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 TRAINING YOUR MUSICAL EAR

Training your musical ear is a must for string musicians who play fretless instruments. Without those frets to automatically anchor the note, it is up to the ear brain connection to ensure macro- and micro-finger movements place fingertips on exact…

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5 STEPS FOR HAVING A GREAT FACEBOOK LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Music has always served to bring people together, rejuvenate communities, and provide comfort, solace, and fun. While concert halls and music festivals are the usual go-to destinations for live music lovers, sheltering-in-place has created a new era of live music…

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HOW CAN I LEARN TO PLAY THE VIOLIN ON MY OWN?

There is no reason COVID sheltering-in-place should stymie your dream of learning to play the violin. In fact, there’s never been a better time to start playing a string instrument. Sheltering-in-place means more time to practice and learn the basic…

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5 EAR TRAINING APPS FOR VIOLINISTS

Training the ear is as essential as training the fingers and wrists when learning to play the violin or other fretless instruments, like the viola, cello, and bass. Without frets to anchor precise pitch, it is up to the brain-ear…

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HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR MUSIC CAREER USING FACEBOOK ADS

Today, everything has gone digital. What worked 50 years ago doesn’t necessarily work today when it comes to promoting yourself. The rise of technology and smart devices makes marketing yourself as a musician easier than ever before. Here’s how to…

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TOP 3 EXERCISE TIPS FOR VIOLINISTS WITH SMALL HANDS

If you have small hands or a short pinkie (fourth finger), some of the beginning violin finger exercises are more challenging, and that's a clear road to frustration. Fortunately, there are exercises violinists can do to position, strengthen, and extend…

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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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