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Practicing at the Tip

Bu tarafından 23 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Practicing at the Tip

As I told in this article, you must be fit enough to play cello. Because cello playing needs usually different muscles you use in your daily life. You may be a strong person, but this doesn’t mean you are fit enough to play cello.   [nrelate-related]   As an adult learner, in your daily life it is hard to devote an hour for cello practicing. And when you achieve that, you have to use that hour efficiently. If you get tired easily, playing cello is not fun, believe me. During my...

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Cellist on Scale

Bu tarafından 22 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Cellist on Scale

I was determined not to repeat the basic informations which Google gives a million search results. But I realized that to give my journey in music as a whole, I must write everything without exceptions. So here is our next article with the most popular image you can find in a cello related source.     Now this is two octave C Major scale and the very first thing you must accomplish in order to play some real music. Well, everybody says so. At first glance the scales seem to be easy,...

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Are You Strong Enough?

Bu tarafından 19 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Are You Strong Enough?

I’m not a body builder but I can say that I’m not a weak person either. I can carry rather heavy packages, put them on the shelves above etc. But soon I learned that, being a good shape doesn’ t related with playing cello will be hurt-some or not. [nrelate-related]     I had problems especially on my right arm. A typical cello bow weights 80g – 85g but holding it a while causes pains on my upper chest and arm. First few months my problem was that. To overcome this pains you...

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Learning from Mistakes

Bu tarafından 17 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Learning from Mistakes

While trying to tell an unknown, I usually get help by comparing it to a more known subject. Sometimes I’m using the driving analogy to explain learning cello to an adult friend.   [nrelate-related]   I guess we can easily say that learning cello is similar to learning to drive. Both of them requires different movements for both arms, a certain position of sitting, concentration. Both requires repeating every new thing again and again. But there is one significant difference which...

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Santorini, Athens and Apostol Triangle

Bu tarafından 27 Eyl 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Santorini, Athens and Apostol Triangle

Trips to other countries are already exciting, and usually something happens that excites me even further. With this one, I realized that wandering idle gives angels of luck a chance to do their job. If it was up to me I would walk according to map from point to point; but my wife wanted to get lost, so we ended up with a pleasant discovery. But I have to flashback 5 days earlier and go back to Santorini to tell the complete story.   [nrelate-related]   While in Oia we entered many...

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London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Bu tarafından 24 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Every Olympics opening ceremony is unique and should not be compared to others as some commentators have done.  As for the London 2012 opening ceremony I thought it was awe-inspiring and I watched avidly with a full range of emotions culminating in tears when I saw the Olympic Cauldron lit and come together in such a beautifully simple but highly symbolic fashion. Tears streaming down my face, I contemplated that If only all the world’s nations could do the same and start to love each...

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Coincident Frankenstein 300B

Bu tarafından 22 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Coincident Frankenstein 300B

If there is only one magician in this hobby, that is definitely Israel Blume. Very few manufacturers produces such a wide range of products with this success. Although he started business with speakers, now he is producing pre-amplifiers, power amplifiers, step-up transformers and cables. [nrelate-related] Many people chooses speakers first, and then choose the best amplifier who can drive the speaker. In that approach choosing the speaker is priority. I was a believer in this philosophy too....

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Removing Microphonics from SA-5.1

Bu tarafından 22 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Removing Microphonics from SA-5.1

I told the story of my Counterpoint SA-5.1 purchase here. When the unit come to me it was extremely microphonic. When you walk around, talk loudly, bring your hand to volume pod it’d give a loud cry. This was a little nuisance at first when I was about to buy it; and a bigger one at later usage. So in time I began to search for this issue. [nrelate-related] The friend I bought this unit from, previously had another Counterpoint SA-5.1 and a Counterpoint SA-3.1 both in stock. He says that this...

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Second Tonearm to Gyrodec

Bu tarafından 22 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Second Tonearm to Gyrodec

As I told in Michell Gyrodec article, Gyrodecs have a flexible design. Like in other analog devices, you can also make little touches in hi-fi. In analog photography every slide film has its own character and promotes different colors of light but digital cards are all same! Since my turntable have this flexibility I wanted to use the potential. [nrelate-related]   My motivation to add a second arm to Michell was this: As you know cartridge styli worn as they are used, and after some...

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Vacuum Cleaning for Records

Bu tarafından 16 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Vacuum Cleaning for Records

When an audiophile who is searching methods for record cleaning, eventually vacuum cleaning machines will be on the agenda. If the number of records in the collection exceeds a number like 500, these machines are the most serious solution.   [nrelate-related] The operation in record cleaning machines is straightforward. Record is fixed to a platter which is turned by a small engine. Then the user pours the cleaning liquid on record and brush it by a record brush. Since the record is...

