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    Phillip Sindlinger
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    Hello from Las Vegas. My name is Phil and I am an English teacher here in Las Vegas who plays violin and fiddle whenever mere English has lost meaning for me and my students. Life without the fiddle or violin is possible but miserable for the most part.

    Years ago I studied and played viola and thirty years ago I bought a really cheap Chinese violin and then tried to teach myself that instrument via a jazz melody book, much to the chagrin of my now deceased and departed mentor of classical studies.

    In the 30 years since, I seem to come and go with my interest in the violin and I am now stressing to stay up with it now and totally break my pattern of leaving it behind in time for whatever reason of reading and making a living.

    My ambition is to be able to play Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4 with absolutely no stress and worry. I am not sure if this means that I must repreat to my viola or continue on with my $1,500 violin.

    I also would not mind having the skill to play Vivaldi’s “Summer,” but that is all a dream. I still think like many that what Kennedy did to Vivaldi in the 1980’s was beyond singular and fantastic.

    Finally, I also want to get some great version of the fiddle tune entitled “Blackberry Blossom” in my skill repertoire, under these roasting, sunny summer skies of Las Vegas. I tend to dream more than practice, yep, sorry to say or report.

    #2234 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Hi pbsindlinger and welcome to VTP!

    My lofty goal is to play Canon in D beautifully. I am still learning the basics, so that is probably a way off…but I love the violin and will get there one day.

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Nice goal Tracye! I didn’t know that until now, so I will make sure to help you get there!

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    margaretellen
    Participant

    Hi Phil,
    Welcome! I’m wondering how difficult you found the transition from viola to violin? Do you still play viola at all?
    Margaret

    #2281 Reply

    Phillip Sindlinger
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    Well, sometimes sight reading violin music remains a challenge when I lose concentration and my muscle memory goes juvenile. (In fact, sometimes I consider myself a violist of the past no matter how many hours I put in learning the E and G strings without alto C. [This site is not violiatutorpro.com, right?] There went two bad jokes from a once proud violist.)

    There is a helpful book entitled Fiddling for Viola by Michael H. Hoffheimer which is worth every ounce of gold that it takes to read. It has parallel melodic lines in both key signatures> That book helped me a whole lot. If I was not so focused on playing Bach someday, I would say…. here I digress…. a bit, that I sure do wonder if Turlough O’Carolan ever heard a melody or a viola or anything resembling music by Bach in his life.

    You will find some great tunes for either instrument (viola and violin) that carry O’Carolan’s name and transcribed by Hoffheimer.

    (Oh yeah, I meant to write “retreat” in my original bio statement instead of whatever typo you read. I do feel like sometimes I am a running rebel when I retreat to reading alto clef.)

    When I first played that $213 violin of mine in 1984, that was stolen three years later from my car, I guess I was so happy to play a line of melody, as a former violist, that everything went ape in my RIP as violist life. That remains not such much a bad thing, but I picked up more than a few bad technique habits especially of the bow since no one was supervising my learning violin folly. I also am and was wordy because of it.

    Well, ask a violist about it and this is what you get. Do you like Bach’s Brandenburg concertos as much as I do? I must run!

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    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Thanks Michael, I would really enjoy the help with the Canon in D..I really want to learn that song!!

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    margaretellen
    Participant

    I have to confess I’m not familiar with Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, but I looked them up on youtube and they are beautiful!

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    Tracye
    Keymaster

    I have never heard the Bach’s Brandenburg concertos either.
    Found a nice video…beautiful piece.

    #2334 Reply

    Phillip Sindlinger
    Participant

    I like this almost as much as the fourth one. Thanks for sharing, Tracye. If you ever view the movie “Slaughterhouse Five,” see how the music is used.then and there in the mid 1970’s.

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Phil, you should post in my new forum about a new piece that you want to learn–Vivaldi Summer! I would love to teach students how to play this. I posted that if the interest got at least 10 post responses, I would do a class on it. It starts with you putting the song up for vote though! http://violintutorpro.com/forum/learn-a-piece/

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