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Ask most people what they consider a romantic song, and you'll get answers like John Legend's "All of Me" or most anything from Marvin Gaye. But, as you know, the capital "R" in Romantic music is works composed in the Romantic style, which arose during the Romantic Period. But what characterizes Romantic Period music? How did it evolve? These are some of the questions we'll answer here.

 

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As a violinist, you’re guaranteed to experience a time when your instrument’s strings snap or break. We’ve posted, What To Do If a String Snaps While Performing to help you prepare for the event.

 

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When musicians talk about which strings are the best for their violin, they often talk about how various string materials affect sound quality. This is certainly something to consider, but arguably, beginning and newly-intermediate violinists should place a greater emphasis on string gauge and tension than anything else as they explore the world of violin strings.

 

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If you’re doing your job as a meticulous string musician, you replace your violin strings roughly once every 300 playing hours, or once every three to six months, whichever comes first. During this process, you’ve probably noticed your strings have differently colored wrappings at the peg and tailpiece ends – and there’s a reason for this.

 

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Violinists spend ample time thinking about their strings: How do I tune them? How often should I replace them? How do I get the best sound from them? And, of course, which type of violin strings are the best for me? Answers to that last question – gut-, steel-, or synthetic core - may eventually lead you to wonder how these amazing strings are made.

 

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Aviolin’s sound depends on several factors, including the quality of the instrument, accurate tuning, proper playing technique, and the type of the strings you’re using (and their freshness).

 

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Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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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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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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The Romantic Period of Music

The Romantic Period of Music

Ask most people what they consider a romantic song, and you'll get answers like John Legend's "All of Me" or most anything from Marvin Gaye. But, as you know, the capital "R" in Romantic music is works composed in the Romantic style, which arose during the Romantic Period. But what characterizes Romantic Period music? How did it evolve? These are some of the questions we'll answer here.

 

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Why Do Violin Strings Break?

Why Do Violin Strings Break?

As a violinist, you’re guaranteed to experience a time when your instrument’s strings snap or break. We’ve posted, What To Do If a String Snaps While Performing to help you prepare for the event.

 

Read More

Why Do Gauge and Tension Matter for Violin Strings?

Why Do Gauge and Tension Matter for Violin Strings?

When musicians talk about which strings are the best for their violin, they often talk about how various string materials affect sound quality. This is certainly something to consider, but arguably, beginning and newly-intermediate violinists should place a greater emphasis on string gauge and tension than anything else as they explore the world of violin strings.

 

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Why Do Violin Strings Come in Different Colors?

Why Do Violin Strings Come in Different Colors?

If you’re doing your job as a meticulous string musician, you replace your violin strings roughly once every 300 playing hours, or once every three to six months, whichever comes first. During this process, you’ve probably noticed your strings have differently colored wrappings at the peg and tailpiece ends – and there’s a reason for this.

 

Read More

How Are Violin Strings Made?

How Are Violin Strings Made?

Violinists spend ample time thinking about their strings: How do I tune them? How often should I replace them? How do I get the best sound from them? And, of course, which type of violin strings are the best for me? Answers to that last question – gut-, steel-, or synthetic core - may eventually lead you to wonder how these amazing strings are made.

 

Read More

How Often Should You Replace Your Violin Strings?

How Often Should You Replace Your Violin Strings?

Aviolin’s sound depends on several factors, including the quality of the instrument, accurate tuning, proper playing technique, and the type of the strings you’re using (and their freshness).

 

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Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Artist Spotlight: Cellist Sol Daniel Kim

Cellist Sol Daniel Kim’s most direct connection to musicianship – genetics – isn’t uncommon. Many of the string musicians we profile have accomplished musicians as parents. In Kim’s case, however, his mother was a famous opera singer, and we can’t help but wonder if this is the reason his cello music seems to sing with a deeper and more expressive voice than other young, professional cellists. 

 

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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 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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