• Is 15 too late to play the violin?

    Best answer: I taught music in the schools of NY state for over 30 years. Some kids had started singing or playing an instrument when they were in 4th grade - others did not start ( or were starting a second instrument, or restarting one they had quit in elementary school) when they were in 8th, 9th, 10th grade or later! You... show more
    Best answer: I taught music in the schools of NY state for over 30 years. Some kids had started singing or playing an instrument when they were in 4th grade - others did not start ( or were starting a second instrument, or restarting one they had quit in elementary school) when they were in 8th, 9th, 10th grade or later! You are doing this for YOU - and since you have an instrument, will have a degreed, certified, qualified teacher in your school - GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY!! Do not be hard on yourself if you do not like they way you sound at first - that just means you have heard good playing, and have high standards - to which you aspire! As a professional flutist, I still listen to recordings of many other fine players - because they are an inspiration to me to keep working, always. Lucky, lucky, lucky you that you have this chance - so take it!
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Which classical musical composer do you wish to have known personally?

    Best answer: Both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Salieri.

    I would love to discover whether Salieri did in fact murder Mozart or not.
    Best answer: Both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Salieri.

    I would love to discover whether Salieri did in fact murder Mozart or not.
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What orchestral stringed instrument should I learn to play?

    Since I was a little kid I always wanted to learn how to play a stringed instrument such as the cello or violin. Unfortunately, I never got the chance. Now I am in my senior year of high school and I would still love to learn. I am aware that these instruments are not easy to learn but, I still love the way they... show more
    Since I was a little kid I always wanted to learn how to play a stringed instrument such as the cello or violin. Unfortunately, I never got the chance. Now I am in my senior year of high school and I would still love to learn. I am aware that these instruments are not easy to learn but, I still love the way they sound. I'm stuck between the cello and viola. I know they're equally difficult but, which would you recommend? Also I'm 5'0 so fairly small so, Idk if that helps at all.
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Do Musicians memorize all keys (scales)?

    Best answer: It's very useful to know all the major scales using from zero to six flats and sharps†, their related natural minor scales, and the variations commonly used with a minor scale.  It's not necessary to be intimately familiar with them all, but you should be able to find your way around them. ( † If you count... show more
    Best answer: It's very useful to know all the major scales using from zero to six flats and sharps†, their related natural minor scales, and the variations commonly used with a minor scale.  It's not necessary to be intimately familiar with them all, but you should be able to find your way around them.

    ( † If you count them, that's a total of 13.  That may not make sense when you observe that there are only 12 pitches per octave, but there's actually an overlap.  G-flat major with 6 flats, and F-sharp major with 6 sharps, are played on exactly the same piano keys. )

    Once you know a particular major scale, you also know its relative natural minor.  For example, the G-major scale is G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G, and E-minor is E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E — both have one sharp.

    If you really "want to create more complex/different songs", then you need to go beyond just major and minor chords.  You must be comfortable with major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, diminished and half-diminished, augmented, plus the concepts of altered chords and chord substitution.
    6 answers · 2 months ago
  • Why are Beethoven, Mozart and Bach so famous among classical artists?

    Even children who give no shiiits about classical, raised in homes who have only ever listened to murder, rape and violence in their rap "music"... even they have heard the names Beethoven, Mozart and Bach. Im wondering why. I find these artists grossly overrated. Dont you? Give me Dvorak, Tchaikovsky,... show more
    Even children who give no shiiits about classical, raised in homes who have only ever listened to murder, rape and violence in their rap "music"... even they have heard the names Beethoven, Mozart and Bach. Im wondering why. I find these artists grossly overrated. Dont you? Give me Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Listz, Holst, Debussy, Satie, etc., etc., any day of the week.
    11 answers · 2 months ago
  • IS CHOPIN A ROMANTIC COMPOSER?

    5 answers · 2 months ago
  • Do you suggest putting the movie " Ode to Freedom Beethoven Symphony No. 9 " in the O's for Ode, or B for Beethoven, within a dvd collection?

    Best answer: "O" for Ode. Always go with the first word, other than "the", "a" etc.
    Best answer: "O" for Ode. Always go with the first word, other than "the", "a" etc.
    7 answers · 2 months ago
  • What is the best thing to do when trying to understand harmonies?

