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Picklefish
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So while sitting during sound check it occured to me. What if one of these talented violinists would sit down and answer questions posed by me about their training, equipment and preferences. I mean, how often am I gonna be around people who know stuff anyways? Who knows, you might learn something you didn't know too.

Disclaimer- this is raw uncut, unprofessional documentary style film making in an open set. Lots of background noise, people in the shot staring, lighting variations lol.

Each vid will be in a separate reply post with a brief description, synopsis and any other thoughts not on vid.

 

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

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Eric Diaz from Orlando, Fl has a 2009 violin. I say that because it sounds very nice but its not very old. He also prefers strings I have never heard of. His bow is Pernambucco but its a low grade. Still, enough strenght to have a round shaft and not the octaganal variety. His instrument seemed lighter than mine when I got to play his and hold it.

 

 

Here he is playing my violin. Mine is 115ish years old and had Dominant strings. I say that to draw a comparison between the two instruments and set ups in case you like that type of information. Anyways, I think he makes it sound great also.

 

So the main idea of the playing is so you can see their bowing technique, how they bow, how they hold the violin, left hand. Basically everything in action so you can decide if maybe your technique needs tweaking or if its helpful to show you.

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This is Michael, He went through full Suzuki training repetoire but not actual Suzuki group lessons. He has also had training from a very talented teacher who took instruction from Galamian. Galamian is considered the standard for instruction along with Carl Flesch. Whats nice is He is very down to earth and personable. I sat next to him during the concert and he moves alot, Alot, when he plays and it was addictive really. I found myself trying to following his bowing and energy. good times. He drew a blank when I put him on the spot about playing a sample piece at the end of the video. I caught up with him later and convinced him to play Amazing Grace, just so we could see his technique up close and in action. Also he is a soft talker so you might have to turn up your volume.

 

and the followup video. Sorry bout the piano in the back ground.

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So last but not least, this is our Principle violinist, Laurie Jean Smith. She has worked for Disney in the past in their Wedding performing groups. She has a couple albums out and is currently working on another, I assume all in the instrumental or christian category. This interview is cut short cause we are returning from break and the conductor starts talking. Drat.

So whats not on the video.... a bunch, I had a chance to talk to her earlier in the day. Her violin is also a new model but made by famed luthier, Peter Prier. She prefers the Thomastik Vision Solo strings. I also found out she has Bass bow hair on her Violin bow. Another friend of hers is a luthier in Florida and he suggested it cause he wanted to see if it would work. The idea is that maybe its more durable than Violin grade hair? dunno.

http://www.prierviolins.com/

Here she is playin my violin and then tries to tune it and a peg slips.

I have more videos of her playing during rehearsal that I will upload in the morning.

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She plays beautifully and certainly makes your violin sound like a million.

 

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Good job with the interviews Robert. Thank you :-)

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Awesome post! You are our official field interview reporter!

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NIcely done, Rob.  clap

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http://lorijeansmith.com/fr_home.cfm

 

"If you're gonna mess up, mess up big!"  This is her website, has more vids of her playing and her philosophy.

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Thank you for posting these interviews, pfish. It's really nice to hear experienced players opinions/sharing of their instruments.

Among those violins, I like your violin the most. It's very sweet and has such nice clarity in its tone.

Thanks again.

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