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Violin Teachers

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yesterday
Sinéad Lee posted a blog post

Why now?

Well, Malcolm Gladwell  suggested that practicing any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert.   I am now in my forties. If I can practice for 1 hour a day (I’m not countingholidays), that makes about 300 hours a year. So it will take me 30 years to become an expert cello player.I will be in my seventies by then, the same age as my mum who enjoys playing the violin.  Plus, I figure I don’t have to…See More
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Greg Cahill's blog post was featured

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No matter the label, the result…See More
yesterday
Greg Cahill posted a blog post

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No matter the label, the result…See More
yesterday
Kevin Keating commented on Sinéad Lee's blog post Why Cello?
"I think any instrument can be the center of attention soloist as well as background accompaniment, although the piano is often the foundation. The obvious disadvantage of piano is it's lack of portability. You can't just pick up and go to…"
yesterday
Laurence Vittes posted a blog post

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, 2014August 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 and music lovers from all around Hungary who wanted to hear their heroes play; there were tourists and vacationers in this pleasant…See More
yesterday
Kevin Keating replied to Catherine Guthrie's discussion Typical Violin Lesson: How to String/Restring your instrument
"I know this is an old discussion, but I just thought I'd chime in on this. I think that learning to tune and restring your instrument is something every player should learn as soon as possible provided he/she is physically and mentally…"
Thursday
Karla Pitcairn replied to Jimmy Gahl's discussion Changing Rosin
"I recently changed my rosin too and found magicrosin dot com.  I haven't tried anything else  so I can only compare it to my own cheap-start rosin, which left my cello White.  I stopped squeaking and I only get a little bit of…"
Wednesday
Karla Pitcairn commented on Mea Chavez, Marketing Manager's group Cellists
"Thanks Jimmy! "
Wednesday
Sinéad Lee posted a blog post

Why Cello?

Well, it is not because I had a childhood dream about playing the cello. To be honest, I am not that passionate about stringed instruments. I was forced to learn the violin when I was little. I still remember the squeaky noises I made. It gave me goosebumps and made my hair stand on end. I didn’t enjoy it all.  I quit violin a year after I started.  I didn’t learn any other musical instrument until I became an adult. I tried piano for a couple of years, then decided to learn a traditional…See More
Wednesday
Sinéad Lee updated their profile
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Shirley Gibson replied to Jimmy Gahl's discussion Changing Rosin
"No, Jimmy, I am not a professional! I'm what is called a "re-tread," returning to the viola after 50 years - OMG as they say, and I am more than delighted to be able to answer questions when I know what has helped me. I think it is…"
Tuesday
Jimmy Gahl commented on Mea Chavez, Marketing Manager's group Cellists
"Hey Karla! Now that is good news! Congrats! Feels good way down deep, right! Hmmmmmm! delicious! Jimmy"
Tuesday
Karla Pitcairn commented on Mea Chavez, Marketing Manager's group Cellists
"Breakthrough Moment!  I've been working on the same phrase for three days and for the first time it sounded like fluid music<3"
Tuesday
Jimmy Gahl replied to Jimmy Gahl's discussion Changing Rosin
"Hi There Shirley! Many thanks for your response. I am going to do what you suggest. First thing on my agenda tomorrow! I appreciate that you stopped by to answer my call for help. Have you tried different rosins? I read glowing reports about what…"
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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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Musicians With Injuries

A place for musicians battling pain and injuries to talk about prevention, treatment, and other vagaries of our craft.
Tuesday
Karla Pitcairn joined Mea Chavez, Marketing Manager's group
Tuesday
Claire Cunningham posted a discussion

Violin Techniques for Indian Music with Kala Ramnath - Interactive Online Class

Learn Indian violin techniques with Maestro Kala Ramnath in an 8-session online interactive class. Class starts Tuesday, September 16, and culminates November 4. This is a class to introduce violinists to Indian violin techniques. Students should have at least one year of deliberate practice - in other words, it is not an appropriate class for complete beginners to the violin.All sessions are taught over high performing video…See More
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Blog Posts

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.

Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No…

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Posted by Greg Cahill on August 21, 2014 at 6:47pm

Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr., 1947-2014

Sad to hear of the passing of jazz violinist John Blake Jr. 

Read a 2011 interview with Blake from Strings magazine.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 17, 2014 at 9:20am

Getting Curioser and Curioser: Day Three at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár

Dateline: Szivárvány Kultúrpalota, Kaposvár, Hungary, Wednesday noon and evening, August 14

A curious series of events–particularly curiou to non Hungarian speakers–unfolded on Day Three of the 5th International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár.

After risky Beethoven, glamorous Ravel, superb Saint-Saëns and dashing Mendelssohn at the noontime concert, a troop of Hungarian actors presented potted versions…

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Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 16, 2014 at 7:00am

Learn to Strengthen Your String Quartet's Voice

These expert tips, with video instruction by the award-winning Del Sol Quartet, can help kickstart your chamber-music career. Learn more here.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 15, 2014 at 10:00pm

Festival of the Future: Day 2 at the 5th Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival

Dateline: Szivárvány Kultúrpalota, Kaposvár, Hungary, Wednesday morning and night, August 14

If the best classical music festivals are as much about discovery, friendship and even love as they are about entertainment, Day 2 at the 5th Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival was no exception. During two sold-out concerts at the Palace of Arts—a wonderful…

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Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 15, 2014 at 8:00am

The Pablo Casals Festival in Prades: Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven

Dateline: Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuxa, Prades, France, Tuesday evening, August 5, 2014

Although Pablo Casals has long been most famously associated with the Six Solo Suites of Bach and the music of Bach generally—he began each morning by playing one of Bach’s preludes and fugues on the piano—he had an equally long and profound relationship with the music of Beethoven.

In 1928 he made…

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Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 11, 2014 at 11:30pm

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Typical Violin Lesson: How to String/Restring your instrument 11 Replies

Started by Catherine Guthrie in String Teaching Forum. Last reply by Kevin Keating on Thursday.

Changing Rosin 4 Replies

Started by Jimmy Gahl in Your Instrument. Last reply by Karla Pitcairn on Wednesday.

Sitting down or standing up 2 Replies

Started by Kevin Keating in Playing. Last reply by Kevin Keating Aug 16.

New Music Blog: CelloTunes.com

Started by Lucas Simmons in Playing Aug 11.

What's on Your Music Stand? 43 Replies

Started by Greg Cahill in Repertoire. Last reply by Kevin Keating Jul 27.

Double-stop methods from Roland Vamos

Started by Elizabeth Holub in Repertoire Jul 10.

Violin Teachers Hate Adult Learners! 38 Replies

Started by eddymontreal in String Teaching Forum. Last reply by Cody C. Engdahl Jul 10.

Support question 2 Replies

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Advice request regarding a violin case purchase 1 Reply

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