Tips for Becoming A Traveling Cover Musician

The big dream for most musicians is to play their own music or as part of a prestigious orchestra. But what about those among us that just love to play music? There is a huge market throughout most countries to…

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The Story Behind Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)  was a prolific, 18th-century Baroque composer who wrote more than 500 concertos. About 230 of those concertos were written for the violin. The most famous of all of Vivaldi’s works is "The Four Seasons” (“Le…

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How To Conquer Playing A Symphonic Score

As a beginning and intermediate string musician, you've spent the majority of your time looking at a single part of music - yours! Meanwhile, the conductor (or your instructor) and the pianist had a full score - meaning all of…

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Give Your Bowing Arm A Break

Is your bowing arm tired, shaky, sore, tensed, not doing what it's supposed to? It could be that your bowing arm needs a break. Overuse injuries are nothing to scoff at. At best, they are uncomfortable and make practicing or…

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How Sheltering-in-Place Can Improve Your Musicianship

You’d think the absence of regular music classes and private lessons would constrain developing your musicianship. Instead, many string musicians are finding that sheltering-in-place is helping them progress in unexpected ways. 

There’s never been a better time to hone your…

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What Makes the Cello So Special?

We don’t feel it is hyperbole to say that string musicians fall in love with their instruments. The physical and energetic resonance between a professional musician and the instrument is both visible and palpable on stage. 

And yet, among all…

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2021's Summertime Reads for Music Students

Students deserve to strike a balance of more play than work during their summer break. That's why we've posted articles such as How to Create a Balanced Practice Schedule for Your Child this Summer (which is excellent advice for older…

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7 Tips for Composing Songs

Are you ready to take your musical interests to the next level with composition? Composers have another level of musical understanding of music that continues to develop with each song they write. 

The following tips will help you to compose…

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The Classical Period of Music

The Classical Period of music may have given its name as the popular descriptor for all of Western sophisticated instrumental composition, but its actual timeline is relatively short. All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full…

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What are the Characteristics of an Excellent Bow?

String instrument bows, like the instruments themselves, come in a range of different qualities and price points. As a beginner, you are best off renting an instrument and bow from a reputable shop as you determine whether the string musician’s…

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5 Famous Female Film Composers

Film scores are instrumental (pun intended) to creating emotion and feeling in a movie. For example, imagine the iconic Jaws films without the famously haunting “Duh-nuh. Duh-nuh, duh-nuh,” film score riff. It simply wouldn’t be the same. 

We consider film…

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7 Amazing Facts About Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy is a famous French composer, well-known for works such as Clair de Lune (Moonlight) and Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun). A quick listen to either of those works is an aural…

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Artist Spotlight: Composer Rebecca Clarke

Composer Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979) was a trailblazer for proficient female musicians and composers of the Victorian era. Despite living when professional musicianship, particularly the realm of composition, was largely considered the male domain, the UK-native and professional violist…

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Great Songs on the Violin for Sing-Alongs

T he 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…

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