Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Is our great honour to have Mr Brian Larson visit MAMA TREBLE CLEF STUDIO.He came here to buy violin bow master and Supersensitive Pinnacle Violin Strings.Intro about him-Since 2003, Brian Larson has been a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s 1st Violins, as well as performing regularly in their Chamber Music series. Brian has also been an invited guest instructor in Indonesia for the Bandung Music Camp, giving private lessons, master classes and chamber music coachings. This has also included collaboration in concert with pianist Sam Haywood of Britain, and French cellist Damien Ventula, in chamber works.
Brian began studies on violin at the age of 4 years old in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with one of the first classes of Suzuki violin in that region. He went on to become concertmaster of the local youth orchestra and university orchestra eventually before moving to do his Bachelor in Music at McGill University in Montreal. He studied under Mauricio Fuks there, as well as Tom Williams, and Vladimir Landsman at the University of Montreal. His experiences in Montreal included several summer seasons playing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
On top of these instructors, Brian has enjoyed the coaching of Jean Jacques Kantorow, Taras Gabora and Yuri Mazurkevich at summer music festivals, and in Vancouver from Gwen Thompson, & Gerald Stanick, following graduation. Prior to joining the MPO, he had been more than a decade with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In Canada, Brian’s musical activities included over 100 solo concerts with piano as the “Encore Duo”, and two CD recordings. He was also very involved in the studio recording industry for film, televion and popular music, both playing, and writing string arrangements. He has written string arrangements most recently for Chad Kroeger and Nickelback, as well as recording or performing with a huge variety of popular artists including: Bryan Adams, The Cranberries, Nickelback, Motley Cru, Smokey Robinson, Nathalie Cole, Andrea Bocceli, The Moody Blues, Our Lady Peace, Spirit of the West, and many others.
Brian has had an avid interest in music education for many years, and has been developing software over the past few years with American cellist Robert Choi in the area of practice tools for young violinists and cellists. The software is scheduled to be released in 2010.We are looking forward to work with him in the future and wish him all the best in his musical career.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Scarlatti violin factory visit to Tianjin, China and we manage to complete another violin making courses .This trip is invited by the owner of the violin factory , Mr Deng of The Xiosheng violin factory of Tianjin.The weather here is about 14 Celsius during our visit and we are so amazed by the violin maker enthusiasm towards their job.Mr Deng is joint venture with French American violin comopany who invested in China ia a decade ago.The violin factory have about 58 workers and divided to a few departments.They have Luthier , carpentry , vanish , spraying, storage and QC department.I must say , they are very professional in handling their job.Everyday they received orders from all over the world.Is our great pleasure to meet a few famous luthier during our visit to China and they willing to share with us all the tips in the art of making violins.The factory can produce approximately 500 violins a day.Indeed is our honour to visit this factory and looking forward to come back here again.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
If you want your musical instrument to perform well, you should take good care of it. It does not matter whether is a cheap or expensive violins, thus it makes perfect sense that you should also learn how to properly maintain it.If you really love music education ,taking care violin is just like taking care your body.Appreciate your violin ,don't treat it like toys.This is an instruments that gives you unforgettable beautiful sounds.
Some of the common damages that happens to a violin are:
* The tailpiece might break.
* The fingerboard might come unglued.
* The bridge of the violin might snap.
* The bow might snap.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your violin:
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Do not store your violin in or near areas that have extreme changes in temperature, such as in the basement or attic. Violins are very fragile instruments, when they are continuously exposed to temperature changes and humidity, it will eventually break and fall apart.
When you're not using your violin, put it inside a good quality case to ensure protection. Most damages a violin undergo is because of the owner's neglect, such as placing it in areas where it's more exposed to possibilities of damage (i.e. near the sink , fridge , cars or behind a bedroom door).
Too Much Rosin
Rosin is applied to the bow hair causing it to grip the violin strings when playing. Without it, the bow hair will slide across the string without producing any sound. There are two types of rosin: Light Rosin is best suited for warm climates. It's harder and not as sticky as the dark rosin. Dark Rosin is most suited for cool climates, it is softer than the light rosin. Avoid putting too much rosin on the bow as it will drip onto the violin and cause staining.
Invest on Quality Strings
Cheap strings will cause tension on the violin resulting in cracks, warping and other damage.
Do Not Ignore Minor Problems
If you notice a slight damage on your violin, don't wait. Go to an experienced repairman or luthier immediately. Most damages that start out little become huge, not only to the violin, but also to your wallet.
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