V.Com Sister Sites?

April 23, 2009 at 02:27 AM ·

I know of a Violist site where violists have threads and bloggs but got to thinking if the Niles had sister sites such as, Violist.com, or Cellist.com, etc. do you think it would fare well like Violinist.com has?

Replies (31)

April 23, 2009 at 02:29 AM ·

We have one sister site, and it has nothing to do with violinists or violists or cellists:


:) But we'd still love you to visit it!

And, we always welcome our brothers and sisters from the viola, cello, bass, guitar family...

April 23, 2009 at 03:26 AM ·

Musicians of all sorts are always welcomed!  I love that the Viola players are warmly embraced here!  Their input is valuble!  As I have said before, I could never make enough money to pay for the music education I get here!!!!!!

On Another Note: Only those born between 1976 and after.  Name the cartoon character I am curently using as my profile picture and win a free Bernadel violin rosin....slightly used.

April 23, 2009 at 02:18 PM ·

...I take dem from you.

The Frito Bandito. But you can keep your rosin. Thanks anyway.

April 23, 2009 at 02:32 PM ·


They have a very active email list that you can join through yahoo groups:




April 23, 2009 at 04:24 PM ·

It's all very interesting, but what would violists be saying? I'd presume that their spelling would be worse than Stephen's.

Everything would be like "well this is how Primrose did it.." And how is someone supposed to answer that? I'll tell you: "well...this is how Primrose did it." And then someone else would have to chime in: "But Primrose did it this way..." 

And what kind of sponsors could you get? The people that sell stuff on late-night tv, like Super Colon Cleanse 2000? Cheap American beer? Mortgages with no money down? I'd suggest Baby Einstein, but for most violists it may be too late....

April 23, 2009 at 07:00 PM ·

FWIW, I tried to register violist.com at the same time I registered violinist.com, back in 1996. But it was taken! Yep, someone got the viola domain before the violin one. Go figure.

And if you haven't clicked the link to visit Theme Park Insider yet, you are missing some lovely photos of Laurie with Jessie and Woody from "Toy Story." :-) Laurie rarely appears on TPI, but this is one of those weeks when she has.

And vice versa, now, I guess.

April 23, 2009 at 11:53 PM ·

JIM- Now if you were born no later than 1976 how would you know that my figure is the Frito Bandito???? You Chester Cheeto Cheater!

Robert- Interesting.  Could Luarie interview Yo Yo Ma, and other musician greats and encourage them to post here at v.com????

April 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM ·


Royce,  YoYo Ma would be noce of course.  But,  this is a specialist site that has clealry been set up for violnists.  once you open the site to otehr isntruments then it loses that .   A lot of good people use this site becaus eof its relevance.  partly becuas eof my background in linguistics I suppose,  I am often intrigued by the way the internet has seemed to dilute certains established norms of communication.  One of which is to not enter a converstaion on a complwetley differnet subject. (Violates Grice`s ,maxim of relevance).  Thus,  in the real world a cellist would not expect a roomful of violinists to talk to him about the cello if they were already immeresed in violin discusison and vice versa.  Its so much simpler to g to a cello site and read their stuff.  I do it a lot by the way.  It`s a terrific resource.



April 24, 2009 at 06:33 AM ·

 I still think a special site for violists would be dangerous. When I think of the dozen or so violists who've been able to figure out how to work a computer sitting and drooling at their keyboards in their parents' basements and causing electrical fires....

Maybe we could buy them nice spill-proof keyboard covers?

April 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM ·

Buri- I see what you mean.  And that is why I posted this subject.  I think that it would be such an educational boom with sites for the other strings.  I love the Niles site(s) and so far its' the best musician Blogging outpost IMHO.  Laurie did post in this thread that other musicians are welcomed and so that is why I asked if Mr. Ma could be interviewed.  I fully see where you are coming from about a cellist in a room full of violinists.  But I'm sure Yo Yo could still give a fasinating discussion about a composer, or an era.  And you gave me something to think about when it comes to adding to a thread..... I need to realy think be fore I speak and be a contribution, not a distraction.  I just love the violin, love to be a part of something, but I am limited to what i can say.  But quality out weighs quantity, especialy when it comes to words.

Would love to see a cellist.com site!!!!  Have interviews with Zoe Keating, Yo Yo Ma, people who knew Jacoline de Pre!


April 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM ·


Royce,  there is an excellent cellist site-  mind gone blank but I think its called internet cello society or some other combination of the three words....  If you can`t find it let me know.  I have spend hours going through their stuff.  But I would advise against posting anything about the violin on it;)

Scott,  is it still called a keyboard cover if it only covers one key?   Anyway,  my understanding wa s we kept the violas here for their own protection.



