What makes you happy in violin world?
I just brought my violin from luthier yesterday and it was amazing. I have great sound, much improvement, better look and I feel happy. So I need to share it :)
I was looking for more rounded, honeyish sound on my violin, so I was trying many strings. At least I gave my instrument (100 years old violin) to luthier. He changed pegs, tailpiece (for wooden - someone used wittner composite on this instrument before I bought it). And he lowered bridge and made a few changes. And wow.
My sound is perfect now :) I am so happy. I have a comparison before-after, so I finally changed my strings to Warchal Amethyst which I would love to try. So I am looking forward to weekend.
What made you violin-happy last time?
Shabbat shalom to world
New strings are a joy.
and new bow hair.
I agree with Martin - getting your instrument back from the luthier after a "service check" and adjustment is great. You post reminds me that it is too long ago now...
I have to pinch myself every time I see the repertoire I get to play. Completing my personal Beethoven symphonic cycle a little over a year ago. Chamber music by Schubert, Brahms, and Dohnanyi last summer. Strauss's Don Quixote tomorrow. Being in line to play a Beethoven symphony as principal violist for the first time this fall. And recently, coming full circle and realizing I was ready to start learning the Walton viola concerto, the first concerto for any string instrument I ever heard live and the piece that made me want to take up the viola in the first place.
Simple, I can make music myself. I can pass along what I have learned and perhaps the joy of simply making music. Add to that the universe opened up with all kinds of great musicians and we all share the joy.
Hearing someone perform on a violin that I've made. There's nothing like it.
Feeling more connected to my violin by removing the shoulder rest and chin rest. Now I find myself searching for the centre of every note with a sensation of bliss. I would compare it to the difference between driving a car and riding a motorcycle. Both will get you to the same destination, but the journey is incomparable.
My luthier taking my old (as in, somewhere in mid-18th c) violin back to close to its original setup, with all gut strings, and no CR or SR. A vast improvement that is a joy to play. Played it tonight in a chamber orchestra concert, the last one with us by our conductor Dennis Simons who is leaving us after 4 years, unfortunately.
Every time I have the total focus during practise, a lesson or performance, I'm violin-happy. I also get super excited when I have an Aha moment. These are the moments I would feel so strongly that I desperately wanted to share but the subtlety of these revelations is often very hard to convey to another person, as it takes certain readiness for someone else to receive it. So during these moments, I would just feel amazed and thankful for the privilege of knowing something that is so cool and not easily accessible.
When I was in conservatory, the happiest thing was finishing an etude then turning to another new one, until piles of pieces done.
Playing the Swan like Joshua Bell (okay, that's exaggerated).
Top 5 of what makes me happy in the violin world which is nearly 24/7, in no particular order:
The fragrance of Benzoe in the first weeks / months when my violin returns from my luthier's workshop. Every day when I'm on my way back home and almost cannot wait to get there, opening the case, playing the first few warming up bow strokes...
When I find a new fingering that solves a plaguing problem
Just bought a violin. Compared to $600 and $700 violins I’ve played, I have a $1,500 instrument that I love!
What gives me joy, in my violin world, is repairing a bad crack on an old violin, and doing it so well, it can hardly be seen.
Great responses and feelings from everyone. I love violin world :) It is one of the most intensive heart and joy feelings :)
When my work pays off. When Im aware that something that was unrealisable becomes closer to being realised.
Being able to make the audience connect to the music and experience it with me. Being able to play at weddings and funerals and see how much it means to the families. They truly appreciate all the hard work that's put into it.
I was tired tonight and didn't feel much for a practice session. So I read this discussion topic for motivation and picked up my violin. I just worked on a bit of scales, an etude and then tried some improv what I want to learn. And now I am relaxed and happy. Don't know why exactly but I just love playing my violin!
M Snellen: me too, me too, just hapiness
being in the zone over a 12 bar with a full tilt bar band behind me
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