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  1. ... is my cat. Does anyone else have a cat that listens to them practice, and bats its ears on even slightly objectionable notes? My kitty has been a savior when I'm really too tired to practice, but I know I sound bad.
  2. Does it have to be Russian? Or just "foreign sounding." If the latter, you might try "Oror" (Lullaby) by Alan Hovhaness. It's his Op. 1, and I think Peter's edition. It's a really beautiful Armenian piece, but to get it that way would require a good bit of work. Technically, it's sort of demanding in the last half (a few runs and chromatics).
  3. Is he an outside stand? If so, tell him to stick his case out in front of the seat... attendants of corporate parties often have heavy wallets... Oh! and if you drive him- demand half of whatever he gets
  4. I also play piano, but I really don't get much time to practice, what with violin and viola getting so much of my day (I spend maybe 5-6 hours most days on these two). I've also messed around on a guitar that has been sitting in the back of my closet for maybe 5 years now.
  5. (sorry I didn't reply earlier, but I just remembered something from my lesson Monday) I can tell when my teacher is in pain- he has these awful faces, sometimes their natural color, sometimes bright red. But anyway, what he said Monday was- "now, a professional, like me, would practice it this way." Sure, I don't dispute that he's a professional, but... maybe it has to do with a bit of "rivalry" going on at the school- he has "Dr." and the teacher across the hall, because he doesn't have a PhD decided to put "Professor" in front of his name.
  6. linuxviolin

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    I'll have you know I use Larsen strings... this is my last reply to you, but to everyone else- DON'T FEED THE TROLL!!!!
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    "By-the-way, my cat goes absolutely nuts whenever he sees a silverfish." I think I know why- cat gut strings, and silverfish is often used for cheap winding on said strings
  8. Yeah, sorry, it was an admittedly lame attempt at humor. Maybe with a few of these - you would have gotten it.
  9. No, the MD's don't have built-in mics, but there are a few small mics out there that use AA's- I use a Sony ECM-MS907 that gets really good sound quality and the batteries have lasted at least 100-200 hours of recording so far. For audition tapes, I also have an Audio Technica microphone that unfortunately is broken, but it's about twice as big, and costs about $240, while the Sony is about $90-$100.
  10. Not familiar with that one- and yes, I know the public can hear the wrong notes, but what's a little more dissonance on these modern works We're doing Haydn Op. 71 No. 2 now, which is pretty hard to get in tune, but other than that no troubles- now it's time for a challenge!
  11. Yeah, Op. 44 No. 1 has some really nice midsummer night's dream sections, too. I just got back from our quartet "rehearsal" where we ended up sightreading part of Op. 13- another really good one to put on your list. Our next quartet looks like a tossup between Shostakovitch 8 and Prokofiev 2, for a simple reason- the audience can't tell when we have wrong notes
  12. It cost $8000 when I bought it, but his rates have gone up. For his more expensive instruments (mine fits in that range) he now charges between $12-15k
  13. I play a 1998 Michael Koeberling copy of Il Cannone, a 2001 Robert McCluskie (No. 244) is my 16 1/4" viola, and my spares are my mother's violins- 2000 Michael Koeberling made for a VSA competition, and a c 1790's oversized French violin with a (obviously fake) Alessandro Gagliano label. Bows- 193* Louis Morisot, 192* Vigneron with tip crack (repaired with ebony splice) for a spare, and for the viola- John Norwood Lee copy of a Sartory (even stamped Sartory).
  14. In reply to: Then you can try Smetana too (I don't like them too much myself, but they're a staple of the repertoire) Great viola parts on these two! I haven't worked on them, but I remember being dragged out of bed for one of Quartet Program's "Mix and Match" (also known as "b*tch and scratch") sessions to sightread the viola part on the first one.
  15. There are some good Mendelssohn quartets- if you've got a good first violinist who likes to show off you could do something from the Op. 44's. Dvorak also wrote more than the American quartet.
  16. Yeah, that happened to me when I was doing Vieuxtemps No. 4- I'd really practiced it like crazy that week (the whole movement), and I got to the lesson, and got stopped after bar 3 or 4, and got no farther in the entire hour.
  17. I'm not sure that the viola I heard was a 15 1/2", but close to it. It may have been the player, but the sound was absolutely gorgeous, and it certainly didn't sound like a violin. No clue as to the origins of that viola, but it was really nice!
  18. Are there any people who play both violin and viola (other than me) who feel their viola is too small for them? I really almost feel cramped on my 16 1/4". But I do notice a sharp increase in the quality of my violin intonation once I play on my viola for a few hours- the smaller the violin feels in my hands, the more I seem to like it. BTW, my Robert McCluskie viola is extremely light- not as light as a violin, but still I can toss it high in the air as if it were a feather. You might look into one of those if you want a non-clunker.
  19. Very true. My 16 1/4" viola (made in 2001) varies with how I play it. When in quartet, I usually go more "celloistic" but for solo stuff, I let it be a viola. And for some reason, my mother's 14" violin sounds like a viola most of the time.
  20. What about when we say something really stupid? Like the time I was in a quartet coaching and the coach was telling us how we should tune our chords, so he had our violist + cellist play one of their intervals, and asked me why he chose that interval. I said "it was an interesting interval." He said, "What?" "Well, it's dissonant," I replied." And he said, "It's a fifth!"
  21. Funny thing is, he always says "Now I know you've probably praciced this a lot" before he tells me I'm "sightreading."
  22. In reply to: Incidentally I've noted that a number of cartoons have employed the Liszt as an integral part of the cartoon itself. Yeah, the reason my pianist has never learned the 2nd rhapsody. He does No. 12 really well though.
  23. I speak as a violinist who also plays piano, and I don't play piano nearly as well, but I'd have to say the Liszt is much harder. It's a lot longer, with several more themes, etc. Zigeunerweisen is the type of show piece that could be picked up in a matter of a week or two, while the Rhapsodies seem to have a lot more substance to them. A violin equivalent of Rhapsody No. 2 might be Ravel's Tzigane, though.
  24. Speaking of dollars, my teacher charges $10 for each lesson where the scale fingerings are incorrect. If I were to have two in a row (thankfully I've only had to pay him $10 so far) it would be $15 the next week, and so on.
  25. Unfortunately my e-mail is down, so I can't get their price quote for a set of Helicores, but if the price is too low to advertise, it must be low: Concord Music - Helicores
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