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Aaaah, the holidays. They’re magical, to be sure, and for most student musicians – the holidays also mean a solid chunk of vacation time. All that free calendar space is a well-deserved reward for surviving the busy concert season, and there’s no better way to spend it than binging on holiday entertainment. 

 

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Let’s face it, after years of playing the violin or viola you get tired of the same ol’ holiday tunes. But, the fact of the matter is – holiday songs are typically what people want to hear and sing this time of year.

 

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Late winter is already a busy time for so many people. Even so, there’s always time to apply to a violin competition or enjoy watching those who’ve already gone pro do their thing.

 

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Fall will be a busy season for cellists and cello aficionados. Whether you need your cello fix as the intensity of a competition or the relaxation of enjoying a concert, we have you covered. Here’s a list of just some of your cello options for the next few months.

 

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The first, entry level songs you play on the cello are so exciting, and then they quickly become boring. Often based on nursery rhyme-like children’s songs, they only keep a beginning cellist inspired for so long. What is more inspiring than to play a classical piece that makes you sound – and feel – like you’re officially a cellist? 

 

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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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Bingeworthy Holiday Entertainment

Bingeworthy Holiday Entertainment

Aaaah, the holidays. They’re magical, to be sure, and for most student musicians – the holidays also mean a solid chunk of vacation time. All that free calendar space is a well-deserved reward for surviving the busy concert season, and there’s no better way to spend it than binging on holiday entertainment. 

 

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Cool Violin & Viola Songs For The Holidays

Cool Violin & Viola Songs For The Holidays

Let’s face it, after years of playing the violin or viola you get tired of the same ol’ holiday tunes. But, the fact of the matter is – holiday songs are typically what people want to hear and sing this time of year.

 

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Upcoming Violin Competitions And Concerts This Winter

Upcoming Violin Competitions And Concerts This Winter

Late winter is already a busy time for so many people. Even so, there’s always time to apply to a violin competition or enjoy watching those who’ve already gone pro do their thing.

 

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Upcoming Cello Competitions And Concerts This Fall

Upcoming Cello Competitions And Concerts This Fall

Fall will be a busy season for cellists and cello aficionados. Whether you need your cello fix as the intensity of a competition or the relaxation of enjoying a concert, we have you covered. Here’s a list of just some of your cello options for the next few months.

 

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5 Cello Pieces You Can Rock Right Now

5 Cello Pieces You Can Rock Right Now

The first, entry level songs you play on the cello are so exciting, and then they quickly become boring. Often based on nursery rhyme-like children’s songs, they only keep a beginning cellist inspired for so long. What is more inspiring than to play a classical piece that makes you sound – and feel – like you’re officially a cellist? 

 

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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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