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Can a middle aged beginner really learn the violin?

I understand that I'll never be as good as someone who started at age 6. I bought myself a violin in June, and I'm doing the Suzuki Violin School Book 1 and I can't get past #14 (Minuet no 2 by Bach). Up to this point in the book, I feel like I was progressing nicely, but now I feel I've reached my limit. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Sep 13, 2016 - 26 answers

Name this mid '90s Chicago street fair band

There was a locally quasi-famous Chicago band that played in the late '90s. It seemed like they were always at street fairs. They sounded a little bit Barenaked Ladies-esque, and had an Asian woman who played the violin. (I don't know how I know this but I swear the violinist had an MFA from Michigan). Who were these guys? They were good.
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Let's start at the very beginning: sight reading

I've depended on my ear all my life to play music. I learn new pieces by listening, playing back what I've heard, and then slowly correcting my errors in listening by reading the notes in spots I think I'm unclear on. In the past it was a cool party trick, but I want to stop using this approach because it slows down the rate at which I pick up new pieces, it's sloppy, and without a teacher these days, it's difficult to pick up my numerous errors. I am also awful at sight reading. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Can you tell me the name of this traditional Irish air?

Here's the first part, pretty much the only part I can remember precisely: http://audio.loresjoberg.com/unknown-air.mp3 [more inside]
posted by lore on Jun 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Do you like Owen Pallett? I like Owen Pallett!

Having established that we both like Owen Pallett, please tell me what else you like that seems Owen Pallett-esque. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 8, 2016 - 15 answers

Recommended exercises in preparation for Bach Partita in d minor

Violinists of mefi, can you suggest any etudes, scale studies, or other exercises that you have found helpful in preparation for playing the d minor partita? Thanks [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on May 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Figuring out how to quit you

I've been taking lessons from my really, really awesome violin teacher for the last three years. In the past four months, I've been non-committal - I had a horrible, traumatic death in my family, and I bought my first house, and I had/have mono. I don't want to play violin right now, or for the foreseeable future, but I can see myself returning later. How do I tell her that I need to take a lot of time off? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Oct 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Violin teacher recommendations for returning student in Los Angeles

I took violin lessons for about 15 years when I was a kid. After 30 years or so, I've picked up the violin again and am interested in taking lessons and maybe finding a group to play with. I live in mid-city and work in downtown LA, so recommendations in those areas (or in between) would be preferred.
posted by mogget on Aug 20, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I get my money/ my violin back?

I worked out a private sale of a beginner's violin with a new friend met at a conference (complicated story; detail within). She didn't have enough money to pay me then, and because I had a good feeling about her I let her fly home first and worked out a plan to pay me later. It has been two months, I have not seen a cent, and she's ignoring my messages. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Sep 26, 2014 - 22 answers

Eclectic Female Fiddler, Active In The 1980s

I'm a fiddle player, and long ago and far away I had an LP by a female classically-trained fiddler/violinist. For the life of me I can't recall the woman's name, but I do remember she recorded that song based on the Robert Burns poem "John Anderson, My Jo". She both sang the song and played the violin. The LP was an eclectic collection of mostly instrumental Celtic and American old-time tunes. Anyone remember this musician's name?
posted by Agave on Jul 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Name that Hungarian violin duet!

What is the name and who is the composer of the violin duet that appeared in the latest episode of Louie (Elevator Pt. 3) as played by Louie's daughter and his Hungarian love interest?
posted by alidarbac on May 23, 2014 - 2 answers

Please suggest a unique and wonderful gift(s) for a fiddler

Subject is a mature lady who about four years ago took up the violin and has progressed into fiddling. Probably at the early intermediate stage of expertise. Birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with unique and wonderful gift(s) that go along with her joy of fiddling. Violins/fiddles are out as are bows. Thank you and I'll return the favor when the question comes up for something I'm qualified to provide an opinion.
posted by KneeDeep on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Video Violin lessons?

You can learn piano, guitar, and even the ocarina on YouTube. So, are there any good violin lessons out there? I'm looking for anything, but especially beginner violin (from, this is how you hold the bow to "caring for your violin" type videos.) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me figure out how old this sign is?

