Music Tracks - A Non-Commercial Page
Jim Hastings - Violin          Tad Benghauser - Guitar          Mark Ruiz - Piano

Music Tracks

I MAJORED IN MUSIC, and I know from experience the special kick a performer gets from connecting with a live audience. Yet, in the high-tech era, performers will need to keep finding new ways to reach audiences where they are -- homes, offices, cars, malls, Internet cafés -- not just concert halls and recital rooms. This page is one small contribution I decided to make in that direction.


I began elementary piano lessons at age 7, but soon the violin muse got me when a professional orchestra played at my elementary school. I started fingering and bowing tunes by ear on a half-sized instrument before I even had my first lessons. My parents didn't have to tell me to practice -- I was hooked on it.

In my later teens, I auditioned for a seat in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training school of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and played a couple of seasons, gaining experience in both violin sections -- second and first. Yet, by age 20, I began to feel that orchestra playing was too confining and just didn't fit my individualistic, free-spirited personality. At 21, I decided to resign my chair and regain my freedom. I've never regretted the decision. I'm thankful for the whole experience -- but grateful I realized early in life that the music business just didn't suit me.

I became a small-business owner in 1996. Now I keep playing as a serious amateur. I prefer violin/piano and violin/guitar combos and small chamber groups -- one player to a part.


October 24, 2013

I have played these pieces before. Right now I'm just starting to learn digital audio recording at home. So, till I can offer my own renditions, check out these YouTube performances by other players and posted by other uploaders. These artists' interpretations are similar to mine.

Thanks to digitally added reverb, I won't have to wait for warm days in the garage, which has the reverb I like. For now, I'm just thankful for time each day to practice and play and keep myself in good form.

Runtimes are to nearest 5-second intervals:

Kreisler, Fritz. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow).
Anne Akiko Meyers, Soloist (4:30).

O'Carolan, Turlough. Traditional Irish Air: Si Bheag Si Mhor (So Big, So Small).
Retaw Boyce, Soloist (3:20).

Rodgers, Richard. Hard Work and Horseplay from Victory at Sea.
RCA Victor Orchestra. Robert Russell Bennett, Conductor (3:40).

Verdi, Giuseppe. Violin Solo from Act III, Scene 3 Intro, of I Lombardi (The Lombards).
Vilmos Szabadi, Soloist (4:05).

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Franko, Sam. Cadenza to 1st Movement of Mozart Concerto No. 3 (2:30).

Hastings, Jim. Improvisation 1 (4:35). Improvisation 2 (5:15).

Kreisler, Fritz. Cadenza to 1st Movement of Beethoven Concerto (3:20).

Strauss, Richard.
Don Quixote: Viola Solo from Variation III -- Adapted for Violin (2:55).

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