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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:57 am - Electric Violinist Dr. Draw Improvising at Art Gallery of Ontario


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Sunday, March 29th, 2009


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Saturday, February 7th, 2009


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Dr Draw Distinctively Unclassified

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
12:31 pm - Ljova's interactive BABY naming contest.


What in the horror world is this? -- Why, it's a picture of my brand new baby. I'm anxious to denounce any rumors that its immaculate conception belongs to my wife, or J-Lo.
But what should we call it? That, my friends, is up to you - see below, and thank you!

This new baby is a 6-stringed acoustic instrument, made by the excellent Eric Aceto of Ithaca, NY. On its belly, it carries the strings of a viola (C-G-D-A), the violin (G-D-A-E) and a super-low string (F), one pitch higher than the bottom note of the guitar. Size-wise, it's taller than a violin but shorter than a viola, clocking in at 14 inches.

So what should we call it? I'd like to propose a baby-naming contest. For all details, see my blog.



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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
4:19 am - Any Advice?

Hello all! My name is Jen, I'm 23 and I just joined this community. I am very interested in learning how to play the violin. It's always been an interest and just recently I've gotten more and more into it. I am begining to do research on the instrument and I'm ready to start! The only problem is, I haven't bought a violin yet. I was hoping that I could get some advice from everyone here. I don't want to go over-board on the price since I am a beginner. What do you guys suggest I get or how much shall I spend? What are the main things to look for when buying a violin? Any and all advice for buying and starting to play would be greatly appriciated. I do plan on dedicating myself fully to playing and learning. I would like to get so good at it that I can play anything and create my own music. I really hope to hear from everyone soon. Thanks for reading!

<3 Jen

current mood: optimistic

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
9:58 pm - nyssma

Hey, Mary here.
I have a huge problem with a piece. Wanna help me?

I live in NY and I have my all-state nyssma soon [in like 10 days], its pretty much an annual test for music. But this year I'm trying out for all state.

I will be playing Mozart concerto for the violin no. 5 1st mvt. 
For the past 2-3 months, I've been practicing the piece w/o the cadenza. My teacher pretty much told me that I dont necessary have to play the cadenza. Like I just have to tell the judge that I had my SATs and didn't have time to practice it.
But I just found out today that I am required by the rules to play the cadenza. So it'll be like taking a test and asking someone to take off a few questions. 

What should I do?

Try and learn the cadenza in the 7 days (I'll be going on a band trip for 3 days), try and learn the cadenza in 10 days and forfeit the 300 dollar trip, or just not take all-state cuz it'll be impossible and move down a level (to lvl 6) which would I could use the same piece w/o the cadenza?

ps. This is the last year that I will be elgible to audition for all-state. I'm not really bent getting in all-state, I can still get into my county orchestra with a lower level (lvl 6)


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Monday, December 25th, 2006
2:30 pm


My parents finally caved in and got me a violin this year. :D

It's a purple electro-acoustic one.. Seems pretty nifty, though I'm no expert on violins (yet :3).

Um.. I'm going to have to self-teach from books for now, though.. Is it really near-impossible? I can't afford lessons, and if my parents aren't willing to pay for them atm, it's going to be my only option.

I can read music fairly well, and am an experienced guitarist, if it'll help any.

thanks for any advice in advance,


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current mood: cheerful

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006
10:39 pm - Help?
lattebayo Does anybody know any light and happy or slow and pretty EASY songs for violin?

My gramma's 90th birthday tea party is this coming weekend and I need more pieces to play -- and when I say easy, I mean easy... ish. The pieces I already picked out are things like Bach's Minuets Two and Three (Suzuki book one for the win!), Gossec's Gavotte, Long Long Ago, etc. This is my 8th year playing violin but I've got orchestra and chamber group rehearsals, plus school and everything so practice time is definitely limited.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!


current mood: exhausted

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Monday, September 11th, 2006
5:28 pm - Signed Band w/ WARNER BROTHERS Distro Seeks VIOLINIST

I am sure some of you have seen this add up before, here we go again. People tend to join our band for all the right reasons without realizing they will be busy. So off the bat if you think you can only handle 2 shows a month, this is not for you. For those of you who want to Tour the Entire USA and UK, and find it appealing to have your Album in Every Store in America, this is for you.

We are Kiss Kiss

- We are Signed to a Large Indie Label
- We Have Distribution through WARNER BROTHERS/ADA
- We do Full National Tours in the USA and soon The UK
- We're in the process of Making a Video for our Single "Satellite"
- We have a Booking Agent
- We are Playing this Years CMJ music Festival
- We have played SXSW and Will Again next year
- We are currently in talks w/ Managers
- We are now preparing publicists with the soon to be release of our 1st Full Length Album. "Reality Vs The Optimist"
- We currently have our EP in Most US stores through Lumberjack Distribution ( Go to any Tower Records, it should be there. )

Our music is a creative twist on Pop, using Middle Eastern Scales, and Odd Time Signatures. Our Songs are accessible, but not ordinary. We have a growing fan base in The North East and Mid West, after a 2 month tour this summer we planted some seeds on the West Coast and South West as well.

We have a Tour in the Works for Our Albums Soft Non Retail Release This November where we will hit Key Markets in the North East, and we will have a Full National Tour in February of 2007 in support of the Actual US release. The tour will include a 5 day stop at SXSW in Austin Texas.

We are looking For Female/Males
Ages 20-26
Backing Vocals are a plus.
You must be Honest, Creative, Good in Groups, and Willing to Tour.

Here are some Links to Our Music and Record Label etc:




Thank you so much for your time.
This is a serious Project with a good hand of Cards in place.
We are good people and we like Hot Dogs.
Drop me an email if you are interested and we can set up an audition.

