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]
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.
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]
Here's the first part, pretty much the only part I can remember precisely: http://audio.loresjoberg.com/unknown-air.mp3 [more inside]
Having established that we both like Owen Pallett, please tell me what else you like that seems Owen Pallett-esque. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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?
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.
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Are these actually staged "awareness-raising events" for the classical music industry or honest mistakes made by skilled professionals with priceless devices? [more inside]
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]
Any violin geeks out there? [more inside]
Give me happy violin music! [more inside]
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!
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.
I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz. [more inside]
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]
What is this beautiful violin song (in the first minute or so of the video) featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation? [more inside]
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?
Looking for a Puerto Rican salsa band headed by Victor Arlo (?). [more inside]
What is this music?
Looking for a particular violinist (and similar music) [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]
How much can I charge for violin lessons in NYC? [more inside]
Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Who designed the gorgeous dress Anne-Sophie Mutter wears on the cover of her box of Mozart sonatas and related DVD?
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.
What do Linux people do for realtime music effects? [more inside]
How to get rid of a viola "hickey"? [more inside]
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]
Why is the wooden block at the end of a violin bow called a "frog"?
fiddle filter: why won't my arm do what I want it to do when I play the fiddle? [more inside]
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]
Looking for excellent, traditional,(i.e. not westernized) examples of Moroccan music featuring the violin. [more inside]
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]
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