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  1. As you have found out from the answers to your question, there are as many different opinions about these strings as there are responses because all strings sound different on different violins. The one thing that is probably true about Passiones is that they are more stable than the other gut strings on the market. After four or five days, they are about as stable as synthetics. But, they are expensive compared to synthetics. On my violin, they sound slightly better than Obligatos (the synthetic that works best for me) but the difference is probably not worth the extra $$.
  2. Generally, the first four orchestral suites are accepted as JS Bach's work. I have never heard of #5, which does not mean it is not a worthwhile piece of music. However, as far as I know, it is not attributed to JS Bach. I do not know who else might be the composer.
  3. Try imslp.com or the Werner Icking archive. They are free, and I have gotten at least the Passacaglia off of the Icking archive.
  4. Schubert's Sonata for Arpeggione has traditionally been the province of violists, cellists and guitarists. Recently, I took a look at it, and to my surprise, found that except for a few measures in the second movement and a couple of random notes here and there, the solo part is within the violin's range and the treble clef. I found a violin transcription of the piece on sheetmusicplus.com, and it simply transcribes the notes lower than the violin's range up an octave. Anyhow, it seems clear to me that the piece has been hijacked by these other instruments, and violinists should reclaim it as their own.
  5. Shimon - welcome back! We miss you.
  6. There is a good theory website: http://www.musictheory.net/index.html Have fun!
  7. All of those Es appear to be in sequences where you will be going higher on the E string. Therefore, I would opt for open E each time. Fourth finger makes most sense if the E is the highest note in your sequence.
  8. I have John Eliot Gardiner's set. His 7th is very good.
  9. My luthier recommends changing strings every 120 hours. While this may be a bit conservative, it works for me as a good rule of thumb. Your Obligatos should last at least that long.
  10. Pianist Glenn Gould used to soak arms and hands in warm water to "warm up" before playing. Doing that or using a heating pad might also help a violinist cut down on the warm up time.
  11. Hax - your best bet is to go to your luthier and ask for guidance. Strings sound different on different violins. While the suggested strings are good choices, there is no guarantee that any of them will acheive the sound you seek. Indeed, if this thread goes for long enough, you will probably get a plug for every major string. You need to go to someone with expertise, a luthier, who can hear your violin with its current strings. That person can then make an educated recommendation that will serve you much better than ours.
  12. Do you have a teacher? If not, it may be that you have developed a technical problem or could benefit by some directed study.
  13. It is not clear what you are looking for. Your title talks about scales, and your post talks about the positions. Are you looking for a good scale book or a good etude book to learn the positions? The scale book will not necessarily give you what you seem to be looking for in terms of learning positions. Do you have a teacher? If so, ask him or her for a recommendation. If not, you might want to consider getting one to guide your learning of these important techniques.
  14. If you are near DC, both the Washington Conservatory and Levene School have very good teachers.
  15. I am not sure you can still get it at any of the sheet music websites in this country (nor do I know if it is still in print in France. Good luck!
  16. You should have no problem. I lived in Paris for a year and took lessons as the only non-professional student of the top French teacher, Rene Benedetti. It was my best year by far. So, you will undoubtedly have a good experience. Arrivederci!
  17. I never had the blessing or curse of studying the Flesch scale system. My crucial year of study took place in Paris using Nadaud's Gammes Pratiques, a scale book that several American teachers have told me they think is better than Flesch.
  18. The problem with these questions is that strings sound different on different violins. I have never used Tonicas, but they could sound wildly different on my violin from what you would experience. Your best bet is to have your luthier give your violin a listen with dominants or whatever you have on it and recommend something that will better achieve the sound you seek. Asking us is not going to provide you with much useful information. Sorry.
  19. As a parent, I would say that the best role lies somewhere between these two statements, and, to some extent, parents must be both and neither. A parent does the most for the child by being both an enabler and a cheerleader. There is a nice balance you have to acheive between overinvolved and uninvolved. Kids need your support and encouragement for their music. Nuff said.
  20. I read somewhere that Scottish Fantasy was Heifetz's favorite piece to perform.
  21. A musicologist explained to me that when Bach transcribed his concerto works either for or from harpsichord, he changed the key one step. So, Dm is probably correct, because, if I recall correctly, the harpsichord versions were always a step lower. I do not remember the explanation for why he did this.
  22. Good luck with the Kaplan. I found that it stopped the whistling but sounded gritty on my violin. Your luthier can advise on other Es to try if the Kaplan does not satisfy.
  23. I take relatively compact binoculars (but I also take large scores sometimes). As long as you are not making a pain in the *ss of yourself, it probably does not matter what you take. Obviously, relatively compact binocs or opera glasses are more convenient (although I agree that the latter could make you look like a pretentious dweeb, just like my scores probably make me look).
  24. An additional problem with your shift is the difficulty of shifting from 1st finger D to 4th finger E. I agree with Dr. S that the shift he proposes is a much better one if you want to shift.
  25. I would do the whole passage in 3rd position.
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