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Winter is one of the toughest seasons on your instrument. Moisture – and mostly a lack of it – can present moderate to large problems. Temperature and humidity fluctuations bounce between outdoor extremes, indoor climate control, and the "in-between" places like your car or on the bus. These extremes and constant changes can cause issues that damage the bridges, tuning pegs and strings. They also affect the wood body of the instrument, causing it to warp or crack.

 

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Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it.

 

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The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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Italian instrument maker, Antonio Stradivari, has long been regarded as one of the finest instrument makers of all time. Primarily a builder of violins, violas, and cellos, his career started around 350 years ago. Today, many instruments he made with his own hands are still in use. His instruments command the highest prices at auctions and have been owned and played by some of the world’s top musicians of every generation for the past 300-plus years.

 

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to make those gift lists. If you have a string musician in your life, the following eight gift ideas are right up his/her alley. We’ve done our homework and found great gift ideas - at a variety of price ranges - so your gifting respects your budget

 

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If there is one instrument that represents orchestral music to the general public, it’s the violin. After all, you never see anyone sarcastically pantomiming a harp in mock pity, right? What most people outside the music world probably don’t know, however, is how many different types of violins there are. Considering the subtle variations that can exist among violins that are otherwise similar, the answer can be complicated. For clarity’s sake, we’re going to break it down according to generally accepted categories.

 

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So much of what we enjoy today has ancient origins. People have been fermenting grapes into wine for 10,000 years. Baking bread goes back even farther. The way these things are made by hand varies little today from the ancient methods. The same can be said for luthiers who craft violins.

 

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Thank goodness for trees. We celebrate trees for many reasons. Mostly, people think about the vital role trees play in sustaining the environment and wildlife. And, because of trees, we have violins and other stringed instruments.

 

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Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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2019 Update: Products That Help You Care for Your Instrument During the Winter

2019 Update: Products That Help You Care for Your Instrument During the Winter

Winter is one of the toughest seasons on your instrument. Moisture – and mostly a lack of it – can present moderate to large problems. Temperature and humidity fluctuations bounce between outdoor extremes, indoor climate control, and the "in-between" places like your car or on the bus. These extremes and constant changes can cause issues that damage the bridges, tuning pegs and strings. They also affect the wood body of the instrument, causing it to warp or crack.

 

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How Does Cold Weather Affect Your Violin?

How Does Cold Weather Affect Your Violin?

Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it.

 

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History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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Spotlight on Historic Violin Maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737)

Spotlight on Historic Violin Maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737)

Italian instrument maker, Antonio Stradivari, has long been regarded as one of the finest instrument makers of all time. Primarily a builder of violins, violas, and cellos, his career started around 350 years ago. Today, many instruments he made with his own hands are still in use. His instruments command the highest prices at auctions and have been owned and played by some of the world’s top musicians of every generation for the past 300-plus years.

 

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Top 8 Gifts for String Musicians

Top 8 Gifts for String Musicians

The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to make those gift lists. If you have a string musician in your life, the following eight gift ideas are right up his/her alley. We’ve done our homework and found great gift ideas - at a variety of price ranges - so your gifting respects your budget

 

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How Many Different Types of Violins Are There?

How Many Different Types of Violins Are There?

If there is one instrument that represents orchestral music to the general public, it’s the violin. After all, you never see anyone sarcastically pantomiming a harp in mock pity, right? What most people outside the music world probably don’t know, however, is how many different types of violins there are. Considering the subtle variations that can exist among violins that are otherwise similar, the answer can be complicated. For clarity’s sake, we’re going to break it down according to generally accepted categories.

 

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How Are Violins Made?

How Are Violins Made?

So much of what we enjoy today has ancient origins. People have been fermenting grapes into wine for 10,000 years. Baking bread goes back even farther. The way these things are made by hand varies little today from the ancient methods. The same can be said for luthiers who craft violins.

 

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What Are Violins Made Of?

What Are Violins Made Of?

Thank goodness for trees. We celebrate trees for many reasons. Mostly, people think about the vital role trees play in sustaining the environment and wildlife. And, because of trees, we have violins and other stringed instruments.

 

Read More

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

Read More

11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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