Approximately how old is this sign, and what font is it? The stucco facade could date from as early as the 1920s, but the lettering on the signs looks to my untrained eye to be from the 70s or later.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Violinists of Metafilter, please save my neck!

I have recently started rehearsing for a show in which I will be acting and playing the violin. Exciting! But also, painful. How the fuck do I relax my neck? Help! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Sep 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Weird question--How to light up inside of violin/viola?

Saw a video where the gal played a violin and there was a light inside, somehow--you could see the F-holes glowing. You can see it towards the end of the video. It wasn't CGI. My daughter plays the viola and thought that was really cool and wondered how she could do that and still make the light removable. Of course, it might alter the sound somewhat but she doesn't care as it wouldn't be permanent, (if it can be done at all.) Anyone have any ideas how to temporarily make the inside of a violin/viola light up without viola surgery and still be able to reverse it? Yeah, it's a weird question but doesn't hurt to ask.
posted by luvmywife on Sep 5, 2013 - 13 answers

how can a violinist, a guitarist, or a percussionist sound like trumpet?

I am a violinist/violist in a band with a guitarist/vocalist and a percussionist. We are an indie folk band. For a new project, I'd just LOVE to have the sound of a trumpet play a little melody. We could just get a trumpet player for a rehearsal and the show, but we really like to try to do everything ourselves as much as possible. What are some ways we can achieve a sound as close to a trumpet as possible? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

The Forgotten-in-Taxi Stringed Instrument Story

Are these actually staged "awareness-raising events" for the classical music industry or honest mistakes made by skilled professionals with priceless devices? [more inside]
posted by PixelPiper on Apr 6, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I choose strings for my kid's violin?

We busted a D-string on my kid's violin and now I need to buy a new one online. Which one to buy? And a complete set or just a single replacement? [more inside]
posted by sively on Mar 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Fiddle Me This.

Any violin geeks out there? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Aug 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Give me happy violin music!

Give me happy violin music! [more inside]
posted by flod on Mar 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Jolly music for one violin?

What are some jubilant songs for solo violin for a wedding (pre-ceremony and parents' processional?) I had originally planned for a quartet, but it was out of my budget, and now I'm at a loss for songs that translate well or were written for just one violinist. Mostly thinking about classical, but pop would be great, too!
posted by juniper on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Who is this violinist/comedian?

A few years ago I saw a violin comedy bit on a late night talk show. The violinist was making fun of the fact that audiences don't know when to applaud at a symphony because of all the flourishes and false climaxes. (Sorry about the mangled terms, I don't really know music.) He illustrated this on his violin, by playing what sounded like a real classical piece, but one that had multiple endings and kept picking back up right when you were sure it was done. Kind of hard for me to describe without musical jargon, but hopefully someone knows what I'm talking about. Anyone have any idea who this was or where I can find it? I can't seem to find the right Google key words.
posted by Cortes on Oct 13, 2011 - 7 answers

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz.

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz. [more inside]
posted by bam on Aug 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Selling $3m violins for a friend...questions on the topic..

A friend of mine is looking to sell two extraordinarily valuable violins (in the 3+ million dollar range). I think he's hoping to sell it privately to avoid the huge cut the auction houses take, and he's suggested that if I can find him a buyer, he'd be happy to pay a finder's fee of some sort. So two questions... [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Data, what are you playing?

What is this beautiful violin song (in the first minute or so of the video) featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jul 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me write about a violin audition gone bad

I'm writing a short story about a violinist. In it, I want her to fail an audition for an orchestra. Specifically, I'm thinking she is a recent college graduate who would be auditioning for a training orchestra such as the Chicago Civic Orchestra. So my question is two part. What piece would she be playing? And what mistake could she make that would be bad enough to fail the audition?
posted by guitareste on Jul 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Salsa Fiddle

Looking for a Puerto Rican salsa band headed by Victor Arlo (?). [more inside]
posted by nangar on Jul 2, 2011 - 5 answers

ID this song

What is this music?
posted by nzero on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Who is this violinist?

