My New Studio
I just finished up my new violin teaching studio a few days ago and have officially moved all my students there, so I just thought I'd share a little video of my new room! I was testing the acoustics of the room in this video.
Also, I just started using gut strings. I'm thinking I'm a big fan of them! Although weirdly enough, my metal-wound G seems to have far more tuning stability issues than the plain gut D and A. Maybe that's a matter of time?
Here's the video:
Thanks for that video. It looks like a nice space to spend many hours each week.
Erik, for a long time I've had minor tuning stability issues with wound gut Gs. Mainly, they tend to go sharp in the first few minutes of playing and then stabilize. I've got used to it, and the other advantages of gut outweigh this one issue. The most stable of the gut set I find are the E and A.
Sounds fabulous! Looks wonderful! I wish I could practice and take lessons there!
chaconne not worse than David Krakovich ;-)
What's the artwork? Very nice.
Very nice! I would love to be able to play in such a studio!
What a lovely space you have! Enjoy it! :)
Beautiful studio. Where's the stationary bike?
Great teaching and practice space, good accoustics, good vibes, lovely workplace. I am full of envy ;-)
Nice! I would have "stayed" to listen to more Chaconne.
Hey guys, thanks for the kind words.
What a lovely studio, acoustics, and playing! Do you have a mirror in that room? The paintings are lovely and looking forward to seeing the Tryptych in more detail. I like the lighting very much as well, very nice studio indeed!
What about the skeletons?
Here are some more pictures of the studio:
Leon good one, I couldn't quite pinpoint what was missing :-)
Lovely! I am jealous of those acoustics!
The acoustics are very ringing. If that becomes and issue (it tends to hide small flaws in your students' playing -- to their ears if not to yours) then you can do an area rug.
A couple points about the ringing:
Timothy, I also have recorded significantly enough to know that this room wouldn't make a great recording studio :). Some of the cooolest sounding rooms, live, make absolute crap recordings.
But isn't there like a huge amount of reverb, which is something you don't want when recording/teaching?
For some reason, the link doesn’t work on my phone. Is it possible to post the video on v.com the way David K. did?
An alternative to official sound absorbing material (which is generally ugly and expensive) is to use oriental rugs (you can find old ones on eBay sometimes for scary low prices--and if they are too fragile for the floor, you can hang those on the walls). I have a nice studio, that I'd love to show but there is no way I can figure out how to post photos here? You do need to kill the reflections if you want it to sound nice, and I put rugs on both the floor and walls. Also cabinets and such to break up long flat surfaces is a good idea.
One thing you might find you eventually need is a kids' corner -- for the sibling who tags along and needs crayons and a tiny table at which to color, read, or pretend playing along on a cigar-box violin. Help mom deal with her problem and you've got a happy client.
Right. OK, here's the image...
Wow that's a beautiful studio paul! Erik there is something very appealing in that little clip of you playing in your studio, to me watching with student perspective. Maybe its the seeming ease with which you make such beautiful music or your clear pleasure in hearing the sound in your studio combined with the plain - ness of the studio. Makes it seem very inviting - a place to learn to play beautifully.
My previous studio was a converted garage space with red walls, stained red floor, and red ceiling. The walls were all covered by massive curtains draping down from the ceiling all the way to the floor. The lighting was from a rope LED affixed to the ceiling in a swirling pattern. I had multiple violins on display, plus my double bass, cello, guitar, mandolin, drums, erhu, piano, and an assortment of other smaller instruments. All of my rental instrument cases were also visible. I had multiple display cases I had built.
Also, David, here is a normal link.
Ha that's funny re women liking it more than men :) Well i showed it to my (non musician) husband thinking we could maybe model a room after it and he loved it too!
Erik, thanks! Nice studio and wonderful playing.
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