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Perceptions of contemporary guitar music are closely entwined with popular music, which relies heavily on electric guitars. Electric guitars and bass guitars are awesome. Who wants to live a world without Smoke on the Water?

 

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The perfect practice space is easier to create than you may think. Your space should be set-up to serve your learning needs and inspire your creativity. When done right, you'll enjoy practicing on a regular basis so you continue growing as a musician.

 

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It’s about that time. Time for some more amazing violin solos. But really, when isn’t it time to get inspired by interesting and great artists?

 

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Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

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The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

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The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

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Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Who doesn’t love the cello? No one, that’s who. Musicians have been doing magical things on this versatile instrument for centuries. YouTube doesn’t go back that far, but that hasn’t stopped us from putting together this list of amazing cello solos you must see (and hear) to be believed.

 

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Vivaldi, one of the Baroque era’s greatest composers, loved the violin. He wrote over 500 concertos, nearly half of them with solo pieces for violinists. So picking his top five greatest hits for violin was always going to be a difficult task. Inevitably, some people will be upset by a work that did or did not make the list.  However, there’s one point everyone can agree on: what’s in the top spot.

 

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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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15 Amazing Acoustic Guitar Solos You Must Hear

15 Amazing Acoustic Guitar Solos You Must Hear

Perceptions of contemporary guitar music are closely entwined with popular music, which relies heavily on electric guitars. Electric guitars and bass guitars are awesome. Who wants to live a world without Smoke on the Water?

 

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Creating The Perfect Practice Space

Creating The Perfect Practice Space

The perfect practice space is easier to create than you may think. Your space should be set-up to serve your learning needs and inspire your creativity. When done right, you'll enjoy practicing on a regular basis so you continue growing as a musician.

 

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Amazing Violin Solos You Must Hear!

Amazing Violin Solos You Must Hear!

It’s about that time. Time for some more amazing violin solos. But really, when isn’t it time to get inspired by interesting and great artists?

 

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What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

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12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

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Defining New Music

Defining New Music

The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

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6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Amazing Cello Solos You Must Hear!

Amazing Cello Solos You Must Hear!

Who doesn’t love the cello? No one, that’s who. Musicians have been doing magical things on this versatile instrument for centuries. YouTube doesn’t go back that far, but that hasn’t stopped us from putting together this list of amazing cello solos you must see (and hear) to be believed.

 

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Vivaldi's Top 5 Greatest Hits For Violin

Vivaldi's Top 5 Greatest Hits For Violin

Vivaldi, one of the Baroque era’s greatest composers, loved the violin. He wrote over 500 concertos, nearly half of them with solo pieces for violinists. So picking his top five greatest hits for violin was always going to be a difficult task. Inevitably, some people will be upset by a work that did or did not make the list.  However, there’s one point everyone can agree on: what’s in the top spot.

 

Read More

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!

 

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