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Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky is the most famous Russian composer of the 19th Century, although that acclaim didn’t come all at once. As with many composers who went unlauded in their own lifetimes, audience appreciation of Tchaikovsky’s works grew over an expanse of time.

 

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W hile holiday classics are "classic" for a reason, it can be mind numbing to play the same songs over and over, year after year. We understand your frustration.

Thus, one of our holiday gifts to you is this list of 10 modern holiday songs made just for string musicians. Yes, they're arrangements based on traditional carols, but at least they'll give you a break from the typical versions you've played for years.

 

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

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You’ve got your shopping done and the presents wrapped. The last note of that holiday concert has faded into the night. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy the season. For many music instructors and students, this is also the time of year when you get an extended break. There’s no better time to gather together with family and friends for some quality binge-watching.

 

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Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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Playing classic, holiday favorites on your cello warms the hearts of your audience members. However, it’s also fun to add new and current holiday-themed songs to your playlist.

 

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The holidays are centered around tradition, warmth, and the making of memories – what better way to do that than playing your violin for children during the holiday season? We’ve put together a holiday playlist for you, with songs that are guaranteed to delight the children (and nearby adults) as you gather around the fire for screen-free family fun.

 

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It may sound a little corny, but this truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Everyone has a little more spring in their step. Brightly decorated homes and shops light-up the night, and if you live in a region where the weather turns cold, the crisp air and fall leaves are reminders that another year is drawing to a close. And the big, juicy cherry on top of the holiday time fruitcake is the abundance of concerts to help you celebrate the season and ring in a new year.

 

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For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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Little Known Facts About the Nutcracker Suite and Tchaikovsky

Little Known Facts About the Nutcracker Suite and Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky is the most famous Russian composer of the 19th Century, although that acclaim didn’t come all at once. As with many composers who went unlauded in their own lifetimes, audience appreciation of Tchaikovsky’s works grew over an expanse of time.

 

Read More

10 Top Modern Holiday Songs For String instruments

10 Top Modern Holiday Songs For String instruments

W hile holiday classics are "classic" for a reason, it can be mind numbing to play the same songs over and over, year after year. We understand your frustration.

Thus, one of our holiday gifts to you is this list of 10 modern holiday songs made just for string musicians. Yes, they're arrangements based on traditional carols, but at least they'll give you a break from the typical versions you've played for years.

 

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Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

Read More

2019 Holiday Movies for Musical Inspiration

2019 Holiday Movies for Musical Inspiration

You’ve got your shopping done and the presents wrapped. The last note of that holiday concert has faded into the night. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy the season. For many music instructors and students, this is also the time of year when you get an extended break. There’s no better time to gather together with family and friends for some quality binge-watching.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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Update 2019: Best Holiday Songs for the Cello

Update 2019: Best Holiday Songs for the Cello

Playing classic, holiday favorites on your cello warms the hearts of your audience members. However, it’s also fun to add new and current holiday-themed songs to your playlist.

 

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20+ Violin Songs to Entertain Children During the Holidays

20+ Violin Songs to Entertain Children During the Holidays

The holidays are centered around tradition, warmth, and the making of memories – what better way to do that than playing your violin for children during the holiday season? We’ve put together a holiday playlist for you, with songs that are guaranteed to delight the children (and nearby adults) as you gather around the fire for screen-free family fun.

 

Read More

Top 8 Holiday Concerts Not to Be Missed

Top 8 Holiday Concerts Not to Be Missed

It may sound a little corny, but this truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Everyone has a little more spring in their step. Brightly decorated homes and shops light-up the night, and if you live in a region where the weather turns cold, the crisp air and fall leaves are reminders that another year is drawing to a close. And the big, juicy cherry on top of the holiday time fruitcake is the abundance of concerts to help you celebrate the season and ring in a new year.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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