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As a parent, you work to provide your children with as many opportunities to succeed as possible, and you are probably aware of the benefits a music education offers. Over the past few decades, scientific studies have explored the countless ways that music training helps foster brain development. Indeed, it is one of the most effective methods known to assist cognitive growth, build motor skills, and enhance learning comprehension among children.

 

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The violin is one of the world’s most beloved instruments. The sounds it can create in the hands of a master are truly inspiring, and many new violin students wonder who’s responsible for having invented such a wonderfully expressive instrument. Although the exact origins of the very first violin are debated, scholars agree on the ‘roundabout’ roots concerning the violin’s conception and the famous violists who helped inspire the handiwork of the first luthiers.

 

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The history of the viola is closely related to the development of the other instruments in the “violin” family. Indeed, the violin, viola, cello, and double bass all have their origins from the European “viol,” which consisted of two varieties, the “viola da braccio” (arm viol) and the “viola da gamba” (leg viol), named for the way the instrument was played. Although the da gamba variety were essentially the instrument of choice—more aristocratic—during the period of the Renaissance, it was the “arm” version that eventually won out due to the work of great artisans like Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari.

 

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Learning to play the violin can be quite a challenge. And although it’s totally worth the struggle, many students find that the first year or two can be particularly difficult. Because you’re learning to both read music and train your body to hold and play the violin properly, it’s easy to slack off on form. This naturally means that when you’re beginning violin, some of the fundamental techniques will require extra attention before you can execute them without a conscious effort.

 

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Learning to play a string instrument is a rewarding experience. And although being zealous about practice is usually a good thing, violinists and other string instrument players need to be careful. Overuse injuries are often common among musicians. Fortunately, there are effective ways to prevent stress-related injuries when playing your violin.

 

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If you’ve recently decided to learn to play the violin, or if you’re just a music enthusiast who likes to broaden your knowledge, there are many famous violin songs that stand out as exceptional compositions. These masterpieces, written for the violin, represent violin music at its best and display the incredible range of the instrument when performed by a virtuoso.

 

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Learning to play the violin, like every worthwhile pursuit, involves long hours of training. Every student understands that the total amount of practice you put in will equal how great a violinist you can become. Indeed, that’s why so many of those hours are spent practicing. Yet, for many intermediate violin students, the progress they make from repeated, lengthy practice sessions appears slow.

 

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Summer is nearly here, and rather than spend the next three months ignoring their instruments, many music students look for opportunities to advance their skill. And although private classes can be used to fill the summer gap, attending a great summer string music camp or violin camp is a fun, wonderful way to ensure that you don’t lose any of the new skills you’ve developed. Plus, you’ll be able to meet new friends and explore additional performing opportunities.

 

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For hundreds of years, the cello has been delighting listeners with its warm, living tones and rich sounds that resemble the range of human voice pitch. This much cherished solo and orchestral instrument became a staple of Western music through a series of cultural changes and practical needs. And although today it is an easily recognized instrument, the history of this beloved instrument is a mystery to many people.

 

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When most people think about the best music schools in the United States, the East Coast, with its rich cultural history and elite performing arts institutions immediately springs to mind. However, our nation is filled with excellent music conservatories and facilities dedicated to the pursuit of music mastery; and students who are interested in earning their education in that field have a wide selection of the best music schools in the country to choose from.

 

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When Should My Child Start Violin Lessons?

When Should My Child Start Violin Lessons?

As a parent, you work to provide your children with as many opportunities to succeed as possible, and you are probably aware of the benefits a music education offers. Over the past few decades, scientific studies have explored the countless ways that music training helps foster brain development. Indeed, it is one of the most effective methods known to assist cognitive growth, build motor skills, and enhance learning comprehension among children.

 

Read More

Who Invented the Violin?

Who Invented the Violin?

The violin is one of the world’s most beloved instruments. The sounds it can create in the hands of a master are truly inspiring, and many new violin students wonder who’s responsible for having invented such a wonderfully expressive instrument. Although the exact origins of the very first violin are debated, scholars agree on the ‘roundabout’ roots concerning the violin’s conception and the famous violists who helped inspire the handiwork of the first luthiers.

 

Read More

A Brief History of the Viola

A Brief History of the Viola

The history of the viola is closely related to the development of the other instruments in the “violin” family. Indeed, the violin, viola, cello, and double bass all have their origins from the European “viol,” which consisted of two varieties, the “viola da braccio” (arm viol) and the “viola da gamba” (leg viol), named for the way the instrument was played. Although the da gamba variety were essentially the instrument of choice—more aristocratic—during the period of the Renaissance, it was the “arm” version that eventually won out due to the work of great artisans like Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari.

 

Read More

17 Common Problems for Beginner Violinists

17 Common Problems for Beginner Violinists

Learning to play the violin can be quite a challenge. And although it’s totally worth the struggle, many students find that the first year or two can be particularly difficult. Because you’re learning to both read music and train your body to hold and play the violin properly, it’s easy to slack off on form. This naturally means that when you’re beginning violin, some of the fundamental techniques will require extra attention before you can execute them without a conscious effort.

 

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Preventing Overuse Injuries on Your String Instrument

Preventing Overuse Injuries on Your String Instrument

Learning to play a string instrument is a rewarding experience. And although being zealous about practice is usually a good thing, violinists and other string instrument players need to be careful. Overuse injuries are often common among musicians. Fortunately, there are effective ways to prevent stress-related injuries when playing your violin.

 

Read More

4 Great Violin Pieces You Must Hear …and What to Listen For

4 Great Violin Pieces You Must Hear …and What to Listen For

If you’ve recently decided to learn to play the violin, or if you’re just a music enthusiast who likes to broaden your knowledge, there are many famous violin songs that stand out as exceptional compositions. These masterpieces, written for the violin, represent violin music at its best and display the incredible range of the instrument when performed by a virtuoso.

 

Read More

4 Practice Habits of Successful Violin Players

4 Practice Habits of Successful Violin Players

Learning to play the violin, like every worthwhile pursuit, involves long hours of training. Every student understands that the total amount of practice you put in will equal how great a violinist you can become. Indeed, that’s why so many of those hours are spent practicing. Yet, for many intermediate violin students, the progress they make from repeated, lengthy practice sessions appears slow.

 

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Recommended Summer String Music Camps for Children and Adults

Recommended Summer String Music Camps for Children and Adults

Summer is nearly here, and rather than spend the next three months ignoring their instruments, many music students look for opportunities to advance their skill. And although private classes can be used to fill the summer gap, attending a great summer string music camp or violin camp is a fun, wonderful way to ensure that you don’t lose any of the new skills you’ve developed. Plus, you’ll be able to meet new friends and explore additional performing opportunities.

 

Read More

A Brief History of the Cello

A Brief History of the Cello

For hundreds of years, the cello has been delighting listeners with its warm, living tones and rich sounds that resemble the range of human voice pitch. This much cherished solo and orchestral instrument became a staple of Western music through a series of cultural changes and practical needs. And although today it is an easily recognized instrument, the history of this beloved instrument is a mystery to many people.

 

Read More

The Best Music Schools in the Western US

The Best Music Schools in the Western US

When most people think about the best music schools in the United States, the East Coast, with its rich cultural history and elite performing arts institutions immediately springs to mind. However, our nation is filled with excellent music conservatories and facilities dedicated to the pursuit of music mastery; and students who are interested in earning their education in that field have a wide selection of the best music schools in the country to choose from.

 

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