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  1. I think I remember reading somewhere that sometimes in klezmer music there would be a cellist who would be part of a procession. Here's a music video of a contemporary artist. At 0:59 you can see a cellist walk around the corner and join the procession. I still can't imagine a string orchestra competing against a marching band though.
  2. Here's a short discussion on dovetail neck joint.
  3. It was choral. Passion as in religious work. I was usually the one to put something on just to see what it sound like. The classical section was in a separate room and world music was there too, so I had some fun with the music.
  4. When I worked at a record store, I put on Tan Dun's Water Passion in the the classical department. If I remember correctly, not many people stayed and it didn't go back on.
  5. I find that art is like peeking into someones head then understand why humanity is how it is.
  6. No Problem That's because somewhat like a human encyclopedia. Filled with lots of random knowledge with some particulars and largely ignored.
  7. Actually it is. The only music education I was provided in public school was, this is your instrument and this is how you play it. There was never a discussion about the music we played.
  8. In essence people are lazy. If it's not easy or in their personal interest, they'll either fight tooth and nail or tune out.
  9. Maybe it should have died peacefully in it's sleep
  10. They used to be nailed on as well.
  11. Sometimes it makes me wonder if it would have been recovered as quickly, or at all, if the person wasn't high profile.
  12. I guess take this with a spoonful of salt. As written in "John Man is a young violinist who has been struggling for years to overcome his limitations as a musician. Though graced with some talent and a degree of innate musicality, Man has always found it difficult to play with the sort of polish and professional mastery shown by his colleagues. “I tried just playing the way I want over and over and over again, hoping that it would get better,” he said. “It never did! It was like, the more I played it the same way the more it would sound the same. What could I do?” Finally, out of sheer desperation, Man started doing what his teacher had been telling him to do in every lesson for the past five years. “The results have been incredible!” said Man. “It’s as if following the advice of an older, more experienced musician allows me to somehow cultivate effective working habits better than my own.” We spoke to Man’s teacher, Dorothy Schnupsky, whose teaching philosophy revolves around a concept she calls The Job. “As musicians, our Job is to play the music as musically as possible,” she said. “So if you look at things like the notes, and perhaps the dynamics and phrase markings, and basically every other instruction that has been dutifully laid out on paper using a sophisticated and clear system of notation developed over centuries, then your playing will improve. I charge an hourly rate to say this.” Man also took inspiration from his roommate Bob Guy, who is studying to be a doctor. Guy reportedly spends hours studying facts until he knows them, because he eventually hopes to use those facts saving lives. “When Guy encounters a complicated fact he really tries to understand what it is, rather than hitting it over and over again very fast until skills develop,” said Man. “He doesn’t stop to tell anyone how difficult it is and which other doctors do it the best and how the love of doctoring is in his blood, he just works at it until he gets better. He has such a talent.” Man is very pleased that he no longer needs to use his old system of learning things, which he called The System. This required him to smoke frequently, evoke his greatness unintentionally with suggestive anecdotes, and always insist that other musicians do not have “feeling.” Now that he has discovered Schnupsky’s approach, he will soon find true happiness."