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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 positions along the strings.

 

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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 — brought to you by social media and other live streaming platforms.

 

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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 postural, fingering, and playing techniques. And, thanks to the digital world, there are a plethora of online resources available to you.

 

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You already know that all the hours you spend practicing your violin and satisfying your music teacher’s performance expectations is as important as what you actually learn about music theory and technique. The same is true for judges scoring a string music competition.

 

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Following a score measure by measure, and its notations regarding tempo, dynamics, emotional expression, etc., can feel stifling for a creative musician. The good news is that over time, you will be able to take pieces of music, even well-known pieces, and interpret them your way.

 

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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 smaller hand/finger lengths.

 

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Elson demonstrates the bow stroke that helps to establish a straight bow and reinforces the martele stroke. We hope you enjoy!

 

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We love celebrating the viola and the talented violists who play it. Professional violists such as Kim Kashkashian prove this vital instrument deserves its rightful place in the orchestra and that violists have just as much right to the solo spotlight as other string players.

 

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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 look for — and if you’re a parent of a younger violinist to know how to upsize the instrument as they grow up.

 

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5 Tips for Training Your Musical Ear

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 positions along the strings.

 

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5 steps for having a great Facebook Live music performance

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 — brought to you by social media and other live streaming platforms.

 

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Composing Music for Video Games: What’s the Score?

Composing Music for Video Games: What’s the Score?

 

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How Can I Learn to Play the Violin on My Own?

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 postural, fingering, and playing techniques. And, thanks to the digital world, there are a plethora of online resources available to you.

 

Read More

What Do Judges Look For in a Music Competition Performance?

What Do Judges Look For in a Music Competition Performance?

You already know that all the hours you spend practicing your violin and satisfying your music teacher’s performance expectations is as important as what you actually learn about music theory and technique. The same is true for judges scoring a string music competition.

 

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4 Tips for Interpreting Music Your Way

4 Tips for Interpreting Music Your Way

Following a score measure by measure, and its notations regarding tempo, dynamics, emotional expression, etc., can feel stifling for a creative musician. The good news is that over time, you will be able to take pieces of music, even well-known pieces, and interpret them your way.

 

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Top 3 EXERCISE Tips for Violinists with Small Hands

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 smaller hand/finger lengths.

 

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A Short Story On The "Vadim" Bow Stroke

A Short Story On The "Vadim" Bow Stroke

Elson demonstrates the bow stroke that helps to establish a straight bow and reinforces the martele stroke. We hope you enjoy!

 

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Artist Spotlight: Violist Kim Kashkashian

Artist Spotlight: Violist Kim Kashkashian

We love celebrating the viola and the talented violists who play it. Professional violists such as Kim Kashkashian prove this vital instrument deserves its rightful place in the orchestra and that violists have just as much right to the solo spotlight as other string players.

 

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How to tell if your violin is too small or too big

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 look for — and if you’re a parent of a younger violinist to know how to upsize the instrument as they grow up.

 

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