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Good Vibrations: Musicians Making a Difference

Posted by Judy Divis on Sep 19, 2018 9:14:30 AM

Musicians are generous – they create music and share it with everyone. They teach, enabling others to experience the joy of creating music. And in the heartland of America, the Omaha Chamber Music Society is making sure that all students who attend Title I secondary schools in Omaha also gain this opportunity through their amazing Good Vibrations program.

SHAR is proud to be a supporter the Good Vibrations program, which is described by Omaha Chamber Music Society violist Judy Divis, founder of the program. Judy’s story is about generosity, and how a community of superb musicians and partners came together to share their passion, passing the baton to a new generation.

- Val Jakiewicz

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Topics: Violin, Instrument Care, Music Education, Good Vibrations, Donation

#CaseConfessions on Instagram - What are you Hiding in Your Instrument Case?

Posted by James Engman on Sep 18, 2018 4:14:14 PM

Five years ago SHAR asked people to send in their #caseconfessions photos, showing everything in your case except the instrument and bow - old rosin and cleaning cloths, tuners, random toys, photos, and whatever else you need with you and your instrument to survive! You can see some of those photos in that blog from 2013! Now we are kicking off #caseconfessions again, but this time on Instagram! So, take this opportunity to vacuum out that rosin dust, finally remove that old photo of your ex, and show us the deepest darkest secrets from inside of your case! Just post to Instagram (or Facebook or Twitter if you don't have it) the contents of your case, use the #caseconfessions hashtag and tag us!

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Topics: Accessories, #caseconfessions, Social Media

Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

Posted by Christian Howes on Sep 7, 2018 10:02:00 AM

In his last SHAR blog post, Christian Howes introduced us to his Creative Strings Academy and the pedagogy that he developed especially for string players. In this new article, Christian shares the lessons of a master.

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Topics: Classical Revolution, Revolution Strings, Alternative Strings, Violin Method, Christian Howes, Electric Violin

A New Day At SHAR: Introducing Our New Website and eCatalog

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

The string instrument community is growing more diverse and innovative each day. SHAR's goal is to offer all the support and resources that we can to help the string community navigate this ever-changing industry. With that in mind, we want to officially present our newly-designed website and our first ever interactive eCatalog for Fall 2018!

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Topics: SHAR Ann Arbor, Website, eCatalog, Guide

Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

Posted by Christian Howes on Aug 20, 2018 2:53:33 PM

For many classical string players, sticking with classical music is enough. In fact, it’s plenty. After all, the repertoire is incredible, and the technique required to play it is both challenging to learn and rewarding to use. But for others, it is simply not enough, or perhaps not a perfect fit.

The Total Violinist is a seeker, never satisfied with the status quo because they are an explorer at heart. Most of these artists have taken unique paths in their careers, sometimes smooth, sometimes anything but smooth. Because they are artists, they continually create and share their creations with others.

Christian Howes is such an artist. His story is a story of struggle and triumph, of seeking authenticity and of becoming the best version of himself. His passion is to help others discover their own musical passions and become the best musicians they can be.

Val Jaskiewicz

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Topics: SHAR, Classical Revolution, Revolution Strings, Alternative Strings, Violin Method, Christian Howes

"Michael" from In the Key of Strawberry

Posted by Arnold Steinhardt on Aug 15, 2018 5:09:33 PM

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin Dreams and Indivisible by Four. For more stories visit here or follow on Twitter.

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Arnold Steinhardt, Blog, In the Key of Strawberry

The Total Violinist

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Aug 3, 2018 11:03:22 AM

Most of us violinists (as well as violists, cellists and bassists) are our most comfortable in an orchestra setting. Of course, the music is fantastic, and usually very challenging to learn and play. But learn and play we do, after woodshedding our parts carefully at home. Our teachers have been able to impart their technical and musical know-how to allow us to learn difficult pieces on our own. We take those skills, now finely honed, to the concert hall, where we deeply breathe in the joy of a beautiful performance, in amazing rhythm with our colleagues. If we’re lucky, our family and friends in the audience will enjoy our performance as much as we do.

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, Alternative Strings, Bass, Jazz, Folk, Blog, Classical, Self-Improvement, motivation, Pedagogy, Music Careers

SHAR Spring 2018 Photo Contest Results

Posted by Staff Writer on Jul 9, 2018 11:01:00 AM

After weeks of deliberation over your photo contest entries, we have selected winner for this year’s Spring 2018 Photo Contest! We had huge number of submissions this year, which made our job even harder. Of all the wonderful photos we received, we selected a Grand Prize winner that will received a $250 SHAR gift certificate, and a few honorable mentions.

Since we received such a high volume of high quality photos, we are likely to use many of them in future SHAR catalogs, promotions and emails. For those that we end up publishing, you will receive an email offering a $25 SHAR gift certificate at the time of publication. 

Now, here is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Contests, honorable mentions, photo contest, winners

How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jun 27, 2018 12:21:00 PM

There are more people who miss playing music than there are people who actually do play music. There are countless reasons for not going back to playing, including fear, lack of time, bad memories from childhood experiences, not knowing others who may be playing partners; the list is endless. The common thread running through all these stories is the regret most people express for no longer participating in an activity that they once enjoyed so thoroughly.

SHAR is so happy to be partnering with Associated Chamber Music Players to encourage people to get back into music making! For over 70 years, ACMP has passionately advocated for and led efforts to help people realize their dreams of getting back into playing with others. ACMP’s latest resource in this effort is author Amy Nathan . . . read ACMP executive director, Jennifer Clarke’s, interview with Amy Nathan, and how her new book, Making Time for Making Music (available at SHAR!) offers both inspiring stories, as well practical expert advice, in how you can get back into the most enjoyable and rewarding experience possible – making music with others!

Val Jaskiewicz

Editor's Note: The following Q&A transcript by Jennifer Clarke originally appeared on the Associated Chamber Music Player's website and is republished with permission. Click here to learn more about this organization and its members.

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Topics: Chamber music, Strings, Blog, Ensemble Playing, Music Careers, ACMP

Why We Love Barenreiter Editions

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Jun 20, 2018 10:12:56 AM

 

Why We Love Barenreiter Editions

In the world of classical music publishing, world-renowned music publisher Barenreiter is a mere youngster, at 95 years of age. But Barenreiter’s distinctive identity as a serious publisher at the highest level of quality was forged right from the start. Based in Kassel, Germany, Barenreiter has survived the ravages of 20th century European history time and again, because of its strong foundation of scholarship, editorial commitment and unwavering focus on quality and attention to detail.

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Topics: Barenreiter, Urtext

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