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Are you ready to purchase your first violin? Or, perhaps even more exciting, upgrade a  beginner violin to one that meets your more advanced abilities? If so, there are a few things you should know before you start your search. 

 

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When you’re a newcomer to the violin market, it's easy to feel wary about selecting an instrument that ranges from $25 at a garage sale to $1 million dollars or more in aficionado auctions. So what's the difference between high-end and low-end violins?

 

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Rosin is an important string instrument accessory. It's a catalyst between the bow and cello strings, creating the "just right" amount of friction to produce smooth, consistent, and resonant sound. Too much rosin means the bow won't move smoothly, and the sound is raspy; too little rosin and sounds are faint, hollow, and inconsistent.

 

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There's a tremendous amount of information available on how to choose a cello, but equally important is the selection of a bow that makes those cello strings sing. It must be properly sized, in good shape, and should feel comfortable in your hand while you're playing.

 

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Are you ready to invest in your first cello? That's an exciting place to be. Enhance your shopping experience using these five insider tips regarding what to look for - and what to avoid - as you search for the best cello for you and your playing ability. 

 

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  1. Introduction to Our Guide on Violin Strings
  2. How Do Violin Strings Work
  3. How to Tune Your Violin Strings
  4. How to Tighten Loose Violin Strings
  5. When Is It Time to Change Your Violin Strings
  6. How to Change Your Violin Strings
  7. How to Break In New Violin Strings Before a Concert
  8. Things to Consider Before Purchasing Violin Strings

 

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You don’t carry around your violin without a protective violin case for good reason. That would be needlessly risky. Even so, little disasters happen to violins all the time. Broken strings, funky pegs – a whole host of issues. They always seem to happen at the worst times. Like before a performance or when you're ready to dig in for a full rehearsal. So why walk around without a first-aid kit for your violin too? 

 

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The wonderful news: Your violin was designed and built to make great sounds.

More wonderful news: The right tips and techniques will support you in optimizing the sounds you create – both during practice time as well as performances.

 

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Your violin’s strings are essential to producing good sound, and that means their care is every bit as important as the care you put into the body of the instrument. From protecting the violin in a case, to choosing the right types of strings and creating a daily care regimen, all defend strings from permanent damage and help them create beautiful, warm, resonant tones.

 

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Over the course of a cellist's playing life, s/he will use upwards of 100 sets of cellos strings (perhaps more if the player performs regularly as a professional). The need to change strings is largely based on their sound (dull sound could mean it's time to change the cello strings), the accumulation of finger oil, rosin, and general grime that builds up over time, and the player's attention to regular cleaning and maintenance. Most importantly, however, is the quality of the strings in question. 

 

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5 Tips For Buying A Violin

5 Tips For Buying A Violin

Are you ready to purchase your first violin? Or, perhaps even more exciting, upgrade a  beginner violin to one that meets your more advanced abilities? If so, there are a few things you should know before you start your search. 

 

Read More

High-End vs. Low-End Violins – What’s The Big Deal?

High-End vs. Low-End Violins – What’s The Big Deal?

When you’re a newcomer to the violin market, it's easy to feel wary about selecting an instrument that ranges from $25 at a garage sale to $1 million dollars or more in aficionado auctions. So what's the difference between high-end and low-end violins?

 

Read More

What You Need To Know About Rosin For Your Cello Bow

What You Need To Know About Rosin For Your Cello Bow

Rosin is an important string instrument accessory. It's a catalyst between the bow and cello strings, creating the "just right" amount of friction to produce smooth, consistent, and resonant sound. Too much rosin means the bow won't move smoothly, and the sound is raspy; too little rosin and sounds are faint, hollow, and inconsistent.

 

Read More

What To Look For In A Cello Bow

What To Look For In A Cello Bow

There's a tremendous amount of information available on how to choose a cello, but equally important is the selection of a bow that makes those cello strings sing. It must be properly sized, in good shape, and should feel comfortable in your hand while you're playing.

 

Read More

5 Tips For Buying A Cello

5 Tips For Buying A Cello

Are you ready to invest in your first cello? That's an exciting place to be. Enhance your shopping experience using these five insider tips regarding what to look for - and what to avoid - as you search for the best cello for you and your playing ability. 

 

Read More

The Musician’s Ultimate Guide To Violin Strings

The Musician’s Ultimate Guide To Violin Strings

  1. Introduction to Our Guide on Violin Strings
  2. How Do Violin Strings Work
  3. How to Tune Your Violin Strings
  4. How to Tighten Loose Violin Strings
  5. When Is It Time to Change Your Violin Strings
  6. How to Change Your Violin Strings
  7. How to Break In New Violin Strings Before a Concert
  8. Things to Consider Before Purchasing Violin Strings

 

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Create A First-Aid Kit For Your Violin

Create A First-Aid Kit For Your Violin

You don’t carry around your violin without a protective violin case for good reason. That would be needlessly risky. Even so, little disasters happen to violins all the time. Broken strings, funky pegs – a whole host of issues. They always seem to happen at the worst times. Like before a performance or when you're ready to dig in for a full rehearsal. So why walk around without a first-aid kit for your violin too? 

 

Read More

How Do I Create Great Sounds On My Violin?

How Do I Create Great Sounds On My Violin?

The wonderful news: Your violin was designed and built to make great sounds.

More wonderful news: The right tips and techniques will support you in optimizing the sounds you create – both during practice time as well as performances.

 

Read More

How To Care For Your Violin Strings

How To Care For Your Violin Strings

Your violin’s strings are essential to producing good sound, and that means their care is every bit as important as the care you put into the body of the instrument. From protecting the violin in a case, to choosing the right types of strings and creating a daily care regimen, all defend strings from permanent damage and help them create beautiful, warm, resonant tones.

 

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Product Spotlight: Versum Solo Cello Strings

Product Spotlight: Versum Solo Cello Strings

Over the course of a cellist's playing life, s/he will use upwards of 100 sets of cellos strings (perhaps more if the player performs regularly as a professional). The need to change strings is largely based on their sound (dull sound could mean it's time to change the cello strings), the accumulation of finger oil, rosin, and general grime that builds up over time, and the player's attention to regular cleaning and maintenance. Most importantly, however, is the quality of the strings in question. 

 

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