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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


Oct
3
comment How to play faster songs on the violin?
@leftaroundabout that last phrase of yours: "in the orchestra there are other rules for what'll sound good than when you're playing alone" is a great way to put it
Oct
2
revised How to play faster songs on the violin?
added 65 characters in body
Sep
29
comment Clean and polish an old violin
Looks good - thanks. I'll check out their polish too.
Sep
29
comment Clean and polish an old violin
The sound post is firmly in place and appears not to have moved.
Sep
29
revised Clean and polish an old violin
Editting to make it obvious that this is the violin that I play
Sep
29
comment Clean and polish an old violin
Bizarre, the question is "how do I clean and polish my violin?" and the answer is "don't, diagnose other problems instead". As noted in the question, the other problem is pretty obvious: the tailpiece snapped. I'm taking the opportunity of having the entire top of the violin available to give it a good clean. Surely that's a simple question?
Sep
29
revised Clean and polish an old violin
Adding that after cleaning I want to be able to play the violin (I kid you not)
Sep
29
comment Clean and polish an old violin
-1 This is definitely my main instrument - it has to play. I'd assumed that was obvious (from the title of the SE at least) but I'll add it to the question
Sep
29
answered How to play faster songs on the violin?
Sep
29
asked Clean and polish an old violin
Sep
17
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
16
revised How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?
adding cello stuff, though that means this probably is not even an answer for cellists :-(
Sep
16
answered How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?
Sep
16
suggested suggested edit on Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
Sep
16
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
Great answer. Would you cite the names of the two collections used?
Sep
16
comment What's the purpose of a sound post?
Jim Woodhouse sometimes gives talks at science festivals etc. to open up his group's research work on bowed instruments to a general audience. One of the things he does is to dislodge the sound post while a violinist plays. As you can guess from leftroundabout's wonderful answer the effect is dramatic - the sound drops off immediately.
Sep
15
revised Tuning hierarchy for orchestras
added 6 characters in body
Sep
14
revised Tuning hierarchy for orchestras
deleted 3 characters in body
Sep
14
answered Tuning hierarchy for orchestras
Sep
14
accepted What does “gajo” mean as a musical directive on sheet music