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  1. Hey fellow maestronet peoples! Haven't been here for awhile. School. Sightreading is always an issue for me at auditions thats why I do bad on them. Any tips for sightreading besides the usual observations of time signatures, key signatures, dynamics, slurs, and note values? thankz alot! Vanessa
  2. Floridians : FIU honors Middle School and High School will be playing at 3:00 and 7:00 pm on the 20th of may. some of the pieces that will be played are: Marche Slav Brahms 4th symphony Siboney and more i cant think of it now
  3. My teacher calls it a "ringtone". It also helps determine if you are playing your A (in different positions, including 1st) in tune. It produces a type of "echo" when you play the note in tune. It kind of words when you are playing the g on d string, d on a string, ect... That came in handy when I first started Violin and couldn't play in tune with my 4th finger. That was awhile ago.
  4. I am having a simular problem with the E.Ps. They are great strings but do seem to unravel alot near the pegbox (mostly a string, but the d string does too). This scares me as the same thing was happening to my friend and her strings popped in her face while tuning. I do lubricate the nut grooves with #2 pencil. Ugh. But the strings never actually got to the point where they are going to pop. I change them before that. Usually about every 4 months i change strings.
  5. Sound Not Heard Since 1792--Until Now By Cathryn Conroy, CompuServe News Editor In the 1960s, musicologists found something in the papers of Ludwig van Beethoven that puzzled them: a sketch of a single movement from an oboe concerto they had never before heard. What makes this mystery even more tantalizing is that this is the only oboe concerto Beethoven ever composed. The Associated Press reports that two Beethoven enthusiasts from The Netherlands have pieced together the musical clues, put them into 18th-century orchestral context, and reconstructed the second movement with full orchestration. It was performed in what was billed as a "world premiere" on Saturday night in Rotterdam by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. We say "world premiere" in quotes because the Oboe Concerto in F Major was performed at least once before some 210 years ago. "Premieres happen all the time. But a Beethoven piece that's never been heard?" Conrad van Alphen, conductor of the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, said to AP. "To have a Beethoven premiere is really special." The piece--called the Largo movement--was just eight minutes long and was played without fanfare as part of a larger concert that featured works by Mozart and Bach. AP reports that the movement was written in 1792 when Beethoven was 22 years old, which was still several years before he officially announced himself as a composer with his Opus No. 1. This oboe concerto was written as an exercise when he was still very much influenced by Mozart and his teacher, Franz Josef Haydn. The only known copy of the concerto disappeared in the 1840s from a Vienna publishing house, but its existence was confirmed in 1935 when researchers found letters written by Haydn and Beethoven's sponsor. cool
  6. Today I, along with my fellow classmates in advenced orchestra, and intermediate orchestra went to the F.O.A 16 Music Performance Assesment and played 3 piesces (my group played Eine Kleine NAchtmusik 1st mvt-Mozart, Danse Macabre Saint-Saens,and Capricio Espagnola... I forgot who composed that one. We played in front of 3 judges and like a whole bunch of middle schools. When we were boarding the bus back to school the director told us to be quiet and he showed us this plaque thing that said ....... SUPERIOR! Yay I am proud because not much schools got superior and all of our hard work payed off. It was a fun experience for me.
  7. If you don't find the answer and/or solution to your question, I'll go look for my book 4. It's been awhile since I was working on it.
  8. copy -n- paste the link instead of clicking. looks nice, I'm not an expert so I couldn't say more than that! http://violini.tripod.com/76c.jpg
  9. I just had a recent audition (went well. only 40 out of 300 students could go) with my school's magnet orchestra to go to the All-American Music Festival on April 19th and we are going there by coach bus. Now here's my concern... The instruments will be kept in the storage section of the bus, on the bottom like on all coach busses. It gets pretty hot in Orlando, and the instruments will be in thick cases with no ventilation at all in the storage on the bus. They will be there the whole 1st day, after we check in and go to Islands of Adventure. I hear that instruments are very sensative to heat, and hide glue can melt which causes seams to open. My instrument is not very valuable but I like it and I do not want to have it mutilated by heat by the time my orchestra plays. So now, after all the explanation, is the question. Will heat most likely be a problem. After all, my classmates did think I was psycho (think of lots of chidren saying hahahaha your violin wont melt and laughing) when I asked the teacher. He didn't think it would be a problem. I do.
  10. Pirastro Obligato (and sometimes Oliv)
  11. Its that time of the year again when the new session of South Florida Youth Symphony and I want to audition I already filled out the form and selected a solo. I have some questions that are bothering me and I'm wondering if anyone can answer them. 1. What do the people who are listening to you (like judges) looking for in your playing? 2. Based on what factors (like technique) do the lets say, judges select students on? If anyone can answer these, I would greatly appreciate it! I am nervous, and usually aren't ever nervous. Spanks
  12. Well Miami Music Works rents violins, I do not know about cellos. You can call them at 305-256-1655. They are generally overpriced. The violin shop that I usually go to is called Duffy's Rare Violins Inc. (they have cellos, but I do not know if they rent cellos) you can try calling them at 305-443-0814.
  13. KEWL I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. I haven't really had trouble with the A, that is when I used to use them. The only thing I did not like about the A is that it sounded to metallic.
  15. The Zyex strings for violin are "rubbery." You sure they're not that way for viola?
  16. This is the second day of Solo/Ensemble, and there is still yet another day to go. I got some really great comments, but I'll post them later.
  17. Solo/Ensemble Compitition was today for students in Dade-County schools. It was OK. I played the Unabridged version of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, with a violin 2.
  18. Are you using a thick gauged g ? ... They seem to need more pressure to get going.
  19. My first instrument was a 1/8 size violin, and I think it was a Chinese Oxford, with case, bow and retarted rosin
  20. They come in different gauges, or thicknesses. The thin, or weich which has a softer sound, and best response. Then there's middle, or mittel which is probably the most popular, that is between the weich and the stark. The stark, or thick, has more tension. In general, a thicker than normal string will require more tension in order to bring it up to pitch. This increase in tension will produce more volume and sometimes a fuller sound but with a slower response. A thinner string requires less tension and will give a faster response, but with less volume and a thinner, slightly more focused sound. A violin may need a thicker string to give it more "punch" or power, or more fullness of sound. Yet on other instruments, those thick strings will choke the sound and make it unresponsive and dull. On the other hand, a thinner string might help an instrument with a dull, unfocused, fuzzy sound but might sound shrill and thin on others. Vanessa
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