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Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti is the rare contemporary classical musician who’s achieved a fair amount of popular celebrity outside the world of classical music. Certainly, in her home country of Great Britain, she’s an easily recognizable face. Her 2014 album, “Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy,” made her the first solo British violinist to land in the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Her 2012 album, “The Silver Violin,” was the first classical record in decades to enter the top 30 pop charts in the United Kingdom.

 

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Take this quiz to find out how much of an acoustic guitar afficianado you are! 

 

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The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

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For all you budding composers out there, your career path may take you into the realm of “New Music” by definition. While there aren’t strict definitions of what qualifies as new music, one universally accepted criterion that qualifies any music as new music is its date of composition. So if you’re composing now, you’re composing new music.

 

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The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

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he editors at StringOvation have made a list of ten fall music events you won’t want to miss. Check out one of these great performances near you and get inspired!

 

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Of all the aspects involved in playing violin, one of the most neglected is the warm-up routine. Both you and your instrument need to prepare before practice or a performance. If not, you can risk injury or damages, and the odds of harming yourself or your violin increase with age. However, by developing a warm-up routine now (and making sure to do it every time you play), you’ll extend the years you can play and protect your valuable instrument.

 

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The GarageBand music app makes it super easy to build and record your own projects. However, the app itself takes some time to learn. The basic tools are fairly straightforward, but there are a wealth of options that allow you to make professional sounding music. So, if you are a budding composer and want to try your hand at something a little more advanced, the following tips can help you modify your creations on the GarageBand app.

 

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Concert promoters do not have easy jobs. They are cat wranglers in the middle of a three-ring circus. Connecting exciting artists to hot venues to create a fantastic event sounds awfully glamorous and exciting. It is. But it’s also a ton of work for concert promoters who have hundreds of tasks to get done, thousands of details to attend to, and a lot of egos to manage.

 

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Oct. 5 to 8: James Ehnes and the Nasville Symphony

Christopher Rouse – Symphony No. 5  Live Recording...

Oct. 7: The Piano Guys at the Spokane Arena

Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and pianist Jon Schmidt produce...

Oct. 8 - NYSMTA Conference 2017

NY State Music Teachers Association Registration/info:...

Sept. 30 – Oct .1: Joshua Bell and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra

LACO’s 2017-18 season-opening program launches the...

Sept. 24: Yo-Yo Ma and the National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning...

Sept. 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Cary, NC

Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park - Cary, NC 7 PM...

Sept 21-24: Hilary Hahn & The Dallas Symphony

Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. TX...

August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. 8:00 PM Zukerman plays...

What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

Read More

Artist Profile: Scottish Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Artist Profile: Scottish Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is the rare contemporary classical musician who’s achieved a fair amount of popular celebrity outside the world of classical music. Certainly, in her home country of Great Britain, she’s an easily recognizable face. Her 2014 album, “Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy,” made her the first solo British violinist to land in the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Her 2012 album, “The Silver Violin,” was the first classical record in decades to enter the top 30 pop charts in the United Kingdom.

 

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QUIZ: Do You Know These Random Acoustic Guitar Facts?

QUIZ: Do You Know These Random Acoustic Guitar Facts?

Take this quiz to find out how much of an acoustic guitar afficianado you are! 

 

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12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

Read More

What Does New Music Mean For My Music Career?

What Does New Music Mean For My Music Career?

For all you budding composers out there, your career path may take you into the realm of “New Music” by definition. While there aren’t strict definitions of what qualifies as new music, one universally accepted criterion that qualifies any music as new music is its date of composition. So if you’re composing now, you’re composing new music.

 

Read More

Defining New Music

Defining New Music

The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

Read More

10 Fall Music Performances Not To Miss

10 Fall Music Performances Not To Miss

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he editors at StringOvation have made a list of ten fall music events you won’t want to miss. Check out one of these great performances near you and get inspired!

 

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15-Minute Performance Warm-Up For You And Your Violin

15-Minute Performance Warm-Up For You And Your Violin

Of all the aspects involved in playing violin, one of the most neglected is the warm-up routine. Both you and your instrument need to prepare before practice or a performance. If not, you can risk injury or damages, and the odds of harming yourself or your violin increase with age. However, by developing a warm-up routine now (and making sure to do it every time you play), you’ll extend the years you can play and protect your valuable instrument.

 

Read More

3 Intermediate Tips For Writing Your Own Music With GarageBand

3 Intermediate Tips For Writing Your Own Music With GarageBand

The GarageBand music app makes it super easy to build and record your own projects. However, the app itself takes some time to learn. The basic tools are fairly straightforward, but there are a wealth of options that allow you to make professional sounding music. So, if you are a budding composer and want to try your hand at something a little more advanced, the following tips can help you modify your creations on the GarageBand app.

 

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What Is A Concert Promoter And How Do I Become One?

What Is A Concert Promoter And How Do I Become One?

Concert promoters do not have easy jobs. They are cat wranglers in the middle of a three-ring circus. Connecting exciting artists to hot venues to create a fantastic event sounds awfully glamorous and exciting. It is. But it’s also a ton of work for concert promoters who have hundreds of tasks to get done, thousands of details to attend to, and a lot of egos to manage.

 

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