- Harp: Interview and demonstration with principal Nancy Allen
- Violin: Interview and demonstration with concertmaster David Kim
- Viola: Interview and demonstration with principal Rebecca Young
- Cello: Interview and demonstration with principal Jerry Grossman
- Bass: Interview and demonstration with principal Alexander Hanna
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- Do you have any tips to make vibrato with the 1st and 4th fingers in the violin?(13 votes)
- Don't use a metronome. I am learning how to do vibrato right now, and this is one of the exercises my teacher told me to do first:
- Sit in a chair with an armrest
- Rest your elbow and rock your wrist/hand , back and then straight up again. DON'T go forward. Vibrato is when you FLAT the note, not SHARP it.
- Do it slowly at first, then gradually speed up, counting in your head
If you don't understand this, then you can always ask your teacher if you have one!(4 votes)
- Do you have to count the time in an orchestra or can you just wing it?(5 votes)
- You have to count the beats to make sure you come in at the right time. If you wing it you are almost guarantied to come in at the wrong time and be at the wrong tempo.(16 votes)
- I'm a singer and student of psychology really interested in emotions :) one of the biggest question i would like to ask to everyone(musician or not), is:
How do you face "on stage" stress?
Whatever the "stage" is, real or abstract.(7 votes)
- When I perform music before an audience, I always sit quietly for a few long moments before starting to calm down and to get myself into the right mood. I do my best to forget the audience, and play for my own enjoyment, I tend to lose myself in the music. This is the only way I can put my feelings into what I am playing.(9 votes)
- At about1:00, he mentions that modern items are put onto the violin. Are there any orchestras that use only original instruments/authentic replicas (no modern things on the instrument)? Such as using only violins that Mozart would have had in his time?(7 votes)
- Yes! Many orchestras will only use what are known as "period instruments," or instruments from that musical period. For instance, in the Baroque period, strings were traditionally made from a material known as "gut," created from the intestine from sheep. It has a richer, more complex sound, but needs more care and tuning and doesn't last as long. The bows have a different shape and are shorter so the players can articulate the sound differently. Baroque Orchestras are usually comprised of a lesser amount of people (or "ensemble") and are known as chamber orchestras. These can also include instruments specific from the time period they wish to convey. Some instruments, such as the lute or Viola de Gamba, are specific to a time period and will usually only be used in a Baroque chamber orchestra. Different instruments, such as the piano, timpani, and tuba, consist in larger symphonic orchestras only (usually). Some instruments weren't even invented yet at the time of the conception of the piece, so ensembles have to take that into consideration when they decide what pieces to play so all the parts are covered in the orchestra.(9 votes)
- how many strings does a violin have(3 votes)
- The violin, viola, cello, and bass all have four strings.
The strings on a violin are G, D, A, E from lowest to highest.
The strings on a viola are C, G, D, A from lowest to highest.
The strings on a cello have the same intervals as a viola, but an octave lower.
The strings on a bass are E, A, D, G from lowest to highest.(14 votes)
- Who's the best violinist in the world?(0 votes)
- In my opinion it is Jascha Heifetz because of his high technical percussion and musicality, but there are other greats such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Hilary Han, Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Maxim Vengerov, and Pinchas Zukerman.(5 votes)
- When do I need to polish my violin? Every half a month? Am I right?(1 vote)
- I've been playing for two years and I have never polished my violin before.
It makes the instrument look better, and sometimes they need it, but it's usually not necessary.(5 votes)
- how do i keep my violin in a good condition just like the violin in the video(1 vote)
- Here are some tips, in no particular order:
1. Take good care of it when playing. Try not to bang it against other things or scratch the paint off.
2. When you are done practicing, loosen the bow so it doesn't straighten up completely, because that would be bad for the bow.
3. Don't leave the violin out in the sun or in really cold temps.
4. Also, after practicing, wipe the rosin off the fingerboard, strings, and under the fingerboard. This prevents the violin from having a muddy sound.
Hope this helped,
- There's not any reason for the integral sign on violins, is there? Had to ask.(2 votes)
- The integral sign on the violin is actually called to f holes. They are the part of the violin where vibrating sound is released from the strings, which vibrates the sound-post while vibrating the wood, and out the f holes.(4 votes)
- My friend plays the violin but it doesn't look at all like the one David Kim showed, is there a reason for that(1 vote)
- There are various woods for making violins, as a luthier i've repaired some violins, enough to know that each violin maker has their preferences and style to their work, as well as the color of varnish that they place on their violins, also you should consider the age of some which might alter their look making them look vintage, but if you may also consider all the different sizes of violins which produce different ranges of sounds.(6 votes)
(violin music) - If you look at a violin, it's very much like a human body. It has shoulders and we call this the neck and this, it's not the head but we call it the scroll, it's like a rolled piece of paper scroll. And these are the ribs and the back and a violin is made from kind of the same trees you might see in your backyard as spruce and maple. This one was made in 1757 in Milan, Italy by a man named Guananini and all the men in the Guananini family made violins. And so it's really a work of art. It's amazing that it's so old and yet it's in really good condition. Real healthy and these things are, these are all modern things that we put on here, this is called the tailpiece, that kinda holds the strings in place. This is well, it looks like a bridge and that's what we call it, the bridge. This is a board where we put our fingers so it's called the fingerboard and this where I rest my chin, so we call it a chinrest. (violin music) In violin, we have different positions. The one that's furthest away from me is first position. And then I have second position, third position, fourth position, fifth, sixth, seventh, I go up to about eighth position or so. Now, when I go from one position to the next, I like to think of it like I'm taking an elevator to a different floor. Like at first position, I'm going to the third position, I'll just kinda open the elevator door and go up to third floor and close the door and now I'm in the third floor and then I do whatever I need to do there. Now sometimes, going from the first to the third floor, I wanna be very clean (violin playing) but sometimes, I wanna give it a little style and a little bit of, something a little spicy then I might do what's called a slide in which case, I don't hide anything that's going on as my elevator is going from the first to the third floor. I actually show it to my audience. (violin playing) And so that slide is a very personal thing that violinist's can use to bring the music to life. (orchestra playing) Concertmaster is basically the quarterback of the team. The Head Coach is the same thing as the conductor. They really control everything that's going on but my job as Concertmaster is to kind of read the mind of the conductor, what their wishes are musically and try to transmit that to my colleagues through facial expressions, body motions, maybe the tilt of my head, maybe the way I move the bow. Having a momentary solo passage in a symphony is, well, let me put it you this way. I read an article in a paper recently where they put heart monitors on firemen. And apparently when the time when there is no fire, when they're sitting around playing checkers at the firehouse and eating chili, their heart rate is very low. They're very healthy and strong people. But when they enter the burning house, their heart rate goes dangerously high, bobobobabababababa, and it stays up there until they leave the danger. That's me. I feel that when I see it coming up, I can usually see, I usually circle the place that says solo, my solo in red pencil. So we turn the page in the middle of the piece and I could see it coming up, I can just feel my heart rate start to go faster and faster. And, I basically say three words to myself, Go for it. Go for it, go for it, go for it! And then at that moment when I start playing, I almost screaming it out, I'm screaming it out in my head, go for it! (violin playing)