New experience, new achievement

Hello! It’s been a while since the last time I post something here.. And I’m glad I can finally get back again to my blog.

 

So for today’s post, I want to share my achievement which is also my very first experience after 16 years of being a violinist. Quite a long story tho, but it’s worth it. On January 2016, I was performing in an event at Batik Lounge, Kemang, Jakarta. There, I met a guy who was looking for someone for a Hofner violin endorsement.

 

Long story short. After a few months, a representative from the company he worked for called me and asked me to come over to Jakarta (I live in Bandung, btw). We arranged the schedule and then the next 6 days, I went to the place he asked me to go to. There, he and his colleagues told me to try a few famous German violins from Hofner. I AM INSTANTLY SO IN LOVE WITH THOSE VIOLINS especially for the H4-V4 series.

 

And just when I thought it ends there, they gave me a chance to try an electric violin which is also from Hofner. For your information, I have never play an electric violin before because I wanted to stay “classic”. It felt heavy at first, I tried it before it was plugged to the sound system and it sounds not to bad. But after it was plugged, I had to say its hard to go back the classic violin again  wink

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Anyway, here I am now. Officially endorsed and happily exploring my 2 new violins, accoustic violin and electric violin, both by Hofner. Oh i’m also endorsed for violin string from D’addario KAPLAN VIVO. For those who are looking for a violin string, KAPLAN VIVO is highly recommended. Those warm but soft tone will drive you crazy!

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A little bit tips of buying a new violin, probably I’ve said this before but I will say it again. It is never you who choose the instrument, the instrument is.

 

Goodluck finding a new one or if you love your old one already, take a good care of it!

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Violinary #7 (Ti)

Ti tralalalalala yuhuuuuu…! :)))Now we have reach the last note and also the last article of Violinary Blog Series.

Ti stands for tips. Violin maintenance tips to be exactly.


A beginning is important. But ending is importanter (peace^^). After a hard violin practice, it is so necessary to wipe your violin gently. Because most likely your sweats are there and if you let it just like that it will make the color of your violin disappear slowly. Then, put your violin into the case and dont forget to lock it.

 

A lot of my students, they forget to lock the violin AND to zip the case. They close it just like that UNLOCK and when they’re about to carry it, it drops and the violin fall down 😦
And for the bow, have you already have the habit to tighten up your bow before you play the violin and to tighten lose your bow after you finish playing your violin? Well if you dont have that kind of habit, then you have to change it NOW right away.

 

Think your bow as same as your body. After you done hitting the gym, practicing your muscle, tighten it up because you need to lift the barbells. Of course after that you need to relax back your muscle otherwise it will hurt yourself and there is a chance you may break your muscle too! So once again please take care of your violin or any other instrument as if its your own body.

PDF Violin Part: Violinary #7

Violinary #6 (La)

Let’s just consider la stands for labels in music labels :p
Basically, music labels or record labels are companies that “hire” a person to be manufactured and distribute and promote their recorded music. As far as i know there are 2 kind of labels. Indie labels and major labels.


Have you ever wondering how can you be “hired” with a record label? Well, you have to make sure that your musics are awesome and probably mind-blowing or eargasm to the others. That way you can distribute your music more easily.


But the best way to “check” whether your music is good or not before sending it to the record labels, is to asking for a feedback from common people first. But DON’T give it to your family or relatives because most likely they will comment the good things only.
Next step, mixing and mastering. Make sure that you give an extra final touch to your music so that it will sound as good as possible. It might not change a lot, but it will maybe change the world’s point of view. That will give and extra boost to your chance to get into the music labels.

BEST OF LUCK!

PDF Violin Part: Violinary #6

Violinary #5 (Sol)

Sol stands for solidarity. What makes us grow to a better way? Inovation might works. But thats not what i want to talk about in this occasion. Its about a competition between individuals among us, humans. And its actually fine. Its not even a bad thing at all. But everything if its too much is not good.


There are times that solidarity is needed. We saw a lot of motivation phrase that says we have to stand out and be different from the others. But it wont work in an orchestra or band. Solidarity here is needed so that between one instrument and the others will blend together and so the audience can enjoy it.


The number one priority in an orchestra or band or everything that includes more than one person playing an instrument is harmony. A song will not sounds beautiful if its not in harmony, because it feels like every person who is playing that song is playing for them self and they dont care about how others listen to it.

