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Eileen Geriak

trying to get a proper setup

May 7, 2006 at 12:03 AM

Well, now that I have my old violin and bow back....I'm on the hunt for just the right set of strings to use. It's going to be hard because I can't afford to go buying up a set of different strings to try every few weeks....but I did find a book that could help at least to narrow the search down to a few different brands. I can't afford a professional teacher who can help with this sort of thing...I am sooo on my own here ! Being such a novice, I don't often know what the heck I'm doing half the time, but hey ! It's FUN ! :D
I found the "Violin Owners Manual" on amazon while browsing. There's a chapter on choosing strings...and from what I have read I'm thinking that Pirastro's "Obligato" or "Eudoxa" strings may be the way to go for my violin, which is an old german make with a high arch. At least that's what the author of that chapter suggests...lol.
So...now I at least have a start on that end of it...I also need to find a better shoulder rest. I've tried kune, and some other types and just can't find one that "fits" properly. I'm always adjusting as I'm playing and it gets a bit annoying, not to mention interfering with my abilities here...slim as they are.
How does one go about setting up properly ? I suppose this is something I should have done right off the bat, but.....I didn't, and now that my skills are improving I can see the shortcomings aren't all mine....only some of them...lol.
Now, if I can just find a place that has a bunch of different shoulder rests that I can try out I may just be able to find something I can be satisfied with so that I can concentrate on MY inadequacies and do something about THOSE !

From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 7, 2006 at 1:50 AM
Hi Eileen - this isn't in response to this blog entry really, but I just now caught up on all your other blogs. (You must have posted during all those periods I've been away from this site.) What fun they were to read! So, allow me to say hi, nice to "meet" you, and have fun with your gentleman and setting him up properly!
From Eileen Geriak
Posted on May 7, 2006 at 11:00 AM
Why thank you Terez ! I love reading other's blogs as well. This is such a new thing for me..but what a thrill to be a member of the "musician's sect". I have a long way to go yet, but the journeys been great fun so far. I can't wait to be able to enjoy listening to what I'm playing ! LOL !

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