Bill Merkel

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  1. I have a cheap, well-made one that's loud as dynamite. i'll temporary switch for one of yours if you'd like the experience...
  2. if you hadn't posted about removing a gamba fingerboard i'd think you were a big deal cellist
  3. ^what up wit this bullsheit? Inty传媒 on Twitter In China ,If you complain about polices on.mp4
  4. there's nothing there but a bare naked lady taking a shower and ruining a violin. trust me on this
  5. the last pic shows the cell structure well. besides being seen in some expensive bows, that is common in low end brazillian bows, but not chinese in my limited experience. the tip plate shows remains of colored finish that would be cleaned up in a higher end bow. kind of chunky appearance, but if it works it works.
  6. it's the only thing good about her is she googles up idiot good
  7. the traditional symbol (other than turkeys...) is the cornucopia
  8. ^they were probably very similar to today's uncontacted natives of s. america. the firsthand accounts of jamestown give that impression. in the early 1800s they're still being referred to as "children of the forest"
  9. very interesting...i've been looking for palindromes and such in it... seriously, it's pretty revealing and reveals what i'd have expected. i'd also have several other questions for your friend: males singing female parts? the lutherans never had any prohibitions against female singers that i can find. and there are cantata movements set up as metaphorical male/female dialogs such as the duet bwv 32 dot 5, even so far as having a partner dance quality. one per part choruses? i think bach had more resources. is it possible magdalena didn't do any copying, since her script is literally indistinguishable from johann's, except to people who seem like cranks, and there's no explanation for that? what's the latest scholarly opinon on who's buried in st. thomas church? just off the top of my head...
  10. Weinkrantz was Shar south when I was a kid. Situated in the Republic of Texas, much like yourself. They were the two mail order biggies as far as I knew. Looks like they might have moved to Californy back in '77. https://weinkrantzmusicwarehouse.com/
  11. ^Did you intend to insult vic's wife just then? anything you can say will offend somebody, so the only reasonable way to think is no offense intended, none taken. standing in the way of that simple solution is being offended is now a virtue.
  12. musicality might be the best word for it? there are 4-year-olds with that
  13. "The girl who couldn't play sad" sounds like it could be interesting. i look forward to it But you have to reconcile what you are saying with the fact that some 4-year-olds have have this same quality, but have no maturity of any kind in the usual sense. my personal experience is when the technique is perfect, interesting things happen. i have no idea how to go about playing something sad and making someone sad. I think your comments on music and playing are very useful. from some of your comments on teaching vibrato (which were opposed to mine) i got into the habit of not specifically warming up vibrato with silent exercises i had always done. i think it works better. less tension in the end. it's like a micro application of the macro features of your vibrato teaching, which as i understood it was basically let it come on its own, and what i'd been using to warm up with were like what some teachers use as first drills for learning vibrato...
  14. Stephen that is a great site. there are similar ones for the cantatas, like bach-cantats.com and emmanuelmusic.org. the page you linked to helps confirm my suspicion that bach never wrote any texts for vocal works himself. it seems like it would be the natural thing to do, now and then. next time you talk to your friend, ask him about it. would like to know if there's anything bach is suspected of writing the text for himself. looks like he didn't even write the words for quodlibet bwv 524...