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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!


Nov
11
comment How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar?
You could email a local college's music department and see if they can put you in touch with some violinists, cellists, and horn players. They could point out any impossible bits and hopefully even play it for you.
Nov
11
comment Octave clef: common usage?
The SATB choir I sing in uses music where the tenor part is often written on the bass clef and often on the treble octave clef. Sometimes the same short piece can include both (!?!?!) for example He Smiles Within His Cradle (carol 20 in the Oxford blue book starts with the tenors on the bass clef and ends with us on the octave treble. Another piece we are singing has us on the octave treble clef but without the octave marking (!) but I assume that is a typographical mistake.
Nov
2
comment Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar
Darn it - I think I may have just posted a duplicate question, but I do talk about the bansitar there.
Nov
2
comment What gives the sitar its characteristic sound?
There is another question that sounds like it may be a duplicate of mine: What causes this weird sitar-like sound? But it turns out to be about conquering fret-buzz on an electric guitar.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.