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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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As a successful solo musician, public speaking is inevitable. In the beginning you’ll MC your recitals, introduce yourself on audition videos, or speak between pieces while on stage to create a more engaging narrative. Over time you may be asked to give interviews for radio, TV, or print media with video links – and you’ll need to create Vlogs and videos to promote yourself online.

 

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You have a concert coming up. You’re excited. You’re getting all your ducks in a row for a successful performance. But you need to make sure you have butts in seats, and chances are you don’t have a big budget to market your event. 

 

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In a perfect world, musicians would have the funds to audition - and tour - their dream music schools in person. This gets pricey and time-consuming if your top choices are far away. Fortunately, schools allow you to audition via video - but that means you have to ensure your finished AV file is good enough for your talent to transcend the digital chasm between you and the judges. 

 

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Ideally, no one should be performing with a cold. In addition to giving yourself a break to recover, performing with a cold exposes fellow musicians and others to your germs. Realistically speaking, musicians have to be pretty sick to cancel their attendance at scheduled concerts or recitals

 

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Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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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. 

 

Read More

Developing Your Speaking Voice As A Musician

Developing Your Speaking Voice As A Musician

As a successful solo musician, public speaking is inevitable. In the beginning you’ll MC your recitals, introduce yourself on audition videos, or speak between pieces while on stage to create a more engaging narrative. Over time you may be asked to give interviews for radio, TV, or print media with video links – and you’ll need to create Vlogs and videos to promote yourself online.

 

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5 Steps To Good Publicity Photographs For Musicians

5 Steps To Good Publicity Photographs For Musicians

You have a concert coming up. You’re excited. You’re getting all your ducks in a row for a successful performance. But you need to make sure you have butts in seats, and chances are you don’t have a big budget to market your event. 

 

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6 Tips On Preparing Your Music College Application Video

6 Tips On Preparing Your Music College Application Video

In a perfect world, musicians would have the funds to audition - and tour - their dream music schools in person. This gets pricey and time-consuming if your top choices are far away. Fortunately, schools allow you to audition via video - but that means you have to ensure your finished AV file is good enough for your talent to transcend the digital chasm between you and the judges. 

 

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How To Keep Your Cold At Bay During A Performance

How To Keep Your Cold At Bay During A Performance

Ideally, no one should be performing with a cold. In addition to giving yourself a break to recover, performing with a cold exposes fellow musicians and others to your germs. Realistically speaking, musicians have to be pretty sick to cancel their attendance at scheduled concerts or recitals

 

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5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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