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  1. I got a recommendation for the Primitive Skills youtube channel because of the violin stuff I look at. And I never looked back. The youtube algorithm knows things, for sure.
  2. The overhang protects the ribs from damage too, at least a little bit.
  3. Well, sure he can, and he often is. He will prop up someone to a point but he seems not to want women at the top of the classical scene or whatever. It's a predictable trait. I absolutely do think he is sexist, but it's more insidious than insulting all women with talent and either ignoring CD releases and compositions by women or treating all women with derision. He has to show that he pays attention.
  4. I believe I clarified later that I am not concluding that he's sexist based on this one review. In fact, I didn't mention it until VdA did. And indeed, not only is it a bad review but it's a really *bad* review. You would think that if he's going to be so critical he would expect criticism right back and make it a little stronger. It's pithy and tried to cut deep without the critical scholarly heft to back up his words, and then with the one star. I think it's mean, even if others have a different definition. It's like he just refused to even bother with writing a real review. And it's so casually sexist too, because he is. Imagine him giving Maxim Vengerov one star because he didn't like the program. Imagine him doing so by way of primarily insulting his personality and intelligence rather than his skills and performance, which I think is actually what he did with this. It would never happen.
  5. Because I enjoyed it, dammit. Sometimes I just want to call an asshat an asshat. I get it out, then I can go and try to act like a normal person and not say everything I want to say. Good comment though. Before, I mean.
  6. There are other examples. https://slippedisc.com/2019/08/pathetique-for-a-woman-conductor/ Of course he's not universally horrible to women but I still think he is transparent about his bias. I think he's a bit more likely to call a man a virtuoso, and a little more likely to call a woman's playing or singing "hot". Which he has, because he's good at using his words. No, I don't think he's sexist just because he gave Hillary Hahn a rude review.
  7. Agreed. I wasn't going to say it because nothing causes an uproar on mn like suggesting that the culture of classical music allows men to do some pretty awful things to women. I suspect that what he actually has a problem with is her edgy assertiveness and possibly, a related grievance is that he didn't feel seduced either. How dare she? And how dare she not? I don't think he means to be of any help to anyone with his one star review. I don't know if anyone remembers when he got all snippish about how much money Anne-Sophie Mutter makes, but it was pretty telling then and I think it kind of shows what's going on now. He's just annoyed that there are persistently successful women in classical music. Show me I'm wrong.
  8. Well I guess I'm with Steven Fine. If it's going to be a one-star review be a little more evocative about the hideousness that you're bearing witness to. What he did was give Hilary Hahn an open-faced s*** sandwich on honeyed brioche (because he had to say something nice first). It's still a s*** sandwich, but he made sure to say that he loves her too. I just don't think he really committed to having any opinion at all. But then, he did. "I'm not sure if I would want to hear more" is not the "Dear God, why? Please make it stop" feeling of one star. One star? Now I'm just wondering if he's mad with power or if he found glass shards in his Cheerios the day he wrote this, or what... I've been a critic. You never write one star reviews. When I started writing my little reviews I tried to do a one star because, essentially, I personally believed the author was a selfish narcissist. My editor told me about myself. If you do this you don't make it personal (as in, "I believe you made bad choices, so your memoir is therefore terrible" or...in this case..."I didn't like your playlist or interpretation, so you must have had no vision"). Objectivity is impossible, but try it. And if you do this (one star), you also make damn sure there's nothing positive in the review that would be quotable, and he didn't even manage that.
  9. I figured that because she didn't play in some gooey romantic way that he was trying to cut her down for having a different idea or interpretation of Poeme. So she's veering towards autistic on the basis of her unfeeling interpretation, he says, and that's complete BS. It's probably an overdone piece but I definitely want to hear what she did with it if it's so different... I don't always like the pieces that Hillary Hahn chooses either. I feel like she needs a better agent to help her sometimes. One star though... Kind of rough I think.
  10. He's always snarky, but damn. This was 80% just plain mean. I want to hear this album more now, so thanks for the recommendation dude. https://myscena.org/norman-lebrecht/the-lebrecht-weekly-hilary-hahn-paris-deutsche-grammophon/ Also, I definitely tune in to public intellectuals and critics just like you all do, maybe less considering the crowd, but more than average. My point is, you all know that most don't do this, even when they hate something. Could her album be that bad? No way. (*Everyone gets an opinion, even me.)
  11. I am not sure what the best technique is, but for my young son who is making his first viola, I believe that they are picking the pretty side of the viola model and flipping it. The idea is that because it's his first instrument it will likely be asymmetrical anyway, so you don't want to work in asymmetry into the design before it finds its way there anyway.
  12. Yes. But the issue with the poster is always so late and I have to write them to get it. It has been like that every single time there was a poster. The magazine isn't always worth the occasionally awesome trade secrets, articles and posters.
