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  1. Akk. I haven't been here in a while, and so many people are probably new and don't even know who I am. Everyone has a little picture (maestronet is really starting to look like the LJ site!). Thanks for letting us choose passwords that we can actually remember! Onto string issues: Who's going to Aspen? email me if you want to find me there. I'll be there. Would be great to catch up with someone I know really well (previous history and such)
  2. I had no idea about Nadja's finger. I'm glad to know that it's ok now. I really admire her playing.
  3. I like Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, Russell Crowe's band. That's pretty much the only pop music I listen to, and I don't consider this a sin at all. [This message has been edited by Stringhappy (edited 05-26-2001).]
  4. Thank you all so much. It's just hard to imagine at this point how I will apply my abilities to specific careers and such. Music is my main interest, but I've been told by a number of jaded and tired orchestra players that it's something only selectivly few people can rely on. In terms of finances, I'm not interested in great wealth, it just means having enough to comfortably live on without constantly getting ulcers over worrying about paying the rent and stuff like that. My idea of being a failure I guess would mean not being able to support myself. If I couldn't do this, I'd feel like a cricket without any legs. It sounds horrible. In the mean time however, I feel much better and I thank all of you dear people for your much needed support and help.
  5. I read aloiv's thread about "Music School: the biggest scam". I am crushed. How can this be? Does this mean I am 94 percent likely to be a failure? Maybe I should give some background. I'm 18 years old right now. I work really hard (practicing violin), I work myself until I'm practically ill sometimes. I'm going to Aspen for the full nine months this year. I am not yet playing Paganini but my teacher has assured me that I will play Paganini caprices in 2-3 years. I've been accepted to CU's college of music in Boulder CO to prepare for conservatory. After a year of that I will audition all over the place and go to the best school I can get into. Am I crazy or what? I could go into another field but I don't want to. I have grown up on a steady diet of encouraging "fluff" (being told to reach for stars, to listen to my heart, all of that uncertain stuff that I can't rely on). The bottom line is: I am scared to death.
  6. When I said I wasn't particularly fond of it, I meant the Corelli version. I heard a more Spanish (almost kind of flamenco) version that I did like, come to think of it.
  7. I suppose it's a good idea for students to learn this piece, but honestly I was never particularly fond of it.
  8. I think I know why practically no one has bid on it: No picture. People like some kind of proof.
  9. I've had similar experiences in competitions in my area. There is this one judge who has judged two of the competitions I've played in as well as an audition. She just seems to really have something against me. I say this because her comments are very unconstructive and mean. One example of this is the results sheet from an audition I had. It went like this: Intonation: Accurate but incompetent (what does that mean?) Musicality: Nonexistant Phrasing: Lacking ....that kind of thing. The "additional comments" were scathing and resentful. Ironically, the other judge liked my playing. He offered some helpful advice that has since served me well.
  10. Yesterday I was auditioning for a youth orchestra. I was sharing a warmup room with another violinist and we were both playing. It was kind of hard trying to focus with someone right next to me belting out the excerpt so I recommended that we play it together at the same time, like a duo or something. He seemed kind of skeptical at first, but it actually worked quite well. It gave each of us a better sense of confidence and friendliness. One thing I like about orchestra auditions, is that people frequently really mean it when they wish you good luck. There's a whole orchestra of positions, so the competition is much less severe. Next time I audition, I'll try to pair up with someone and play the excerpt together.
  11. Whatever you do, I highly recommend that you avoid vibrating above the note you are playing. Always vibrate from the note and below it. This is an excellent thing to get clear while you're learning. I remember correcting this problem long after I'd learned vibrato and it wasn't a nice business. Good luck!
  12. Oh Jane, that's alright, you can simply add the piece you like playing most. It doesn't have to be on that list already. I was hoping to get a clue of the opinions and preferences of players from a complete range of repertoire, style and playing level.
  13. We have had lots of posts about recordings, but what about the ones you like to play (as in you, yourself fingering and bowing). Here's the link to vote for it: http://www.freevote.com/booth/favoriteviolinc Maybe we could have an interesting discussion about the results. [This message has been edited by Stringhappy (edited 05-10-2001).]
  14. Consider this situation: My older sister was very good at math and science in high school. She went to a rigorous prep school and had no problem getting into any college she wanted. She majored in Botany and graduated with honors. Now, she has no problem getting lab jobs and supporting herself, but here's the unfortunate bit: she doesn't really like it. She feels as if she's not really living, just earning a living. She never had time to really figure out exactly what she loved to do. The moral (in my humble opinion): major in what you love, not just what you're good at. Having both helps, but the former is ultimately more satisfying.
  15. Yes and no. Glaring intonation problems are distracting and ruin it for me. However, if they are rare and slight and the musical content is there, they don't spoil the listening experience for me.
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