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Like most instruments, selecting the right guitar is a very personal choice. It’s not an inexpensive instrument. You want to choose wisely. Make the right choice and you’ll have an instrument that inspires you to practice and to go off on creative tangents. Whatever your acoustic guitar selection process, make sure these tips have a part in it.

 

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Stradivari may have perfected the violin over 300 years ago, but the case you use to carry around your violin should take a 21st century approach to protecting your instrument. A violin case needs to protect the violin, the bow and various necessary accessories from the hard knocks and stormy weather of life (and the subway).

 

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A violin is like a good old friend. The time may come, through nobody’s fault, when you just grow apart. Because of your history together, it can be hard to know when it’s time to say goodbye.

 

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Playing a string instrument offers many pleasures for musicians, but it also comes with its share of pains. Your violin, or fretless instrument, is a fragile piece of artistry. Each piece, joint, and element is carefully crafted to produce a unique sound. In fact, they are so delicate that there are countless pages and books of information available on how to keep these instruments in their best condition.

 

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Students who want to play in a professional capacity will learn quickly that being heard on stage in the midst of other instruments requires some specific amplification. In rock, pop, jazz, and country music genres, it’s hard for an acoustic violin to make itself heard over the electric sounds. For that reason, most career musicians are familiar with a violin pickup. Yet, for beginner students who are being classically trained, a pickup can seem odd and incongruous with the instrument.

 

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Taking care of your violin is important. Not only is it a valuable investment, but with the right regular maintenance, your violin will sound better, and you’ll get more mileage out of the strings and other parts that wear out.

 

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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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5 Tips For Choosing An Acoustic Guitar

5 Tips For Choosing An Acoustic Guitar

Like most instruments, selecting the right guitar is a very personal choice. It’s not an inexpensive instrument. You want to choose wisely. Make the right choice and you’ll have an instrument that inspires you to practice and to go off on creative tangents. Whatever your acoustic guitar selection process, make sure these tips have a part in it.

 

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21st Century Upgrades To The Violin Case

21st Century Upgrades To The Violin Case

Stradivari may have perfected the violin over 300 years ago, but the case you use to carry around your violin should take a 21st century approach to protecting your instrument. A violin case needs to protect the violin, the bow and various necessary accessories from the hard knocks and stormy weather of life (and the subway).

 

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When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Violin

When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Violin

A violin is like a good old friend. The time may come, through nobody’s fault, when you just grow apart. Because of your history together, it can be hard to know when it’s time to say goodbye.

 

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How To Choose A Luthier

How To Choose A Luthier

Playing a string instrument offers many pleasures for musicians, but it also comes with its share of pains. Your violin, or fretless instrument, is a fragile piece of artistry. Each piece, joint, and element is carefully crafted to produce a unique sound. In fact, they are so delicate that there are countless pages and books of information available on how to keep these instruments in their best condition.

 

Read More

What Is A Violin Pickup And Why Would I Use One?

What Is A Violin Pickup And Why Would I Use One?

Students who want to play in a professional capacity will learn quickly that being heard on stage in the midst of other instruments requires some specific amplification. In rock, pop, jazz, and country music genres, it’s hard for an acoustic violin to make itself heard over the electric sounds. For that reason, most career musicians are familiar with a violin pickup. Yet, for beginner students who are being classically trained, a pickup can seem odd and incongruous with the instrument.

 

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How To Keep Your Violin In Top Shape

How To Keep Your Violin In Top Shape

Taking care of your violin is important. Not only is it a valuable investment, but with the right regular maintenance, your violin will sound better, and you’ll get more mileage out of the strings and other parts that wear out.

 

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Smackdown: Synthetic vs. Natural Bow Hair

Smackdown: Synthetic vs. Natural Bow Hair

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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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.

 

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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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