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String musicians today have instrument options that simply weren’t available 20 or 50 years ago. Because of their history, string instruments have always been made using basically the same materials and methods, and it hasn’t changed for centuries. However, the organic materials used to fashion fine instruments are no longer the only alternative for production.

 

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Out of necessity, students who play string instruments require a number of accessories. Whether you’ve just started learning or you’ve been playing for a while, there is some “must have” equipment that will make your life easier. Knowing what accessories to include for your string instrument can mean the difference between success and failure. Keeping the following items close at hand will limit the natural frustrations that accompany the learning process.

 

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Orchestras are made up of four main sections: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Of these four, the string family is typically the largest section, often comprising half the orchestra performers.

 

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Students who choose to learn the viola arrive at that decision for any number of reasons. Whether they like the rich, seductive tone of the instrument or have chosen it because of a personal preference, doesn’t matter. Violists occupy a unique place in the orchestra. By playing alto clef in a perfect middle range, you have the ability to play lower tones than the violin but higher than those of the cello. And although most of your practice music is derived from the classical genre, playing popular tunes on your instrument is a great way to build your skills.

 

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Loving the deep melodies you can get from your cello when you play classical pieces doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing some pop music on it as well. In fact, the cello is the instrument that best mimics the human voice. Pop music is all about the vocals, which makes playing it on the cello a perfect match.

 

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Summer is almost here. The time when many student musicians travel to various venues, camps, and festivals to play their instruments. And with so many exciting prospects to look forward to, it can be easy to overlook mundane concerns like the best way to travel with your string instrument.

 

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One of the most nerve-wracking experiences for a musician is when a string snaps while in the middle of a live performance. Almost inevitably, this can happen if a string is old, defective, or not installed correctly. Strings can also break from playing too vigorously or because they are an off-brand that doesn’t last long. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to have a plan of action for when it happens to you – because it may happen at some point in the future.

 

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A big part of playing a violin or viola well comes down to selecting an instrument and chin rest that fits your physical form. If you’ve ever tried to play a violin that is too big to hold comfortably, you’ve discovered this can quickly become painful and reduce the quality of your music. Finding just the right chin rest can alleviate this problem. A good chin rest places an even weight between your instrument, your head, and your hands as you play. 

 

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Rosin is one of the most important aspects of playing any stringed instrument, and it’s also the most annoying to deal with at times. However, choosing the right rosin can help to produce the best sounds from your instrument, all while protecting your fingers and helping to make your strings last longer.

 

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Magic Rosin celebrates ST PATRICK'S DAY with a special GIVEAWAY!

To enter, please visit our Facebook page and answer this question in the comment area: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ST. PATRICK'S DAY?

 

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August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. 8:00 PM Zukerman plays...

July 22 - 2Cellos in Concert, Portland

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July 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Los Angeles

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July 18 - 2Cellos in Concert, San Diego

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater, 5500 Campanile...

July 16, Zuill Bailey & The Bellingham Festival Orchestra

PROGRAMPre-concert talk – Zuill Bailey, guest artist, 6:30...

July 3 to 28 - Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) presents a...

July 12 - Joshua bell & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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July 3 to 7- Benjamin Beilman at The Seattle Chamber Music Festival

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String musicians today have instrument options that simply weren’t available 20 or 50 years ago. Because of their history, string instruments have always been made using basically the same materials and methods, and it hasn’t changed for centuries. However, the organic materials used to fashion fine instruments are no longer the only alternative for production.

 

Read More

Must-Have Accessories For A String Musician

Must-Have Accessories For A String Musician

Out of necessity, students who play string instruments require a number of accessories. Whether you’ve just started learning or you’ve been playing for a while, there is some “must have” equipment that will make your life easier. Knowing what accessories to include for your string instrument can mean the difference between success and failure. Keeping the following items close at hand will limit the natural frustrations that accompany the learning process.

 

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Understanding The Different Roles String Instruments Play In An Orchestra

Understanding The Different Roles String Instruments Play In An Orchestra

Orchestras are made up of four main sections: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Of these four, the string family is typically the largest section, often comprising half the orchestra performers.

 

Read More

7 Tips For Playing Popular Music On Your Viola

7 Tips For Playing Popular Music On Your Viola

Students who choose to learn the viola arrive at that decision for any number of reasons. Whether they like the rich, seductive tone of the instrument or have chosen it because of a personal preference, doesn’t matter. Violists occupy a unique place in the orchestra. By playing alto clef in a perfect middle range, you have the ability to play lower tones than the violin but higher than those of the cello. And although most of your practice music is derived from the classical genre, playing popular tunes on your instrument is a great way to build your skills.

 

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Tips For Learning To Play Popular Music On Your Cello

Tips For Learning To Play Popular Music On Your Cello

Loving the deep melodies you can get from your cello when you play classical pieces doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing some pop music on it as well. In fact, the cello is the instrument that best mimics the human voice. Pop music is all about the vocals, which makes playing it on the cello a perfect match.

 

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How To Travel With Your String Instrument

How To Travel With Your String Instrument

Summer is almost here. The time when many student musicians travel to various venues, camps, and festivals to play their instruments. And with so many exciting prospects to look forward to, it can be easy to overlook mundane concerns like the best way to travel with your string instrument.

 

Read More

What To Do If A String Snaps While Performing

What To Do If A String Snaps While Performing

One of the most nerve-wracking experiences for a musician is when a string snaps while in the middle of a live performance. Almost inevitably, this can happen if a string is old, defective, or not installed correctly. Strings can also break from playing too vigorously or because they are an off-brand that doesn’t last long. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to have a plan of action for when it happens to you – because it may happen at some point in the future.

 

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How To Choose A Chin Rest For Your Violin Or Viola

How To Choose A Chin Rest For Your Violin Or Viola

A big part of playing a violin or viola well comes down to selecting an instrument and chin rest that fits your physical form. If you’ve ever tried to play a violin that is too big to hold comfortably, you’ve discovered this can quickly become painful and reduce the quality of your music. Finding just the right chin rest can alleviate this problem. A good chin rest places an even weight between your instrument, your head, and your hands as you play. 

 

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Choosing A Rosin That's Good For You, Not Just for Your Bow

Choosing A Rosin That's Good For You, Not Just for Your Bow

Rosin is one of the most important aspects of playing any stringed instrument, and it’s also the most annoying to deal with at times. However, choosing the right rosin can help to produce the best sounds from your instrument, all while protecting your fingers and helping to make your strings last longer.

 

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Magic Rosin® St. Patrick's Day Give Away!

Magic Rosin® St. Patrick's Day Give Away!

Magic Rosin celebrates ST PATRICK'S DAY with a special GIVEAWAY!

To enter, please visit our Facebook page and answer this question in the comment area: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ST. PATRICK'S DAY?

 

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