Tone And Resonant Depth In Sound

Tone And Resonant Depth In Sound July 20, 2014

One of the things we accomplished while in Romania was a visit to Reghin, the violin-making capitol of the country. We ended up buying my son a lovely handmade instrument from Simon József, whose family are into their fifth generation as luthiers (his grandfather was the first, and his grandson now helps with the work). Since such an instrument is unique, my son has the option of officially giving the violin a name. While he hasn’t chosen one yet (feel free to offer suggestions), he came up with the nickname “Tone And Resonant Depth In Sound,” with the corresponding acronym TARDIS.


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  • Sean Garrigan

    That’s awesome, James! “McGrath’s Music Maker” is all that comes to mind for me, which is probably a bit too predictable;-) Besides, the real “music maker” is your son, not the instrument. As a one-time Dr. Who fan (I stopped following the series when Tom Baker left), I’s say stick with your son’s pick.

    I’ve wanted to purchase a hand-made guitar for much of my adult life, esp. of the 11 string alto variety (like the one Goran Sollscher plays), but I have bad hands and could never do the instrument justice.

    • If you ever decide to get one, you might do well to take a trip to Eastern Europe and buy one from there, since chances are otherwise you might get one from there with enough added to the price that you could have used that money to have a wonderful trip and get one yourself! 🙂

      • Sean Garrigan

        I like that suggestion, as traveling to Europe has long been another of my desires:-)

      • MattB

        Ultimate Violin Challenge: The Devil Went Down to Georgia..:)

        • Sean Garrigan

          Ah, yes, the violin tune that became a guitar movie;-)

          My old guitar instructor said that the reason the classical guitarist (description used loosely) won wasn’t because he was better, but because the Devil couldn’t touch the pure divine beauty of classical music.

  • Sean Garrigan

    BTW, here’s one that your son might like to learn, followed by one that I’ve been trying to master for longer than I care to admit (i.e. the second piece performed by Sollscher). I play it in A minor on a 6 string guitar rather than G minor (the orig key) as Sollscher does.

    • Oh, he knows Ashokan Farewell – it is a great melody!

      • Sean Garrigan

        Ah, I should have known! It’s a beautiful piece and apparently not overly hard to play. Two performances of the piece for guitar are attached for your listening enjoyment;-) I’ve worked my way through the first section of the first one (the sheet music is available from Mel Bay), which may be a little truer to the mood of the piece vis a vis pacing, being less “busy”, etc. I really like the second one though which has a nice transition in which melody is performed in a lower key to mix things up a bit, along with a thoughtful use of harmonics.