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How To (and why?) Replace the Tailpiece of Your Violin or Viola



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In this weeks video I’m going to teach you how to replace the tailpiece of your violin or viola. But first…

Why should you replace the tailpiece of your violin or viola?

If your tailpiece is broken (duuuuh)
If you want a tailpiece with four integrated finetuners.
Let’s go a little deeper into the second point. Why would you want a tailpiece with four integrated finetuners?

Perhaps your tailpiece is made of wood and you use loose fine tuners (not integrated). This means you can take the finetuners of the tailpiece and use none, one, two, three or four finetuners. Tuning is easier and faster when you have four finetuners.

If you put four loose metal finetuners on a wooden tailpiece, the tailpiece will become heavy. It’s not good for the tone of your violin to have an heavy tailpiece.

However… we want a good tone AND four finetuners. To achieve this you should consider a tailpiece made out of composite material with four integrated finetuners. I have bad experiences with Chinese made tailpieces (they break quickly and don’t tune easily), so get yourself some German quality (click here to buy what I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LIEPDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000LIEPDE&linkCode=as2&tag=violloun-20&linkId=GU6ZQ2O5XPARE772 ) by Wittner, a Deutsch Qualitätswerkzeug ;).

It’s not so difficult to replace the tailpiece yourself. Just follow these steps and watch the video before you start.

Turn all the strings loose.
Don’t remove the strings all the way.
Remove the ball of the string from the finetuner.
Remove the bridge.
Wrap the strings around the neck of the violin.
Remove the tailpiece.
Clean your fiddle carefully (now you can reach all those places you normally can’t clean).
Don’t shake your violin ;), so the soundpost doesn’t fall.
Turn the finetuners of the new tailpiece all the way up.
Place the loop on the new tailpiece.
Measure how long the loop should be and adjust the length. Repeat this a couple of times if necessary.
The tailpiece should never touch the soundboard.
Put a cloth under the tailpiece, so it doesn’t damage the soundboard.
Put one string on the tailpiece and tighten it a little.
Make sure the winding of the string around the peg remains the same. The string shouldn’t cross itself and shouldn’t push the peg out of the peg box.
Put the strings on the tailpiece one by one. Don’t mix ’em up. Don’t tighten them too much in this stage.
Put the bridge back on the violin under the strings. Make sure the position of the bridge is correct and that it stands up straight.
Tune your violin carefully.
The distance from the tailpiece to the bridge should be 1/6 of the vibrating string length. If it’s different, adjust the length of the loop.
Play!
Tune regularly.

Is this useful to you? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Zlata

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Tech Tip | How to Install the Miracle Mod Action Mod



In this tech tip, we are going to discuss the proper way of installing the Miracle Mod Action Mod, which will turn your sluggish and heavy playing Rhodes into a piano with lighting fast action!

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Key Dip Adjustment – https://youtu.be/jSxBewUDDPw
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How to Make a Wood Gas Stove (Camp Stove)



In this video, I have made a modified version of a camp stove shown in another video I found by Xenos Bushcraft right here on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/7397911).

One difference is, that I use the ring from the lid of a wide-mouth jar to simplify a step in which the original stove-maker uses the cut out lid from a can to create a lip to hold the inner can inside of the outer can. I also suggest you watch the original video, as it’s a great stove and a great video, and was the guide I used to make my own.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I probably should NOT have drilled holes around the top of the coffee can, so I’m thinking about going over that part of the can with some aluminum tape to cover the holes and keep the heat inside the stove. At some point, I reckon I’ll make another one of these and will likely make some other changes, as well. For now, I hope this video will inspire you to try making one of these your own unique way.

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How to: Make a home made camera glidetrack



Got really interested in using a glidetrack when I saw examples of use here on Vimeo. However, the price tag was not within the present video budget.

Given the idea, and given that I usually have a few odd materials tucked away for a rainy day, I set about finding out if I could make something similar for a very low price. The result is in the video, and nothing was bought for this project making it really low price. I might later change the camera head base plate for plywood and to varnish parts to make it more weatherworthy. It is also slightly noisy, something that either could be dampened or sound taken on-camera will be affected.

The photos show version II with an improved cart using a plexiglass base. The rail has 3 inset 3/8″ nuts set in epoxy to allow easy and direct attatchment to standard tripod screws. It allows either a centered or one each end configuration giving increased stability. I’ve also shown direct attatchment to tripod stem with head used on the cart, or mounted on the tropod head with camera mounted directly on the cart.

Initial tests are promising, and I’d be surprised if you won’t see scenes made with this track in later videos.

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How to Make A Prism Terrarium with Succulents



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Watch as this stylish little geometric geode terrarium becomes home for a landscape of succulents. The real trick in our design is the different size rocks, stones and pebbles (not to mention sand) that we use to layer around the plants. This adds a more organic and desert feeling to the terrarium, even though it’s not very large.

The first step is to add in small stones/pebbles. We do this first so that they are what shows around the glass edges, rather than soil. Then we make a small indent in the middle of the terrarium’s stones and fill it with cactus soil. The cacti or succulents can be planted into that, without making too big a mess.

A funnel helps us place more stones (different sizes!) as well as a finished layer of sand in the empty spots, after we’re done. Try coloured sand for a fun look. We also touched it up using dried moss and faux moss balls, softening the hard cacti edges.

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Ready to try something else? Our DIY succulent birdbath video is super easy and fun! https://vimeo.com/221756321

Learn all about caring for your succulents in our blog post: A Galaxy Full of Succulents: https://westcoastgardens.ca/our-resources/galaxy-succulents-garden

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How To Rosin Your Violin or Viola Bow



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This video is about how to rosin your bow.

