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Hmmm, sorry about that.  I'm on an iPad and they play, I'll get on my pc and upload to YouTube later tonight . 

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I didn't name my violin but occasionally I will say "you bitc*" to it so I guess it is a female.  

 

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I named my first Violin Violetta.  I was listening to an Opera La Traviotta  on the "radio" / Ipad (Sp?) and the characters name was Violetta. It was at the time I was waiting (stalking) the tracking for my Violin to arrive.   :)  

Noelle is my Soloist as she was a Christmas gift.   :)

Repeating this information for the newer members.  I know most that know me know that my "girls" have names.   :) LOL

LOL @Georganne ....  ha ha ha..  ha ha ha

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My new violin arrived today.   It was made in Nippon and when I looked I was pleased to see the Suzuki logo inside.  Overall the violin looks to be in good shape, no cracks, no seems parting.  The seller took the bridge off and the chin rest for some bizzare reason so I'll need to do a bit of repair before I can play it to test the sound.   I'll post some photos when I take them, i'm not at home right now.  I'm also planning on taking it along to the local store & having the luthier there take a look an help me set it up, maybe get a new bridge for it.  

Overall the purchase could have been worse.  I think I'll probably need to replace the strings and it might need a new chi rest, this one is fairly small and I'd like a longer one.  The bow it came with is twisted and pretty useless but luckily I have the new CF bow.  

I probably won't name it until I've heard how it plays.  

 

Also, about the sound files ^^. I tried to upload them to YouTube but I'm really rubbish and couldn't.  I'll try to take some videos instead as they seem easier to deal with in the upload process. 

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1stimestar said
I didn't name my violin but occasionally I will say "you bitc*" to it so I guess it is a female.  

Oh dear, definitely a female.  

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I named my first Violin Violetta.  I was listening to an Opera La Traviotta  on the "radio" / Ipad (Sp?) and the characters name was Violetta. It was at the time I was waiting (stalking) the tracking for my Violin to arrive.   :)  

Noelle is my Soloist as she was a Christmas gift.   :)

Repeating this information for the newer members.  I know most that know me know that my "girls" have names.   :) LOL

LOL @Georganne ....  ha ha ha..  ha ha ha

I like the names you picked.  

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I've been looking throught the case and found this

 

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I honestly have no clue what it is or where it goes.  Any ideas?  

 

The tail piece is also a bit loose, it might just be because the strings aren't tightened, I'm not sure.

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I took one photo, it's bad and I'll take a few more once I get home, my parents living room doesn't have good lighting.

 

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Woohoo!  new violin!  

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t1/vickiwilson91/imagejpg1_zps550d58dd.jpgImage Enlarger

 

i haven't had a proper chance to look at it/do anything to it since it arrive, my family have eaten all my time.  So this morning I finally opened the cases t get a good look.  I have a broken old violin that I have salvaged some parts from just so I can get th be playable and try it out.  I replaced the tail piece and the chin rest.  The bridge will need to be replaced, the nicks for the d & a strings are really far apart which is odd.  I also plan on getting new strings asap. 

 

I had to put the original bridge in for now so I tuned it up and remarkably didn't break any strings.  I've only had a little play on it but man is it loud.  I'm so used to my quiet electric, this will definitely take some getting used to, and of course my neighbor is going to hate me.  I'M going to do some practice after lunch so I'll try to get a video or two;  I'm actually a bit terrified by how lid it is, maybe it's not so loud to everyone else but yikes, it's right next to my ear!  

 

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a photo of the back

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And I forgot to mention that by the label I so it's a Suzuki violin I believe, it has the 3 s Suzuki logo.

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Congratulation  .. its lovely!!!

Can't wait to hear you play the new violin.

Merry Christmas.

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......  I'm actually a bit terrified by how lid it is, maybe it's not so loud to everyone else but yikes, it's right next to my ear!  

Congrats on your new instrument !!!!  Yee haaa - yup - they can be a BIT LOUD IN THE LEFT EAR COMPARED TO THE EV ( sorry, what were you saying, Bill?   LOL )

  Heyyy - enjoy the acoustic !    I had a "transition period" ( oh it lasted a week or so ) from when I had been playing only EV for a few months ( sometimes silent, sometimes amped ) - but when I started with the FM Concert under my ear - the volume was incredible and close to deafening - and of course - because I was so used to "digging in" to the EV in "silent mode" I was playing effectively super-forte.    I had to "calm down a bit" and it soon sorted itself out...

  Enjoy your new instrument !  It always "takes a while" to get to know it.....

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coolpinkone said
Congratulation  .. its lovely!!!

Can't wait to hear you play the new violin.

Merry Christmas.

Thanks.  It's still needs a bit of work, new strings will definitely help i think.

Merry Christmas!!

