Learning Violin Question(s).
I am in the top orchestra of my middle school, the Chamber orchestra, however: I am not pleased with it. I feel I do not truly belong to the chamber orchestra, I feel I am only there to fill up a graduating student’s spot. So, I want to feel I belong there. I have purchased the Suzuki books starting from book…
Playing through Suzuki books is not going to teach you more advanced techniques. You should seriously consider private lessons if you want to advance faster than you can by playing in your school orchestra.What you’re doing is a decent approach but if you practice something with bad technique or bad hand position for a couple hours a day, you’ll solidify the habit to the point where it will be very hard to break it and hard to advance beyond that point.
How do you start and run a 1971 Suzuki motorcycle. (this is my first bike.).
Hello everyone,I am getting a 1971 Suzuki ts 125 this afternoon. It will be my first motorcycle, so please be kind… I know these might seem like silly questions.First off. I know that it is a 2-stroke, so oil must be added with the gas. How do I do this? How much do I add with the gas? And where on the…
if memory serves me, the TS125 had an oil tank and an oil pump so you don’t have to premix the oil in the gas unless this has been disconnected. I also believe the oil tank was located under the seat on the left side, behind the side cover. access under the seat with a screw on/off cap to add oil with an oil sight window thru the left side cover.the oil pump was located on the left side of the engine slightly above and behind the gear shift lever…so if that is still functioning, just make sure you have oil in that tank by looking in the side sight window and gasoline in the gas tank. if that has been disconnected / by passed, you will need to mix 2 stroke oil with gasoline and pour in the gas tank.those old bikes were recommended to mix at either 20:1 or 32:1 but the 2 stroke oil from back in those days would breakdown if mixed any less. You could probably get a good motorcycle 2 stroke oil and easily mix it 32:1 or even 40:1 as long as you don’t hold the engine wide open for extended periods of time. I would recommend you getting the oil from a motorcycle shop, not just a jug of 2 stroke oil from a big box store like walmart. those usually have 2 stroke oil more for marine application (which is similar to that from when this bike was new but with additives for marine applications).as for starting, turn on the key (if it sitll has one) and make sure the kill switch is in the ‘on” position. kick the kick starter thru with a steady kick and it should start (might take 2 or 3 strokes).once you get it started, look at how heavy the smoke is coming from the exhaust pipe. if it seems like you are fogging for mesquitos, the pump could be set to rich on oil or you have too much oil mixed in the gas…get a helmet, take your time in learning and a MSF course would sure help you with the basics instead of hurting yourself with the trial & error method. but if you must, get someone that knows how to ride to take time to show you what needs happen … putting in text form here would be difficult without writing a book.good luck and be safe… always wear a helmet!!! it’s saved my life many times.
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This currently my third yr. playing the violin :)Im on suzuki book 3 to 4 1/2 haha and 1st piece of 5th :}uhm… should I be on Suzuki book 5 or am I moving at too slow fo a paceAlso I have to send my audition tape for this orchestra competition All-State I think?! Can you send me a piece that I should…
-Should I take the class?Yes, you never know until you try. Why pass up the opportunity? You NEVER decide what YOU want to do based on what you think OTHERS will think. I have made that mistake too many times when I was younger, I regret it everyday! Don’t fall for that trap!-What to play for All-State or the competition?Play something that you are comfortable with. You don’t want to try to learn something quick just to impress a judge, you will probably fail.-Should I be nervous?Everybody gets nervous. Of course you should be ;)-How do I get my violin teacher to realize I can play at a higher Suzuki book level than he thinks?Maybe he already knows! Instructors have a knack for knowing a lot about your playing, it is something that the student can’t “see.” 😉 You could say something, but I usually follow my instructor to the word.-What is a good violin to buy?The best thing to do is to go to a string shop, even take along your teacher, you have to play a violin to get a feel for it and hear how it sounds. :)Oh, and GOOD LUCK! I am sure you will do GREAT 😉
If I want to follow Zen is there a religion to go along with it. Any good books.
I understand that Zen is a way of life. If I like the teachings of Zen is there a perfect religion to go along with it or is Zen really a religion? I was thinking Buddhism maybe went along with it. Also is there any good books that go along with your suggestions? thanks
Zen is a branch of Buddhism that focuses on practice.Because it focuses on practice, it is neither a religion, philosophy, nor lifestyle. Without practice, Zen becomes just another group of ideas. And, as you know, even the best of ideas can produce enormous suffering in our lives.There are two classic books on Zen and, because they are quite different in approach, you’ll benefit from reading both (links below).”Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi”Dropping Ashes on the Buddha” by Zen Master Seung SahnThere are many other books written by enthusiasts (Alan Watts) and scholars (DT Suzuki), but none of these books can compare to the genuine taste of Zen that one gets from reading books written by genuine masters.The best way to learn about Zen is through the actual practice of Zen. If there is a Zen center near you, visit them and explore the real thing. (Link to worldwide centers, below.)If you can’t find a local Zen center, “Taking the Path of Zen” by Robert Aitken, Roshi, gives excellent instruction on how to start practice.Feel free to email me if you have specific questions. Best wishes in your search.
