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Has anyone tried Deja Rosin?
MinkeyDGreat posted a topic in The FingerboardHas anyone ever tried the small-batch Deja "Soloist" Rosin? What were your thoughts?
Podcast Recommendation—The Wandering Bard
The Violin Beautiful posted a topic in The FingerboardI’ve recently discovered a podcast called The Wandering Bard and recommend it for anyone interested in learning a bit about Celtic fiddle tunes, their history, and their composers. The host, Brandon Kennedy, is a fiddler himself and has spent a lot of time researching his subjects and traveling to gather local stories. He has said that he intends to expand the scope of the podcast as it continues, but there’s already plenty of great content. I’ve been listening to it in my workshop as I work and thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a good thing to listen to during this time of quarantine. Here’s his site: https://www.thewanderingbard.co/the-wandering-bard-podcast
Has anyone tried Deja Rosin?
MinkeyDGreat posted a topic in The PegboxHas anyone ever tried the small-batch Deja "Soloist" Rosin? What were your thoughts?
RyanJ posted a topic in The FingerboardAyke Agus, a student of Heifetz, wrote in her book that Heifetz cared more about how you looked than how you played. I never thought much of that statement until watching the video from the post labeled "Paganini with an Operatic Vibrato". Her main flaw seemed to be her posture. Therefore the video got me wondering on how posture affects ones sound, and I thought that I had better do some experimenting. I found that both when sitting and standing, different facets of my playing changed, as I assumed different postures. The factors included the height, and position of the instrument on my collarbone, and the position of my feet and how I distributed my weight. It was surprising to me how different not only my tone was as I changed my balance, but the control of my vibrato and shifting. From the "Paganini with an Operatic Vibrato" post, I now understand why her vibrato was so vapid. I was never taught how to stand or sit, when playing the instrument, and I wonder why. Is there any opinion on the correct way to sit/stand? I guess this mainly applies to the flexibility allowed without a shoulder rest.
A different type of performing
Kallie posted a topic in The PegboxThis is definitely something different than what Im used to seeing from Chamber orchestras. What do you think? This is how I would imagine it would look if Joshua Bell and Lindsey Stirling came together, made a few clones of themselves, and formed an orchestra. (I'm not against this type of chamber orchestra performance though. Whatever works to sell tickets I suppose. )
Your favorite modern violinist
Kallie posted a topic in The FingerboardHi there, This is probably a topic which has been discussed to death, but maybe some would still find it interesting. Who is your favorite modern (still living and playing) violinist, and why? Personally I love the way Joshua Bell plays. He is the only top violinist Ive seen live, and what an amazing performance it was. This was back in 2012 when he came to South-Africa. He performed the 4 Seasons, and the Bach Double violin concerto with a player here. Ive read that many people don't at all care for his interpretations of pieces, but I really enjoy listening to him. Another violinist I really like is Katica Illenyi. She is probably not as well known as the other popular violinists, but her control over the bow and vibrato is excellent! Here is a clip which is just beautiful. the way she plays the Czardas in another video is also astounding. Ofcourse there are many more I could mention, like Anne Akiko Meyers, Hilary Hahn, Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman, the list goes on and on. So who is your favorite, and why?
Violin bow hold: Use of 4th finger
Kallie posted a topic in The FingerboardHi there, Ive been trying quite a bit to work on my bow hold lately, to achive the best sound I can when playing (still quite a long way to go). So to do this, I try to watch as much videos as I can of soloists performing, to see all the different styles. What I noticed is that Itzhak Perlman, hardly uses his 4th finger on the bow. Mostly it just hovers in the air or gets curled up while playing. Is there a reason for this? Personal preference? Is this tecnhically correct? The sound he achives is quite amazing, so Im defenitely not doubting his skill or experience or anything. Just curious. Here is an example. Thank You.