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Storia di abiti da sposa

Storia di abiti da sposa Come un adulto o da giovane , avrete sognato di voi in un bellissimo abito da sposa e potrebbe anche aver pensato di sposare il vostro principe azzurro . Il colore dell'abbigliamento da sposa dei suoi sogni è per lo più bianco . La probabilità di sognare gli abito sposa chiffon in altre tonalità è normalmente trascurabile . La grande maggioranza delle donne e le ragazze che sognano di avere un…See More
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Ohio Scor! Camp at Columbus, OH

July 23, 2015 at 10:30am to July 25, 2015 at 3:30pm
A string camp for adults, including violin, viola, cello, & bass. Scor! offers chamber music, orchestra, technique sessions, & specialized instruction with accomplished faculty. There are multiple tracks to fit various playing levels.See More
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Christie Nicklay replied to Nichole McCloud's discussion What do you do when you start to get frustrated? in the group Adult Beginners
"I'm new to the violin and have had some frustration with my string crossing technique. Namely, holding fingers down on one string, while crossing over to play another open string. One piece in particular has me frustrated because I can't…"
Dec 10
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Muffled Notes while Crossing Strings

I'm very green with the violin and have only had one lesson so far, so please bear with me.I have a piece that requires me to hold down the G note on the D string while crossing over and playing an open A. With all three fingers down on the D string (as instructed in my lesson book), they rub against the A string preventing me from playing a solid sounding open A. I've tried rotating my hand further around with my thumb literally under the neck, but it's very uncomfortable and causes pain in my…See More
Dec 10
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Great Lakes Scor! Camp at Lansing, MI

June 18, 2015 at 10:30am to June 20, 2015 at 3:30pm
A string camp for adults, including violin, viola, cello, & bass. Scor! offers chamber music, orchestra, technique sessions, & specialized instruction with accomplished faculty. There are multiple tracks to fit various playing levels.See More
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Alcune informazioni sui guaina Abiti da sposa

Guaina Abiti da sposa compire numerose definizioni . Ma , soprattutto sono attillati abiti per le donne , adatto per cerimonie nuziali o eventi cerimoniali supplementari , nonché una Partywear per cocktail party o altri raduni ecc I modelli in genere di abiti hanno dardi alla regione del seno e arco leggermente verso l'interno al giro vita per definire bene la curva naturale del corpo di una donna . Essi sono indossati senza cinghia, tuttavia una serie di progettisti attuali anche progettato…See More
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Toys and Other Magic - A Musical Treat for Kids of All Ages at St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

December 14, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm
Share the joy of the holidays with family and friends at a special family concert featuring festive music of the season. The children’s matinee concert of “Toys and Other Magic” will be performed by the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) on Sunday, December 14th at 3 pm at St. Bernard and St. Stanislaus Church, 1235 George Street in Plainfield. The program will be performed without an intermission and includes family-friendly music, a children's play-along piece, and post-concert…See More
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Lara St. John's Letter from Turin—the Odd One Out

From our friend the violinist Lara St. John:

A few days before appearing with the Rai Orchestra, with Steven Mercurio conducting John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto, I started to realize I was in one of those puzzles where One of These Things Does Not Fit. It was the first homecoming of my 1779 Guadagnini in over 150 years, playing a concerto by an Italian-American dedicated to his Calabrese father on that father’s bow, with an Italian-American conductor doing an…


Posted by Greg Cahill on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am

Spruce tone wood harvested ca. 1800

Lovely material in the workshop. I am just starting to cut into it, and this spruce, which is used for the tops of instruments, has a golden brown patina all the way through it. Normally, wood is aged by the tone wood seller for a number of years, and some sellers bake the wood in the sun, giving then of…


Posted by Nate Tabor on October 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Day Five Part One at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Arrival of Kirill Gerstein

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014

August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play

Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

Saguaro Trio Scores With Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on Music Guild Summer Series

Dateline: The Music Guild Summer Fest 14, University Synagogue, Brentwood, California, August 24, 2014, 2 p.m.

With a large, enthusiastic crowd at University Synagogue in Brentwood ready to hear what Music Guild impresario Eugene Golden had up his sleeve for the fifth and final concert of the Summer Fest 14 season, the Saguaro Trio gave everything they had, which was a lot, in Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 and brought rare notes of intimacy to Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 30, 2014 at 9:52am

In Search of Ole Bull

For four days in Bergen, Norway, violinist and researcher Peter Sheppard-Skaerved pursued the essence of Norway’s most famous fiddler.

Posted by Greg Cahill on September 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Elephants Dancing to Violins, Naturally

Another reason not to kill elephants for their ivory: they're fans of violin music. Watch the video

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 28, 2014 at 1:01pm

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Started by Katie in Playing. Last reply by Christie Nicklay Nov 20.

A = 440hz, or does it?

Started by Kevin Keating in Playing Oct 25.

Handmade Violin and Viola Bags 3 Replies

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Silent "hotel" bow rather than a mute. 7 Replies

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Pain in my arm! 2 Replies

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