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    She seems quite calm. I've done about 15 ABRSM exams and I panicked so much before all of them! She's stopped now, to watch Holby City :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Lauren)
    She seems quite calm. I've done about 15 ABRSM exams and I panicked so much before all of them! She's stopped now, to watch Holby City :rolleyes:
    how old did you say she was?
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    If it sounds sharp, she just needs to pull her hand back. Make sureher thumb stays in line with her first finger.
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    (Original post by historyhoney)
    hahaha

    *Neg rep* *neg Rep* just kidding - I do actually find some of htem funny!
    Lol, sorry, I know loads, some bright spark bought a musicians joke book one year on orchestra tour, hours of fun!!

    Anyway. I guess once Lauren's sister gets better she'll sound less squeaky (obviously) unfortunately the violin doesn't start to sound good until you get to the stage of learning vibrato :hmpf:
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    stick it in a vice, that should flatten it
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    (Original post by Ditzy)
    How do you stop someone stealing your violin?

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    Put it in a viola case :p:


    (sorry, couldn't resist )
    This one's just as good...

    What's the difference between a viola and a trampoline?

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    You take your shoes off before you jump on a trampoline :p:
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    (Original post by historyhoney)
    Oh yes - the benifits of looking like your'e playing the violin without the sqeeuks :P
    aha, so ultimately it's to look like you're playing the violin if you're not skilled enough to play the superior instrument :p:
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    (Original post by Ditzy)
    Lol, sorry, I know loads, some bright spark bought a musicians joke book one year on orchestra tour, hours of fun!!

    Anyway. I guess once Lauren's sister gets better she'll sound less squeaky (obviously) unfortunately the violin doesn't start to sound good until you get to the stage of learning vibrato :hmpf:
    help! I've known the vibrato since I was about 11... and I still sound completely crap!

    Maybe I should demote myself to viola...
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    String gauge?
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    On the subject of violins whats the minimum I can pay to get a functional beginners violin?
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    (Original post by Lauren)
    She's doing grade 2 and she's holding it correctly. She's been playing for I think two years. It's not like a semitone sharp or anything, but you know when it's slightly sharp and you can hear it's out? I know a little about violin playing, I had lessons for a year but never liked it enough to take grades (because of the squeaking!).
    The squeaking will be technique, and unfortunately it's only practise that improves it.

    Probablt her intonation is a bit out as well which is making it sound out of tune, and again it's only practise that will improve it.
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    (Original post by viviki)
    On the subject of violins whats the minimum I can pay to get a functional beginners violin?
    If you get a second hand one then you can get them pretty cheap. £50 maybe?
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    (Original post by allisandro)
    The squeaking will be technique, and unfortunately it's only practise that improves it.
    :banghead: lol
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    (Original post by viviki)
    On the subject of violins whats the minimum I can pay to get a functional beginners violin?
    You can get dirt cheap chinese instruments from about £30, but they sound god awful. You can get a decent reconditioned German fiddle (will sound much nicer) for a couple of hundred (although I doubt you'd want to pay that much)
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    help! I've known the vibrato since I was about 11... and I still sound completely crap!

    Maybe I should demote myself to viola...
    Lol, you must admit vibrato takes some of the harshness from the sound though (I still sound awful too!!) Although the instrument makes a lot of difference, I borrowed one my friend make (priced at arounf £2K) and suddenly sounded much better (wasn't hard though, I'm shockingly bad!! :p: )
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    (Original post by viviki)
    On the subject of violins whats the minimum I can pay to get a functional beginners violin?
    Have a look on ebay. They have many student violins (of Chinese make or similar) for about £30, inclusive of bow and case! A pretty decent bargain!

    I've been looking on ebay at the £1500 violins that I'd love to own, but will probably never have the money to buy
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    (Original post by Ditzy)
    Lol, you must admit vibrato takes some of the harshness from the sound though (I still sound awful too!!) Although the instrument makes a lot of difference, I borrowed one my friend make (priced at arounf £2K) and suddenly sounded much better (wasn't hard though, I'm shockingly bad!! :p: )
    Agreed. At least I've also got to the stage where I can hear the difference between a £6000 violin (a mates violin) and my cheapass student £250 violin
    It does take a bit of skill to make a good violin sound good it has to be said!

    It's worth pointing out that the main thing my vibrato does is disguise the fact that my intonation crap and I can never place my fingers so it forms perfect intervals! :p: so people think I'm in tune!
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    Agreed. At least I've also got to the stage where I can hear the difference between a £6000 violin (a mates violin) and my cheapass student £250 violin
    It does take a bit of skill to make a good violin sound good it has to be said!

    It's worth pointing out that the main thing my vibrato does is disguise the fact that my intonation crap and I can never place my fingers so it forms perfect intervals! :p: so people think I'm in tune!
    Lol, cunning!! See what you did there!!

    I have promised my friend I'll commission him to make me a lovely violin if I ever win the lottery (his prices are extortionate!!)
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    (Original post by Ditzy)
    Lol, cunning!! See what you did there!!

    I have promised my friend I'll commission him to make me a lovely violin if I ever win the lottery (his prices are extortionate!!)
    :eek: you have a friend who MAKES violins! That's soo cool.

    I'd buy a custom made bow, from John Stagg in Bristol.... all of his bows start from at least £10000 I think!
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    :eek: you have a friend who MAKES violins! That's soo cool.

    I'd buy a custom made bow, from John Stagg in Bristol.... all of his bows start from at least £10000 I think!
    Yep, he did four years at uni studying violin making, very cool, he's made some lovely stuff (and refitted my violin at mates-rates for me!! )(http://www.fonzooorooo.co.uk)
 
 
 

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