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bio website dumbledad.wordpress.com
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age 48
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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!


Jul
14
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
I missed this on my first reading but I think your point about headphones holds the key. I don't even need a portable practise device, headphones will plug directly into the preamp built into my electric violin.
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
No, BA advised that regarding this specific rule change it would be an issue (though I agree with your reading of the ruling and not theirs).
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Rather annoyingly no-one at security asked me to turn anything on: not my phone and not my laptop; so I probably could have taken my electric violin through (at least from the UK) without issue. The thing that did cause them to ask me to open up my violin case was the metal practise mute, which looked odd on the x-ray.
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Indeed. I think checked in luggage is fine (in theory) but in practise they seem very very reluctant to check in instruments as I guess the potential for costly damage appears too high.
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
I totally agree that this should be the answer, but current advice from BA is that it will be an issue. Mad.
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Plus current advice from BA is that it will be an issue :-(
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
My corporate travel folk (which I think Amex provides) phoned British Airways who said that as it is battery operated it falls within the new guidelines, and that if I am unable to demonstrate that it has power I will be asked to leave it behind. My current plan is to leave it at home and take my normal non-electric violin with a practice mute and save up for a non-electric 'silent' violin for next time.
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Good answer but I'd rather not have to carry another thing in hand luggage purely to keep security happy.
Jun
28
comment Is there any book that consists of notations from various composers and suits my skill level?
I follow this approach, great fun. Each ABRSM exam list contains three pieces for each of three sections from which you choose one for the exam. But if you are just looking for pieces all 9 will be suitable. They also list another 9 not included in the book which you could look for separately.
May
22
comment Recorder sounds terrible with violin
If she plays a scale and you play an open a string drone does that still sound out-of-tune?
May
9
comment Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
I urge you not to do a search on the BBC website for "viola-da-gamba" since for me it came back with the helpful suggestion "did you mean 'domestic violence'?" No, I don't think I did!
May
5
comment Which scores are best for those who are new to analysis?
What does "in res" mean?
Apr
24
comment How to avoid shaky violin bowing?
Can you elaborate on "last arc"? I'm not sure what you mean.
Apr
24
comment Making music digitally — where should children start?
Recommendations may vary considerably from kids aged 2 (something they can hit that'll respond with a sound) and kids aged 15 (something that'll stretch them intellectually). How old are your kids?
Apr
22
comment How much practicing time per week is enough to progress with piano for beginner?
I know this sounds downbeat but be prepared for her or him to be unable to motivate themselves and that you find yourself nagging them to practise day-after-day. Youth is wasted on the young: amazing ability to learn and often little desire to do so. That said, I was pleased my Mum & Dad had forced me to practise the violin. I gave up the day I turned 16 but took it up again in my forties and found it much much easier to return to than to start from scratch.
Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
Good answer, but with the stitching along the base these bags (or at least the music bags I've seen and used) are not that flexible length-ways anyway.
Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
I realise that the tag sheet-music is incorrect but I need at least one tag to submit a question and all the others I could think of do not exist on the site.
Mar
20
comment Is there a mandolin-like instrument with guitar-like tone and range?
It's worth note that the "octave mandolin" Wheat mentions (i.e. the mandola tuned an octave below the mandolin) is also called the octave mandola or (perhaps more correctly) the tenor mandola.
Feb
10
comment Why aren't intervals zero-indexed?
I don't see how it makes any difference as long as the convention is well documented and well understood. VB programmers start arrays at index 1, most others at zero. Americans call the ground floor the first, Brits don't. It is not a problem.
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
Is "equal temperament" a red herring? Surely before equal temperament a harpsichord tuned in C and one tuned in C# would have an identical pattern of intervals, but around different roots. On those two imagined harpsichords what makes the key of C on one feel different form the key of C# on the other beyond the slight shift in pitch - anything?