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Meet "Oliver" from Fiddlerman's "Fiddle Talk" forum
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Fiddlerman
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October 11, 2011 - 6:07 am
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If you like, please begin by telling us anything you would like to about yourself. Age, place of birth, residence, etc.
70+.  Born Newark, N.J.  Reside in Fuquay Varina, NC.

What made you decide to play the violin?
Curiosity.

How long have you been playing the violin?
Owned violins about 6 years.  Actually played about 4 years.

How often do you play? How long are your practice sessions?
Daily.  Probably average 1/2 hour each day depending on objectives, mood, etc. Sometimes I go for hours.

In your opinion, what's your proficiency on the violin?
About the level of  2nd violin community orchestra.

Your greatest personal experience with playing?
An audience in a good mood.

What other instruments do you play?
In the past......trumpet, clarinet, accordion, keyboard

What does music mean to you?

Recreation.

What or who has been your greatest influence?
Zino Francescatti

What are your goals for playing violin? short and long.
Long or short there is nothing I feel "must happen".

What type of violin training?
One summer of lessons.

How do you warm up?
Scales.

What is your favorite type of music?
Mountain, if I must choose one.

What is your favorite piece of music? Why?
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd playing Desafinado.  Pure musical genius then and now.

What are your 2 favorite things to do other than playing violin?
Listen to good local music on public TV and servicing my string instruments.

Do you come from a musical family? If so please tell us about them.
My Mother's Father was a street musician in Budapest (violin) probably around World War 1 and his wife played zither at home. I've always wondered if there were Gypsy connections?  My brother's grand daughter is something of a celebrity in Philadelphia Youth Orchestra circles on the violin but that seems pretty remote.

Are you a member of any orchestra?
No.

Do you ever perform publicly?
Frequently in church before I moved to NC from Ct.

What do you work with?
Assuming this means "work" work ...... I'm retired from Electrical Engineering with a lot of involvement in Plasma Physics.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Robyn.fnq
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Thanks Oliver, it's great to hear your story.

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Do you ever perform publicly?
Frequently in church before I moved to NC from Ct.

 

"King" Oliver!, please check in periodically and share your musical experience/thoughts/achievements with us. trumpet-1271treble-1226

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Picklefish
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just read it, pretty cool. Although, Im sure the work with reference might be referring to what type of instrument, name or style, accoustic or electric. then again maybe not. Nice to read your story, go Tarheels.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Fiddlestix
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Great, Oliver.... You mean this is the first interview you've had since you've been in the forum ?.... if so, how could he have missed you ?

Nice interview, short and sweet, you didn't have to draw it out long to give a lot of info.

Classy..... hats_off

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KindaScratchy
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September 26, 2012 - 8:43 pm
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Nice interview, Oliver! Quite pithy! No photo??

dunno

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Mad_Wed
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Hey! I missed it confused

Nice interfview! 

My Mother's Father was a street musician in Budapest (violin) probably around World War 1 

Cool! That's my dream. I planned to go outside this summer.... But sat home... quietly hesitated facepalm

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Oliver
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At least you will have lots of time to practice for the nice weather next year birthday_balloon

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