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  1. OOPS! I meant to direct my who/where question to Marie! However, after living just south of Tampa Bay for 2 years, I am familiar enough with that area to find my way around should I have the opportunity to visit there again. (last trip was with 150 band students on busses!) Thanks George! I'll file that info for future use when my hubby wants to go to FL for spring training games - I'll have something to do that is more tuned to my interests. (Pun unintentional!!)
  2. Who/where is this luthier? I'm always looking for new haunts!
  3. txfiddler - those 3 songs were my grandfather's favorites as well! He has been gone 20 years this year. He is the one that put the love of music in my soul. He taught me all the good ol' southern gospel songs, in fact, he and I sang 'In the Garden' together at church when I was about 6 years old. No matter what he was doing, he was always singing. What I wouldn't give to sing with him again! I know he'd be proud that someone in the family is trying to play the violin, his uncle made violins and his brother played the bass for many years. These posts have brought back a flood of memories and tears! Swan, please accept my sympathy on the death of your friend. I too lost a friend recently and it can be difficult. I commend you for fulfilling your promise, you will be glad you did!
  4. Marie, if you find a slow jam in the St. Louis area, or if you want to create one, let me know, sounds like something "about my speed"!
  5. An interesting thread that really made me think! (Then I needed a nap!) You know, it has been 30 years since I last took music lessons and I started violin just one year ago. I am STILL too hard on myself, I cringe at every mistake, which is becoming a permanent facial expression! I don't know why I am that way, but I remember doing the same thing at age 4 on the piano! I love the violin, much more than I ever did the piano. The other things that make it difficult for me are constantly changing vision, arthritis and tendonitis, and other committments demanding time that I would rather spend practicing. There are so many other things that are positives to learning at age 46 that I guess the scale pretty much levels out. I realize that there aren't likely enough years left for me to consider playing as a career but I am doing this for my own enjoyment and never had a career in mind (thankfully!). Sometimes I do have to remind myself of the enjoyment factor when I get too frustrated with myself.
  6. D_A Since you asked, my lenses are from Lenscrafters, they are called MVPs. I can't remember what that stands for, but they'll know what you are talking about. I do not know if this is something only available through Lenscrafters. This is my second pair with this type lens and I really like them a lot better that what I had been dispensed in the past. [This message has been edited by mrsdigger (edited 01-25-2001).]
  7. I, too, wear progressives, and have worn them for about 12 years. There are several different types of them, the difference being the distributions of focal areas in the lens. I am currently wearing a lens with more of the physical lens devoted to the middle range, which really helps a lot for both violin playing and computer. If you think that the progressive lens might help you, I suggest that you visit several opticians because they all don't offer the same lenses. As far as looking at the strings, it would probably be easier to teach yourself not to do so than to find vision correction that works for both. My teacher is adamant that I not look at the strings, even though it is natural for a beginner to do so - the perceived "need" to look at them goes away eventually. Good Luck!
  8. I have to take a break once in a while, usually not by choice though. As an adult, there are other things that will absolutely demand my immediate time and attention. Once I get through these situations, I find that my playing is usually a bit better. I don't know if it's because of the time away, or the fact that I can devote more attention to my practicing because I no longer have to worry whatever was going on. My teacher told me very early on "Don't practice your mistakes, when it just isn't happening the way it should, put the violin down for a bit and come back to it later". Sometimes it's minutes later, sometimes it's days.
  9. My teacher always knows what I am working on, and she encourages me to experiment. She will help me over the rough spots. In fact, she will mark the pieces that I will be working on as much as 6-8 weeks in advance, I pretty much choose my own pace. (unless I stay on the same thing too long seeking the elusive perfection - another topic!) I have only been playing violin for a year, so I have much to learn! I can easily see what the various pieces and etudes that she assigns are designed to help a person accomplish, because I have tried things much beyond my ability. I also will go back and play things I have already done, just to keep things fresh in my mind. I love to play from church hymnals and other publications of a religious nature, which I have an abundance of. This is the music I grew up hearing, and that which connects me to my late grandparents. My grandfather used to sing all the time, it was great! My childhood memories of singing with him at church are so precious to me. I think what really drives me to do this is the subconscious "comfort" it brings. These are also songs that are so much a part of my being that I don't need the printed music, they just almost come out of the violin naturally. I am sure this music is not nearly as challenging as what bethr is attempting, but I do try to push myself to try new things. I also try to work up improv accompaniments to the easier melodies, which is somewhat technically challenging to me at this stage on the violin, but it is easy for me on other instruments. There is something blocking the path from the mind to the violin, but it is definitely not the fear of trying something new! I also know the more I work on it, the smaller the block will get, and eventually I'll break through it.
  10. George, this might be a stupid question, but why do you suggest 'always order them straight'? I can see if they are in a tube they would be less likely to get kinked, anything more to it?
  11. Bethr - I'd say go for it! My suggestion is to break the piece down into sections, practice each one a bit slower, then add to it a little at a time and you'll be playing it before you know it! Of course, this should be in addition to what your teacher assigns. I have been playing other pieces besides what my teacher assigns from the start. It just sort of happens, and I have a ton of piano sheet music from my much younger days that I use. It keeps me from getting bored with the Suzuki-type pieces and the etudes can get monotonous at times. Others will say that you should not practice a piece slower, and that you should learn it as written. Everyone has a different way of absorbing things, try different approaches and use what works best for you.
  12. Yeah, I thought $18 was too much too, but as usual, the string broke at the most inopportune time. I had just received 4 bows on approval and couldn't wait to try them out. I probably could have found it a little cheaper, maybe $15, but it would have killed a couple hours of valuable bow testing time, as well as driving related costs. I just bit the bullet and payed it and chalked it up to a lesson learned, keep a set of strings in the case! I guess I should consider myself somewhat lucky that I have a music shop so close to home (2 mi.), but I only use them for strings and when my son forgets/loses/breaks reeds, drumsticks, or whatever. They're great for school band instruments.
  13. I take my private lessons through the local community college at what comes out to be $30 per hour. I am also gaining college credits should I decide to return to college for another degree.
  14. Journey, After having to pay $18 to replace a Dominant G string (will that phrase get censored? ), I too have been searching for a more reasonable place to get strings than the neighborhood music shop 2 miles away. Most of the usually mentioned sites on the net, Just Strings, Southwest Strings, Shar, etc. are somewhat cheaper. I don't know what adding shipping charges will do to the final cost, but I think it would still be less! Shar ships strings only orders $30 and up for free.
  15. Griffin, I am currently in the middle of a bow approval from Shar Music. It is a great way to try bows! (I am looking in a bit lower price range than you mentioned.) They will send up to 4 bows at a time for you to try, they give you ample time to try them. It has been a very pleasant experience for me so far. I must choose one today to catch the holiday sale pricing, so I am off to experiment some more! Check out their website, www.sharmusic.com and especially their bow resource guide for info on bows. You can fill out the bow approval forms online. Good luck - you will find you have quite a selection at Shar! [This message has been edited by mrsdigger (edited 01-06-2001).]
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