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  1. Since there was another thread on Romanian violins, this is the student violin I began with. Not much info out there, but I'm assuming it's just a manufacturing shop in Reghin.
  2. I went back and listened to some of my own recordings at 16 months. Let me be clear, I am NOT qualified to give advice...but to my ear, our sound is quite similar at the 16 month mark. You commented on my 3.5 year recording so you know what I sound like right now. I haven't had any aha moments during this time and for me, there has not been any one thing that I fixed or did to improve my sound. I really think it's been constant feedback between my ear, brain, and fingers and almost subconscious adjustments bringing incremental improvement over the last 3.5 years. It's only when I listen to recordings with larger time gaps that I hear real improvement. I guess one thing that has changed is that I'm finding more subtle resonances on different notes. I'll never forget the first time I made my violin ring, I actually thought I was doing something wrong. I was playing D above the open D and the lightbulb went off. In any case, at 16 months I think we sound quite, quite similar.
  3. I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, and honestly, I didn't think I'd find anything when I searched for violin smell. But here we are. I acquired my violin back in November, which means I'm just now playing it in warm and more humid weather. Another thread here discusses its likely age, but reasonable to say 100 years old, so it's changed hands. And I'm picking up a distinct smell...a mix of 'old' and a vague, subtle, but not offensive, perfume or cologne. It comes and goes. At first I thought I was imagining it but I don't think I am. And based on this old thread, it would seem this is not unusual. Learn something new every day.
  4. Twosetviolin roasted those fakers. There was also another vid where a faker was faking and a guy came behind him and lifted his bow as the music just kept playing.
  5. I want to preface my question by letting everyone know I'm quite inexperienced at violin, only playing for three and a half years. My question has to do with E strings and the occasional squeak. I play Evah Pirazzi strings and change them every 6 months. I've tried a few different brands but settled on Evahs. I forget why, but went with the gold wound E string at some point. My last set of strings had the silver wound E (by mistake) and I've had consistent issues with squeaking the E. Now, I will certainly accept that it may be (probably is) improper bowing. It ONLY happens when I transition from the A to the E on a down bow. And it almost feels like it's catching. Long story short, I just put on a gold wound Evah E today. No instances of squeaks and it feels smoother. Is this all psychological? Or would the winding material behave differently?
  6. When I asked for thoughts on learning violin as an adult, lots of folks suggested something easier, guitar, sax, piano, etc. Glad I didn't listen. I'm at 3.5 years and I really do practice 1 hour per day plus weekly lessons. Best decision I could have made.
  7. I see my post is following another thread started by an adult new to the violin. I've hit the 3.5 year milestone. Regardless of anything else, I will say I do like how my violin sounds. Only 3.5 years to play a fiddle tune, Turkey in the Straw. I'm not cranking it out like some folks I've heard and seen, but I'm proud of what I've learned to do thus far. https://drive.google.com/file/d/14SiDvjuay8S6x_fSfeD8XX8-Lzb7QQCm/view?usp=drivesdk
  8. Hmm...I often catch myself gently swaying if I'm playing a piece I know reasonably well and the music allows for it. I never paid much attention to whether it's opposite of bowing direction. My teacher remains fairly stationary, though I've never seen her REALLY play before.
  9. The back and forth would cancel each other out. Plus, the motion is close enough to the body that I wonder if there would be enough torque generated to really move the body much. I was thinking more about how much down force the player would need to exert on the bow to compensate for no gravity pulling the bow and hand down.
  10. Over the weekend, SpaceX (founded by Elon Musk) and NASA successfully launched a crew from American soil to the space station for the first time in 9 years. Musk is many things, including a bit eccentric. If you go to the SpaceX website, you'll see an artist rendering of a violinist playing (on the wrong side) in Zero G. Musk hopes to realize this sort of reality in the future. Which got me thinking...how difficult would it be to play any stringed instrument in a zero gravity environment?
  11. Frankly, I think more adults should tackle instruments even if they've never played. I was so nervous at My first month of lessons that my hands were shaking. But now, the amount of life enrichment and satisfaction I enjoy is even more than I imagined. I just need more practice.
  12. I thought about cello but I'm glad I went with what I wanted to play most. Plus, I have a great violin teacher. I snagged a cheap cello because I wanted to own one and mess around on it. I rarely touch it.
  13. I really didn't intend to set off a firestorm with this post. I was just sharing my experience as an adult who is coming to music for the first time. My experience was this: - I thought tape would give a tactile assist on finger placement. It did. - after a few months I started to wonder if was a crutch and impeding my learning (not something a child student would ask themselves) - I removed it at 4 months or so and while it was intimidating at first I quickly realized it was the right way to go. In hindsight, I would have avoided it completely. I will add that at the local junior county band and orchestra auditions (US school grades 7,8, and 9) this year (my kids play flute and sax respectively) I saw a LOT of violinists and cellists with finger tape. I was surprised because most of those kids would have been playing at least 2 to 3 years by that point. My daughter even asked me about it since she knew I got rid of tape very early on.
  14. As an adult, let me tell you that because I didn't start violin as a child, getting into higher positions can be physically uncomfortable since I didn't spend decades stretching that way.