 

Videos!  Warning: these are very very bad.  The new one is so hard to play with that gap in between the strings.  Also, So Loud! i'm hardly touching the strings with the bow here for fear of annoying the whole street.

 

First deck the halls from the other day, just sound.  The violin is plugged into ipod speakers.   BOO it wouldn't let me upload it.  Its the only decent sounding thing i did in the last week.

2.  Carnival of Venice on the electric, not plugged into anything.

http://youtu.be/Vmn_WjiUPD8

3.  Carnival of venice on acoustic.  It's going to take me a while to either get used to the noise or buy a mute.

http://youtu.be/8ZdA4BSwaL0

4.  Part of swan lake on the electric, not plugged in

http://youtu.be/xTdkTlP7aVw

5. part of swan lake on the acoustic.

http://youtu.be/WzXBJ9q9GmU

Just fyi, i hate taking photos/video of myself, it makes me super nervous and puts me right off.  I think with practice it might get better.

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Bill said

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......  I'm actually a bit terrified by how lid it is, maybe it's not so loud to everyone else but yikes, it's right next to my ear!  

Congrats on your new instrument !!!!  Yee haaa - yup - they can be a BIT LOUD IN THE LEFT EAR COMPARED TO THE EV ( sorry, what were you saying, Bill?   LOL )

  Heyyy - enjoy the acoustic !    I had a "transition period" ( oh it lasted a week or so ) from when I had been playing only EV for a few months ( sometimes silent, sometimes amped ) - but when I started with the FM Concert under my ear - the volume was incredible and close to deafening - and of course - because I was so used to "digging in" to the EV in "silent mode" I was playing effectively super-forte.    I had to "calm down a bit" and it soon sorted itself out...

  Enjoy your new instrument !  It always "takes a while" to get to know it.....

  Bill

 

Thanks!

I feel like it's yelling at me.  I'm also quite used to really giving my EV hell and bowing big and such, i feel like with the acoustic the tiniest touch and its screaming at me to stop.  

I think it'll take a bit getting used to, same with everything really.  I thought the electric was fairly loud when i first got it.

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@mischa91 - all cool - and hey thanks for the posts - I caught a smile or two there - don't be nervous - I know it can be a bit off-putting to start with, but you're doing great!  All good !

  Yup, the tiniest touch.on the acoustic...  it's such a different machine - the dynamic range is immense compared to the EV- but heck I love them BOTH - for entirely different reasons.... take your time with it.  

  I have a little exercise I do from time to time to extend/improve my "expression" ( in terms of loudness ) - and that is the "30 second test" - try to bow, open string or stopped - it doesn't matter - or even play scales if that comes naturally - but draw a full bow ( and I start from the tip, on an up-bow ) - and make the bow-stoke last 30 seconds, all the time drawing a constant volume, no screeching, scratching, pauses, etc from the instrument.  

  It is not easy, and, because I have a "damaged" right hand pinkie I don't have the same grip as is normally used - and as I get nearer to the frog in the last 10 seconds or so, adjusting the bow pressure to keep it sounding right is "quite interesting" - to say the least.....   I know, it's just an exercise, but it's a fun thing to do and on the acoustic, it will give you an idea of what can be accomplished in terms of bowing speed, weight, pressure - and indeed just how QUIET and subtle it can actually be.  (And ok, yes, the "30 seconds" can be compromised by the type of strings, the bow itself and the rosin type and amount when bowing SUPER soft and SUPER slow - so it's not a "hard and fast" goal -just a "target" - see how close you can get) - 

Anyway - I found doing that really useful when I transitioned from EV to acoustic, and helped "bring the acoustic home to me" ( it was a law unto itself to start with! ) LOL

Hope that helps !

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@mischa91 - all cool - and hey thanks for the posts - I caught a smile or two there - don't be nervous - I know it can be a bit off-putting to start with, but you're doing great!  All good !

  Yup, the tiniest touch.on the acoustic...  it's such a different machine - the dynamic range is immense compared to the EV- but heck I love them BOTH - for entirely different reasons.... take your time with it.  

  I have a little exercise I do from time to time to extend/improve my "expression" ( in terms of loudness ) - and that is the "30 second test" - try to bow, open string or stopped - it doesn't matter - or even play scales if that comes naturally - but draw a full bow ( and I start from the tip, on an up-bow ) - and make the bow-stoke last 30 seconds, all the time drawing a constant volume, no screeching, scratching, pauses, etc from the instrument.  