    I am a violinist of 10 years. I don't yet understand how harmonies are constructed, or what I'm supposed to be listening for when making a harmony for a melody. Can someone explain this, or direct me to a source that can? Thank you
    I am a violinist of 10 years. I don't yet understand how harmonies are constructed, or what I'm supposed to be listening for when making a harmony for a melody. Can someone explain this, or direct me to a source that can? Thank you
    3 answers · 2 months ago
  • Best dark classical music?

    8 answers · 3 months ago
  • Is classic only for rich people and snobs?

    16 answers · 3 months ago
  • Why do Liberals hate symphonies?

    Best answer: I thought the stereotypical artsy-fartsy snob was also a liberal, weren't they? Same with hipsters, kids who go to band camp, and lots of others who are into classical music.
    Best answer: I thought the stereotypical artsy-fartsy snob was also a liberal, weren't they? Same with hipsters, kids who go to band camp, and lots of others who are into classical music.
    12 answers · 3 months ago
  • I just broke my new violin?

    Hi as Im writing this I just got my brand new violin 30 minutes ago I took it out of its case started to tune it then snap the g string just went im really worried as I have violin class tommorow
    Hi as Im writing this I just got my brand new violin 30 minutes ago I took it out of its case started to tune it then snap the g string just went im really worried as I have violin class tommorow
    8 answers · 3 months ago
  • [POLL] Best Simon & Garfunkel song and why?

    Best answer: Bridge over troubled water because I love bridges as they are so majestic
    Best answer: Bridge over troubled water because I love bridges as they are so majestic
    8 answers · 3 months ago
  • Do I have a shot at being a concert pianist?

    I am 15 years old and I don't really have much experience on the piano. My dad plays in a band as the keyboard player (he plays multiple other instruments too) and he said he would teach me how to play the piano if I wanted. I have always been interested in it, but I have never really pursued it. I love music... show more
    I am 15 years old and I don't really have much experience on the piano. My dad plays in a band as the keyboard player (he plays multiple other instruments too) and he said he would teach me how to play the piano if I wanted. I have always been interested in it, but I have never really pursued it. I love music and I know how to play a few other instruments but only the basics. I have read a few other posts on this, and most of the answers say something along the lines of "most 15/16 year olds are already winning major competitions". I just want to know if it is even possible and how, if it is then I will work my hardest to catch up.
    9 answers · 4 months ago
  • What's the best way to mark a violin fingerboard so a finger position can be found, but that's invisible, easily removed & causes no damage?

    Here's my situation. I'm a reasonably good player, (Grade VII ABRSM at one time, now about grade VI standard) but I've always had problems with high notes above third position. Before you say the best solution is to practise, yes, I KNOW that, but I don't have the time & inclination to... show more
    Here's my situation. I'm a reasonably good player, (Grade VII ABRSM at one time, now about grade VI standard) but I've always had problems with high notes above third position. Before you say the best solution is to practise, yes, I KNOW that, but I don't have the time & inclination to practise for ages each day, & I don't think that would make enough difference to justify the time & effort. I was wondering if something like clear nail varnish would do the trick, but if there are other better ways I'd be most grateful if you would share them. I just want a sort of marker on the E string that I could use to mark where the note B is, then I'd use that marker as a safe 'home' point to make the notes above it more secure. I can play in 5th position, but my accuracy is risky, & intonation that high can be horrible if just slightly out. I'm not that worried about notes above top E (which is a harmonic anyway, so accuracy is of less risk if I can get there safely. Like I said earlier I know this isn't the best solution to the problem, but I'm only a hobby violinist, and I work - so I can't spend hours each day practising. But if there is a way of marking the fingerboard so I can feel the mark with my finger, but without permanently damaging the fingerboard I'd be really grateful to learn it. Thank you.
    5 answers · 4 months ago
  • Learn to Play piano fast?

    5 answers · 4 months ago
  • Why were most Classical era operas written in Italian?

    Why did all of the classical era music composers like beethoven, bach, chopin, liszt, mozart, pachelbel, schumann, schubert etc who all lived in Austria or Germany and whom all spoke German write their lyrics and operas in Italian?
    Why did all of the classical era music composers like beethoven, bach, chopin, liszt, mozart, pachelbel, schumann, schubert etc who all lived in Austria or Germany and whom all spoke German write their lyrics and operas in Italian?
    4 answers · 4 months ago
  • Who would win in a fight chopin or mozart?

    3 answers · 4 months ago