Here is the promised collaboration with Sherly Chan from Malaysia.

The tune is a Scott Skinner tune ‘Welcome to Inverness’ – and is a video response to Natalie McMaster’s rendition of the same tune.

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Jerry

I promised to present the international collaboration piece with Malaysian musician Sherly Chan (Chansherly212) playing a Scott Skinner tune called “Welcome to Inverness”

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Jerry

Fourteen year old Griffin Soller is one to watch – Here he is playing the celtic tune ‘Catharsis’

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Jerry

As it is 4th of July for our American friends, I thought I’d share this gem. Violinist Glen Donnellan built an electric violin out of a baseball bat to produce a singularly USA instrument in time for their Independence Day celebrations.

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Jerry

Some time ago, I bought a badly damaged violin from a luthier who suggested it would make for good practice at violin repair. It was not economical for him to fix it, so I duly brought it home.
A quick examination showed several problems – the back was coming away from the ribs on one of the lower bouts, and the top plate had two major and one minor crack. And the nut had come off, and it would need setting up before it would again be playable.

Last night I completed the first stage – regluing the back to the lower bouts. I used hide glue in teh traditional way so it can be separated again in the future if it ever needs more repairs. I did this part first on the basis that I would have to remove the top completely to repair the cracks from a crush unjury – either someone fell on it or, like my hardanger fiddle last year, perhaps an airline treated it carelessly and stacked luggage on top of the fragile case.

So here is the fiddle still in clamps (ones I made last year when building my pochette fiddle).

violin repair

I still need to clean up the glue joint with a rag dipped in hot water, but the joint is solid and the violin is almost ready for stage two of the repair.

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Jerry

Don Rickert is about to release a whole new series of fiddles. These are uncompromisingly fiddles, not violins, and I for one am eagerly looking forward to hearing these on YouTube and seeing the pictures :-)

Check out http://www.fiddleandbowblog.com/2009/05/don-rickert-musical-instruments-adding-8-new-fiddle-models-on-may-14.html for details!

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Jerry

The International violin making school in Cremona has a great website with a large gallery of images from every stage of making a violin.

There is a long course and a shorter course depending on prior education and experience. Studies include Italian, English and history, as well as history of art and technical studies of the instrument, violin making, acoustic physics, varnishing and much more. Foreign students must demonstrate a good command of Italian language, sound workshop practice and violin playing skills.

Well worth checking out!

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Jerry

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