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For pure violin motivation, here are some quotes from those musicians, conductors, and composers who know the instrument and its challenges best:

 

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osters and flyers are the number one way of getting the word out about your upcoming event.  You will use them not only to hang in store windows and bulletin boards in your community, but to brand your entire event on social media, websites, and more.

 

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Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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Going to music school is a big deal. Making the most of this experience will take planning and intention. It won't just happen. Your first year at music school sets the stage for your entire music school career, which in turn dramatically impacts your professional career prospects. Like we said, going to music school is a big deal.

 

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You have so many factors to think about when deciding where to attend music school. One of the key questions is whether to commute to a local school or attend one outside your area.

 

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New school. New phase of life. Everything is so exciting… and possibly overwhelming. You have a lot to do as you prepare to leave for music school. The goal of your preparations should be to minimize the stress of the transition and set yourself up to hit the music school grounds running.

 

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Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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18 Motivational Quotes for Violinists

18 Motivational Quotes for Violinists

For pure violin motivation, here are some quotes from those musicians, conductors, and composers who know the instrument and its challenges best:

 

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7 Tips for Creating a Great Performance Poster

7 Tips for Creating a Great Performance Poster

osters and flyers are the number one way of getting the word out about your upcoming event.  You will use them not only to hang in store windows and bulletin boards in your community, but to brand your entire event on social media, websites, and more.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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Strategies For Having A Great First Year At Music School

Strategies For Having A Great First Year At Music School

Going to music school is a big deal. Making the most of this experience will take planning and intention. It won't just happen. Your first year at music school sets the stage for your entire music school career, which in turn dramatically impacts your professional career prospects. Like we said, going to music school is a big deal.

 

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Pros And Cons Of Going Away To Music School Or Commuting Nearby

Pros And Cons Of Going Away To Music School Or Commuting Nearby

You have so many factors to think about when deciding where to attend music school. One of the key questions is whether to commute to a local school or attend one outside your area.

 

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You Just Got Into Music School – Now What?

You Just Got Into Music School – Now What?

New school. New phase of life. Everything is so exciting… and possibly overwhelming. You have a lot to do as you prepare to leave for music school. The goal of your preparations should be to minimize the stress of the transition and set yourself up to hit the music school grounds running.

 

Read More

How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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