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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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I  was always one of those players who didn't think or care much about rosin at all. I would just use whatever rosin I had around. There were a few rosins I knew I didn't like, but most commercial brands seemed about the same to me—just fine.

 

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If you move a rosin-less bow across the strings of your instrument, you will hear....hardly anything. That's because rosin provides the friction required to produce sound when an instrument's strings are bowed. Made from tree sap (and often mixed with other ingredients to enhance sound production) rosin is an essential tool for string players.

 

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Choosing the bow for your violin is just as a big a decision as choosing the violin. You want to take the same time and care in selecting the right bow that suits your skill level, goals, and budget. 

 

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If there is a magical source for all things musical, Vienna could be it. In addition to being the hometown of a remarkable number of famous classical composers - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Strauss, etc. - Vienna is also home to one of the best, and well-known, manufacturer of strings: Thomastik-Infeld. 

 

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Whether you're headed on vacation or away for a music school audition, traveling with an instrument requires proactive planning. While en route – via plane, train or automobile – your instrument is more susceptible to damage, theft/vandalism, or just plain "getting lost" in the shuffle.

 

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Recently we blogged about how to care for your string instrument during the winter, and now it's time to refresh your memory about instrument care through the summer months.

 

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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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Notes from Sarah West, Inventor of Magic Rosin®

Notes from Sarah West, Inventor of Magic Rosin®

I  was always one of those players who didn't think or care much about rosin at all. I would just use whatever rosin I had around. There were a few rosins I knew I didn't like, but most commercial brands seemed about the same to me—just fine.

 

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Differences Among Rosin Types And What's Best For Your Instrument

Differences Among Rosin Types And What's Best For Your Instrument

If you move a rosin-less bow across the strings of your instrument, you will hear....hardly anything. That's because rosin provides the friction required to produce sound when an instrument's strings are bowed. Made from tree sap (and often mixed with other ingredients to enhance sound production) rosin is an essential tool for string players.

 

Read More

Choosing A Wooden Bow And Why

Choosing A Wooden Bow And Why

Choosing the bow for your violin is just as a big a decision as choosing the violin. You want to take the same time and care in selecting the right bow that suits your skill level, goals, and budget. 

 

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Product Spotlight: Alphayue Cello Strings

Product Spotlight: Alphayue Cello Strings

If there is a magical source for all things musical, Vienna could be it. In addition to being the hometown of a remarkable number of famous classical composers - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Strauss, etc. - Vienna is also home to one of the best, and well-known, manufacturer of strings: Thomastik-Infeld. 

 

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7 Tips For Traveling With Your Instrument

7 Tips For Traveling With Your Instrument

Whether you're headed on vacation or away for a music school audition, traveling with an instrument requires proactive planning. While en route – via plane, train or automobile – your instrument is more susceptible to damage, theft/vandalism, or just plain "getting lost" in the shuffle.

 

Read More

Caring For Your Instrument In The Summer

Caring For Your Instrument In The Summer

Recently we blogged about how to care for your string instrument during the winter, and now it's time to refresh your memory about instrument care through the summer months.

 

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