The Weekend Vote
What kind of fittings do you have on your main instrument?
For those who aren’t sure what that means, the fittings are the tailpiece, pegs, chin rest and bridge — those parts of the violin that can be interchanged. For the purposes of this vote, we’re just going to talk about the pegs and tailpiece, which often come as a matching set, as the chin rest is very often customized to the player and thus not always part of a “set.”
Here is a description of various materials used for fittings, based on Violinist.com discussions from the past about the topic:
Boxwood: The softest, lightest and considered by some to be the most hypoallergenic. Comes in a range of shades.
What do you have? Please feel free to post comments about it. Post pictures, too, if you like! Sometimes people even have beautifully carved fittings, or fittings with gold or ivory (which might be trouble, these days!)
When I pointed out that we did not actually have a piano in the house, she relented. This meant, though, that I learned the violin first, well before I learned piano.
A certain school of thought holds that a child should first learn the piano, in order to understand the basics of theory and reading. Only after having a rudimentary level of piano skill should one move on to other instruments.
This is certainly not always practical, nor is it the way things seem to happen in the world! But, having recently enjoyed a year of piano lessons, I found that the whole endeavor really did strengthen my core musicianship, and I say this as a person with a music degree, as a longtime orchestra player, as a longtime teacher, etc. etc. I took piano in college, but it was a rather hurried and practical program aimed to push every student into a decent level of proficiency. By contrast, over the last year I enjoyed taking some time to think, enjoy and explore the piano.
How about you? What is your relationship to the piano? Is it something you learned, ever? Did you do it before or after the violin? Do you have a good level of proficiency?
With Youtube, streaming services, satellite radio, file-sharing and the like, do you still buy violin recordings?
I hope so! It's one way to support excellent musical artists and their work, while also growing your library with inspiring music, whether you have a digital or physical library.
These days there are so many ways to buy albums, whether you are getting MP3s or physical CDs: Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, etc. And if you get actual physical CDs, you can enjoy the pretty little booklets with program notes and photos!
For this week's poll, let us know how many recordings you've purchased in the last year, whether they be digital or physical. If you have bought digital recordings as individual tracks, you can count eight tracks as one "album." Also, be sure to tell us in the comments about recent recordings you have enjoyed, and about what kind of technology you are using for listening these days.
Previous entries: July 2014
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