It’s personal how often and how much you rosin your bow. Some people rosin a little, but often. Some people rosin a lot when they do, but they don’t rosin often. Some people (like me) like to rosin just a little bit, others like to have a lot of rosin on their bow.

There are some things that are important when rosining your bow:

Lots of people play most of the time in the middle of the bow, but they mostly rosin the extreme tip and the extreme frog. Rosin the part of the bow with which you play the most.
Rosin against your thumb when rosining at the frog, so the rosin will not break when it hits the frog.
Don’t forget to rosin the sides of the hair. This will come in handy as you play with your bow a little pivoted.
Rosin with little strokes and smooth it out with some long strokes in the end.
You can see how much rosin there is on your bow hair as the hair becomes white.

Just try out what effect a different way of rosining has on the response of the bow and the sound you make. I’d like to use as little rosin as possible as long as the response of my bow is ok. Using a lot or too much rosin makes your violin sound shrill. Besides that the rosin gets on your strings a lot and you will hear the scraping sound of rosin over rosin.

Now I’d like to hear from you!

What’s your favorite brand and type of rosin?

Do you have additional tips on how to rosin your bow?

Share them in the comments!

Love,

Zlata

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Journey to the Core -Mood Video for Vimeo Nokia Shorts



Story:
An adventurous, open minded image seeker is on the search for colours, spaces, faces, weird angles and microscopic beauty. He doesn’t stop to think about whats possible, just does all it takes to hack reality, take shortcuts, cross the boundaries searching for truth on the inside of things.
With nothing but a cameraphone, he tries to delve deeper and deeper into the core, until he goes too far and loses track – can’t tell fiction and reality apart, mistaking the enormous for the insignificant.
Lost in his own labyrinth, he is taken to a mental ward, separated from reality. There, he is forced to face his inner demons and to fight his way back to life.
Meanwhile his love, desperate about losing him, decides to go and follow him to the abyss of atoms, into the core of minuscule reality, to get him back. She travels and asks the mysterious genius who is able to transcend the world of miniatures to send her down to search for his loved one.

How the quest will turn out – there is no telling, but one thing is sure: love will never give up, and never fail.

The film to be shot is planned as a relatively high-profile enterprise, for which a plan of shooting a specially transformed vehicle and travelling to a famous artist is also involved, as is the fabrication and procurement of different (professional or DIY), camera moving and rigging equipment, to be able to place the camera to extreme places and angles. Special lenses are also to be used. Lighting and crew costs make up the rest of the budget of this film to be shot in Hungary and Ukraine.

Being a student of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers I will also ask the help and advice of film professionals and the use of film equipment if possible.

The idea of the film has emerged from impressions made by the music that serves as the soundtrack, which dictates the pace of this fast moving, surrealistic adventure.
It can be listened to in its entirety here:
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The track is a relatively rare listening for the everyday ear, being a computer composition, created in 1991 on a Commodore Amiga 500, by the then-demoscene musician Zajos Suvak, friend of mine.
It contains 4 tracks, using 8 bit samples, the original file weighing only 86K!
The chaotic, dazzling and catchy melodies made me think of this story, that I wanted to make long ago, dreaming up matching imagery for it.
I think this setting and the superb imaging capabilities, the easy use and versatility of the long awaited (since the first leaked news more than 1.5 years ago) N8 would make this a very exciting venture that I’m very much looking forward to.

Gergely Erdelyi

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How To Clean Your Violin or Viola



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Take good care of your little musical friend!

In this video I will show you how to clean your violin or viola.

This is what you should do daily:

Clean your strings with a dry cleaning cloth
Clean your violin or viola with a dry cloth

This is mainly to remove the rosin when you can still remove it. Too much rosin (a thick layer) on your strings create a bad sound.

Rosin can be removed easily with a dry cloth, but only when you don’t wait too long and do it often.

Once in a while you might want to clean your violin a bit more thoroughly (about once in a year):

Use special cleaning fluid for stringed instruments, like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F3FQNS?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B000F3FQNS&tag=violloun-20
Just use a couple of drops, don’t use too much or clean too often
Don’t use it on the bridge and the strings

This maintains the laquer and can polish away small damages.

Now I’d like to hear from you! What is your way to take good care of your musical friend? Do you have tips for other viewers? Share them in the comments below!

Love,

Zlata

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How to make no-sew TUTU skirts 2.0

An easy way to learn how to make tutu skirts for girls. Simple and easy to do in a couple of hours using the no-sew method. Supplies you will need: scissors, elastic, tape measure, and spools of tulle! This project should only take you a couple of hours to complete.

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Coffee Table Cooking // How to Make Tacos



Chicken Street Tacos with Sour Cream Sauce

Hardware:
Bowl or mug
Spoon
Cutting board
Knife
2 forks
Paper towels
Plate
Empty leftover container
Microwave

Software:
Sour cream
1 lime
Chili powder
Salt
1 white onion, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
1 rotisserie chicken
Corn or flour tortillas
Optional toppings: jalapeño, radish, avocado, salsa

1. Add a scoop of sour cream to your bowl. Add the juice of half a lime and a few dashes of chili powder and a pinch of salt– stir.
2. Chop your onion and cilantro (and jalapeño and avocado if using). Slice the remaining lime into wedges.
3. Shred your chicken. First remove the chicken’s wings and eat them– their meat is tiny and they’re no good leftover. Remove each leg and thigh in one piece, and each side of the breast, reserving skin. Shred with your fingers or two forks. See how-to video here! vimeo.com/127625762
4. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 minute.
5. Assemble your tacos with tortillas on the bottom, chicken, onion, cilantro, sour cream sauce, and any additional toppings.
6. Store the remaining chicken and skin in an airtight container for future use.

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