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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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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.

 

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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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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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In this video, we will explain techniques you should use to create an impressive vibrato on the violin. We hope you enjoy. This video was sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

 

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In this video, we show one of Mimi's exercises that can help improve a student's vibrato. Mimi calls this technique the "Teacher Wiggling Finger." This allows the teacher to check the tension in the hand and overall technique. We hope you enjoy This video was sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

 

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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?

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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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A Short Story of The Vibrato On Violin

A Short Story of The Vibrato On Violin

In this video, we will explain techniques you should use to create an impressive vibrato on the violin. We hope you enjoy. This video was sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

 

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A Short Story on Vibrato Exercise Teacher Wiggling Finger

A Short Story on Vibrato Exercise Teacher Wiggling Finger

In this video, we show one of Mimi's exercises that can help improve a student's vibrato. Mimi calls this technique the "Teacher Wiggling Finger." This allows the teacher to check the tension in the hand and overall technique. We hope you enjoy This video was sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

 

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