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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why is the wooden block at the end of a violin bow called a "frog"?
posted by mendel
on Jul 11, 2009 -
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 -
Looking for excellent, traditional,(i.e. not westernized) examples of Moroccan music featuring the violin. [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Apr 21, 2009 -
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 -
I'm looking for some books on music (the playing thereof). One on developing rhythmic skills and then any good recomendations on the performance of classical music. [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Feb 10, 2009 -
What is the song in this video
? Sounds like some sort of string-based (violin?) instrumental hip-hop.
posted by archagon
on Sep 13, 2008 -
My music theory professor challenged our class to identify a married couple where one plays the violin and the other the trumpet. His theory is that the personalities of violin and trumpet players clash. Can anyone name a prominent musical couple where one plays a bowed instrument and the other brass? I would imagine that a saxophone player or drummer would be equally incompatible with a string player.
posted by swarkentien
on Sep 1, 2008 -
Can you recommend me great modern violinists? Like Jo Young-wook, Paul Cantelon, etc. [more inside]
posted by Leech
on May 8, 2008 -