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Zerostat Anti-static Gun

Bu tarafından 16 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Zerostat Anti-static Gun

Everyone knows who plays records in their Hi-fi systems: Dust on a record is a real problem, especially the one that is just played. The reason for this negative attraction force on the record is a result of the friction of the stylus. I’m sure you have seen a rubber balloon which is rubbed on a carpet can attract small pieces of paper. This is the exact same thing what’s happening with the dust particles and LPs. It is useless to try to clean the once charged LPs. You can collect the dust...

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Record Cleaning Fluids

Bu tarafından 14 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Record Cleaning Fluids

I am a member in several hi-fi forums on the internet and before making a purchase or making a decision, I search thoroughly in these forums. While searching for record cleaning machines, I realized that one of the hot and controversial topics of the hi-fi is the record cleaning fluids. After seeing this I started to research.   [nrelate-related] Especially in America there are companies that produce products specially for record cleaning. Brush and other accessories comes after this most...

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Record Cleaning Brushes

Bu tarafından 14 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Record Cleaning Brushes

Dust … Small airborne evils. I know you are everywhere; in the breath I’m taking, on the computer monitor, inside my palm on on the records. All of them can be acceptable but I can’t stand with the last one as a person who is dealing with hi-fi. So I’m careful about lp cleaning. I’m using special tools and I have a ritual for lp cleaning (I like using that word). In this article I’ll talk about brushes needed   [nrelate-related]   First of all you must notice that...

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Okki Nokki RCM

Bu tarafından 14 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Okki Nokki RCM

In fact, vacuum cleaning machines have been around for quite while in hi-fi world. But with the growing sales of records in recent years, the interest to vacuum cleaning machines also increased. More and more audiophile wants to have these machines and this is causing new companies to enter the market. Okki Nokki is one of these companies.   [nrelate-related]   When I started searching for a record cleaning machine, Okki Nokki was able to attract my attention. The small but sturdy...

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Stylus Force Gauges

Bu tarafından 14 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Stylus Force Gauges

When a turntable cartridge is in balance with the counterweight, a force called Vertical Tracking Force must be dialed in order to stylus must track the groove on LPs. Let me talk about some useless numbers. The grooves on LPs are between 0.025 mm and 0. 035 mm wide. If you think that the width of human hair is 0.18 mm; you can understand this is really tiny. Even a very minute jump of the stylus can effect the music, so a delicate adjustment must be made. Since the aforementioned forces are...

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Analogue Music

Bu tarafından 14 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Analogue Music

Analogue music is transforming the acoustical energy hidden in the grooves of LPs by the stylus to electrical energy. Until the usage of vinyl in 1950’s, a long progress had been made in the 20th century. High fidelity age was to begin.   [nrelate-related]   In fact, the records made in the 1950s are still considered as excellent. A Mercury Living Presence record older than yourself, may amaze you. But at that time the hi-fi systems were not good enough to reveal the secrets of...

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Chair for Cello

Bu tarafından 8 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Chair for Cello

Well, as you may noticed already, cello is playing while seated. So, it is safe to say that, sitting on a chair is a part of playing which effects the end result. One of the easiest way of being a better cellist can be achieved by sitting correctly.   [nrelate-related]   Since sitting posture is important, the chair is also important. My first lesson with cello was with a student at a College of Music and the first thing he showed me was the sitting posture on a chair. He told me to...

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Practicing Room

Bu tarafından 2 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 1 yorum

Practicing Room

Practicing cello demands high concentration, and you can not do it well in a common room with family members. If you have possibility, it is important to have an inviting practicing room and routine, so you will look forward to your practicing time. [nrelate-related] Create a well-lit, welcoming spot for yourself with a room for a chair and a stand which stay there permanently. It wouldn’t be practical if everytime you have to carry them. Try to practice everyday and at the same time if...

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Natural History Museum

Bu tarafından 1 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Natural History Museum

History of this museum depends on the collection that British Government purchased from Sir Hans Sloane in the early 18th century. At that time, the collection is placed to the British Museum’s building. This collection did not last long and disappeared in time due to the ignorance and recklessness of the museum staff. But it still served to inspire a section on natural history. In time additions were made to the collection in the British Museum. And when the Natural History section of the...

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Royal Albert Hall

Bu tarafından 1 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Royal Albert Hall

Sometimes Europe is called as “Old Continent”. As you may guess this phrase is not referring the geological age of the continent, it is related as the seniority of the “civilized” human life on it. While I’m traviling in the old cities of the old continent, I always try to visit the buildings which are symbol of this old civilization. When I was planning my London travel, one of the first place come to my mind was Royal Albert Hall. The structure which has the leading role on the...

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