Is the Suzuki Method a good method for Adults to learn violin.
Are Suzuki Books for violin better or worse than other methods? Is the Suzuki Method harder or easier than other popular teaching methods in violin?Are there etudes and etude studies in the Suzuki Method? What books do they appear in? How about octaves? Arpeggios???
I’m anti-Suzuki.Suzuki makes you memorize pieces, over-practice them, and practice robotically. On a positive note, Suzuki is an easier method than most. As a cellist, I progressed from book 1-7 in 2 years. However, I started young. I then quit the method because I thought it was stupid.Suzuki is aimed at younger students, as opposed to adults. Adults also have a difficult time memorzining pieces.Anyway…Pros:Fast progressingTeaches you real pieces while progressing technique-wiseHas a variety of excersises to enhance techniqueCons:Aimed at younger studentsLimits your musical independence, as it gives you dynamics etc.Forced memorizationRigorous over-practicingI teach my students by getting them an etude book(s) (i.e. Sevcik among many others), scale books, and giving them a few pieces a week.Good luck,DB
Any good introductory books for buddhism.
I recently become interested in buddhism, but there’s so much information that I don’t know where to start researching. How many different types of buddhism are there? Is there a book that tells you about every one?Thanks!
There are a number of Web sites about Buddhism. Some provide an overview and some are sectarian, but most seem boring and lifeless to me.As you noted, there are many books about Buddhism. Some are written by scholars (DT Suzuki), some by enthusiasts (Watts, Pirsig), and some by genuine teachers. I recommend that you read books by genuine teachers — these will give you a genuine taste of this vast tradition.The best introduction, I believe, is by Sylvia Boorstein: “It’s Easier Than You Think.” She’s a senior teacher in the Vipassana tradition but her book isn’t sectarian. It provides a wise, witty, and easy-to-understand overview of the basics of Buddhism. It’s like Buddhism 101, taught by a charming teacher.”Old Path, White Clouds” by Thich Nhat Hanh, provides an insightful introduction to the life of Buddha and his teachings. Both these books are available new and used.Buddhism has two basic traditions: Theravada and Mahayana. A major sub-group of Mahayana is Vajrayana (which is sometimes called Tibetan Buddhism). The Theravada tradition is centered in Southeast Asia. It is taught in the West under the names Vipassana or Insight meditation. Mahayana is found mostly in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam) and is taught in the West as Zen, Pure Land, and Tibetan Buddhism. There are sub-groups within each of these traditions. I don’t know of any one book that does justice to a description of these various sects.Hope this helps! Feel free to email me if you have specific questions.
What is the best book for learning violin.
I am intermediate at piano, fairly good at guitar, and already know quite a bit of music theory, so I am not new at music. I want to learn how to play violin now, but I don’t know which book would be best. I hear that Suzuki is good, but I was wondering if there is a book that is better?
The book that is good is the one that your teacher recommends you use. Violin is not something to be tackled without instruction. It is not ergonomic to hold and in general if you are comfortable playing it as a beginner, you are probably doing something wrong. The proper hold of the instrument and bow are not easy to understand and a book by itself is fairly useless. There are many method books that teachers use, including the Suzuki book, but the Suzuki method is what the teacher teaches, it isn’t in the book, the book only has graded music. These are some of the books that are used in the school systems, but again it is with instruction.All For StringsStriktly StringsSpotlight on StringsEssential Elements 2000 (includes a CD and DVD) – very popularMueller Rush – a little more adult oriented
How many Essential Elements for Strings books are there in the series.
I play violin, and i currently own the first two.
As far as I can tell, the third book is called “Essential Technique.”If you’ve finished the second book, a good next step would be the 2nd or 3rd Suzuki book. If you wanted a challenge, you could start learning Seitz’ “Student Concerto” no 2 ( http://imslp.org/wiki/Student_Concerto_N… ) a little at a time. By the end of Essential Elements book 2 it’s also probably about time to begin learning 3rd position. I like the book “Introducing the Positions” for this ( http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Intr… ).By the way, I hope you’re not trying to do this without a teacher? The Essential Elements books might have made it possible to get this far without one, but it’ll be tough sledding from here.
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