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Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Posted by Becky Fields on Oct 17, 2018 9:50:57 AM

One of our most popular products for young violinists and violists is the Violin Bow Force. Now, as we introduce the new Cello Bow Force, we asked the inventor, teacher Becky Fields, to explain how she came up with her idea for this unique and effective product. Here’s Becky’s story.

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Topics: Teaching Aids, Teaching, Violin, Cello, Bows, Technique

Dry Air = Danger: Prepare Your Stringed Instrument for the Cold Months Ahead

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Oct 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Dry Air = Danger

As autumn gives way to winter, with dryer and colder air on the way, your stringed instrument may be dreading it even more than you are. Here at SHAR, we live by the old Norwegian adage (some say Finnish, others say German!): “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing”. So, now that you’ve bundled up, it’s time to think about your instrument!

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Topics: Instrument Care, Violin, Cushy, Cases, Humidity

"The World of the String Quartet" from In the Key of Strawberry

Posted by Arnold Steinhardt on Oct 15, 2018 10:49:08 AM

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: Chamber music, String Quartet, In the Key of Strawberry, Classical Music

How to Groove on Strings

Posted by Tracy Silverman on Sep 25, 2018 11:28:00 AM

We invited legendary electric violinist Tracy Silverman to tell us about what inspired him to create his groundbreaking new books on Strum Bowing. Simply put: There was no defined pedagogy for learning the rhythmic bowing required for non-classical styles, such as jazz, rock and others. Because of this, the violin and other bowed string instruments have essential taken their place as melodic instruments, with little to no role in providing rhythm to an ensemble. Tracy Silverman’s books are destined to greatly broaden the role of stringed instruments in music making across genres, by enabling classical players to expand their repertoire of techniques. This fascinating article shines a light on how this situation has come about, and how the new pedagogy will enable any player to develop the tools needed to become a Total Violinist.

 

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Topics: Violin, Revolution Strings, Pedagogy, Alternative Strings, Improvisation

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: Good Vibrations, Music Education, Instrument Care, Violin, 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: #caseconfessions, Accessories, 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: Christian Howes, Electric Violin, Alternative Strings, Classical Revolution, Revolution Strings, Violin Method

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: Website, eCatalog, SHAR Ann Arbor, 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: Christian Howes, Violin Method, Alternative Strings, Revolution Strings, Classical Revolution, SHAR

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

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