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Old 05-07-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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EDMW official violin thread

Hey people,

There's an official piano thread but nothing for the violin so let's give it some love.

Feel free to post your favourite violin pieces or trade tips/purchases.

My most recent purchase is a Model 600 Klaus Heffler, to keep my trusty practice Cristoforis.

Oh, and keep the thread civil. If it gets shut down for any reason, guck you in advance.
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If I had a dollar for each time a parent asked me if their child is ready for vibrato I would be giving Bill Gates a run for his money. Literally.

If you can't sound good without vibrato, you are NOT going to sound good with vibrato. Period. Full stop. End of story. Bye bye.

I don't know why so many people think that vibrato is the magic bullet that'll put you up there with Itzhak Perlman. It's not a quick fix any more than the sustain pedal on the piano is (a lot of beginners think that sounding good = hitting the pedal THROUGH THE WHOLE SONG. Please don't do that).

My teacher used to say- "Do you know why so many Singaporean cafes serve brownies only when they're smothered in ice cream? The ice cream is there to mask the fact that the brownie is shitty." It's a harsh critic, but it's often true- too many kids pedal/vibrato through an entire piece to cover up any mistakes or technical deficits.

I generally won't let a student attempt vibrato until he has been playing competently in third position for at least six months, and his scales and arpeggios are solid. Some teachers are even stricter about this..

Edit- what's the big deal about vibrato, anyway? Many modern violinists use way too much of it, enough that it actually takes away from the melody. You really shouldn't vibrate all the time except in slow, expressive pieces where you use a slow and large vibrato to make it seem as if the violin is weeping. You should be deliberately choosing WHICH NOTES to vibrate rather than shaking your hand ALL THE TIME out of habit. That's a cop out, and you look like you've got Parkinson's.

Most good baroque pieces- Bach, Handel- omit most vibrato. It's only going to be played on longer notes where nothing interesting is happening. If that, even. Because there are lots of other things that you can use to fill the space e.g. Percussive grace notes, rolls, trebles..

Ok I'm getting very technical here. I'll stop.
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I only use Stradivarius italian
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I only use Stradivarius italian
Ya right.

That said, a double blind study has found that violinists can't always tell the difference between a Stradi and a regular violin.
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And how well can you do it?
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What is your favourite piece to play?
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Ya right.

That said, a double blind study has found that violinists can't always tell the difference between a Stradi and a regular violin.
Really? Technology

Canadian maple can make violin?
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And how well can you do it?
Not extremely well!!

Completed Grade 8 in 2014, taking a performance diploma in my free time now.

Good enough to moonlight here and there but that's about it. My weakness is etudes, always has been. Oh, and I'm especially weak in sixth position. No idea why.
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What is your favourite piece to play?
The Romanian dances by Bartok.

Humoresque by Dvorak. There's an awesome video of Itzhak Perlman playing it along with Yoyo Ma. A lot of people think that the catchy first segment is the difficult part to play- and I suppose it IS more of a challenge, technically, but playing the tragic second segment is a real test of musicality and expression.
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In before Lindsey Stirling videos.

Bookmarked. Later post videos in this thread .:
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Bookmarked. Later post videos in this thread .:
Feel free.

Edit: I have nothing against Lindsey Sterling either, I don't get all the hate. Sure, she's no prodigy, but how many of us are? She's getting kids interested in music, which is what matters.
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Feel free.

Edit: I have nothing against Lindsey Sterling either, I don't get all the hate. Sure, she's no prodigy, but how many of us are? She's getting kids interested in music, which is what matters.
Rather listen to good stuff by Clara Jumi Kang ..
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Rather listen to good stuff by Clara Jumi Kang ..
So would I, but Lindsey videos are welcome in this thread as well.
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So would I, but Lindsey videos are welcome in this thread as well.
Haha I go page EDMW no 1 Lindsey fan
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The Romanian dances by Bartok.

Humoresque by Dvorak. There's an awesome video of Itzhak Perlman playing it along with Yoyo Ma. A lot of people think that the catchy first segment is the difficult part to play- and I suppose it IS more of a challenge, technically, but playing the tragic second segment is a real test of musicality and expression.
Ah, you must be referring to this!



Just curious, is the conductor in this video Seiji Ozawa?

When I first heard it, the first thing that came to mind was "Living with Lydia"

But yes, its really a stirring piece. It must have taken nothing less than a musical prodigy to be able to seamlessly marry the the heartwarming, homely first half with the rather, as you have so aptly put it, tragic second half.

What is the most complex piece that you have played?

Ps: I have always wanted to master the violin, piano and flute since young
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