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Looking for some inspiration on your double string bass? The editors at StringOvation have compiled a list of some amazing string bass solos or duets that we thought would surely stir your imagination! They cross all music genres and let the string bass shine in all its glory!

 

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Many aspiring musicians form bands, and want to branch into writing their own music and songs. Knowing how to get started can help the process.

 

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If you’ve recently decided to dust off your string instrument after years of avoidance, you’re not alone. Many adults want to try playing again after a long hiatus, but wonder if they’ll even remember the basics. Relearning your string instrument is a lot like riding a bike. You know the fundamental process and can balance fairly well, but your muscles will have atrophied a little. You shouldn’t hop on a bike and do a marathon, but you can gradually build up your strength.

 

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Sometimes called the “Father of Symphony” or the “Father of the String Quartet,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s pivotal role in birthing the Classical Era is unquestioned. His influence on other masters like Beethoven and Mozart is common knowledge. You may think you know Haydn.

 

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Teaching a gifted student is a rewarding task. Seeing your instruction applied and helping a talented musician discover their own abilities makes the effort involved seem trifling for music educators. However, it can be difficult when a student who shows so much promise resists your exertions. In that case, teaching a talented pupil becomes a chore.

 

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It’s easy for anyone to get into a rut. When you’re a music student, you work with the same group of peers and teachers for several years. Working with those who know you and your quirks so well is a great support foundation for your growth as an artist. Yet it’s also good to shake things up. That’s where taking a masterclass comes in.

 

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Summer has begun in earnest. In case you didn’t get enough inspiration from our first list of the “Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss this Summer,” we’ve got more. Because really – can there ever be too much music in your life?  Yeah, we don’t think so either.

 

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Musicians who want to excel often feel daunted by failures. Exiting a stage in the wake of an embarrassing, or inferior solo performance is one of the worst emotions a budding student can experience. In fact, there’s only two responses to that occurrence, you either become so discouraged that you decide to pursue some other outlet, or the shame inspires you to overcome your failure.

 

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Beginner musicians often want to develop their own “sound’ and performance style. They want to be unique, and cultivate a performance technique that sets them apart from all others. Yet, because music educators typically focus on helping students gain execution skills, actual performance abilities can get lost in the day to day efforts.

 

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Perhaps you've noticed that one of your students is remarkably able to grasp new concepts. Maybe you’ve recognized an amazing aptitude while instructing a beginner. Discovering that you have a natural talent on your hands can be exciting. However, many music educators wonder how to deliver the best instruction without overwhelming a young musician. You want to encourage their gift and inspire them to learn, but aren’t sure how to go about it.

 

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August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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

July 22 - 2Cellos in Concert, Portland

Portland, OR Tickets & Info:...

July 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Los Angeles

Greek TheatreLos Angeles, CA Tickets & Info:...

July 18 - 2Cellos in Concert, San Diego

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater, 5500 Campanile...

July 16, Zuill Bailey & The Bellingham Festival Orchestra

PROGRAMPre-concert talk – Zuill Bailey, guest artist, 6:30...

July 3 to 28 - Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) presents a...

July 12 - Joshua bell & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival Chicago Symphony OrchestraAndrey Boreyko,...

July 3 to 7- Benjamin Beilman at The Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Program: • July 3 - 8:00 p.m. - Stravinsky L’histoire...

13 Amazing String Bass Solos You Must Hear!

13 Amazing String Bass Solos You Must Hear!

Looking for some inspiration on your double string bass? The editors at StringOvation have compiled a list of some amazing string bass solos or duets that we thought would surely stir your imagination! They cross all music genres and let the string bass shine in all its glory!

 

Read More

6 Steps to Learning Basic Song Writing

6 Steps to Learning Basic Song Writing

Many aspiring musicians form bands, and want to branch into writing their own music and songs. Knowing how to get started can help the process.

 

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6 Steps To Get Back To Your String Instrument When You Haven't Played In Years

6 Steps To Get Back To Your String Instrument When You Haven't Played In Years

If you’ve recently decided to dust off your string instrument after years of avoidance, you’re not alone. Many adults want to try playing again after a long hiatus, but wonder if they’ll even remember the basics. Relearning your string instrument is a lot like riding a bike. You know the fundamental process and can balance fairly well, but your muscles will have atrophied a little. You shouldn’t hop on a bike and do a marathon, but you can gradually build up your strength.

 

Read More

Amazing Facts About Franz Joseph Haydn

Amazing Facts About Franz Joseph Haydn

Sometimes called the “Father of Symphony” or the “Father of the String Quartet,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s pivotal role in birthing the Classical Era is unquestioned. His influence on other masters like Beethoven and Mozart is common knowledge. You may think you know Haydn.

 

Read More

How To Teach Talented, But Difficult Students

How To Teach Talented, But Difficult Students

Teaching a gifted student is a rewarding task. Seeing your instruction applied and helping a talented musician discover their own abilities makes the effort involved seem trifling for music educators. However, it can be difficult when a student who shows so much promise resists your exertions. In that case, teaching a talented pupil becomes a chore.

 

Read More

Get Your Groove Back: Take a Masterclass

Get Your Groove Back: Take a Masterclass

It’s easy for anyone to get into a rut. When you’re a music student, you work with the same group of peers and teachers for several years. Working with those who know you and your quirks so well is a great support foundation for your growth as an artist. Yet it’s also good to shake things up. That’s where taking a masterclass comes in.

 

Read More

10 More Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

10 More Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Summer has begun in earnest. In case you didn’t get enough inspiration from our first list of the “Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss this Summer,” we’ve got more. Because really – can there ever be too much music in your life?  Yeah, we don’t think so either.

 

Read More

If You're Not Failing, You're Not Growing: Here's Why

If You're Not Failing, You're Not Growing: Here's Why

Musicians who want to excel often feel daunted by failures. Exiting a stage in the wake of an embarrassing, or inferior solo performance is one of the worst emotions a budding student can experience. In fact, there’s only two responses to that occurrence, you either become so discouraged that you decide to pursue some other outlet, or the shame inspires you to overcome your failure.

 

Read More

How to Create Your Unique Performance Style

How to Create Your Unique Performance Style

Beginner musicians often want to develop their own “sound’ and performance style. They want to be unique, and cultivate a performance technique that sets them apart from all others. Yet, because music educators typically focus on helping students gain execution skills, actual performance abilities can get lost in the day to day efforts.

 

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Teachers' Corner: How to Teach Your Most Gifted Students

Teachers' Corner: How to Teach Your Most Gifted Students

Perhaps you've noticed that one of your students is remarkably able to grasp new concepts. Maybe you’ve recognized an amazing aptitude while instructing a beginner. Discovering that you have a natural talent on your hands can be exciting. However, many music educators wonder how to deliver the best instruction without overwhelming a young musician. You want to encourage their gift and inspire them to learn, but aren’t sure how to go about it.

 

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