COMPOSING MUSIC FOR VIDEO GAMES: WHAT’S THE SCORE?

Hmmm. You want to compose musical scores for video games? Smart direction! According to techcrunch.com, global video game revenue ($43.8 billion) topped global box office ticket sale revenues ($41.7 billion) in 2018, and video game revenue continues trending upwards. 

That…

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GREAT SONGS ON THE VIOLIN FOR SING-ALONGS

The most successful concerts or performances typically balance two things from the audience: their listening and their active engagement. Playing songs that are easy to dance to, or that audience members can sing along to, is a wonderful way to…

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HOW TO TELL IF YOUR VIOLIN IS TOO SMALL OR TOO BIG

It is essential to play a violin that is sized correctly. Playing a violin that is too small or too big contributes to a range of issues that can compromise technique, sound, physical posture, and musical well-being. Here’s what to…

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HOW TO CHOOSE A VIOLIN CASE

A violin case is a must – so let go of any idea that cases are optional. The fragility of string instruments, particularly violins and violas, requires an extra layer of protection whenever the instrument isn’t in use. 

The case…

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TIPS FOR CARRYING YOUR BASS WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF

String musicians take great care with their posture and playing technique to prevent stress- or overuse injuries. Those who play the upright bass must take extra precautions before ever removing the instrument from the case due to its large, heavy…

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TOP 10 LOVE SONGS ON THE VIOLIN

The much-celebrated wedding website, The Knot, recently published a roster with some of the best love songs of all time. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can’t think of a better gift for our string musicians than a…

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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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