Thanks Again.
JOSH/Kiss Kiss

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Friday, July 14th, 2006
8:20 pm - Palladio


I've been a fan of classical music ever since I played the piano back when I was only three feet high. So, I thought I'd share "Palladio" because I started learning it not too long ago for school. I have played the violin since the end of middle school now, and ever since I've come to LOVE it. I hope to become a violin instructor sometime, or at least Orchestra teacher. That would be the best. ^_^

But anyway, I hope everyone enjoys the music. After all, this is a violin-loving LJ community and who doesn't love calssical orchestra music here? I've always enjoyed it. I've always gotten irritated whenever it's left out in school functions or celebrations. Being an Orch Dork... kinda sad whenever admins at school never mention you when you're staring them in the face. So... yeah. Sharing the love. ^_^


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Monday, July 10th, 2006
10:34 pm - Introduction

Hey I'm new here.

I am crazy for the arts, including violin, opera singing, piano, guitar, photography, sketching, ballet etc. Yeah, I really ment it when I said I loved the arts.

So, I'm a senior at my highschool in Australia and I've been playing violin on and off for about 8 years. Right now I'm looking for some Amus pieces to get my repitoe up and going. I don't know what the grades are overseas, so, I hope you understand. Next year I'm hoping to continue arts in uni with journalism, and hopefully a place in the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

I'm 17 and my fav band is the White Stripse, I love the musicals Rent, Rocky Horror and Les Mis. My fav colour in pink and I love convers shoes - I own like ten pairs.

Well, that is about all from me!

Much love

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Friday, May 5th, 2006
2:20 pm - Signed/Touring Band Seeks VIOLINIST


We are Kiss Kiss
We are signed to EYEBALL RECORDS
We are Distributed Through w/WARNER BROTHER RECORDS
We have 2 Booking Agents, And a 3 Month National Tour This Summer!
We have 1 CD in stores, 2nd to Follow Sept. 2006

Our songs are Catchy and asseceable but w/
Odd meter,
Eastern Scales and Modes,
Maticulous Arrangment.

We are looking for a Violinist Male/Female
Ages 20-28

Please feel Free to listen to our MP3's here:
If you are interested please email us here:

Thank you so much for your time.
Hope to hear from you soon.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
3:13 pm - ornamentation in fiddling


Hey everyone, this community seems to be a bit sleepy at the moment, hope you're all fine.

Okay, what I'm actually here for...I was just wondering if someone could give me some kind of 'introduction' to ornamentation and embellishments in traditional fiddling. I've been looking on this (http://www.worldfiddlemusic.co.uk/) site and I can do the cut, but I don't really get the roll. Is it just the same as a cut, only that you slide your finger down before you move it away? I'd be very thankful if someone could explain that, tell me what other ornamentations I need to know about and how to do them. :)

Also, if you know about some good tunes to begin practicing them on, please tell me!

Thanx a lot ☺,


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Monday, January 16th, 2006
9:33 pm

Ok, how much (£) would a good violin cost?

Not 'good'. Forget that. 'Good' violins go into 1000s.

How much (£) would a violin that makes the right noises and won't break after a couple of years cost.

I get £250 a month. I want to start soon. I don't want to rent.

What are my options? And which brands are good/crud? Would an electric sound the same-ish? I play electric and acoustic guitar, is the difference in sound quality/voice about the same?


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Saturday, December 24th, 2005
6:13 pm

Hey all
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone (Christian or not) a merry 25th and a happy new year :D

current mood: cheerful

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Friday, November 11th, 2005
12:24 am - Violin Question

Hello I am new here I am 29 and considering taking up the violin for the 1st time. I would like to learn to play as a hobby I would love to be able to play some folk music and maybe some simple classical music on a violin.
My plan is to buy a super cheap Violin and try and teach myself a little bit. I really don't have a lot of money at the moment and so couldn't afford lessons or a better instrument. Do you think it is possible that I could teach myself to play a little and if so could you reccomend any instructional books or CD's / DVD's?
Thanks for reading my post any advice offered is greatly appreciated!
Tereza x
P.S. Xposted a bit!

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Monday, October 24th, 2005
5:04 pm - Update: Free Bird

Hey! I just want to thank anyone and everyone who helped me out finding Free Bird. I have found it and several other really neat songs and I'd like to offer one mass emailing of them all. If you'd like a scanned image of any of the following songs, please let me know along with an email address to send them to. I promise to get them sent out no later than this weekend!

Here are the songs:
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Wake Up Little Suzie
Faith by George Michael
Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard
and of course...
Free Bird by Lynard Skynard

Again, thanks for the help,

x-posted for her pleasure

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
8:30 pm - new with questions.

Hi all, glad to have found this community. I have some questions which I hope some of you can answer.

I wanted to play violin my entire life, and due to circumstances beyond my control I could not- now, circumstances are under my control, and I want to learn. I was saving to buy a violin, when a dear friend gave me one- one I believe will be suitable for a beginner... so now I have a violin! But no musical experience.

I've read that violin is the most difficult instrument to self-teach. True of false? I'm sure this depends partly on if someone has played anything before.

I want to take lessons- should I learn to read music first? I have purchased a book/CD on how to read music, but will that be part of the lessons, or will I simply be ahead if I learn something about it now?

Thanks in advance for any answers... I am so anxious to get crackin' and learn to play this beautiful instrument.

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Friday, October 21st, 2005
9:26 pm - Please help...

I'm now soliciting help, so please don't let me down...

I need to find the sheet music to Lynard Skynard's Free Bird ASAP. And it needs to be free.

I have a psuedo-bet with my boyfriend along the lines of if I play the whole of Free Bird on my violin he will put a ring on my finger.

Any suggestions?


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