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January 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Innovation & Inspiration: 2010 NAMM Show Product Report

Innovation abounded among the more than 1,500 exhibitors at the annual winter gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants, held January 14-17, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. NAMM’s exhibitors at the bustling show included more than 350 devoted to various aspects of the string trade, ranging from violin and bow makers to manufacturers of instruments cases and electronics. The mood, overall, was upbeat and confident, after the uncertainty amid economic woes… Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on January 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Why cello.

My entire life I've been interested in music. I come from a family that was never *that* musical. I say, "*that*" because my mother sang in church, and prided herself on her soprano voice.... her horrible horrible false soprano voice, LOL. My oldest brother (14 years older) had a guitar and would play Beatles songs on it. The rest of my family.... nothing. Couldn't even keep a beat. They are like Chris Penn in Footloose! We had one of those kid organs in our basement. I taught myself to play… Continue

Added by Mary Hutter on January 26, 2010 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

The Sound of Music (Education)

Another post I've brought from my big blog.

Lobbyists for any cause will invoke its importance, its relevance, its benefit to children. Music gets decimated because although the benefits to students are overwhelming, the people charged with defending its validity… Continue

Added by Emily Wright on January 23, 2010 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

The Section Quartet Joins Hope for Haiti Now Benefit

The Section, an LA-based string quartet known for its innovative arrangements of rock and pop songs, will be among the artists participating in tonight’s international telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.

The two-hour global telethon, organized by actor and director George Clooney and MTV, will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV and other networks on Friday, Jan. 22, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT; 7p.m. CT.

The Section—violinists Eric Gorfain and… Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on January 22, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What is or was your motivation or inspiration to play violin, viola, cello or any stringed instrument?

Violin captivated me when I was 11 or 12 enough to want to play it. I started taking lessons then. Family, moving and other things detracted me from it then late in life I picked up the violin again but to have been thwarted by physical limitations I took up cello. I am now past 4 years of playing cello and loving every second of it. Tell what is your inspiration towards your instrument?

Added by Monica Hesse on January 18, 2010 at 3:41pm — 6 Comments

Why the Violin Is So Hard To Play

This is an interesting technical article about the mathematics and physics on a basic level from Plus Magazine.

Added by Milan Vitek on January 15, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Have Any of You Tried This?

Have any of you tried the "Kreutzer for Violin Mastery" DVD series by Clayton Haslop? If so, what is your opinion of it? Is it worth the money? Tell me about it.

Added by Shawn Smith on January 13, 2010 at 3:11pm — No Comments

ASTA 2010 next month!

If any of you are going to ASTA in Santa Clara, California in February, see you there at my Carl Fischer Music - ABCs of Strings booth!
~Janice Tucker Rhoda

Added by Janice Tucker Rhoda on January 11, 2010 at 5:01am — No Comments

Happy new year/new AudioVideo website page!

Dear ATS Friends,

I wish all of you the very best for the new year ahead. I can't believe I'm saying 2010!!!
This is my new AudioVideo page with my latest ABCs of Strings publications:  AudioVideo

~Janice Tucker Rhoda

Added by Janice Tucker Rhoda on January 11, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

A Challenge to Musicians

Great interview with the always outspoken conductor and composer Pierre Boulez in today's New York Times.

Still a mighty advocate for contemporary music, he throws down this challenge to musicians (and programmers):

“Performers aren’t audacious enough today,” Mr. Boulez also told me. “They think audiences won’t respond to what’s unfamiliar. But to provoke — in the good sense — is the performer’s role. It’s not just to give one more concert.”

“That’s not… Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on January 10, 2010 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

A little history part 1. My Journey with a special friend. The violin

I wish I had started a daily journal on the first day that I decided to play the violin again.

I come from a family of artists. My mother and father met at the art students league in NYC. My father modeled there and for artists like S. Dali and L Neiman. He sang as well. My mother was an artist specializing in ink/quill. She also danced. We all painted together on sundays as a family. There grew my appreciation for the arts. I took a year of violin study in grade school. I dont remember… Continue

Added by Linda on January 10, 2010 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

Violin Teacher to String Teacher - My Story

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to begin Blogging. So, here's the beginning.

I have been teaching violin for 30 years. I began by teaching in a public school, which went horribly and I vowed to never teach in a public school ever again. I had studied the Suzuki Method by attending several Summer Institutes (which is how you did it back then), and got a job teaching in a private studio in a different state. I really loved the teaching aspect but was terribly homesick, so I moved… Continue

Added by Susan Rodberg on January 9, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

Traveling: Hilary Hahn Is One Tough Cookie

Life on the road can be difficult, but soloists are highly adaptive creatures. Take, for example, Grammy Award–winning violinist Hilary Hahn. We called Hahn during her tour stop January 6 in Nashville, where she was to perform the Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto with the Nashville Symphony the very next night. Among other topical tidbits, Hahn explained a coping mechanism for traveling. Preheat your ovens for this one.

Hilary Hahn: Wherever I wind up having a kitchen or… Continue

Added by Rory Williams on January 8, 2010 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Sharp Notes

During cold snap in December a crack started about 2 inches to the side of the tailpiece working up the belly. It expanded some more during this recent snowstorm and is reaching toward the bridge. I'm waiting to hear the snap when it all comes busting apart. Sad.

Added by Louetta Dishman on January 8, 2010 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

My Violin

I love my violin. I would enjoy chatting with someone who loves their violin, too! I haven't been playing for very long, 5 or 6 years. I have learned so much in that time. I would welcome any encouragement. It's nice hearing about other people's experiences with their instruments.

Hope to hear from you!!


Added by Dyan Raymond on January 5, 2010 at 7:59pm — 3 Comments

Ringing in the New Year

The new year is upon us. With so much emphasis every January 1 on “resolutions,” it has often seemed puzzling why these avowals don’t tend to work out. But then, most New Year’s resolutions don’t sound like very much fun. Does it sound reasonable that someone might want to become a better string player in 2010? Sure. Does that mean that same person is going to want to spend two hours practicing every day for the next year? Probably not so much. And yet the resolution seems so often to be “I… Continue

Added by Megan Westberg on January 5, 2010 at 4:57pm — 3 Comments

Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius

ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2009) At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher.... Read rest of article:

Added by Milan Vitek on January 3, 2010 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Observations: Music to the (ringing) ears: New therapy targets tinnitus

Loud, persistent ringing in the ears , known as tinnitus, can be vexing for its millions of sufferers. This perceived noise can be symptomatic of many different ills—from earwax to aging—but the most common cause is from noise-induced hearing loss.

Read the article on here:…


Added by Milan Vitek on January 3, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Paganini's 24 Caprices manuscript

Many violinists are not aware that the manuscript copy and first edition of Paganini's 24 Caprices, Op. 1, can be downloaded for free from the IMDB webpages at:,_Op.1_(Paganini,_Niccol%C3%B2)

If a blank page appears, click on "search for this page title" and click on "24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 (Paganini, Niccolo)" under "Title Matches."… Continue

Added by Milan Vitek on January 3, 2010 at 6:39pm — No Comments

15th Litomysl International String Master Class for Violin, Cello, Viola and String Quartet -


Professor Milan Vitek, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, violin, Dean Emeritus Stephen Clapp, The Juilliard School, violin, Professor Peter Slowik, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, viola, and Professor Niels Ullner, Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, cello.


The Instrumental Master Class in Litomyšl, birthplace of the composer B. Smetana, offers one… Continue

Added by Milan Vitek on January 3, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

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