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Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

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As a beginning string player, your music teacher will initially focus on posture, ergonomic playing techniques (how to hold the bow and violin, the correct angles for wrist-elbow-shoulder, proper neck support, etc.), and basic fingering techniques. Once you’ve gotten the hang of those foundational tenets, it’s time to learn more about music and its terminology.

 

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Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

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Any young music student with thoughts of becoming a professional musician needs to think seriously about music competitions. They offer a rigor and opportunity impossible to find elsewhere. Participating in youth orchestras and playing solos at recitals have their own vital role in developing your stage presence and musicianship. Yet a music competition is a unique opportunity to test your mettle and meet and network with music industry insiders who can help advance your career regardless of whether you win the competition.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she gives you a few tips on how to properly take care of your violin. Violins are very delicate and should be treated as such. Caring for your violin is important to keeping it sounding great, and to make sure it lasts a long time.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she demonstrates how to correctly tune a violin. This is an essential step for practicing correctly.

 

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Once you learn rudimentary violin techniques – positioning, posture, bowing, fingering, etc. – odds are you’ll put those skills to use playing basic classical pieces, and some familiar nursery rhyme-style tunes. While it’s always a good feeling to hear a song come to life from underneath your fingertips, it’s more inspiring to play popular songs that you know and love.

 

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In the beginning, you learned the basics of violin bowing – a proper bow hold, keeping your elbow at a right angle with a relaxed wrist, and using a mirror to check your form. Now that you’ve arrived at the intermediate-advanced level, it’s time to step up your game.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she instructs you on the proper techniques to create a perfect straight bow stroke. She will cover how to properly move each section of your body to create a straight bow stroke as well.

 

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Tired of playing the same ol’ harmonic bass lines that support your melodic orchestral peers? We get it!

 

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Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

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Bowing Terms and Symbols

Bowing Terms and Symbols

As a beginning string player, your music teacher will initially focus on posture, ergonomic playing techniques (how to hold the bow and violin, the correct angles for wrist-elbow-shoulder, proper neck support, etc.), and basic fingering techniques. Once you’ve gotten the hang of those foundational tenets, it’s time to learn more about music and its terminology.

 

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Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

Read More

Getting Ready for 2020 Music Competitions

Getting Ready for 2020 Music Competitions

Any young music student with thoughts of becoming a professional musician needs to think seriously about music competitions. They offer a rigor and opportunity impossible to find elsewhere. Participating in youth orchestras and playing solos at recitals have their own vital role in developing your stage presence and musicianship. Yet a music competition is a unique opportunity to test your mettle and meet and network with music industry insiders who can help advance your career regardless of whether you win the competition.

 

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How to Properly Care for Your Violin

How to Properly Care for Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond as she gives you a few tips on how to properly take care of your violin. Violins are very delicate and should be treated as such. Caring for your violin is important to keeping it sounding great, and to make sure it lasts a long time.

 

Read More

How to Tune Your Violin

How to Tune Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond as she demonstrates how to correctly tune a violin. This is an essential step for practicing correctly.

 

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What Popular Songs Can I Play on The Violin? - Updated!

What Popular Songs Can I Play on The Violin? - Updated!

Once you learn rudimentary violin techniques – positioning, posture, bowing, fingering, etc. – odds are you’ll put those skills to use playing basic classical pieces, and some familiar nursery rhyme-style tunes. While it’s always a good feeling to hear a song come to life from underneath your fingertips, it’s more inspiring to play popular songs that you know and love.

 

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Different Bowing Techniques For the Serious Violinist

Different Bowing Techniques For the Serious Violinist

In the beginning, you learned the basics of violin bowing – a proper bow hold, keeping your elbow at a right angle with a relaxed wrist, and using a mirror to check your form. Now that you’ve arrived at the intermediate-advanced level, it’s time to step up your game.

 

Read More

How to Create the Perfect Straight Bow Strokes on a Violin

How to Create the Perfect Straight Bow Strokes on a Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond as she instructs you on the proper techniques to create a perfect straight bow stroke. She will cover how to properly move each section of your body to create a straight bow stroke as well.

 

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Beginner Bass Songs that Make You Sound Awesome - Updated!

Beginner Bass Songs that Make You Sound Awesome - Updated!

Tired of playing the same ol’ harmonic bass lines that support your melodic orchestral peers? We get it!

 

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