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I generally don't like the look of electric violins....they look too much like holding a stick in your hands..lol....however.... "here's" a very interesting electric violin design.....I find myself greatly intrigued.....fresh/saltwater aquariums being a hobby of mine.....I think these are actually quite nice for an electric violin...I wonder how they play..

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Posted: April 21, 2012

You might remember that I posted a question about my old German violin which had a problem with the neck angle. Well I thought I'd let you know that I decided to trade it in an purchased another violin (*the* violin!) which I will be keeping for a long time! It was made in Nottingham UK in 2005:

I do have a question though, which is how do people who use cloths over their chinrest affix the cloth to stop it falling off? Since for whatever reason I seem to prefer using a cloth with this violin, even when I put my previous chinrest on for a while I went back to the one it came with and a cloth seems to work for me, however I would not want it to fall off when playing in ensemlbles etc!
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Posted: April 18, 2012

The saddest news I've had in a very long time..........the owner of the violin I've been playing would like to have her instrument back......  

That was a bit unexpected....but I should have known sooner or later she would.  I've just gotten so used to thinking of it as mine.   I'm very sad because I don't think I'll be able to afford another violin as nice as this one.....or even close.   <:'-((((((((((....to infinity....


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Posted: April 14, 2012

Richard Bohn
This isn't a question, but I felt that, after several months of using Violin Lab, I simply had to express my gratitude. This is an amazing resource. It has helped me overcome many bad habits which crept into my first three years of playing the viola. It is also helping to keep me on track, now that I have moved away from my teacher, until I find a new one. And then, it will be a solid reference to go to anytime.

Beth's presentations in the videos are outstanding, and very clear. My handling of the instrument, my tone, and and overall playing are improving month by month.
Thanks for creating this wonderful website!
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Posted: April 17, 2012

YouTube Copyright Warning
Just curious, did anyone ever get a copyright notice like this after posting a YouTube video:
Your video "Timour the Tartar", may have content that is owned or licensed by rumblefish and Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society, but itís still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it.
This claim is not penalizing your account status. Visit your Copyright Notices page for more details on the policy applied to your video.

I can't imagine that Timour the Tartar is owned or licensed by anyone since it dates back at least a hundred years.  I visited the YouTube copyright notices page but there were no details on why.

I contested their claim.

Looking at the Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society Facebook page here:
It almost sounds like a some sort of scam:
"You get the pleasure of posting videos
We get the pleasure of making money from your videos
It's a win-win situation :)"

Checking further, this has happened to others before. The Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society reference likely is a scam:

The rumblefish reference appears to be more legitimate and is described here:
My read on it is that there is some type of software algorithm that scans the music and pattern matched a portion of it to something similar that is under copyright.

I now notice that the warning has now been removed from the video in YouTube video manager, so contesting it must have caused it to be manually reviewed and the warning lifted.

What amazes me is that the software algorithm recognized something I did as actual music!!!


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Posted: April 19, 2012

Operation: Dan Hughie - It's a go.

Eileen wisely suggested that Dan Hughie MacEachern's March would be a fine ol' Cape Breton tune for me to learn.

I thought it might be a good idea to keep a log of my learning process and provide a running commentary if it on this thread.  Perhaps others can offer suggestions to improve it or maybe someone can benefit from it, who knows?  I'll post an entry for significant events/milestones as they occur in the process. Stay tuned.

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Posted: April 19, 2012

It's been nearly a week and not a mention of J. Scott Skinner here on ViolinLab!  Timour the Tartar was recorded by JSS. It goes by other names as well, I don't know if he composed it or not.

The tempo here is somewhat outside my comfort zone resulting in a few mistakes here and there (I'll just say they give it an authentic fiddle flavour). Still not "up to speed" though.

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Posted: April 17, 2012

I also do not mean to place responsibility on the pup. I should have made sure the violin case was up and out of reach. I blame myself, not the pup (which I eventually gave away since he wasn't happy living in an apartment and currently has an entire ranch to run on and cows to chase up on the Navajo reservation). 
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Posted: April 19, 2012

Yay! Today is a great day indeed. My violin case had been "puppified" by a pup I had while living in Flagstaff (long story but basically I wasn't playing the violin at the time and didn't think that the pup would investigate the closet floor where I kept the violin since I kept the door closed - until the pup learned to open it). The violin and bow were not touched but I have not had an intact case since. So, today, there is money in the budget for a "new" violin case for me! (I currently live with my dad and I'm looking for a job but right now his retirement is our budget).  We're also taking my violin to the shop because the chin rest is so slightly wobbly. It causes me more worry than anything else I think but its the main reason why I mentally worry about the violin "slipping" if I loose my death grip with my left hand.  So, hopefully I can get some pointers today about ways to correct it (that are hopefully somewhat inexpensive) or a new chin rest? (crossing fingers). I know my violin is one of the cheap massed produced ones but I do love its tone when I play well and it is the only violin I have at the moment. 
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Posted: April 19, 2012

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