  13. Yeah, John Reed. That's the guy. I think that was his nickname. The guy.
  14. Okay now I actually am gonna say I'm sorry. I don't think it's anyone's intention to slap you down. I see no one actually answered your question about what's covered in violin making School. It depends on the school, but there's a lot of history and a lot of theory. And you don't need to be sorry for being a smart-ass or whatever, not to me anyway. I think part of what is boggling my mind is that you seem to not have asked for help from anyone even though you've been a member of this forum for a long time. I would like to think that you at least would have received honest feedback and suggestions. I am sure that if you ask different questions in the future you will get useful answers. It's true that forum posts can get misconstrued easily, and as you re-read what has been said here I hope you don't believe anyone was trying to be cruel. But you said you were upset by the reaction you got and then I posted that last post anyway. That wasn't cool. So I'm sorry if it was too much, or if this is.
  15. I was about to apologize for any traces of churlishness on my part. But seriously? Has this entire discussion been to your mind as a fart wafting away in the wind? Why do you think you can produce a professional quality violin without the kind of intense study and focus that is required of everyone else who wants to do that? You have said that the violin is just another piece of furniture to you, but you have said you have a real fascination with the violin. You have said "As you can see, I can already produce a great-looking violin" (this was a proposition we were forced to accept a fortiori to understand the thought process behind your original question), but you said later that you have always known that your best violin thus far is crap. It is difficult to understand you. You can easily pay for school. You haven't mentioned anything else that's stopping you from doing whatever you want to do. But I guess I am not sure what you could get out of school either. Good luck deciding what you should do, seriously. Most people don't like change...but going to school would be not just a huge way to change your life but the biggest step you could take to follow your dreams. Sounds cheesy, but true. So anyway, I hope you figure out what you want and do it. Also, it'll be more entertaining than reality tv if you post about your journey. So I hope you will do that too.
  16. Thanks, though I can't take credit, I like looking at it. My husband took three days of vacation to make this at work a couple of weeks ago. It's a very, very old design. Everyone at his job (pipe organ manufacturer) thought it wasn't going to be awesome because all of the wood looked horrible and destroyed. But when it went through the planer the paint and nail holes were gone and it was this.
  17. Exactly. This table was made from dumpster dived pipe organ parts. Free mahogany. Seems like a good thing to me.
  18. Everyone else has too much experience to be surprised by anything, but I'm just gonna say that all sounds completely insane and really has to be fake. Maybe I'm right? Tell us tomorrow. 8-)
  19. Lee Valley catalogs and the lie nielsen website alone cannot satisfy me. Some people got no sense of adventure. Urban Luthier seems to have some nice friends though Definitely.
  20. I know how you feel. But don't worry. People would be ruder if you had gone to school already.
  21. Well, with money not being an issue the only real suffering you'll encounter is the truth. If you've already made 10 instruments you clearly can work hard. The part where you're struggling with puzzling out whether school would be of any use is worrisome. If you don't know the answer to that after somehow making 10 violins on your own, then why waste your fabulous wealth on something like that? But you can worry about the rest of that later. Why would you hesitate for a second if you want this? I keep thinking you're punking these forums right now. How old are you?
  22. Oh crap. He has all of those incredible skills and a ton of money? I didn't see that bit. Some people have all the luck. What's he asking anything on here for?
  23. The comment about a 16 year old who doesn't know they're alive yet LOL... definitely true and reminded me of an insanely naturally talented kid my husband went to school with. I think he was 17 and refusing "real college" but he had 1000 things he was good at. So, a real genius. And starving for someone to teach him. No one in the history of Red Wing had ever finished a violin but both this kid and my husband did. I should say it was a healthy rivalry but also the kid was a kid. At one point my husband sat him down and told him about weed and beer and women (i.e., to avoid at all costs) and the kid swore that he saw the wisdom. But it didn't take long right out of school and into his apprenticeship that he did discover all of those things. Obviously he was going to but his dedication to his career changed after that. That's what happens. I know that if my husband didn't have a family he would have gone to Cremona with $2 in his pocket and done whatever he had to do, although I know he's happy about having a family and everything. I'm just saying for someone who doesn't, you have to make those choices that will give you the career you want. Whether it's living poor through school or working for $10 an hour for an established maker or whatever it is. I am sure that there is something really wrong with me that I encouraged him to go through those stages while we had a family already. It was not awesome. Awkward self-disclosure, mostly I post on here just to mind screw myself into thinking that it's awesome what he's doing. Maybe he could just make one corporate conference room table, and then get back to violins later. Maybe he could make 2,000 cutting boards for a craft fair. I have these thoughts. So I talk myself down on the MN. You can't think you're better than school or an apprenticeship, because you're not. Or if you are, then I guess someone else won't be... What you don't want to do is talk about your amazing perfectly honed genius and skills and ask a question about what you need to do to get to the next level but expect everyone to tell you, "oh no, no need, you glorious genius, you're already there...in fact, would you mind teaching a master class?" That's where the bitchy comments are coming from, and no one's even being actually bitchy yet. I could change that easily, but I am actually giving you the realest advice I can.
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