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  Topic: Not sure where to post this? [Tuning]
Stradsman

Replies: 6
Views: 10718

PostForum: Everything Else   Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:41 pm   Subject: Not sure where to post this? [Tuning]
I wonder why they haven't come up with a better mechanism for keeping the strings tuned that the traditional pegs. You would think that with today's engineering and technology someone would invent a m ...
  Topic: The problem with music stores
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 12051

PostForum: Musician's Forum   Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:04 pm   Subject: The problem with music stores
I've noticed that too. It's a business decision. The customers at music stores are possibly about 95% beginners. They have no time for serious musicians.

It's the same thing with book stores. Have ...
  Topic: Hello
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 16106

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:52 pm   Subject: Hello
Somebody wasn't happy about my comment on Sarah Palin and decided to PM me about it. There's a reason why this is called a forum. Write it all in here, if you have something in mind. I don't have much ...
  Topic: History of the Violin Forum
Stradsman

Replies: 3
Views: 15829

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:40 pm   Subject: History of the Violin Forum
It's sad when so much recorded knowledge is lost. I hope you guys back up this forum, in case something similar happens.

I think professional forums like this are a great resource for musicians, to ...
  Topic: Happy 4th of July
Stradsman

Replies: 1
Views: 3873

PostForum: Musician's Forum   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:29 pm   Subject: Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th to you as well. Thanks so much for the sheet music. It's funny that I actually see it for the first time. Having been a musician for many years, I had never seen our anthem on a staff.

Th ...
  Topic: Are these $50 violins any good?
Stradsman

Replies: 18
Views: 24366

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:05 am   Subject: Are these $50 violins any good?
Thanks for input guys!

I agree. These instruments are pretty bad.

It looks like this sort of violins weren't even available a decade or two ago. When I told one of my teachers about them (he's a ...
  Topic: I need help
Stradsman

Replies: 10
Views: 10598

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:36 pm   Subject: I need help
Wow! The more I learn, I am glad to be an American !!!

Get someone like Sarah Palin in power and you'll be thinking about Iran as a land of freedom and opportunity.

It's amazing how often we ...
  Topic: Are these $50 violins any good?
Stradsman

Replies: 18
Views: 24366

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:21 pm   Subject: Are these $50 violins any good?
The internet is full of ridiculously cheap (often $50 or less) violins. I'm wondering if these instruments are good for anything. What's their main disadvantage?

They come neatly packed in a case, ...
  Topic: Successive Staccato in one bow, up or down
Stradsman

Replies: 11
Views: 24480

PostForum: Musician's Forum   Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:37 pm   Subject: Successive Staccato in one bow, up or down
I remember reading an old, extensive book on violin technique (Can't remember the name of the author). It said clear, well-articulated staccatos are the dream of every violinist. It's a skill that app ...
  Topic: Viola vs. Violin - the technique
Stradsman

Replies: 4
Views: 10008

PostForum: Everything Else   Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:05 pm   Subject: Viola vs. Violin - the technique
Thank you! That's a great thing about playing a string instrument. You get an insight into a number of other instruments.
  Topic: Hello
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 16106

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 3:15 am   Subject: Hello
Stradsman, if you bow like you mean to bow, (using the right technique) you will learn quickly. If you fear it, you won't. It is as simple as that.

Thank you, Benedict. I do find that important too ...
  Topic: Hello
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 16106

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 3:14 am   Subject: Hello
André Rieu may be popular, but his name never comes up when serious music is discussed. He fits more closely with the likes of Yani. And the existence of such musicians is no surprise. Mediocrity is ...
  Topic: Hello
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 16106

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 7:26 am   Subject: Hello
There's nothing like the weak, uncertain violin tones coming from the fingers of amateur or semi-professional musicians. Most pianists who are reasonably familiar with their instrument sound good enou ...
  Topic: Viola vs. Violin - the technique
Stradsman

Replies: 4
Views: 10008

PostForum: Everything Else   Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:52 pm   Subject: Viola vs. Violin - the technique
Just how different is the technique on the viola? I understand that it's tuned CGAD and that it's a bit bigger. I'd like to buy a cheap viola and practice it alongside the viola, just to learn more ab ...
  Topic: Hello
Stradsman

Replies: 9
Views: 16106

PostForum: Introduction, Rules and Suggestions   Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:45 pm   Subject: Hello
Thank you Lemuel!

I have studied conducting, theory, composition in college, but haven't been consistent in playing the violin. This instrument doesn't like amateurs, so I've been modestly limitin ...
 
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