In this episode, we hear from a number of professional string-chewing violinists who have seen their instruments get fatter and worse over time. These are not just anecdotal stories, but have been recorded with a professional violinist. All told, one string in six is over 80, and another in twelve. How do some instruments age more than others? Is one of their problems the problem?
Download this episode, and more, including:
A review of “Viola Solo” by Robert Williams, a soloist with over twenty years of experience at the professional level.
A review by Tony Gwynne, violinist with over forty years of experience, of the history of violin tunings and of his own playing of these tuning standards.
This fascinating article in the December 2013 violin magazine about the most famous violins of all time.
A selection of recordings of Tony Gwynne demonstrating his virtuoso abilities.
The importance of listening for a violin’s resonance.
A look into the relationship between the pitch of a violin, how it varies with the temperature, and its strength.
Musician’s Perspective: the role of string resonance has been an interesting subject in the world of violin playing and the instruments themselves. Some would argue the most interesting guitar player of all time is Joe Satriani on guitar. A fascinating and informative presentation of his work with string resonances in the guitar.
There might be a bit of a lull at the beginning of the “The Age of Flatterer” episode, but things will pick up shortly. And if you haven’t seen an episode of this podcast before, you’re better off listening to the show now, than after reading the descriptions of the episodes that you may have missed. It’s a great way to pick up some of the more recent episodes that didn’t quite make a splash at first or that weren’t quite as great.
I hope you enjoy this season of Flatterer, and if you enjoyed the second season this could have easily been the new season. However, because we’ve run behind in production for the second season we’ve been forced to make a few minor changes to the show, for the better of both our production team and our viewers (not that they really seem to mind the change). We have put together some more material, we hope you enjoy it.
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