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5 Great Apps for Musicians

Thanks to the advancements of technology, musicians can now produce and record their own music easily. Although apps can never be compared to real sound equipment, these programs help musicians get access to instruments that aren’t readily available to anyone. For those who can only record using some programs on a mobile device, the key is finding an app that will streamline the process without lowering the quality of music. Here are 5 apps that can help the musicians out there with their…See More
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The Business of Music

A place to discuss the business of music - contracts, gigs, venues, recording, publishing, licensing, merchandising, copyright, trademarks, and anything else about the business side of the music industry.
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Free Teaching Resources and the Music for Young Violinists Project

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share with you news about a new project I have created called Music for Young Violinists: I specialize in creating violin music that brings together a spectrum of playing levels from beginner to advance and also in creating music that focuses on a specific technique to help students get the repetition they need to grow fluent and confident in their…See More
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Contemporary Bow Makers List

List of Master Contemporary Bow Makers
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Contemporary Violin Makers List

List of Master Contemporary Violin Makers
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Book Lovers

Ok, so the general assumption is that string players are "bookish". So? What are your favorite books?
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Bow Repair & Rehair

This group will talk about issues relating to bows, bow repair and rehairing
Janice Tucker Rhoda replied to Janice Tucker Rhoda's discussion What inspired you the most to start playing a stringed instrument as an Adult?
"Thank you so much for your message, Christie!! I really appreciate it. Best wishes always! Have a great time playing Violin!! "
Christie Nicklay replied to Janice Tucker Rhoda's discussion What inspired you the most to start playing a stringed instrument as an Adult?
"Hello Janice... Thank you for the inspirational article! I've been asked the same questions and gave the same answers. But as your article pointed out... I'm older, stronger, more disciplined and can read music. I also wanted to mention…"
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"If any of you are still looking for STRING TEACHERS, I've compiled a great list of Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass teachers here: The teachers would be a good resource for group playing in your…"
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Janice Tucker Rhoda replied to Janice Tucker Rhoda's discussion What inspired you the most to start playing a stringed instrument as an Adult?
"Hello Christie! Congratulations on getting back to Violin playing!! and Congratulations on graduating!! This Article has inspired adult players: If it is something you would like to do in the…"


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Spruce tone wood harvested ca. 1800

Lovely material in the workshop. I am just starting to cut into it, and this spruce, which is used for the tops of instruments, has a golden brown patina all the way through it. Normally, wood is aged by the tone wood seller for a number of years, and some sellers bake the wood in the sun, giving then of…


Posted by Nate Tabor on October 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Day Five Part One at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Arrival of Kirill Gerstein

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014

August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play

Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

Saguaro Trio Scores With Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on Music Guild Summer Series

Dateline: The Music Guild Summer Fest 14, University Synagogue, Brentwood, California, August 24, 2014, 2 p.m.

With a large, enthusiastic crowd at University Synagogue in Brentwood ready to hear what Music Guild impresario Eugene Golden had up his sleeve for the fifth and final concert of the Summer Fest 14 season, the Saguaro Trio gave everything they had, which was a lot, in Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 and brought rare notes of intimacy to Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 30, 2014 at 9:52am

In Search of Ole Bull

For four days in Bergen, Norway, violinist and researcher Peter Sheppard-Skaerved pursued the essence of Norway’s most famous fiddler.

Posted by Greg Cahill on September 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Elephants Dancing to Violins, Naturally

Another reason not to kill elephants for their ivory: they're fans of violin music. Watch the video

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 28, 2014 at 1:01pm

Introducing Teen Strings Tip Sheets

A new tool for string teachers--keep your students engaged with these monthly practice tips, instrument care advice and inspirational notes on their peers. Check it out here.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

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What inspired you the most to start playing a stringed instrument as an Adult? 38 Replies

Started by Janice Tucker Rhoda in Players. Last reply by Janice Tucker Rhoda yesterday.

Very out-of-practise violinist trying to get back into it! 2 Replies

Started by Katie in Playing. Last reply by Christie Nicklay on Thursday.

A = 440hz, or does it?

Started by Kevin Keating in Playing Oct 25.

Handmade Violin and Viola Bags 3 Replies

Started by Sarah Cranor in Your Instrument. Last reply by Sarah Cranor Oct 14.

Honer 1 Reply

Started by Kristopher Trevino in Your Instrument. Last reply by Kristopher Trevino Sep 30.

Silent "hotel" bow rather than a mute. 7 Replies

Started by Kevin Keating in Playing. Last reply by Barry Nelson Sep 26.

Pain in my arm! 2 Replies

Started by Mary Elizabeth Bledsoe in Your Instrument. Last reply by Mary Elizabeth Bledsoe Sep 16.





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