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Summer may be rapidly coming to a close, but there’s still time to curl up in a hammock or grab that beach chair and relax a little – with a good book! 

 

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Interested in keeping in musical shape this summer? String musicians often miss the camaraderie of school-year rehearsal schedules during the long summer break. Plus, practicing solo becomes boring after a while. That's why the #3 tip in our post, How to Stay in Tune Over Your Summer Vacation is, "get together with friends to practice..." 

 

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Yo-Yo Ma is unquestionably today’s most accomplished and influential cellist. From his debut as a seven-year-old performing for President Kennedy, Ma has made an impact on the music world. As proficient as he is on the cello, he's never been content with merely performing. Throughout his career, Ma has actively sought to bring people and cultures together through music. 

 

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Freshen up your viola practice by learning some popular songs. Classical works are classics for a reason and shouldn’t be ignored. Yet there's no reason to ignore some fun, easier to master, crowd-pleasing popular songs too.  Learning to play pop music on your viola will keep you motivated, stretch your musical sensibilities and challenge your technique in exciting ways.

 

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Cello practice is hard work. There’s great reward in mastering a new technique or putting in the sweat and tears to learn a complicated piece. At other times, what a performer really needs is the positive reinforcement of whipping out a crowd-pleaser at a moment’s notice. 

 

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Unless you play with a community orchestra or your parents enlist a music instructor throughout the summer, odds are you'll be playing far less over the summer vacation than you do during the school year. While muscle memory is a very real thing, it isn't such a powerful "muscle" that it will remain in shape for two to three months without a bit of effort on your part.

 

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Summer is practically here, which means it's time to enjoy some of the best music festivals! If you're feeling super ambitious, you might think about volunteering at a festival. But if you want to relax and just enjoy the atmosphere and performances, that's perfect. Here are some of this summer's best music festivals to check out.

 

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Are you a passionate string musician, looking for summer vacation destinations that honor your calling? You're in luck!

 

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Committed violists deserve three cheers. You're remaining true to yourself and your musical passion (see habit #1 below) - playing an instrument whose deeper, resonant, and honeyed tones make it increasingly popular on the solo circuit.

 

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Bassists are cool. The upright bass is the first instrument anyone thinks of when someone mentions jazz. We can picture them, twisting those monster instruments around as they play. Bassists are just cool.

 

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9 Inspiring Summer Reads for The String Musician

9 Inspiring Summer Reads for The String Musician

Summer may be rapidly coming to a close, but there’s still time to curl up in a hammock or grab that beach chair and relax a little – with a good book! 

 

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How To Form A String Quartet This Summer

How To Form A String Quartet This Summer

Interested in keeping in musical shape this summer? String musicians often miss the camaraderie of school-year rehearsal schedules during the long summer break. Plus, practicing solo becomes boring after a while. That's why the #3 tip in our post, How to Stay in Tune Over Your Summer Vacation is, "get together with friends to practice..." 

 

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Yo-Yo Ma's Journey With The Bach Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma's Journey With The Bach Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma is unquestionably today’s most accomplished and influential cellist. From his debut as a seven-year-old performing for President Kennedy, Ma has made an impact on the music world. As proficient as he is on the cello, he's never been content with merely performing. Throughout his career, Ma has actively sought to bring people and cultures together through music. 

 

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What Popular Songs Can I Learn To Play On The Viola?

What Popular Songs Can I Learn To Play On The Viola?

Freshen up your viola practice by learning some popular songs. Classical works are classics for a reason and shouldn’t be ignored. Yet there's no reason to ignore some fun, easier to master, crowd-pleasing popular songs too.  Learning to play pop music on your viola will keep you motivated, stretch your musical sensibilities and challenge your technique in exciting ways.

 

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9 More Cello Songs That Make You Sound Awesome

9 More Cello Songs That Make You Sound Awesome

Cello practice is hard work. There’s great reward in mastering a new technique or putting in the sweat and tears to learn a complicated piece. At other times, what a performer really needs is the positive reinforcement of whipping out a crowd-pleaser at a moment’s notice. 

 

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How To Stay In Tune Over Your Summer Vacation

How To Stay In Tune Over Your Summer Vacation

Unless you play with a community orchestra or your parents enlist a music instructor throughout the summer, odds are you'll be playing far less over the summer vacation than you do during the school year. While muscle memory is a very real thing, it isn't such a powerful "muscle" that it will remain in shape for two to three months without a bit of effort on your part.

 

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5 National Summer Music Festivals Not to Miss

5 National Summer Music Festivals Not to Miss

Summer is practically here, which means it's time to enjoy some of the best music festivals! If you're feeling super ambitious, you might think about volunteering at a festival. But if you want to relax and just enjoy the atmosphere and performances, that's perfect. Here are some of this summer's best music festivals to check out.

 

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Summer Vacation Ideas For String Musicians

Summer Vacation Ideas For String Musicians

Are you a passionate string musician, looking for summer vacation destinations that honor your calling? You're in luck!

 

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5 Habits Of Celebrity Violists

5 Habits Of Celebrity Violists

Committed violists deserve three cheers. You're remaining true to yourself and your musical passion (see habit #1 below) - playing an instrument whose deeper, resonant, and honeyed tones make it increasingly popular on the solo circuit.

 

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4 Habits Of Celebrity String Bassists

4 Habits Of Celebrity String Bassists

Bassists are cool. The upright bass is the first instrument anyone thinks of when someone mentions jazz. We can picture them, twisting those monster instruments around as they play. Bassists are just cool.

 

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