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"I'm fascinated by the antebellum era, anyway, and have played 1860s base ball. I've…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 25, 2018 to A Question

11 Jun 26, 2018
Reply by Mike Bostock

"Joel is correct on the chin rests.  Forgot to mention that.  Forgot about shoulder r…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 21, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"They help.  Not particularly "authentic" probably but I confess to having them.  Str…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 20, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"Yes, David Caron.  I agree.  That's why I'm not much interested in cross-tuning, etc…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 20, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"Oh,....just read your last reply, Chris.  Yes, I agree.  I still sometimes feel as t…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 20, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"I've played, off and on, for years and it still often sounds like a dying cat!  Ther…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 20, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"Ha!  I've got it!  The fingerboard diagram, as shown, is as it would look from the b…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 19, 2018 to Violin tuning

34 Jun 21, 2018
Reply by Chris Prieto

"Tim, I think I asked you about your approach in the past.  If I recall correctly, yo…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 7, 2018 to Left hand finger position

12 Jun 7, 2018
Reply by Davide Scozzi

"Well, Tim, I'm more accustomed to razzing each other than disagreeing!  ....and who…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 7, 2018 to Left hand finger position

12 Jun 7, 2018
Reply by Davide Scozzi

"Granted, I learned to keep the 2nd finger free from Pete Seeger's book and watching…"

Al Smitley replied Jun 7, 2018 to Left hand finger position

12 Jun 7, 2018
Reply by Davide Scozzi

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