 

PDF Violin Part:Violinary #5

 

 

Violinary #4 (Fa)

Fa stands for faults.

We are human and its very normal for us to makes mistakes or faults. Even machine sometimes made one too. We learn from mistakes so that we wont do it again on the future but it depends on us wether you want to realize it or not.
I am also a human that makes faults in life and also in music. Mistakes are experience, if you want to learn from it. But if you just let the mistake keeps going on, then that is a failure.


From what i have learned years ago, there are 4 types of faults.

– you dont realize you made mistake

– you realize you made mistake but you dont want to fix it immediately

– you realize you made mistake and you fix it immediately

– you prevent before the mistake happen

For my opinion, the second case is the worst. And the best case of course is the fourth one. You dont have to fail first to finally understand and try to fix it. Probably when you failed already, there wont be any chance to fix it anymore. So, which one are you?

PDF Violin Part: Violinary #4

Violinary #3 (Mi)

Moving on to the third Violinary blog series!

Mi stands for mixing. Mixing can be 2 things. Recording mixing or mixing within your playing itself. Sound layer mixing to be exactly.

 

There is another word for that, which is polyphony. And Johann Sebastian Bach is a well-known composer for polyphonic specialist. Not only on violin repertoires but also on piano repertoires too.

 

 

You must be familiar with the SATB thing. S stands for soprano, A for alto, T for tenor, and B for bass. Bach made a very famous composition that are combined together and called “3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas for solo violin”. And in every single composition he made, if you listen and analyze it carefully you will find those SATB there.
 


Finding the SATB is not so hard, but playing it only on one instrument is hard. Because that means you have to “split” both of your hands into four voices. Sometimes it shouldn’t be played at one time simultaneously. It could be one voice for each bar, a duet between soprano and alto, or tenor with bass.

 

In recordings, mixing is when you “edit” your song. The word “edit” here is similar to editing photos. For example, you can put filters, red-eye reduction, brightness, you can even get rid of your acne!

 

For this violinary project, i use logic pro on iMac to make the #1minute-music . After your song is finished, you can put reverb, change the gain, transpose your work etc so that it will sound better. So, good luck making your own song! 🙂

Violin part: Violinary #3

Violinary #2 (Re)

Re…. Recording. Yep, this blog series is going on. Recording is all about capturing the best moment and environment in a sound form of a musical performance.

 

With all the recording gadgets nowadays, it must be easier to capture everything you want to capture. What makes it different is the quality of the recording you take.

 

There are recordings that have a very noisy backsound on their recordings, which is probably because they were just playing around and not being so serious about it. These recordings are the worst one.

Next level on recordings will be the one who “work” with it and they will get paid after that. Usually this type of people started as a person who just showing off their skills or hobbies or talent to the public with covering songs that are famous at that time. Most of them will edit their recordings with a little bit reverb, so it will sound better. The word virus comes to play. It may sound a little weird when I said the word ‘Virus’, but it’s just like a virus, when one piece of art is created from the original song and improvise what’s in it. When a person creates a cover and publishes him or herself in a worldwide media, which can be seen by people from all over the world. Uninvited visitor would liked what you have made and make your creation goes viral, and eventually or surprisingly, one of the music producer from all around the world caught you and if he or she loved it, who knows you could be a star. Yeah! You know what I mean.

 

And finally the last level of recordings. Talking about recordings that you saw in a music store that has the price tag on it, those are called professional recording. Professional recording includes Pop, Rock, Classical, Alternatives, Jazz, etc. And they are not easily published. The Million Dollar question is why is it called professional recording? It’s because the musician wants to bring out the best of their creation and sell them around the world. How do you bring out the best out of it? Well, the musician or artist would go to a recording studio and record their talent with full equipment including the editing team to make a masterpiece. As for classical music recordings, for me it’s the highest level and the most difficult one.

 

The sound quality is a number one priority above all. For example, when you record a violin solo in classical music for hours already, your left hand fingers are sweating and without you knowing it, your fingers stick to the strings. When you lift your fingers from the strings, it will pluck the strings and make another sound, which is unnecessary detail to be recorded and it will ruin the whole recording.

Violin part: Violinary #2