Printer-friendly version


July 3, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Still struggling with the blows to my faith made by the results of the Tchaik. That someone should have the temerity to enter and attempt to win by taking the underhand approach of playing like an angel is beyond the pale. That various teachers should go along with this by awarding prizes on merit is more than I can handle right now. It is, or course, a conspiracy by the Suzuki cabal who have had this long range plan for years. You can read the carelessly hidden memos concerning this plot among the crumbling historical documents of Timbuktu now in the headlines of that bastion of the British Press, the Guardian. That is of course, the reason why those documents receive little or no mention in the US media: the Julliard has of course been instrumental in the cover up.
However, I am not a mean person and I have written to George Bush asking for a presidential pardon for both Kamia Toyota doofreewhatsit and the arch villain Zhakar Nike Bron.
Quick quiz question: what is the strongest muscle is in the body?

No Albert. Get down of the ceiling. It’s the ones near the ear that move the lower jaw. Scary isn’t it. We violinists spend so many years screwing up our most potentially damaging body part without a care in the world.
But have no fear. Here is an unorthodox and helpful little stretch for violinists who haven’t won the Dubikovsky competition. First relax you neck. Imagine a thread pulling your head p to the ceiling. Now open your mouth and allow the head to tilt backwards so that you are looking at the ceiling (more or less). You are probably feeling a bit of a prat right now but this move will be de rigueur at all Russian music competitions form next year. From this position simply close your mouth by moving the lower jaw against the upper jaw so that your lips are together. You will feel an incredible stretch all the way under your chin and down the front of the neck. Some people have neglected this area for so long they actually can’t close the mouth with the head in this position.

From Ben Clapton
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 12:31 AM
I thought the strongest muscle in the body was either the Heart or the Tongue.
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 12:40 AM
nope. Yer heart@s strength is love and the tongue has the greatest number of sensory receptors in the body. But for sheer strength go and bite someone,
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 2:12 AM
Cool it guys, you're talking about his angel.
From Albert Justice
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 2:24 AM
Buri, I am a sensitive intelligent refined person who just happens to think that you have misjudged my formidable abilities.

I knew good and well that the eyelids are the strongest muscle in the body. So there!.

From Albert Justice
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 2:26 AM
Incidentally, I was sorry to hear that there was so much controversy at the competition as well--but not surprised. I've competed in The Air Force Tops in Blue, Science Fairs, and so forth, and there's always that crony factor.

I therefore use that type of concept to simply try and make myself better. And further, I compete only with myself. I find that even friendly banter among gardeners abrasive.

And, I'm glad I see the world this way.

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 4:20 AM
it was the underpants on the outside of the trousers that threw me.
From Ihnsouk Guim
Posted on July 5, 2007 at 12:01 AM
Buri, This is the most stylized way of saying shut up to someone I ever encountered. I have a minimal object to the title j'accuse. Should it be je demande?


From Stephen Brivati
Posted on July 5, 2007 at 12:21 AM
Je suis fatigue...
From Ihnsouk Guim
Posted on July 5, 2007 at 1:26 AM
Not surprised.


From Evan Solomon
Posted on July 6, 2007 at 2:59 AM
Thanks for a clear-headed response to all the foaming at the mouth I've seen regarding the results of Tchaikovsky. I remember when Mayuko first came to America about eight years ago. Her huge talent was obvious even back then. After watching most of the competition online, I think the decision was perfectly reasonable. And it could have been perfectly reasonable for someone else to have won- that's the nature of competitions. But unless someone has evidence of hanky-panky, just accept the fact that she's a deserving winner.

This entry has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Silent Violin
Yamaha Silent Violin

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases Business Directory Business Directory

Johansen International Competition

Antonio Strad Violin

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Bobelock Cases


Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Metzler Violin Shop

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin



Johnson String Instrument and Carriage House Violins

Potter Violins

String Masters

Bein & Company

Annapolis Bows & Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews. Interviews Volume 1 Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn Interviews Volume 2 Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine