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How to Buy Your Dream Instrument

Living the dream. Ever think about actually purchasing that dream stringed instrument? http://bit.ly/1rffI9K

Added by Greg Cahill on July 2, 2014 at 9:03am — 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…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 20, 2014 at 4:13pm — 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

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

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

12 Questions Violinists Ask About Fiddling

What's the difference between a violin and fiddle? Read on.

Added by Greg Cahill on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Be a Better Cellist

Play with less effort in 6 easy steps.

Added by Greg Cahill on March 20, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Jazz Cellist, Composer & Educator Kermit Moore Dead at 84

In 1949, Kermit Moore became one of the few African Americans in the country to have been given a spot with a major orchestra.

Added by Greg Cahill on November 5, 2013 at 5:32pm — No Comments

'Titanic' Violin Fetches $1.6 million at Auction

(AP) A violin believed to have been played on the R.M.S. Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

The sea-corroded instrument, now unplayable, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster…

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Added by Greg Cahill on October 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 4

Laurence Vittes on the glory of Tchaikovsky and the temerity of bringing a tablet to a chamber-music concert.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 18, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 3

'Strings' contributor Laurence Vittes is blogging all weeklong from Croatia.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 17, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Fest, Day 2

'Strings' contributor Laurence Vittes is blogging from Croatia.

Added by Greg Cahill on October 15, 2013 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Zagreb Chamber-Music Festival, Day 1

Check out 'Strings' magazine contributor Laurence Vittes blogs from Zagreb, where he is attending the 8th Annual Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival. 

Added by Greg Cahill on October 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cremona's New Museum of the Violin Inspires

You just can’t help but get excited racing across the plains of Lombardy on a train bound for Cremona. It’s not just the end of a long trip from California, but the anticipation of seeing an ancient city with an illustrious past of violin-making remake itself into a destination for anyone interested in…

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Added by Greg Olwell on September 27, 2013 at 2:57am — No Comments

Remembering Fred Katz, the Father of Jazz Cello

When you get right down to it, this job is about one thing: people. Sure, Strings publishes scads of info about instruments, bows, and music, but people make the string world a vibrant place to work and play.

One of those people was Fred Katz, the father of jazz cello.

I was introduced to Fred in late 2002, a year after taking this post as editor of Strings magazine. His calling card was delivered by Kenneth Carpenter, a musician and fine-arts photographer who…

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Added by Greg Cahill on September 11, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments

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