Bill Merkel

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  1. i like him because of his left pinky... if you email him he'll email you back, or at least he did to me once. his finger action on bow changes is unusual too, that much of it. practicing colle' bowing is great for getting the wrist and fingers working. playing kreutzer #3 that way is good.
  2. it sounds like you can do it -- if you want to. you're aware you have to apply index finger pressure up there?
  3. ^i took ear training in school and i don't remember any mention of solfege. the teacher was one of the best musicians i've ever known, could do anything just innately. and had a superb tenor voice. i don't think i learned anything in that class. but only because the teacher appeared before the student was ready! one time sitting around, a friend asked me to write down a well-known piece. using what i (didn't) learned in that class i couldn't do it. kind of bugged me and stayed with me. one time as it was staying with me, it dawned on me that i _could_ play the piece by ear somehow. that was it but i think there's yet another level, where there's nothing intermediate, that a composer needs. in my case the thought is faster than my ability to transcribe and also my transcribing ability is mainly just one line at a time. back to square one again
  4. i've looked into teaching it to myself, and it looks hugely time consuming for little reward. but i have a substitute --- i can sight sing or transcribe from imagining the fingering on violin, and this just naturally happened. maybe solfege is mainly useful for teaching singers to sight read.
  5. I was thinking of looking it up in old Books in Print, but maybe it would be better to contact sheet music stores in France.
  6. there was no player! it was amazing!
  7. A Hesketh won the Weienasw... Wiena.. that Polish competition.
  8. Any idea when it was published? What country?
  9. I saw that on TV last night. It was fantastic, lots of biographical places I've never seen before, or not this well. The impromptu playing was amazing. Glad it's available like this. Enjoyed the little geometrical analysis of that portrait too. I think the portrait was with John Eliot Gardiner's family in England for safekeeping during Weltkrieg II.
  10. Here are my thoughts. The D note is a carry over from baroque "pedal point" implying the string crossings should be there, but it isn't as stylistically essential as in baroque. So, I think either 1st or 3rd position works stylistically. 3rd position would be easier to get even so I'dprobably use that. 1st position might be easier fingering if you haven't practiced double stop thirds much In the fingering, play the D and G as a double stop, Don't try to move from one to the other if you are. You don't have to push the strings all the way down, if you're having trouble there. You might want to practice that alone to get it in tune, One trick for fast alternating the bow like that is to play it almost as a double stop, so the that the bow angle doesn't have to change much to change strings. leave all the fingers down that you can. If your problem is the fast string changes you can practice that with open strings, no matter which fingering you use. It would be all forearm and wrist, wherever in the bow it's most comfortable. Isolate the hitch and unhitch it
  11. i think with the "real" there's a chance you'll be able to see end grain from the upper and lower ribs spanning the width of the corners. the unreal has the seam in the exact middle and it's treated look superficially like the other style
  12. i don't think anything in this game is objective. i was listening to szeryng complete mozart sonatas on yt last night and i thought wow they really messed up recording this. then i realized it was very much like live, where there's some real competition for attention between the two instruments. you can actually tell the intent though, dynamics markings, playing in the same register or not, thickness of piano part, etc. i guess what the player wants is just reserve, maybe not projection. my personal favorite instruments feel something like sound wants to leap out, which inclines you use a lot less pressing which leads to good things, incl. i think good enough projection
  13. I think China. All I know for sure is mine are labeled from Wayne Burak's shop. I have two of them. One piece bottom rib and all indications of inside mould. Scroll like yours with no forehead, but rounder and neater. Similar color. Labeled made 2000 and 2001. One of them is especially good. But in fairness the other one is broken Fine instruments made quickly.
  14. Go into a violin shop as if you were facing off with the taliban.
  15. The most interesting thing about this is Heifetz and Perlman are bracketed together, because they are considered equals From what I can see, Heifetz has fairly small hands ("Paganini is not for me"), and Perlman has huge hands and cigars for fingers.