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What amp are you using? 11 Replies

Just what are you plugging into? A Fender acoustic or Marshall stack? A Vox or Mesa? What's worked and what hasn't—and don't be afraid to share why!Continue

Tags: cello, bass, viola, violin, electric

Started by Rory Williams. Last reply by Rupert Guenther Jul 8, 2014.

Question about converting an electric violin to viola..... 2 Replies

A music store recently told me that if I wanted to have an electric viola,that I could buy a 4/4 electric violin and put viola strings on it and it would be equivalent to a 14" viola. Now- has anyone…Continue

Started by Sherrie Hoyer. Last reply by Michael Edinger Apr 13, 2014.

Pitch shift to play the cello part? 4 Replies

Is anyone else using pitch shift or octave effects pedals to play the bass clef lines on a violin?   With only 4 strings I need to shift down one or two octaves depending on the music. A five string…Continue

Started by Don Wells. Last reply by Rupert Guenther Jul 19, 2012.

best mic for an acoustic violin? 7 Replies

Hi, all.  I play acoustic violin/fiddle myself, however, there are times when I need to be amplified.  At the moment I'm using a Fishman ProEQ for a preamp and a Roland AC60 amplifier.  The amp &…Continue

Tags: amplification, violin, fiddle, mic, microphone

Started by Kevin Keating. Last reply by Michael Edinger Jul 13, 2012.

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Comment by Kevin Robinson on July 13, 2014 at 2:10pm

Thanks, Rupert.. when I called Full-Time, it was a great attention-getter & conversation-starter. Sometimes, it was a job-getter. Not many square dance callers running the country, & fiddling on a tune or two, so it was a unique experience for the dancers.

Comment by Rupert Guenther on July 12, 2014 at 9:36pm

nice work Kevin - love the purple violin too, it's a knock out!
I remember flying over Kentucky from NC to OR...wondering what the people were like, the life...enjoyed your video as a taste of down home there

Comment by Kevin Robinson on July 11, 2014 at 8:21am

I don't remember if I've posted this already: but here is the youtube link to my only EV video - that I know of. The sections of music (after the intro) are in 64-beats/16 bars. The solos are at the 4th section (midway thru) and 7th section (the last section). I'm a former full-time-square-dance-caller, and this was at a small square dance festival in Eastern KY.  circa 2009.

The song is Seminole Wind, a popular Country song in the mid-1990s. I made myself a little cover-version of it.

Square Dance Cover of Seminole Wind

Comment by Sherrie Hoyer on July 11, 2014 at 7:51am

wow this place has really come alive! so neat to see-please keep the posts on the page here. 

Comment by Rupert Guenther on July 10, 2014 at 6:39pm

Hi Sherrie!

Thanks for asking what we're doing: as well as the slide violin style with my blues band I mentioned, I am working on a new classical sonata for solo violin for a recital in August in the main Cathedral here in the city of Perth in Western Australia. It's all improvised for 45 minutes. It's a bit like telling a long story, but through music, and being a classical concert, I am using the traditional European classical violin sound, nuance, and expressiveness which takes us as musicians and audiences to those special places which only classical music can reach. It's a beautiful big old cathedral with stained glass windows - it lends itself to concerts, and the music just hangs in the air. Then I have a blues gig with my band about 3 days later on my electric violin. I really enjoy the variety. Haven;t got to christmas music yet, as I just play my own music these days I leave the carols to the other folk who are so great at them and just go along and listen as an audience.

Kevin and I seem to have started a conversation here, we can shift it to private messages.

Comment by Kevin Robinson on July 10, 2014 at 6:36pm

I play in a big band (40s era, only) and in a dixieland band. While I play bass for the big band, occasionally I'll take my EV to dixie gigs along w/the banjo. Some of the guys in the band don't like the EV, coz its not a traditional dixie instrument, to them. The other guys are like, yeah!! bring it on! The dixie band NEVER rehearses and never uses sheet music...but they grew up w/the music we play... I"m the youngest member... sometimes I struggle w/the chord progressions (coz I don't practice at home, either!) ...but w/the EV, I can get away w/just about anything, as long as I state the melody at the beginning of my solos ;)

Comment by Rupert Guenther on July 10, 2014 at 6:28pm

Kevin, thanks - wow slide banjo I'd never thought of! That could be cool. I play slide for about 10% of my total creative music work, all the rest is normal violin technique. I made the switch in 2003 to play all my concerts through improvisation including my classical & chamber music recitals. What about you, what's styles are you playing in?

Comment by Kevin Robinson on July 10, 2014 at 4:40pm

Rupert! That slide violin is quite interesting, and your song, worthy of applause. I've fiddled around w/slide banjo in years past. Slide fiddle never crossed my mind!

Comment by Kevin Robinson on July 10, 2014 at 4:39pm

Sherrie, u are so right! Altho, this group of ppl are not gonna let me see the music, until I arrive. I have been assured by the composer/arranger that I'll be able to play  just fine. I said to him, "You hear me play every Sunday...are you SUUURRE u want me?" ahhahahah :)

Comment by Sherrie Hoyer on July 10, 2014 at 8:25am

!t's the perfect time of year to start getting back in the swing of carols Kevin! I often tell my mandolin & banjo students that & I'm not sure as to how many heed that advice.....till they start rushing learning them in November. 


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