STRINGS contributor and violin teacher Laurel Thomsen has posted the latest episode in her VIOLIN GEEK podcast. It's free and iTunes. http://bit.ly/R9Ttxu
How many electric players are on STRINGS community page? What kind of gear do you own? What do you like about the sonic palette of electric stringed instruments? If you're not plugged in, have you ever thought about it? http://bit.ly/Tjk2jz
'Strings' mag's interactive digital edition (already iOS ready) is now available for Kindle Fire. Learn more and download the Android app at http://amzn.to/Q540xo
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Read how the Beatles—who mark their 50th anniversary this month—launched the string revolution, not with 1966's "Eleanor Rigby," as was recently claimed in one prominent British music magazine (tsk, tsk), but a year earlier with "Yesterday." This fab 2005 "Strings" archive article sets the record straight. http://bit.ly/S1yqfX
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Violin teacher and Strings contributor Laurel Thomsen offers helpful hints on how to troubleshoot your bowing problems in the Strings Guide to Improving Your Bowing. Find free violin and viola bowing tips, and other insightful instructional videos, on the AllThingsStrings YouTube channel.
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Enter the Potter Violin Co. giveaway today by visiting allthingsstrings.com/PotterViolinCompany
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‘Strings’ magazine is proud to sponsor the Fiddle/Sticks project with Casey Driessen.
This multi-video series captures the creative process behind the upcoming Fiddle/Sticks album. Fiddle/Sticks is a collaborative exploration of rhythm that pairs Grammy-nominated fiddler Casey Driessen—a leading voice in percussive fiddle/violin technique (known as the chop)—with a list of the landmark drummers and percussionists of our time. Cutting across all genres and traditions, the project…Continue
Added by Greg Cahill on October 19, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Good musicians practice.
Great musicians practice better. And they gain an extra edge by using their time wisely outside the practice room.
Shedding in the practice room is important, but you can improve during "downtime" if you apply yourself in the right ways. Although I've used these tactics as a jazz violinist and jazz violin teacher, they're relevant for any musician:
Practice on the Gig
Sometimes the gigs we play are boring and no…Continue
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You’re not getting power in your strokes after sloppy string crossings.
Sharpen your awareness of bowing arm dynamics. When you want to move to different strings and power your longer strokes, the shoulder is the area of the arm that does the job. “The major source of power for all string players is the big back muscles,” says Sally O’Reilly, violin professor at the…Continue
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Download (for free) the latest episode of Strings magazine contributor Laurel Thomsen’s insightful, inspiring Violin Geek podcast with guest fiddler/instructor Lauren Rioux.
The violinists discuss tips for keeping students engaged, teaching harmony, how to support a student's exploration of various genres, and ultimately, how to empower students with the gift of music. http://bit.ly/R9Ttxu
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Not in the mood to practice? Feeling stymied? Planning starts in the mind, but it need not stay there,” Tom Heimberg writes. “A written record of intentions and outcomes–of what succeeded and what didn’t–can be a precious source of insight and self-guidance.” Get organized. Try Tom's time-tested tips on developing a practice journal. http://bit.ly/ReA78Z
Added by Greg Cahill on October 12, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments
Click here to see 'Strings' senior editor Greg Olwell with the office purple fiddle (hand-crafted no less). In solidarity with New Mexico middle school student Camille Cruz who was told last week that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra class and the sixth-grader would have to rent one of the district's violins that is a more traditional color for $30.
And weigh in on the discussion: purple violins—a legitimate way…Continue
Denver-area string players, and lovers of violin and world music take note: Announcing the Chuck Fryberger Films Denver premiere of "Song of the Untouchable," chronicling Boulder Philharmonic violinist and "Strings" contributor Gregory Walker's intriguing (string-related) journey to India.
Monday, Sept 17. at 7:30pm, at Starz Theater 12. Admission is free. Watch a trailer. http://bit.ly/U3fH6o
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My advice to any aspiring string quartet player, or chamber musician is to strive to be the strongest instrumentalist you can be. You should be able to play concerti, sonatas, solo Bach….you name it. If you have those skills at your fingertips, as it were, you can offer that back to your ensemble, which only strengthens the whole. An ensemble is only as strong as its weakest link.
After 34 years with the same group, I do believe that I have a pretty good insight into…Continue
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Pregnancy & maternity can pose special challenges to a string player. Read Nicki Payne's article:
Many women look forward their whole lives to the moment in which they become mothers. However, as professional musicians reach their late 20s and early 30s, it’s not unusual for us to be freshly embarked on our first or second jobs, or engaged in a busy freelance career. What makes a music career different from most others is the need to stay in physical shape…Continue
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“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 quite eloquently: “The first thing that is responsible for a good tone is…Continue
Ever wonder how rosin is made? Check out this informative article and photo essay.
Added by Greg Cahill on August 17, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments
I am so excited to give one of my gold Arcus violin bows away. I have owned many different violin bows throughout my life, and now play using Tourte and Gold Arcus carbon fiber bows. It is extremely light and spiccato can come out super-clean at lightening speed. I used to think that using a heavy stick produced a bigger…Continue
Cellist extraordinaire Rushad Eggleston is in a new string band (Darol Anger & the Furies). Read his thoughts on the creative process and watch a video of Tornado Rider performing "The Golden Apple Dance."
Added by Greg Cahill on August 3, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
From Jack Lin, a violinist serving an internship at Loren Maazel's Castleton Festival in Virginia:
"There are few times in a musician’s life when they truly experience something profound in performances or rehearsals. It is simply achieving a sense of artistic satisfaction through one’s art that makes it really meaningful to what we do.
When Maestro Maazel gave the downbeat to signal the beginning of Respighi’s awesome Pines of Rome, on opening night (Friday, June 22),…Continue
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