on that one. The fact there are excellent players who make for bad teachers means nothing. 4. I strongly disagree with that if what you meant is thinking how to do fancy, artistically informed things on the violin. 5. That's the problem. She does not make the point. She just says stuff. There is quite a walk from that to her making a point. In the end we all know a better instruments allows for more possibilities in expression. Would be nice if somebody would take the trouble to actually demonstrate it instead of all that vague prose.
  21. That's not how she presents herself : "my nine years of violin instruction before college, four years in college, two years in graduate school, years of performing in dozens of orchestras, solo recitals, not to mention literally thousands of hours in the practice room – none of it taught me what a good violin has taught me." ( apparently tuning wasn't one of those...) I don't want to hog the thread with what's pretty irrelevant but if you take the time and read her article critically you'll find a lot of holes in it. To put it mildly.
  22. I do not find it a good article AT ALL. Just a combination of wishful thinking and pretentious word salad. Here's the pudding :
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