April 24, 2009 at 03:03 PM ·

Buri- I'll look into it. Thanks!  And I get what you are saying, that it's their site for their instrument.  And I doubt I would post anything.  Even personal impressions wouldn't be good.  Just something to read and soak up.


April 24, 2009 at 05:27 PM ·

Buri- It is Internet Cello Society!

Man what a site!  They have a forum that's for young cello players 18 and under.  A mother of a 12 year old daughter learning the cello who is very bored with practicing asked how other youths cope with it and they have some great practicing advice!  They are really sharp! Stuff that I can apply with my playing the violin!

Thanks a million Buri!

April 24, 2009 at 08:00 PM ·

Sorry Royce--so much to responding to something before my 2nd cup of coffee...

Mia maxima culpa.

April 24, 2009 at 10:36 PM ·

No problem Jim...... I doubt anyone other than those who watched TV in 1971 and remember Tobacco comercials would know about the Frito Bandito.....

April 29, 2009 at 09:49 PM ·

Laurie Niles wrote, "And, we always welcome our brothers and sisters from the viola, cello, bass, guitar family..."

And as a Classical Guitarist struggling with this cousin of my main instrument, wondering how to deal without frets, thinking the strings are on the wrong way round (G D A E instead of E A D G B E) and trying to figure out this wood and horsehair thing that my teacher insists I play with, it is wonderful that this site is so friendly, informative, fun and non-intimidating.

Thanks Laurie.  Your work really is appreciated.


April 29, 2009 at 11:58 PM ·

Just hang in there dude! You'll get it! It's a frettless side show at times but a ball and a half as well!

April 30, 2009 at 01:23 AM ·

in essence,  don`t fret....

April 30, 2009 at 06:25 AM ·

I think we need to clear up the rules, with all this talk of cello and frets and such.

First, to join this site, Forget the frets!

Second, if it doesn't have a chinrest, you're in the wrong place. If you play the cello and DO play with a chinrest, well I certainly won't be the one blocking you from coming in the doorway......

Finally, NO BRASS! I can let the abovementioned Cello Fello in, and even a violist or two, but if someone plays a tuba or a sousaphone, they need to get their own website! How would they be interested in 88 comments about the quality of horsehair if they play an instrument with a spit valve?

April 30, 2009 at 04:05 PM ·

OK, now I have to ammend the above rules. Someone emailed me pictures of me in a school orchestra playing a trumpet, and reminded me that in high school I even played TROMBONE!

So, maybe we should just open the gates just a wee smidgen?

April 30, 2009 at 06:37 PM ·

I'm sure glad that I've been forgiven for my spit-valve-instrument-playing past! (Played french horn and mellowphone in high school.) I did have fun playing the horn, but I love the violin so much more.

April 30, 2009 at 08:37 PM ·

In 5th grade I was a TV celebrity...Played "Camptown Races",  "Oh Susanna" and "Catch A Falling Star"----all on harmonica----just beautiful !!!     I still play the 'harp'........ Have a whole bag of them,in different keys--ready for any occasion........All Hohner harps.......Lovely and easy to play  !

April 30, 2009 at 09:48 PM ·

I gave my Grandfather a Bb harp as a gift.  Violinist.com.....UN of the music world????

April 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM ·

OK - I simply must briefly come out of retirement for this one. I think that there should be a subsidiary site called shoulder_rest.com. In it, proponents of either side of the issue can engage in an endless life-or-death struggle until all eternity. And anyone - including me!- starting a new thread on the subject here  will be automatically exiled to that site - a kind of cyber Siberia!  ;-)

April 30, 2009 at 11:26 PM ·


I agree. It should be a default setting.


Because its always de fault of de shoulder rest.



May 1, 2009 at 12:17 AM ·

But the issue of shoulder rest or not has been here before.

May 1, 2009 at 12:47 AM ·

Scott Cole, you managed to prove two things.  One, you're not funny.  Two; you don't know that you're not funny.


May 1, 2009 at 04:31 AM ·

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November 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM · I think that would be great to have sister sites, some about viola or cello, or maybe for all string instruments in general.

November 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM · I'm so grateful to be allowed on violinist.com as a violist! Apart from a few threads sharing those mean viola jokes, there are numerous threads to show that we are almost human! We do actually notice the merits of different strings, or different sizes of viola etc. etc.

Seriously, though, my own struggles with the viola are useful in helping young violinists with tiny hands. I think a separate site would be superfluous as many of us play violin as well (or nearly!) and the technique is similar..

I so enjoy exchanging ideas and views with violinists, even those super-arrogant anti-shoulder-resters (hee-hee-hee!)

November 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM · I don't use a chin rest. I started with one but took it off a few weeks ago and I'm in love with the feeling of the violin against my jaw. (I do mean chin rest - I still use the shoulder rest, so please go easy on the beatings.)

Am I disqualified?

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