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It’s been over a year since we took a look at what apps and games can help beginning music students to master sight reading. No budding musician is going to be able to move forward without getting the sight-reading thing figured out. That’s why we thought it was a good time to revisit the issue and share with you the best apps and games to up your own music sight-reading skills in 2018.  You can check out our initial list, along with some notes on what to look for in a sight-reading app, here.

 

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When the weather outside is frightful, hands get cold for a reason. Besides direct exposure to cold, the body restricts blood flow to the extremities in order to keep the core (heart, lungs, digestive system, etc.) nice and warm.

 

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The violin and its string family — the viola, cello, and bass — are not the only string instruments that are played with a bow. All over the world, bowed string instruments can find that date back centuries within their respective cultural traditions.

 

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A 2017 performance by Dutch-born violinist and violist Janine Jansen as described by The New York Times:

 

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Science teaches us that wood expands in the heat and contracts in the cold, it swells when it absorbs moisture and shrinks when it's dry again. String instruments are no exception and require special care during the winter months.

 

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The guitar has multiple origin stories. Depending on who you ask, the guitar was born in any one of the regions in the ancient world, stretching from Greece to Persia. Perhaps it was born in all of them. Variations of stringed, plucked instruments are found all over the world, indicating that there’s a common human ingenuity and creativity that transcends cultures.

 

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Han-Na Chang won her first cello competition, the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition of 1994, when she was just 11 years old. She’d only taken up the cello a scant five years earlier. Her first instrument was the piano, which she began learning at the age of three. This was just the beginning of a twisting, turning career as both a cellist and a conductor.

 

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Your relationship with your violin teacher is integral to enjoying the instrument, cultivating a strong work ethic and remaining inspired. This is why it's so important to find the right teacher for your level of musicianship, your mid-term musical goals and your personality.

 

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Perhaps one of the most shocking things music students learn is that Mozart's once-newfangled-now-classical music was considered as offensive to 18th-century elders as today's hip hop and rap are to modern day grandparents. Music is a living, breathing form of art and it has always existed within the realm of change, innovation and evolution. For this reason, the guitar is continually emerging as both a supporting and starring performer in orchestral compositions.

 

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We always start the new year eager to achieve new goals. This is going to be our best year ever! That’s a good thought, but achieving goals – any sort of goal – takes planning and effort.

 

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2018 Best Apps And Games For Learning To Sight Read Music

2018 Best Apps And Games For Learning To Sight Read Music

It’s been over a year since we took a look at what apps and games can help beginning music students to master sight reading. No budding musician is going to be able to move forward without getting the sight-reading thing figured out. That’s why we thought it was a good time to revisit the issue and share with you the best apps and games to up your own music sight-reading skills in 2018.  You can check out our initial list, along with some notes on what to look for in a sight-reading app, here.

 

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How To Keep Your Fingers Warm When Playing Outside

How To Keep Your Fingers Warm When Playing Outside

When the weather outside is frightful, hands get cold for a reason. Besides direct exposure to cold, the body restricts blood flow to the extremities in order to keep the core (heart, lungs, digestive system, etc.) nice and warm.

 

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Musical Styles: 6 Bowed String Instruments You've Never Heard Of

Musical Styles: 6 Bowed String Instruments You've Never Heard Of

The violin and its string family — the viola, cello, and bass — are not the only string instruments that are played with a bow. All over the world, bowed string instruments can find that date back centuries within their respective cultural traditions.

 

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Artist Profile: Violinist Janine Jansen

Artist Profile: Violinist Janine Jansen

A 2017 performance by Dutch-born violinist and violist Janine Jansen as described by The New York Times:

 

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9 Tips To Care For Your String Instrument In The Winter

9 Tips To Care For Your String Instrument In The Winter

Science teaches us that wood expands in the heat and contracts in the cold, it swells when it absorbs moisture and shrinks when it's dry again. String instruments are no exception and require special care during the winter months.

 

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History Of The Acoustic Guitar

History Of The Acoustic Guitar

The guitar has multiple origin stories. Depending on who you ask, the guitar was born in any one of the regions in the ancient world, stretching from Greece to Persia. Perhaps it was born in all of them. Variations of stringed, plucked instruments are found all over the world, indicating that there’s a common human ingenuity and creativity that transcends cultures.

 

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Artist Profile: Cellist & Conductor Han-Na Chang

Artist Profile: Cellist & Conductor Han-Na Chang

Han-Na Chang won her first cello competition, the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition of 1994, when she was just 11 years old. She’d only taken up the cello a scant five years earlier. Her first instrument was the piano, which she began learning at the age of three. This was just the beginning of a twisting, turning career as both a cellist and a conductor.

 

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Qualities of a Great Violin Teacher

Qualities of a Great Violin Teacher

Your relationship with your violin teacher is integral to enjoying the instrument, cultivating a strong work ethic and remaining inspired. This is why it's so important to find the right teacher for your level of musicianship, your mid-term musical goals and your personality.

 

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The Emergence Of The Guitar In Orchestral Compositions

The Emergence Of The Guitar In Orchestral Compositions

Perhaps one of the most shocking things music students learn is that Mozart's once-newfangled-now-classical music was considered as offensive to 18th-century elders as today's hip hop and rap are to modern day grandparents. Music is a living, breathing form of art and it has always existed within the realm of change, innovation and evolution. For this reason, the guitar is continually emerging as both a supporting and starring performer in orchestral compositions.

 

Read More

How To Reach Your Practice Goals In 2018

How To Reach Your Practice Goals In 2018

We always start the new year eager to achieve new goals. This is going to be our best year ever! That’s a good thought, but achieving goals – any sort of goal – takes planning and effort.

 

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