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Performance & Technique

Performance & Technique

There's no one, straight path to achieve technical proficiency and artistry with your instrument. Throughout your personal and, hopefully, professional development as a musician, you want to work with a variety of different people in different capacities. Working with practice partners is one of those paths that allow you to explore and grow in unexpected ways.

 

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Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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Social media promotion is vital for getting large audiences to your performances. The best orchestras and musicians in the world take advantage of social media – why shouldn't you?

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the different parts of the violin bow.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the different parts of the violin bow.

 

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Any musician with a vision of becoming a working, professional performer has to know how to market themselves. Smart, effective marketing starts and rests on building an engaging, appealing brand. If you're unsure what "branding" is or want to learn about how some popular violinists manage their brand, read our post “What You Can Learn About Branding from Observing 3 Top Violinists“ first, then come back here.

 

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So, you're interested in becoming a professional musician, perhaps even a soloist? That's awesome.  Understand though – becoming a successful solo violinist requires more than virtuoso technique and performance skills. 

 

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How to Choose a Practice Partner

How to Choose a Practice Partner

There's no one, straight path to achieve technical proficiency and artistry with your instrument. Throughout your personal and, hopefully, professional development as a musician, you want to work with a variety of different people in different capacities. Working with practice partners is one of those paths that allow you to explore and grow in unexpected ways.

 

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How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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How To Use Social Media Effectively To Get People To Your Performances

How To Use Social Media Effectively To Get People To Your Performances

Social media promotion is vital for getting large audiences to your performances. The best orchestras and musicians in the world take advantage of social media – why shouldn't you?

 

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How to Correctly Hold a Violin Bow

How to Correctly Hold a Violin Bow

Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the different parts of the violin bow.

 

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Learn the Different Parts of the Violin Bow

Learn the Different Parts of the Violin Bow

Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the different parts of the violin bow.

 

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10 Things You Need To Do To Build Your Performer Brand On Social Media

10 Things You Need To Do To Build Your Performer Brand On Social Media

Any musician with a vision of becoming a working, professional performer has to know how to market themselves. Smart, effective marketing starts and rests on building an engaging, appealing brand. If you're unsure what "branding" is or want to learn about how some popular violinists manage their brand, read our post “What You Can Learn About Branding from Observing 3 Top Violinists“ first, then come back here.

 

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What You Can Learn About Branding From Observing 3 Top Violinists

What You Can Learn About Branding From Observing 3 Top Violinists

So, you're interested in becoming a professional musician, perhaps even a soloist? That's awesome.  Understand though – becoming a successful solo violinist requires more than virtuoso technique and performance skills. 

 

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