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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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For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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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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Classical dance numbers, such as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker Suite, may energize formal ballet or ballroom dancers - but they aren’t likely to get 21st century audiences up on their feet. To achieve that goal, professional violinists need to expand their repertoire and add more contemporary dance numbers to the mix.

 

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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

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The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

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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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Traveling with a cello is more involved than traveling with its smaller violin or viola counterparts. For this reason, it’s worth thinking ahead when planning to take your cello along to summer music camp, a relative’s house, or off to your future college.

 

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Private lessons are a smart way to hone your techniques and accomplish specific goals. For adult string musicians, private lessons may be the only way to fit lessons into a busy work and household schedule. For students, it can help to keep you at the edge of your learning curve, especially if your high school orchestra no longer challenges you.

 

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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.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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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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Violin Pieces That Get People Dancing

Violin Pieces That Get People Dancing

Classical dance numbers, such as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker Suite, may energize formal ballet or ballroom dancers - but they aren’t likely to get 21st century audiences up on their feet. To achieve that goal, professional violinists need to expand their repertoire and add more contemporary dance numbers to the mix.

 

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What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

Read More

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

Read More

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

Tips for Traveling with Your Cello This Summer

Tips for Traveling with Your Cello This Summer

Traveling with a cello is more involved than traveling with its smaller violin or viola counterparts. For this reason, it’s worth thinking ahead when planning to take your cello along to summer music camp, a relative’s house, or off to your future college.

 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Private Lessons

How to Get the Most Out of Your Private Lessons

Private lessons are a smart way to hone your techniques and accomplish specific goals. For adult string musicians, private lessons may be the only way to fit lessons into a busy work and household schedule. For students, it can help to keep you at the edge of your learning curve, especially if your high school orchestra no longer challenges you.

 

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