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      From: viola@yahoogroups.com
      To: viola@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [viola] Digest Number 6989
      Date: 3 Dec 2017 01:10:56 -0000

      There are 2 messages in this issue.

      Topics in this digest:

      1a. Introduction, and a Few Questions
      From: steve.freides@...
      1b. Re: Introduction, and a Few Questions
      From: Phillip Rose


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      1a. Introduction, and a Few Questions
      Posted by: frifjjogh2bmn75evblac7fzkymd5uxxokco6q77@... steve.freides@...
      Date: Fri Dec 1, 2017 9:06 pm ((PST))

      I'm a lifelong musician but a relatively new viola player. A brief background:


      - double bass player for 10 years, bow French now but learned German first.


      - originally jazz guitarist, classical guitar then voice in undergrad school, MM and DMA in choral conducting, play other instruments as well. Started studying music as a kid in 60's.


      - taught theory at Mannes College in NYC from late 80's to late 90's.


      - have perfect pitch and am a theory geek. Intonation and general musicianship aren't my problems.


      - currently teaching privately for most of my living, also church organist and synagogue choir director


      I took up the viola a few years ago, had a summer's worth of lessons and have been at it, on and off, mostly on my own since then, but am back to studying again now. I'm playing a 16", $400 viola and a $70 carbon bow. (My other instruments are all what I'd call entry level professional quality - good enough for what I do, which is get paid to play once in a while.)


      I'm interested better strings than the Preludes that came on my instrument - opinions on a string upgrade would be appreciated. I'm playing Bel Canto's on my bass but they don't seem to be around much as a viola string. Dominants? D'Addario Helicore Orchestral?


      I'm also in the market for a better bow if anyone has for sale. I'm going to stay with the instrument I have for a while - it's not all that bad - but a real bow would be nice. By way of example, my bass bow comes from a small, relatively unknown maker and has been appraised for $2k but I paid significantly less for it. I'd love something like that for the viola. I had a chance to play my teacher's bow on my viola today - it made a world of difference, as you might expect. I'd prefer a used bow and a trial period.


      Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.


      -S-




      Messages in this topic (2)
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      1b. Re: Introduction, and a Few Questions
      Posted by: "Phillip Rose" phillip5623@... phillip5623
      Date: Sat Dec 2, 2017 12:11 am ((PST))

      I'd say helicore strings but only if you have 4 fine tuners. Best is a tailpiece with built-in tuners. - Phillip Rose 

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      I'm a lifelong musician but a relatively new viola player.  A brief background:




      -  double bass player for 10 years, bow French now but learned German first.




      -  originally jazz guitarist, classical guitar then voice in undergrad school, MM and DMA in choral conducting, play other instruments as well.  Started studying music as a kid in 60's.




      -  taught theory at Mannes College in NYC from late 80's to late 90's.




      -  have perfect pitch and am a theory geek.  Intonation and general musicianship aren't my problems.




      -  currently teaching privately for most of my living, also church organist and synagogue choir director




      I took up the viola a few years ago, had a summer's worth of lessons and have been at it, on and off, mostly on my own since then, but am back to studying again now.  I'm playing a 16", $400 viola and a $70 carbon bow.  (My other instruments are all what I'd call entry level professional quality - good enough for what I do, which is get paid to play once in a while.)




      I'm interested better strings than the Preludes that came on my instrument - opinions on a string upgrade would be appreciated.  I'm playing Bel Canto's on my bass but they don't seem to be around much as a viola string. Dominants?  D'Addario Helicore Orchestral?




      I'm also in the market for a better bow if anyone has for sale.  I'm going to stay with the instrument I have for a while - it's not all that bad - but a real bow would be nice.  By way of example, my bass bow comes from a small, relatively unknown maker and has been appraised for $2k but I paid significantly less for it.  I'd love something like that for the viola.  I had a chance to play my teacher's bow on my viola today - it made a world of difference, as you might expect.  I'd prefer a used bow and a trial period.




      Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.




      -S-







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