Music

DIY Music Stand Carrying Bag

You never know when you’ll need an extra music stand. I remember wishing we had more stands at last year’s IT Christmas caroling fun, so I decided to buy one in time for this year’s party. Also, once in a blue moon, if I’m rehearsing with friends, I’d often wish I had another stand. Maybe I just don’t like sharing. Actually, I have a hard time seeing the little black dots sometimes so I need my eyes as close to the page as possible.

I ended up getting a black ProLine music stand, which I do NOT recommend. Even though my silver Belmonte is… Whoa! Twenty years old! …it feels a lot sturdier in my hands than does the brand-new ProLine. I’m just trying not to be so picky… Of course, every time I use the black stand I’m going to think that I SHOULD have gone from store to store comparing all of the music stands out there!

Though the Belmonte stand is great, the brown carrying bag that it came in is a bit clunky, and it’s beginning to show its age. I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while now, and having two stands (actually three*) gives me the motivation to actually complete my first “real” sewing project. I don’t think hemming pants counts as a real sewing project.

My design criteria:

  • separate compartments for the two sets of stands (to minimize movement and scratching)
  • must hold 2 music stands
  • magnetic snap enclosures for fast and easy in/out access of the stands
  • sturdy construction
  • comfortable strap length, which conveniently places the stands on top of my violin case as I’m toting everything around

All in all, I think it turned out really well, even if I do say so myself!

*Note:
My main music stand is actually a Manhasset Voyager, a GREAT, STURDY stand. I only wish the “desk” were magnetic, but I still highly recommended this stand. It’s supposed to be portable, but in practice, it’s much easier to tote around a folding music stand — or two!

Lookin’ (& Soundin’) Fine

After getting my latest violin hickey, I went on a mini-spending spree on my violin.  In addition to buying a new shoulder rest, I bought a case and a set of fine tuners from eBay!  I have silver ones from my student days, but that looks too amateurish.  Well, if your violin has any fine tuners at all, except for on the E string, then it makes you look like a dilettante, but I AM an amateur, so I guess that’s okay!  I need all the help with tuning that I can get.  I still cringe at how badly out of tune my guitar was when I made that recording that I posted YouTube…  Oh well.  I don’t expect to re-record it anytime soon.

Now I’m eagerly awaiting the violin case.  It’s a bit of a gamble buying things like violin cases on eBay.  I’m hoping that it will be at least better than my thermoplastic student case that deformed when I put it too close to the heater when I was practicing in middle school.

The new case should arrive on Tuesday!

A set of black fine tuners from eBay!

On a completely unrelated note, I REALLY need to change the theme/layout of this site…  These brown hues are too old-timey for my tastes.  But I’ve been distracted by other things.  Maybe I’ll get around to it next week.

Brandi Carlile’s “The Story”

GM hooked me on this song with their TV commercial, and after watching it on YouTube, I’m even more hooked.  (Whereas, watching the the full-length MacBook Air song bored me to tears; I almost didn’t watch the whole thing.  Love it as a jingle, but not as a full-length song.)

And yes, it was used on “Grey’s Anatomy,” too, a show I used to love…  I used to care about these characters a couple of seasons ago…

Anybody have the guitar tabs for this???  😀

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Acoustic

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GM Commercial

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Grey’s Anatomy