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Tuscan Hills Come Alive With the Sounds of Music Made by Young Stars of the Future from Los Angeles, Nazareth and Gstaad

DATELINE: Church of Sant’Andrea in Castiglioncello del Trinoto, Val d’Orcia, southern Tuscany, Italy, Monday night, July 21…


Added by Laurence Vittes on July 23, 2014 at 11:05pm — No Comments

The perception of "Historic" music..... If they knew then what we know now.....

It's funny how in this modern age of the 21st century that we look back on the music of the past as "historic"...... well, that's because it is. The past is gone and has become history to us today, but not for those who were living it then.

Put yourself in the shoes of an 18th century musician living somewhere in Europe, maybe Venice or Dresden. You know nothing about what the future holds for music or musical instruments (nevermind planes, trains and automobiles). You would be… Continue

Added by Kevin Keating on July 20, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

The Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival 2014: Fictionalized Schubert and a Classical Music Newspaper Written Entirely by Young People

"It was the best, most inspiring Lockenhaus Festival so far!" 

That is the totally biased report from cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, 32-year old director of the 2014 Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival…


Added by Laurence Vittes on July 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Improve Your Violin and Viola Sound Production

“I find tone is like someone’s voice,” says virtuoso violinist Jaime Laredo, conductor of the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar, “and like appearances, no two sounds are alike.” 

In other words, your tone is your musical voice, as individual as you are, and you want it to speak for you as clearly and articulately as possible.

Internationally known concert violinist and educator Ida Kavafian describes this quite eloquently: “The first thing that is responsible for a…


Added by Greg Cahill on July 17, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Boost Your Cello's Projection

Cellist Judith Glyde, chair of the string faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, writes: Projecting your sound is not simply a matter of playing louder; it’s often a question of improving your articulation. Both the left hand and right hand must do their parts in this quest for greater sound projection. The steps below will help you be heard on a passage that must project, either in chamber music (especially difficult for the cello or the inner parts in a chamber ensemble) or in…


Added by Greg Cahill on July 17, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

play nice with others, keep your (musical) hands to yourself

In my development as a musician and violinist, I was deeply fortunate to be mentored and encouraged by a number of great teachers who nurtured creativity and encouraged improvisation. I interacted with several amazing teachers who were directing sessions to unleash our creativity, break rules, and, one time, drag a pine comb across the strings in lieu of a bow.

These were really wonderful, fun, lessons for which that I could not be more grateful. I learned how to fearlessly create my…


Added by Michael Fox on July 12, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Dead at 76

A great loss to the string world.

Read a 1995 Strings magazine interview with jazz great Charlie Haden.

Added by Greg Cahill on July 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Violinist Vanessa Mae Embroiled in Olympic Scandal

 To some, violin superstar Vanessa Mae's qualifying run as a downhill skier in the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, sounded too good to be true, and it turns out that it just may have been too good to be true.

Added by Greg Cahill on July 11, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Steve Reich at Work on New String Composition

At 80, the man that the New York Times has hailed as "America's greatest living composer" is busily composing two new works, including a new string-heavy piece.

Read more.

Added by Greg Cahill on July 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How to Buy Your Dream Instrument

Living the dream. Ever think about actually purchasing that dream stringed instrument?

Added by Greg Cahill on July 2, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

Facial pain

I am a college level beginning violin student. I also have Trigeminal Neuralgia. Does anyone else deal with this? If so, would you mind sharing some tips?

Also, I've been told of a strap that helps support the weight of the violin, so the chin is not needed. What is this called and where can I find them?

Added by Ron blair on June 30, 2014 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Know Before You Bow: Tips on Tone

"Strings" magazine contributor Laurel Thompson offers this free advice on bowing: Relax!

Added by Greg Cahill on June 27, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Start the Week with These Handy Vibrato Tips

Feeling shaky about your vibrato? Strings magazine contributor Laurel Thompson has helpful tips.

KNOW BEFORE YOU BOW: Do you know your bowing terminology?

Added by Greg Cahill on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Music Academy of the West Off and Flying

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Santa Barbara, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The 67th edition of the Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival moved into high gear with master classes by the Takacs Quartet (Edward Dusinberre, Karoly Schranz, Geraldine Walther, Andras Feyer) and violist Donald McInnes on June 17 after opening day had featured a master class by violinist Kathleen…


Added by Laurence Vittes on June 20, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Introducing Mak Grgic

I’d like to introduce you to Mak Grgić, a rising classical guitar who recently covered Pharrell Williams’ feel-good hit “Happy”. When he’s not adding his signature to modern pop classics, Mak programs music ranging from Brahms to the avant-garde. His…


Added by Artspromo on June 12, 2014 at 11:35am — No Comments

Know Before You Bow

Tried-and-true tips on purchasing an affordable cello . . . . 13 steps toward cello bliss.

Added by Greg Cahill on June 10, 2014 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Nurturing a Sense of Adventure

ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras today awarded 27 symphonies with their 2014 awards for adventurous programming. Congrats!



Added by Greg Cahill on June 4, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Day 5

Read Laurence Vittes' latest report from the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

Added by Greg Cahill on June 2, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

Read 'Strings' roving contributor Laurence Vittes' blogs from the 2014 Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

Added by Greg Cahill on May 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Show Us Your Chops!

We'd love to hear—literally—from you about your favorite non-classical piece. Post a video of yourself (with or without friends and/or colleagues) playing your favorite non-classical work. Fiddle tunes? Beatles songs? Jazz? Tango? We want to hear those chops! Don't be shy.

Added by Greg Cahill on May 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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