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Barb Wimmer
I am taking lessons again and we are focusing on music theory. I want to work on these two songs not by just ear. Orange Blossom Special and Josh Groban You Raise Me Up. I appreciate learning here I can get into music notes and 8notes websites and have utilized them to the fullest. I have gotten better at not picking a super hard or super easy version of music and sometimes even in the right key of the original and not to pick the wrong instrument sheet music. Any suggestions where I can find the original key (we are studying keys and I haven't got it yet closer though) of those two songs in violin not too easy maybe solo maybe not solo that sounds like the original that I can tackle and learn not just by ear?. Thank you

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Posted: May 2, 2017

Mohammed Hajjar
Do you stick to Suzuki pieces?
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if you stick to the pieces suggested by Suzuki, or you sneak into your favorite pieces and learn them at the same time. 

I've discovered that if you have couple of songs that you love, playing them regularly, would really fast forward the learning process since you are able to feel the notes and the rhythm.

Any thoughts?

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Posted: May 3, 2017

Elke Meier
Meet my new very, very special friend :)!
Two years ago I got two old family heirlooms from an aunt and uncle. They had belonged to"uncle Paul", my uncles great-uncle who had been a professional violinist. They both had been in storage for about 25 years and looked rather worn. When I showed them to my luthier she felt that one was a nice instrument from Hermann Dölling jr. The other one (without inscription), she felt, would probably not be very special but it would still be a good student instrument. But since they both looked rather old and were not in playing position she couldn't promise what the end result would be for either one of them. From the very first moment, I had fallen in love with the no-name violin. It looked so terribly battered and worn, with Rosin just baked into the varnish under the strings. Uncle Paul must have played first violin because the finger board in the high positions looked like a highway where some heavy trucks have left their wheel marks :). But since I couldn't afford to have two violins restored I still decided to have the Hermann Dölling one repaired first since it definitely seemed to be the better instrument. And as a beginner, I figured, the better the instrument the easier it would be to get some half way decent tone from it. This is the violin I have been playing since. 

However, at some point I decided I wanted at least to hear what the old battered violin sounded like. The sound post was still standing, an old bridge was still laying around somewhere between the old gut strings, and the indents on the wood of where the bridge had been was CLEARLY visible. So I put some simple strings on - and was very surprised. Even with this extremely crude setup it sounded rather nice. And I had the feeling that I just could handle this violin better than my other one. So I have been saving for quite some time to be able to have this one properly restored again. Yesterday I collected it - and I just love it! 

Here is a picture of this new friend: On the left is the unrestored, very dirty original, and in the middle is the "new" version. The color actually is darker than the middle picture. The flash distorted this. So on the right I took a picture without flash to give a better impression of what it really looks like now. It is indeed a very special instrument - very un-perfect. So it really fits me perfectly :). The luthier pointed out the details of why this instrument is so special. This post is already long enough, so you find more explanation and pictures inside.

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Posted: April 29, 2017


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Posted: May 6, 2017

Manikaant Suryan
Account renewal
Hey people,
Does anyone know why does the payment mode include the note reading course automatically when we wanna renew the account without it? 

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Posted: May 2, 2017

Cynthia Alpers
What's Changing in Your Playing as You Age?
I's not polite to talk about someone's age, but I'm curious if any of you are experiencing changes in the way that you play as you get older.  I know that I certainly am.

I started playing the violin at the age of 59 and have been playing for about 3 years.  I have noticed small things, like my, "ear," is not quite as good as it was only a couple of years ago.  Also, I can't read the music on the page as well.  (It's at that difficult distance, too far for readers, too far for my driving glasses.)  My finger coordination isn't nearly what it should be.  My hands...heck, my whole body hurts after a long practice.  My intonation
and rhythm are sounding absolutely fantastic in my head, but not so much in practice.  I'm not sure whether it's just that I'm playing more challenging pieces, or it's simply age catching up with me.  I hope it's the former.  I don't want to sound like I'm hunting for excuses.  After all...we're all getting older.  What are some of you experiencing?

~ C

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Posted: April 29, 2017

Fatih Kulaz
Hunters Chorus
Hi :)
I have been working on Hubters Chorus for a week. I would like to present my practices. What do you think?
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Posted: May 1, 2017

Hi Everyone
Thought I would show y'all a violin I am working on which is a family heiloom and about 120 years old.  It needs a new bass bar, cleats for one of the cracks, and the violin top restored but not lose any of the patiena. 

This video is the start of the restoration process and if you want I will post a couple more videos as the project continues.  If you have any questions please feel free to throw them my way.  If I do not know, I'll make sound like I do.  :)))


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Posted: April 24, 2017

Elke Meier
Traveling with an instrument
I just found an article from the Musician's Union which rated airlines according to their policy regarding instruments on flights. I thought this could be interesting to you.

The full list can be found under this link.

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Posted: March 21, 2017

Mohammed Hajjar
Can the sound of a violin change?
Hello colleagues,

i've noticed that sometimes my violin has a clear sound and sometimes it's a bit fuzzy or waffly.  Could that be because of change in humidity? I usually store it in the case, in a silk bag with a dampit inside the f hole.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

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