Looking for a particular violinist (and similar music) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 7, 2011 - 5 answers

name this violin prodigy?

I remember reading about a young violin prodigy of the 1970s who had eccentric parents who dressed him up in a caveman-style shawl made of bear fur. Does anyone know the name and travails of this now probably aged 40+ violinist?
posted by parmanparman on May 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Name this piece of violin music

What is this piece of vaguely remembered classical music? The piece, or one movement of it, begins with an extended, ascending, dramatic violin solo that's a good minute long, and I think is titled something in the key of E. Any guesses?
posted by Jackson on Apr 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Is it okay to widen the f-hole of a violin?

Is it okay to whittle a violin f-hole a sliver bigger to fit a rattlesnake rattle in there? Will I break my fiddle? [more inside]
posted by circle_b on Feb 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Violin + Bike + Cold

Anyone have experience with biking their violin to and fro in a cold northern US climate? Should I be worried about it? Are the easy things I can do to minimize the chances of a string breaking, the finish cracking, or the wood warping? [more inside]
posted by kjell on Nov 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Now Offering Violin Lessons in NYC, Any Takers?

How much can I charge for violin lessons in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mythicalbyrd on Aug 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Give me all sorts of violin music.

Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 15, 2010 - 29 answers

At least it's not a bass

I'm newly car-free, and using my bicycle for all my transportation. I'm also taking violin lessons, and I've run into a problem: my violin case is too big and awkward to easily transport on my bike! I know the easy answer is "buy a smaller case" but until I can do that, does anyone have any suggestions for how to get to & from my violin lessons via bike? [more inside]
posted by bryghtrose on Jul 30, 2010 - 24 answers

I'm willing to sell my soul, but which violin should I ask for?

MusicTeachingFilter: Simple plan was to learn an under chin bowed string instrument. Didn't realize they were all so different [you-tubes]. Which to start with? What method of teaching? Want to eventually do folk/improvise, seeking sympathetic string sound, but still love classical. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on May 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Advice/recommendations to give my little girl the best violin lessons

My 6 year old is getting ready to start taking violin lessons (taking Suzuki method). What can I expect and what do you recommend to give her the best results? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Feb 7, 2010 - 20 answers

Who designed this dress?

Who designed the gorgeous dress Anne-Sophie Mutter wears on the cover of her box of Mozart sonatas and related DVD?
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Cat went fiddle-i-fee

My secret santa giftee is an in-law who I have never met. 50-something, craftsman (violin-maker). Budget is £25 (ca. $40). My hope: something sock-knocking in the classical or folk vein; preferably on the new side.
posted by sagwalla on Nov 16, 2009 - 15 answers

VST for Linux?

What do Linux people do for realtime music effects? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Get rid of a Viola Hickey?

How to get rid of a viola "hickey"? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Sep 26, 2009 - 13 answers

I need a new violin, and I need it to be quiet. Help?

I'm considering a new violin... but I live in an apartment. And I have no intention of performing for anyone but myself. What's the most reasonable violin to get, and how can I best keep from driving my neighbors insane? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Aug 13, 2009 - 13 answers

There's a frog on my bow.

Why is the wooden block at the end of a violin bow called a "frog"?
posted by mendel on Jul 11, 2009 - 5 answers

twist my arm

fiddle filter: why won't my arm do what I want it to do when I play the fiddle? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

String her up: non-classical violin music

I have a friend who is a violinist. She's only played and listened to classical violin music. Please recommend artists and recordings of non-classical violin. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jun 1, 2009 - 49 answers

Help me name this song!

Please help me identify this song! [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me find the best Moroccan music featuring the violin.

Looking for excellent, traditional,(i.e. not westernized) examples of Moroccan music featuring the violin. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Apr 21, 2009 - 7 answers

The "treble" with alto clef...

Violin-to-Viola: please help me with a sound, non-bad-habit-forming technique to read and play alto clef after 27 years of treble only. [more inside]
posted by ViolaGrinder on Apr 19, 2009 - 20 answers

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