Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 27

Wood Used in Violin Making

I write this blog post as I am aboard a train heading to the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. Various luthier classes are being held there this summer. With that introduction, I would like to turn to a very pertinent subject: the different types of wood used in violin making. Maple, Spruce, …

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Jun 19

Auto Racing and Stringed Instruments

Ok, you may be thinking “what does auto racing have to do with playing a stringed instrument?”. Before I started driving Spec Miatas at the Portland International Speedway, I had the vague opinion (as most probably do), that driving a car fast around a track, is mostly a matter of talent, a love of going …

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Jun 14

Music Education under constant threat

In another post for Oregon Music News I wrote about Mount Hood Community College’s music department’s troubles, I outlined the kerfuffle set off by the elimination from the catalog of the transfer program with a music emphasis. This was done without notice to the music department staff or instructors and was discovered accidentally by another …

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Jun 06

Wood v. Carbon Fiber bows

Whoever thought that space age technology would be something that I would apply to my life as a classical musician? But, here I am, faced with a big decision over wood v. carbon fiber. I have discussed before that I’m always trying to find a way to make my violin sounding better and stronger without …

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