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Busking – the art of jamming out on your instrument in public – offers musicians a performance opportunity like no other. First, you don’t need anyone to give you a gig – any time you want to play for a crowd, head out and do it. Some of today’s most innovative musicians have a history of busking.  

 

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In 1756, Leopold Mozart described vibrato in his book, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, saying, "The left-hand finger should make a small, slow movement, which, however, must not go toward the side, but forward and backward. That is, the finger should bend forwards towards the bridge and backwards towards the violin’s scroll, quite slowly for soft tones, but somewhat faster for loud ones."

 

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Professional music careers are competitive, so a unique performance style and personalized "brand" are essential to cultivating a unique niche in the audience market. That is easier said than done, particularly if you're an introvert by nature, or if you are more comfortable being a wallflower than an on-stage star.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the correct technique to hold the neck of the violin. Habits are hard to break, so make sure you learn the proper technique so you can advance quickly on the violin.

 

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String musicians spend countless practice hours perfecting their art, honing essential techniques and learning to perform flawlessly. Once it comes time to perform, however, most successful professional musicians find taking the time to develop a performance style benefits their career by creating a niche that allows them to stand out from their counterparts.

 

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When you’re focused on your bowing, your fingering, all the little details you have to think about as you perform, other performance details can get lost. Recording yourself as you play is an effective way to listen and observe your performance from the outside.

 

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The physical exertion required - and the amount of injuries sustained - to be an orchestra musician rivals that of athletes. Scientific studies reveal:

 

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As you know, from reading in our recent blogs on music and copyright issues, copyright law can get sticky (in case you haven’t read them, you should definitely check them out here, here and here). You know that broadly defined, a copyright owner has the exclusive legal right to print, publish, record or distribute the artistic material owned. The upshot of this definition is that there are many different kinds of copyrights that come into play when you perform, record, and post (aka “distribute”) a piece of music. 

 

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Join Mimi Zweig as she shows a student how to properly complete the Martelé Bow Stroke. View our video to see these great tips in action!

 

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The double bass is a tough master – demanding strength, stamina and proper technique from its player. As the root of the orchestra, musical and rhythmic accuracy are imperative to the success of the whole – requiring plenty of practice and repetition.

 

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Get Public Performance Experience - Learn the Art of Busking (Safely)

Get Public Performance Experience - Learn the Art of Busking (Safely)

Busking – the art of jamming out on your instrument in public – offers musicians a performance opportunity like no other. First, you don’t need anyone to give you a gig – any time you want to play for a crowd, head out and do it. Some of today’s most innovative musicians have a history of busking.  

 

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How To Improve Your Vibrato

How To Improve Your Vibrato

In 1756, Leopold Mozart described vibrato in his book, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, saying, "The left-hand finger should make a small, slow movement, which, however, must not go toward the side, but forward and backward. That is, the finger should bend forwards towards the bridge and backwards towards the violin’s scroll, quite slowly for soft tones, but somewhat faster for loud ones."

 

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How To Package Your Unique Performance Style For Your Music Career

How To Package Your Unique Performance Style For Your Music Career

Professional music careers are competitive, so a unique performance style and personalized "brand" are essential to cultivating a unique niche in the audience market. That is easier said than done, particularly if you're an introvert by nature, or if you are more comfortable being a wallflower than an on-stage star.

 

Read More

How to Properly Hold Your Violin

How to Properly Hold Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the correct technique to hold the neck of the violin. Habits are hard to break, so make sure you learn the proper technique so you can advance quickly on the violin.

 

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4 Benefits Of Developing Your Performance Style

4 Benefits Of Developing Your Performance Style

String musicians spend countless practice hours perfecting their art, honing essential techniques and learning to perform flawlessly. Once it comes time to perform, however, most successful professional musicians find taking the time to develop a performance style benefits their career by creating a niche that allows them to stand out from their counterparts.

 

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Tips For Recording Yourself As A Performance Improvement Strategy

Tips For Recording Yourself As A Performance Improvement Strategy

When you’re focused on your bowing, your fingering, all the little details you have to think about as you perform, other performance details can get lost. Recording yourself as you play is an effective way to listen and observe your performance from the outside.

 

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Strength Exercises For Cellists & Bassists

Strength Exercises For Cellists & Bassists

The physical exertion required - and the amount of injuries sustained - to be an orchestra musician rivals that of athletes. Scientific studies reveal:

 

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Posting Performance Recordings Online Without Violating Copyright Laws

Posting Performance Recordings Online Without Violating Copyright Laws

As you know, from reading in our recent blogs on music and copyright issues, copyright law can get sticky (in case you haven’t read them, you should definitely check them out here, here and here). You know that broadly defined, a copyright owner has the exclusive legal right to print, publish, record or distribute the artistic material owned. The upshot of this definition is that there are many different kinds of copyrights that come into play when you perform, record, and post (aka “distribute”) a piece of music. 

 

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The Short Story of the Martelé Bow Stroke with Mimi Zweig

The Short Story of the Martelé Bow Stroke with Mimi Zweig

Join Mimi Zweig as she shows a student how to properly complete the Martelé Bow Stroke. View our video to see these great tips in action!

 

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Double Bass Practice Do's And Don'ts

Double Bass Practice Do's And Don'ts

The double bass is a tough master – demanding strength, stamina and proper technique from its player. As the root of the orchestra, musical and rhythmic accuracy are imperative to the success of the whole – requiring plenty of practice and repetition.

 

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