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    i started playing violin in third grade a long time ago. i played through school and even through college. 25 yrs later- back in feb of this year i picked it up again with much success. though i have to admit sometimes my nerves get in my way at my lesson . i get kinda frustrated sometimes. but i also feel encouraged when my teacher says things like “i give schindler’s list to my advanced students.” and i say “am i advanced?” and he says “you’re getting there!” nice! makes me wanna keep going and practice more.

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    Michael Sanchez

    Great to have you as a part of the community Jodi! Hope to inspire you and get some great questions for you in the forum. Also look forward to seeing you in the webinar tonight!

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    Hello Jodi, welcome to the Violin Tutor Pro forum!

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    Phillip Sindlinger

    Jodi, I was just in Boston for a week and played there a few days, although I ended up eating more clam chowder than getting my number seven Kayser etude accidental fingering right, to say nothing of the rather dramatic right hand bowing that my instructor requested of me..

    This means close to nothing to good violinists, right. I know nothing now that I know how bad I am.

    I think New England and the Boston area is a great place, full of historical distractions. I lived in Medford close to Tufts for a week and now I wonder, for example, if Emily Dickinson liked fiddle music or violin music or if it all passed her totally by since she was either so reclusive or a recluse.

    I saw that just down the road there on Main Street a fiddler plays there in Amherst every Tuesday.

    I wonder if you ever have seen great violin busking in Boston. Anyway, do not get me wrong. Busking is a scary thing and the only thing I would rather do instead is to be good enough to play in my own ensemble and i am far from that, yea.

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    helllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooo! medford! i live right near medford. everybody’s heard of salem and i’m from danvers which is the next town over. yes, i love boston too. i always go into the city. yes, i have seen great busking! usually on a saturday they r at faneuil hall/quincy market and in the park. i always stop to listen.

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    Phillip Sindlinger

    I wandered around Somerville after I had a flat bicycle tire there but never made turned northeast into Danvers.

    On that rainy day of last Monday, I visited the Harvard Scientific Instruments museum not far from Danvers.

    I could not get over your rain there, now nearly a week ago. Especially since here in Las Vegas we are having multiple days of 111-degree heat, with the air dry as heck, it all is in marked contrast to New England.

    A few days ago, I printed out the entire 23 pages of the violin score of Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto. What a summer project I got my brain into. The next day I had a splitting headache and I want to run away from reading it. I gathered from Wikipedia that it was about–I stress “about” here–nearly 300 years ago to this year that Bach wrote it, but that it was finally published in 1721.

    If you ever have the time, drive to Amherst and see the Emily Dickinson museum. If you know (or can remember to do so), ask whether someone there, anyone at all, knows exactly what kind of type of music that the people of New England and especially Amherst (Emily Dickinson herself?) would have listened to (or was played) in the house of Emily’s wealthy, fat-cat brother. (I seriously doubt if it was “Arkansas Traveler” or “Red River Valley.”)

    Maybe it was merely the great church music of the 1840’s and 1850’s, and nothing from the devil or anything inspired by the genius of Paganini. Oh the violin is a great instrument!

    … “…Then I said softly to myself –
    “That must have been the Sun”!
    But how he set – I know not –
    There seemed a purple stile
    That little Yellow boys and girls
    Were climbing all the while –
    Till when they reached the other side –
    A Dominie in Gray –
    Put gently up the evening Bars –
    And led the flock away –”–(Fr204)

    Have a great and happy Father’s Day!

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    hello! yes, i’ve been to amherst many times. passed the emily dickinson museum. never went in tho. sounds like it may be interesting! ooooooooh i love bach. i love the brandenburg concertos too. played one in high school. i think it was number four. that one that has a really superfast last movement that does kind of a scale thing. whoa. i love that.

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    Hello Jodi, and welcome to the Violin Tutor Pro forum!

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    Phillip Sindlinger

    Thanks for sharing…. I have gone over the three violin parts for BC4 Presto and need to get hold of the viola part. Of course it is near meaningless without the recorder. (Somewhere I read that Bach’s score for all the Brandenburg Concertos was left unpublished and unread for over 100 years if you believe that!)

    I think one of the thing that fascinates me about this particular BC is the simplicity of its presto melody and yet the complexity of the piece’s melodic interplay as a fugue will never cease to amaze me.

    Remember it was Thoreau who said, “Simplify, simplify,” After reading the lead or principal violin part of it, these words are hardly comforting and the analogy to Dickinson’s poetry is apt: I guess almost everything can be said to be simple with tons of practice, Simply allow one the regression, inclusiveness or the exclusivity that allows it.

    I still want to know what kind of music it was drove the Great Awakening. Or, perhaps, was it somehow rooted in a near Puritan civil-war disdain or distrust for all music altogether?

    I would like to be a great fiddle player on a westward bound wagon train, yet also able to have met the composer Aaron Copeland. Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! Hoedown…

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