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Re: question on bowing

Your friends have both made the classic mistake of closing one door after
opening another.
Leave as many doors open as possible, in fact  try to ignore these
perceived barriers altogether. It seems to be a human trait that, having
discovered something, (a musical genre - even a band) people want to 
other approaches/styles. I see it in my students all the time.
To your friend who reckons he can make any sound with an orchestra I say
"filter sweep", (though I love the orchestra).

> Something very satisfying about getting new sounds from acoustic sources.
> One of my neighbors is the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
> another neighbor who is also a composer was going on and on to Maazel
> how he could make all these sounds on his computer  indicating he could
> make sounds the orchestra  couldn't. Maazel looked right at the guy and
> said "Give me a great orchestra and I can make any sound. period.  That
> stuck with me