  It is not easy, and, because I have a "damaged" right hand pinkie I don't have the same grip as is normally used - and as I get nearer to the frog in the last 10 seconds or so, adjusting the bow pressure to keep it sounding right is "quite interesting" - to say the least.....   I know, it's just an exercise, but it's a fun thing to do and on the acoustic, it will give you an idea of what can be accomplished in terms of bowing speed, weight, pressure - and indeed just how QUIET and subtle it can actually be.  (And ok, yes, the "30 seconds" can be compromised by the type of strings, the bow itself and the rosin type and amount when bowing SUPER soft and SUPER slow - so it's not a "hard and fast" goal -just a "target" - see how close you can get) - 

Anyway - I found doing that really useful when I transitioned from EV to acoustic, and helped "bring the acoustic home to me" ( it was a law unto itself to start with! ) LOL

Hope that helps !

 

Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I had to watch the videos to see where I smiled and I'm sure my cats were sitting by the music stand which made me smile, at least they indulge my playing.  It'll get easier to video and make less mistakes I think if I do it more often... Hopefully.  

 

That at exercise sounds like a really goody deal, something to do at the weekend when I can be as loud as I want.  I'll definitely give it a go.  

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@mischa91   You are doing good!! I know how it feels to go from one violin that is very quiet to suddenly a full blown acoustic. The difference is quite astounding but the ranges you can play in are just awesome once you get used to it. I found that at first playing with a mute on did help but it also hurts with intonation i thought. I began by playing short tunes to get used to the loudness. Lately i invested in the ear plugs that Fiddlerman has in his shop so that when my ears start hurting(my violin sounds super loud cause i live in a stone house) i can pop those babies in and they really help, and i don't have to dampen my violin with a mute (a little payback to party happy neighbors!! hehehe) 

You could tell in the acoustic video's that you were way nervous with the different sound. you looked like you were trying to hold yourself back and play really lightly so as not to make so much noise. So long as your neighbor's won't kill you let her rip! playing an acoustic really brings out mistakes, which really sucks but really helps with development and finding little things to fix that could hurt you in the long run if you decide you want to stay with acoustic (and i mean it really is a blast with all the different genre's out there) I know videoing myself i always make mistakes (and i play in pjs all the time...you can see it in some of my videos haha) 

I hope you have fun with playing with the new acoustic. violins weather electric or acoustic are such a blast! 

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@mischa91   You are doing good!! I know how it feels to go from one violin that is very quiet to suddenly a full blown acoustic. The difference is quite astounding but the ranges you can play in are just awesome once you get used to it. I found that at first playing with a mute on did help but it also hurts with intonation i thought. I began by playing short tunes to get used to the loudness. Lately i invested in the ear plugs that Fiddlerman has in his shop so that when my ears start hurting(my violin sounds super loud cause i live in a stone house) i can pop those babies in and they really help, and i don't have to dampen my violin with a mute (a little payback to party happy neighbors!! hehehe) 

You could tell in the acoustic video's that you were way nervous with the different sound. you looked like you were trying to hold yourself back and play really lightly so as not to make so much noise. So long as your neighbor's won't kill you let her rip! playing an acoustic really brings out mistakes, which really sucks but really helps with development and finding little things to fix that could hurt you in the long run if you decide you want to stay with acoustic (and i mean it really is a blast with all the different genre's out there) I know videoing myself i always make mistakes (and i play in pjs all the time...you can see it in some of my videos haha) 
I hope you have fun with playing with the new acoustic. violins weather electric or acoustic are such a blast! 

Thanks!  I'm going to do a few exercises and practice scales and easier stuff to get used to the new sound.  

 

There's an empty condo on one side of mine and the other neighbour plays the drums & still has guilt over hitting my car so I'm not entirely sure what at I'm worried about.

well, if everyone seems comforable with pjs videos there could be some of those at some point.  

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Great job mischa91. The first step to not being nervous and terrified is to do just what you have done. :)
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well, if everyone seems comforable with pjs videos there could be some of those at some point.  

  LOL - I don't believe we have a "dress code" here ( well, so long as we ARE dressed, yes, please ! ) - PJ vids will be fine ! LMAO !  Whatever anyone is comfortable in - I'm trying to find the post I saw recently of a bloke playing in his hooded "parka" (or whatever it's called over there) jacket - in a cold and freezing house....   just do what needs-must and play that darned instrument ! LOL !!!!!   It is such a demanding task-master - when it wants to be played - day or night - you just have to obey.  I have seen me get up at 3am and play for 30 minutes ...  good fun at the time - but "not funny" for other members of the household when I look back on it - I'm a very sad person.... LOL

  It's worse than keeping a pet or whatever.... ( really! )  My dog whines at me for attention, the violin just does it by telepathy "Play me, play me, play me NOWWWWWW"

  Seriously !

  LOL

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Great job mischa91. The first step to not being nervous and terrified is to do just what you have done. :)
Thanks for the post.

 

Thanks!  I have a few more videos to post when I get 5 minutes.

 

@bill, I doubt I'll be getting up at 3 am but sometimes I put pjs on when I'm cold getting home from work, they're just so snugly.  

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