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About KindaScratchy

I'm a novice fiddler and mandolinist. I've played the guitar for many years and also play the recorder, fife, flute, and, more recently, tin whistle. I work in the communications field and, in addition to music, I enjoy photography, writing, gardening, golf and travel.

Portland ‘Master’ violin maker to be honored with tribute album

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom MPBN News / Maine Public Broadcasting: Local Jonathan Cooper is one of only about a hundred violin makers in the U.S. who are considered “masters.” He’s known not only for the sound of … Continue reading

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Swedish ‘Keyed Fiddle’ is a work of art

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Tennessean: When my musician friend Patton James called me and said, “John there is a friend of mine that is visiting me from Sweden. He plays something called the nyckelharpa. I have never … Continue reading

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Adagio in B-minus: When I learned to play the violin at 45, my competitive streak got out of hand

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Globe and Mail: by Kim Mead “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” – G.K. Chesterton When I first stumbled across Chesterton’s quote I read it as a … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Violinist Finishes Father’s Piece That Nazis Broke Up

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The World Post: RAANANA, Israel (AP) — In 1933, the promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Violin

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom South Carolina etvradio.org: Have you ever wondered how the violin came to play such an important role in the history of classical music? Well, it starts with singing. The invention of opera, in … Continue reading

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What Makes a Violin Powerful

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom MIT Technology Review: Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound. Some of the most prized violins in the world were crafted in the Italian workshops of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri—master violin-making families … Continue reading

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This strange and beautiful object is a 3D-printed violin

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom cnet.com: It may look a little (or a lot) like a Klingon weapon, but this sleek 3D-printed object is actually a musical instrument — in fact, it’s a species of violin. The differences … Continue reading

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Symphony musician a hit with baseball-bat violin

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom news-press.com: Don’t expect a Stradivarius when violinist Glenn Donnellan steps onto the stage at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall this weekend. Donnellan’s violin is made out of ash, not willow or maple. … Continue reading

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Rachel Barton Pine, The Violin Virtuoso Who Cheated Death

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Daily Beast: A child prodigy, Rachel Barton Pine was already playing violin with professional orchestras at 7. A life-threatening accident didn’t stop her from achieving international success. Pine’s life is a seemingly … Continue reading

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Memories of a journey to the land of violins

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom CBS News / 60 Minutes: A visit to the birthplace of the violin — a small town in Italy where Antonio Stradivari crafted his first instrument — is to enter a different world, … Continue reading

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