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Here's a couple bits I ran across on Paganini's violin, the Cannone.
..the view of the bridge at about 4:30 seconds is interesting fro how it looks a bit different than modern ones.
That pdf has a couple nice pics and also some measurements. For an unusual feature of this violin, note the ivory nut visible in both the video and the pdf.
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Lot's of great points Barry.
Thankfully, here most every member loves the violin and fiddle and does not criticize the different styles. I too am striving to learn more about the great country, old time, bluegrass and blues styles to be a more varied player. So much to learn and so little time to do it in.......
There is a better pic of the "heartless" bridge at the bottom of this page (click on it for a big pic) .
Lots of interesting details about Paganini's playing style and also details about the peculiarities of the Cannon violin that are at least for now, more than a bit over my head.
But a thing I end up wondering is that with some people considering Paganini the greatest (or at least one of the greatest) violinist, why people haven't copied things like his setup. Well, at least so far as it can be determined by the bits of gear like this bridge that were left after he died.
Like I am surprised that there aren't things like "Paganini style heartless bridges" available all over the place. Anything that unusual, I would think people would want to try, at least people trying to play pieces he wrote.
Tuning also has changed since Paganini's time, with the ever continuing and questionable tendency to keep taking the pitch up higher. That's not usually really good for instruments, to put more pounds of pressure on them. But whatever. I would think that it might make some of Paganini's pieces even more difficult to play on modern tuned instruments than they were when he wrote them.
Barry, I was told some things that sounded very similar when after years of playing in rock/punk bands, I decided to take jazz combo in college. I don't regret it, and I didn't start "jazzing up" regular band rehearsals or anything. It didn't change anything I used to do, it just added some more options and helped break some ruts I'd gotten into. But, although I enjoyed jazz combo as well, I don't feel it tremendously improved my playing or anything. I got a bit of edge from doing it and had some fun and that was fine with me.
But what it boils down to is what you want for yourself as a musician. What your friends feel you are good at or think you should do may be different than what you actually want to do.
If joining a local orchestra and giving it a try sounds fun or even just interesting to you, I think maybe you should go ahead and give it a try. If you find out it is way too strict or whatever to be enjoyable for you, fine, then quit. But that's quitting after trying something and deciding it's not your cup of tea. You also might possibly find out it is fun and you may meet some great people. I must confess I've never done it, so I don't know.
Would it be particularly expensive or anything just to try it?
Now, "Don't try to be anyone but you." is some wise advice. But do they actually know who you are better than you do? Kind of a thin line between doing what you think would be good for you and doing what your friends think is good for you.
In the end though, you are the only one that will actually end up making that decision.
I'm still too much of a noob to really understand the difference between fiddling and classical, other than repertoire. I'm still just working on getting simple melodies smooth and right, which I figure will work for either. LOL
Hear Hear Barry!
I've looked at some forums where people are ostracised for being 'violinists' or 'fiddlers', and it seems silly to me. Maybe if I'd learned one style or other as a child I might also be of the same thought mode, but at my age, the rest of my life is too short to waste on negativity.
Good on you for trying something new, how could it possibly hurt? Unless one of your 'friends' thinks less of you for it.
One question remains ... are the community orchestra worthy of you?
Keep it up, I absolutely enjoy watching you play.
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