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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MUSIC INTERPRETATION ACROSS THE CENTURIES

on one hand, there are no rules in art. Art is whatever the artist has created. But does that mean all art has merit? Some say no. However, there is plenty of room within that statement to reasonably argue whether…

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2019 UPDATE: BEST HOLIDAY SONGS FOR THE VIOLIN

he holiday season is  a special time for making and sharing music. Often it is the first experience young string musicians have with playing in public or performing in front of others. 

Between growth in musicianship and greater playing experience…

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HOW TO REPLACE YOUR INSTRUMENT’S BOW HAIR

The good news is unless you’re in a group like Apocalyptica, you won’t need to replace your instrument’s bow hairs nearly as often as you need to change its strings. Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky…

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10 MUSICAL VENUES YOU HAVE TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE

As someone with a serious appreciation for classical music, chances are you’ve been in the audience for your share of live performances. But, have you experienced a concert in any of the world’s most historic or interesting venues? 

Some are…

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HOW TO REPLACE YOUR VIOLIN STRINGS

Most non-professional violinists replace their strings every 300 playing hours or so. That works out to about every three to six months. More serious students and professionals change strings more frequently.  Since this routine maintenance task takes place so often…

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