WHEN ARE YOUR VIOLIN STRINGS WORN OUT?

Unlike violins, which can sound beautifully for centuries when well-cared for, violin strings need to be replaced regularly. If you don’t change them as needed, the strings will sound duller, less resonant, and may even fray or snap causing potential…

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5 TIPS FOR ADVANCED SONGWRITING

Remember when you were new to songwriting, and your GarageBand app was your best friend? Well, all that time, creative energy, and recording practice has paid off. You’re finally in the “advanced songwriting realm,” which means it’s time to take…

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SUMMER READING FOR STUDENT MUSICIANS

Among life’s simple pleasures, summer reading is right up there. Just the thought of relaxing in the sand, on the porch, or under a nice shading tree with some good titles is enough to make you wish for an endless…

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WHY MUSIC CAN KEEP YOUR MIND HEALTHY

s there anything more universal than music? It comforts us when we’re sad, and we use it to celebrate in times of joy. Music helps us power through chores and long trips. For musicians, you don’t have to be a…

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HOW DOES COLD WEATHER AFFECT YOUR VIOLIN?

Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it. 

Both of these conditions happen in winter when the…

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HOW THE ABILITY TO RECORD MUSIC CHANGED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Before recorded music was possible, people had little control or options over the music they could hear. For many centuries, external powers like the church or aristocracy commanded music – they directed its creation and performance. 

During the Classical Period…

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HISTORY OF THE VIOLIN: FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution? 

ANCIENT ORIGINS OF THE VIOLIN 

The oldest known ancestor to the…

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AGE APPROPRIATE VIOLIN SONGS FOR ADULT BEGINNERS

One of the most difficult challenges for adults taking on the role of beginner violin student is finding age-appropriate music. While children may be happy to play Row, Row, Row Your Boat and other classic nursery rhyme tunes, adults need…

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THE BENEFITS OF PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

Private lessons have a notably positive impact on a string musician's progress and ability. First and foremost, private lessons provide customized – and differentiated – instruction for the string player, ensuring s/he remains at the edge of the learning curve. 

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HISTORY OF THE VIOLIN: FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution? 

ANCIENT ORIGINS OF THE VIOLIN 

The oldest known ancestor to the…

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HOW ARE VIOLINS MADE?

So much of what we enjoy today has ancient origins. People have been fermenting grapes into wine for 10,000 years. Baking bread goes back even farther. The way these things are made by hand varies little today from the ancient…

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TOP 8 GIFTS FOR STRING MUSICIANS

The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to make those gift lists. If you have a string musician in your life, the following eight gift ideas are right up his/her alley. We’ve done our homework and found…

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