Have you ever looked for that elusive sound which you would like to produce from an instrument? For me, it is the ability to express oneself with energy and yet with tone.
Well, I have found that instrument.
Recently, I purchased a new violin (model ASLH700) from Antonio Strings, Christchurch, New Zealand.
It is a brand new Chinese instrument made under the supervision of Ling Hua, Shanghai, with a marvellous setup by Antonio Strings.
The violin was first played during an intense weekend of playing in the Warrnambool area of Victoria. A couple of friends, Mark and Lisa McDonnell, were presented with the Legend of the Lake Award for their services to the Koroit Lake Summer School over the past few years.
The music session after that lasted for about four hours, until 2am the following morning! The next afternoon, there was another session at the Victoria Hotel, Warrnambool, which lasted for another eight hours !
Not only did the violin’s sound carry beautifully, it also had the ability to produce a solid strong tone.
The sound of the violin complimented the instruments, both vocal and musical, present at each occasion.
In terms of accompaniment for singing, there is an even quality of response throughout the violin’s register from the low to the high range.
Over the past three weeks, the violin has been played at the Corkman Session, Melbourne, a lively Thursday night gathering of musicians, singers and regulars and with friends in a band called Taliska.
Again, the violin beautifully accompanied the instruments and singing.
For songs, there was a more reserved responsive accompaniment and for the tunes, the accompaniment/ melody was strongly played with energy and tone.
The instrument very much reminds me of my first full size violin, which belonged to my grandfather. Memories are of being able to play the violin with energy and yet with tone.
I very much look forward to the opportunities over the coming years to create memories, not just for myself, but with friends and fellow enthusiasts of Celtic music worldwide.
Celtic fiddling with Scottish Lilt
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