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Hey yall,

I've always considered myself a high achiever. I've never gotten a C or below, actually.

Today I received my results for English and Science exams. 39/40 for english and 45/45 for science. Sadly, I realised how detrimental my reactions were. 'oh thank god' for science and 'shit not perfect marks I did so bad'. I know this is something that will be very detrimental to my later years, so how can I help myself realise that it's okay to not be perfect and to celebrate? Cheers.


What are your go-to practice techniques (and general technique) for string crossings? i.e Fast passages like Vivaldi summer presto or chordal passages like Bach D Minor Sarabande?


My teacher assigned my Vivaldi summer Presto for my AmusA diploma, and I need serious help with the strings crossing in the 'solo' sections.

My fingers are completely fine, but my bowing skills are horrible and I miss hitting clear notes, especially on the middle string. Can anyone recommend some exercises or tips?


You have some very good advice here already. One thing I could add which I find very helpful is to practice string crossings like those in martele and to speed up the martele as much as sensibly possible. Since you are catching the string when playing martele this will help your sound and precision when you play it up to speed. Also martele helps the coordination between the right and left hand since your fingers are forced to be in place before you play the note.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Wow I never thought of this. This sub is genius

It's easier for me to teach this in actual lessons, but I'll do my best to explain in text.

You have a lot more room to play with bow angle than you are probably aware of. You, of course, can play with the bow squarely in the middle of the G,D,A, or E string, or right on any of the double stops with 2 of those strings, but you could also play on the D-string leaning towards the A or G strings. Lets say you have some fast string crossings on the A and E. Start with your bow playing a double stop on both strings. All it takes to be playing on just the A string is a slight angle away from the E, and all it takes to play on just the E is a slight angle away from the A. This is important because you can work less to cross strings. Additionally, this makes you more aware of that particular dimension of your control over the bow.

If you're playing a passage across 3 or more strings, think of your bow as always traveling the angle from one string to the next, and don't go farther than you have to.

Again, this would be a hundred times easier to explain in person or video, but hopefully this made some semblance of sense.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Thank you that made perfect sense! I definitely need to work on my bow arm in general but this will help lots!


Hey New Yorkers,

I'm doing a 3 month job placement at a law firm in Midtown / Financial District and need some help finding a neighbourhood.

My top three priorities are:

  1. Safety

  2. Cultural scene (I want to be close to art galleries & performing arts centers. I know. Pretentious.)

  3. Liveliness (greenery and chill restaurants)

My placement includes a $2500 stipend for rent and I pay the rest, so money isn't a huuge deal. Thank you all!

8 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

If not too much to ask, what are some subway stops near your work? Midtown and Financial District aren't exactly near each other, and I've seen some people use "midtown" as a quite large region (a la google maps).

Depending on how much you're willing to pay and how much you hate public transit (and its delays), living near/on the right subway lines can make a huge difference in where you want to live. (Assuming you don't plan to lyft your way everywhere. :p )

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Original Poster-3 points · 6 months ago

Postal code is 10019-7475 (according to their website lol). Public transit is absolutely fine. I was thinking UWS, East Village, Tribeca (mby too expensive) or the Village. Thoughts? Thanks for the response!

You don't have to worry about safety or difficulty of commute with the amount of money you seem to be able to spend. You'll be plenty close to wherever you need to go and pretty much all of the borough is very safe.

Manhattan is chuck full of lively, green, and cultural neighborhoods. They each kind of have their own flavors. Loosely speaking, Uptown neighborhoods (UWS and UES) are more traditional. Old parks, old institutions, families and older people. While downtown neighborhoods (Village, Tribeca, etc) are more catered to the young with hip parks and restaurants and galleries.

I would recommend spending times in these various neighborhoods to get a sense of their flavor.

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Original Poster-1 points · 6 months ago

I was pretty sure I'm just being paranoid with safety, I've never been robbed so I'd like it to stay that way. I'd definitely subway, it seems easy and convenient enough (even if its a little run-down).

I was thinking UWS, East Village, Tribeca (maybe too expensive) or the village. Thank you!


Assuming money is no item, of course.


No matter what, finger stretches, technique, double extensions, I cannot reach a tenth. Anywhere. Does anyone have a good-sounding alternative in paganini's caprice 24?


Not OP, but I was also admitted. Check my chance me.

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Holy shit

Holy shit good? I honestly thought I was going to get rejected.

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How???? Here in australia we don't get to make clubs, or research, or anything really, but holy shit good. Holy. Shit. Good.

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For me, I ABSOLUTELY LOVEE THE KORNGOLD CONCERTO. It's so romantic and wondrous. Also the mozart and bach a minor.

6 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

So hard to pick a favorite. I go through phases where I'll be obsessed with a certain concerto.

