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Cello Question
I've been wanting to rent a cello to try it out as a possible 2nd instrument, but the rental cellos I have come across do not look very good for tone quality. Does anyone have a suggestion of how I could rent a cello for a month, or a few months, to see if I like cello, but a cello that is more of an advanced intermediate level and not beginner or early intermediate? A few years ago I played, just for a few minutes, an old German 1/2 size cello whose tone qualities were so good that I never forgot it, and I am interested in a cello of that quality to rent.

I know that in violins, I played two European instruments at the same price point for example, and one blew the socks off the other because of build quality and varnish. Price point had no meaning in that case. It was just hit or miss with the tone woods and varnish. They both had the same terrific setup. So in cellos, I would imagine it would be the same case. I just spoke with a cellist, and they rented a Chinese cello whose top plate tended to keep cracking, so they purchased a used German cello that sounds remarkable! and is solid with no cracking problems. That shop no longer exists.

There are a plethora of cellos I see in playing groups- some starkly orange, some bright and some mellow and not projecting, but some with the tone quality I am looking for and they turn out to be used German cellos. They have a deep but clear sound on the lower strings, are generally clear in high positions (hard to find), they are not tinny sounding on the upper strings, and they have a good setup and a good set of strings. If I like the cello, I would purchase it, so that is the reason for looking to rent a good quality cello. Just can't find a shop that does that! The cellos just don't look that good!

Thank you for any ideas or suggestions.

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Posted: September 21, 2018

Beth Blackerby
Make Us Nervous Sept. 15- NOON- Central US
Hi all, I'd like to invite you to be a virtual audience for me and a few friends. We are playing the first movement of the Dohnanyi Serenade for a benefit concert next weekend, and it would be so helpful to play it for some people before the gig. The concert is to benefit a fellow violinist who suffered a debilitating stroke and can no longer play. Needless to say the audience will be mostly our peers, which makes for the most nerve racking performance situation. Being able to play it for an audience beforehand will be so beneficial!

Here is the official invitation from Zoom. the links probably won't work in this box, so you'll have to copy and paste the urls. 

Topic: Make us Nervous!

Time: Sep 15, 2018 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16468769923,,809905862#  or +16699006833,,809905862# 

    Meeting ID: 809 905 862
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28 Responses
Posted: September 11, 2018

EXCELLANT Practice video on mapping out bow disdibutio and string crossings.  Raised the treble side of my shoulder rest and will apply the string crossing tips and critique to learning the bow line for Simple Gifts.  Thank you Beth!!!

May The Beat Be With You,


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Posted: September 20, 2018

String Crossing Focussed Critique Needed
Critique Time on String Crossings

Hi Everyone, if you could critique, what is good and more important what needs to be improved so that I can focus on those areas.  Articulations at beginnings of up or down strokes, volume even?, finger flexibility, moving the elbow before the bow, moving the arm but not the raising the shoulder. 

I've got my own ideas but I do not want to influence your comments.  You all have a great day.


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Posted: September 18, 2018

Bow Lifts At The Tip
I've posted about this young performer before, but couldn't find the thread, so I created this new one. I am so impressed with the bow lifts she is doing at the tip. I think she is doing a great job on this piece. If I had to comment on anything, it would be to watch out for a fiddler's wrist, and not to lift the bow so many times. But for the intentional lifts within the phrases, those lifts at the tip look very well done, are very hard to do I would imagine, and they sound identical to the ones she is doing at the frog.
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Posted: September 19, 2018

Sonia Lancaster
Double stopped scales in thirds and sixths
Hi All,

Looking for help with learning double stopped scales. I have to learn Ab and E in thirds and sixths 2 octaves. I have done both lines individually and thatís fine but as soon as I put the lines together it starts to fall apart. My teacher said to think about the distance relationship between the fingers but I just get confused. Do I compare top with bottom note or spacing from note to the next note?

Any tips?

Thanks Sonia

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Posted: September 14, 2018

Sharlene R.
Instrument insurance?
Hi all, I have subscribed to violin lab for about two years now, but do not usually post.  My name is Charlie, I am learning both violin and classical guitar and I hope you can weigh in on this question.  
I just upgraded my violin to about a $2,000 model.  My teacher recommends that I buy musical instrument specific insurance.  When I add up all of my instruments, cases, bows, etc. I have about a $5,000 investment.  
Does anyone have experience with musical instrument insurance?  Is it better than homeowner's insurance.  Companies that you can recommend?
Any advice would be appreciated.  
Thank you.

5 Responses
Posted: September 17, 2018

Orchestra Piece
Hi, This is a piece of orchestra music that I am working on. It is hard! I am playing it well below tempo, roughly 46bpm. It needs to be worked up to 72bpm. Sure, there are LOTS of things to work on here! :) But by making this video, it helped me to focus and really make progress, as usual! Plus, seeing and hearing it helps. Comments welcome!
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5 Responses
Posted: September 17, 2018

Valerio de Franchis
Hi everybody,
I'm Valerio. I am 26 and I live in Rome (Italy).

This is the first time I post (I'm quite shy),
but it's been a year since my first subscription.

So I've been playing for almost a year,
and I would like to have some feedback to my violin and bow holds. So I'm attaching some pictures.

thank you in advance,
hope to hear from you soon!

5 Responses
Posted: September 15, 2018

Beautiful Playing
After I listened to the Intro dialogue, the playing here was just beautiful.
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Posted: September 15, 2018

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