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`We`ve Got Them.`- New Year Thinking.

January 6, 2009 at 10:23 PM


well,I`ve finished my winter solstice and am now back in the flow .  What better way to start the year than a little esotericism?   Bearing that in mind here is a small challenge to the interested....

Take any quote you like from any source that has ever meant anything to you.  Post it here and relate it to violin playing in some way. (The point being that it wasn`t originally,  but as you know who says, `everything effects everything.`)

Try this one:  `We`ve got them!`



It was, of course,  among the last recorded words of General Custer at Little Bighorn. (presumably his very last was `aaaaargh.`)   For me it stands for refusal to see or acknowledge one`s own problems.  Perhaps a second violinist in a quartet who -knows- everyone else is out of tune.



From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 11:51 PM

I have many and mostly are french ones that I translated

firstly (from Artist of people) violinists are like wines, the hardests conditions the better the wine!

the smaller dogs bark louder!

some (not all!) are like this.

for a bad carpenter, there is no good tool

(because he always put his faults on his tool rather to look on himself)

hunger comes when we eat

(it's positive! the more violin we do, the more we want to do some)

a good dog comes from a good family

(many great violinists came from great musical families)

a cat that is thrown in water fears water

(violinists never forget their great challenges of the past and might fear them when they will be confronted again with them)

undress Pierre to dress Paul.

(Mean violinists critizise always meanly the others to look better themselves)

Two heads are better than one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (very true)

the dress doesn't make the princess

(it is bad to judge the violinists by their physical beauty)

there is never smoke without fire

(every problem have something that start it )

cool hands, warm heart

(not in violin!!!!!!!!!!!! cold hands do not produce sweet playing!)

put the sleigh unfront of the horse

(wante to always do things to fast)

we dont make a cake without breaking eggs

(we always have to sacrifice something to play well...)

we recognize the tree by its fruits

who loves well, punishes well

(the good teachers are often very strict!)

those who are alike stick together

(well this community is a good example)

who wants to ride far is good to its horse

(violinists must take care of their health!)

the one who goes hunting loose his place in the village

(when you don't play for a long time, you are not the same player when you come back!)

every truth is not good to say

(there is many taboos in violin)

you lose one, you find 10

(not true about the great masters!)

an advice man worths two

(you must know in what you are entering when you start the violin!)

don't make war, make love

(Does it sound better: don't make war, play violin!)


ok, I admit that it goes better with the dictionairy unfront of me to find good inspiration lol!





From Stephen Brivati
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 12:40 AM


how about `We have nothing to fear except fear itself ` (Roosevelt)

See my blog on the illusory nature of stage fright.



From Anne Horvath
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 2:23 AM

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

That is what you say when you nail the high note.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 2:21 AM

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. "

If you don't go home and practice, you'll keep playing it that way.


From J Kingston
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 3:10 AM

The message is:
That there are known knowns,
There are things we know that we know,
There are known unknowns,
That is to say there are things that we now know, we don't know
But there are also unknown unknowns,
There are things we do not know we don't know
And each year we discover a few more
Of those unknown unknowns.”

Credited to Donald Rumsfield, Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

From Mendy Smith
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 3:50 AM

"Just Do It!!!"

Performing publicly, vibrato, bowing soft, etc... 

Goes along with "There is no time like the present..."

From Corwin Slack
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 4:02 AM

"Damn the torpedos full speed ahead"

A community orchestra performing Verklaerte Nacht.

Close your eyes and don't look. 

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 5:15 AM


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen

A violin teacher to a student who has just mad ea pig`s ear of things in concert.



From Yixi Zhang
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. ~ Henry David Thoreau

In dreams begins responsibility. ~ William Butler Yeats

It’s the dearest dream of mine to make beautiful music by playing the violin and this dream must be had with my eyes wide open, with commitment and hard work.

Working on technical problems:

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

The Prune King and why he is so much loved by everyone:

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read. ~ Mark Twain

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. 

~ Francis Bacon

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ The Dalai Lama

From Tess Z
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 2:36 PM

......A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish......

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 2:47 PM

"It's not a big deal, it'll get done somehow."  Not really.   If it's important to you, you have to make time for it and put effort into it.

From Royce Faina
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 3:25 PM

It's better to be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"..... Mark Twain.

To Think before I speak or play.

From Bill Busen
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Measure twice, cut once.

From Bill DeFilippis
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 6:37 PM

From recent times, "Mission Accomplished"

From my view of the violin world, this is something that is always true, that there  never is a time when you really can say "mission accomplished". You might have gotten that certain piece ready enough for performance, but there always seems to be something beyond that. You might have just played the Mendelsohn to glowing reviews, but realize there is always something more you can to do make it even better. And like the real reference above, it is often dangerous to make any assumption that something is finished, because often that is when things get away from you.

From Tess Z
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 9:41 PM

......Are we there yet?......


......Don't Litter: Spay/Neuter Your Pets...... ;)

From Jude Ziliak
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:06 AM

"As above, so below"

A-flat above open G and the A-flat four octaves above that should be the same!

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:28 AM


......Don't Litter: Spay/Neuter Your Pets...... ;)

Advice to teacher s preparing stduents for international competitions??????



From Drew Lecher
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:43 AM


You are too quick:-)))

From Mendy Smith
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:38 AM


Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

And the best one of all.....

It is easy to play a musical instrument.  All you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

J.S Bach


From parmeeta bhogal
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Some Indian ones..

MIND the mind is like stomach.It is not how much you pit into it that counts but how much it digests. Swami Vivekananda

Obvious in terms of a violin player

LIFE is a syntehesis of opposites . The Vedas

Violin.."how the heck am I supoosed to.....(fill in your own words here) ?

KNOWLEDGE is like a deep well, fed by perennial springs, and your mind is the little bucket that you drop into it; you will get as much as you can assimilate. Lala Har Dayal

( don't know it All)

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 1:17 PM

We need the tonic of wildness.  (Henry David Thoreau)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.  (Henry David Thoreau, not speaking about a member of a marching band).

The belief that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains.  (Paul Simon)





From Royce Faina
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 4:41 PM

"it's all fun and games untill someone puts an eye out!"

To remind me to watch my bowing!" ;^)

From Anne Horvath
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:01 PM

"Rome wasn't built in a day."

From Ray Randall
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Old NASA Proverb:

He who hoots with the owls at night can not soar with the Eagles by day.


From Stephen Brivati
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 1:25 AM


does that nmean that if you don`t use a shoulder rest you can`t shift?




From Aiden Hanae
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

From  a manual for a Russian tank:

"1. Trust our technology.

2. In case of problems, refer to number 1."

I remember it when my technique isn't the best .

From Dottie Goldfarb
Posted on January 10, 2009 at 3:02 AM

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone" From Solitude Ella Wheeler Wilcox..

Much more fun to play with others..........

From Robert Patterson
Posted on January 10, 2009 at 3:24 AM

"Only the mediocre are always at their best."  ~Jean Giraudoux

Nobody gets it right 100% of the time.  Just keep moving forward.

From Aiden Hanae
Posted on January 10, 2009 at 4:02 AM

"Bach(bark) and the world Bachs  with you, Grieg(grieve) and you Grieg alone"

It's not that I don't like Grieg. I actually LOVE his music.

From Vartkes Ehramdjian
Posted on January 10, 2009 at 5:54 PM

The most beautiful and complete work written for the violin are the Solo sonatas and Partitas by J.S.Bach.
There is not one single  day that I do not go through them, for every time I discover something new and different.
J.S.Bach is a heavenly gift for us violinists and teachers throughout the world.
Montreal, Canada

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