  • Around 3 years ago I came across the video of Hilary Hahn's Mendelssohn VC performance, and it was the first violin concerto I ever listened to. I was still pretty new to classical music so I didn't understand any of the finer details, but I thought the 1st movement sounded so cool - the beginning sounded almost mysterious, dramatic, and then sometimes it sounded warm, and sometimes almost scary/shrieking. It was like listening to a story, but I didn't yet comprehend the language. I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Mendelssohn VC, because it was a major step into my love of classical music.

  • Earlier this year, in January, I was lucky enough to have a 2nd row seat to see Ray Chen perform the Sibelius VC at Walt Disney Concert Hall (thanks mom, that was one of the best Xmas presents ever!). I was absolutely floored by his performance, especially of the 1st movement. Seriously I don't think I blinked or closed my mouth for the whole 1st movement. I've seen other great live performances by other famous virtuosi (Perlman, Hahn, Bell, Hadelich) before and since, but Ray Chen's Sibelius moved me like nothing else has before. It will always be a special memory for me.

  • Oddly, I didn't love the ultra-famous Tchaikovsky VC at first, but then I saw this video of Itzhak Perlman performing it. It's a timeless performance; beautiful, romantic, virtuosic. Now I love the Tchaikovsky VC.

  • But among all the greats, the one I've listened to the most is the Brahms VC, particularly David Oistrakh's recording of it. I don't even know how to describe it - I just absolutely love every minute of this piece. Listening to the 1st movement is like going through a journey, facing trials but ultimately coming out on a triumphant note. The 2nd movement is pure beauty, and the 3rd movement is pure fun. This concerto really has it all.

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Original Poster0 points · 8 months ago

IMO Ray Chen is maybe even better than some of thr greats (eg oistrakh, hahn) because of his clarity. Also if you like the wondrous, adventurous type concerto the Korngold is because an easier brahms in terms of style but is without a doubt my favourite

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Original Poster3 points · 8 months ago

Yess another korngold 😂


i.e if a college audition requires a violin concerto, can I do Lalo espagnole? I know it is technically a symphony but some places say it is considered a concerto.


15 points · 9 months ago

It's absolutely 100% a concerto. The fact that it had the word "symphonie" in it's title is irrelevant.

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Original Poster2 points · 9 months ago

Sweet! Thanks


Hey r/violinist,

I have studied violin for 5 years, currently doing AMEB grade 7. However, i have figured out that my base technique is holding me back significantly. What are the best books for improving my base technique (i.e fischer basics, galamian principles etc.). As the books are quite expensive, I would like to know which is the best purchase. Thanks!


I have Fischer's Basics and love it. It's about $26 on Amazon, which isn't bad. I'm fairly certain I paid a lot more for it years ago.

Whenever I feel like it's time to brush up, I often do a mix of exercises from Basics and then go through the Kreutzer etudes, which is free on IMSLP if you don't already have it.

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Original Poster1 point · 9 months ago

Ok, thanks for your input! Have you tried galamian's principles book or schradieck school?

Yup! The Galamian is great but reads more like a textbook, so I used Basics more. Kind of like I used Basics in actual practice but Galamian more like a reference book if that makes sense. With Basics, I could just look up a specific thing I wanted to work on and flip straight to an exercise. With Principles, it was more like looking up something in the index and finding a ton of paragraphs explaining the hows and whys of a skill with some practice suggestions. Great to understand more about what's going on, but Basics was easier for me to actually use.

I'm a creature of habit and my teacher never used Schradieck in my lessons when I was growing up, but I added it in myself later on as supplemental work and found it didn't really do much for me. I didn't think there was anything I was getting out of it that I didn't already get from scale work, but I admittedly didn't dig too deep, so maybe I just didn't give it a chance. Schradieck is also available for free on IMSLP if you're considering it!

What skills are you trying to work on the most?

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Original Poster1 point · 9 months ago

To be honest, most of my skills need re-working, but mostly string crossings, bow management, bow hold and things like that. But improving everything would be my goal :)

I think I’ll buy Principles first, because its cheaper, then if I need exercises or things like that I would by basics. Thank you so much!

Try this:

Place your finger on the highest string in the correct position with a somewhat loose hand. Then, swing your left elbow even more out so that your finger almost presses the d string. Then move your finger slightly over! Obviously, im just saying to swing ur elbow more, but having logical steps helps me. I hope this works!


Sound really dumb, but I wanted to buy brush pens and highlighters then realised that tombow could be a highlighter.

I'd be using light colours, sky blue, light purple/ grey etc. Also the text underneath would be pen. Thanks alot!


Why has my dad not returned from buying a cigarette after 6 years?


If you are really willing to dig deep get klwp then place them as an image with a touch function. Additionally you could "hide" app icons on/in the leaf. Anyways go Leafs go.

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Yeah this would work.

Throwaway just in case my dad finds out. I'm asian but not a doctor

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Original Poster2 points · 11 months ago

Hush hush

White guy in Japan.

Fucking hate anime.

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Original Poster2 points · 11 months ago


Can we have the klwp file?

Quite possibly the best theme ive seen on here. Good job!

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