Take Practice to the Next Level with the Cadenza App

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Nov 21, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Often, it's not enough to know a piece cold. You need to feel it, you need to interpret it. This is especially hard to do with an orchestral piece; how can you develop your own voice when you can't hear the rest of the orchestra? This is where Cadenza, a new app for the iPad, steps in. 

At SHAR, we're very excited about a new app called Cadenza. It allows you to practice with a full orchestra. And it's not just a play-along track. It's responsive. If you want to linger on a phrase, hold a fermata, or go for an exhilirating finish, it's there with you. Basically, it lets you figure out how you want to play a piece. You can explore different interpretations, all with the help of this simple app. 

Not convinced? We know, it almost sounds too good to be true. But Cadenza has a really solid video explanation of the app. The cellist Michael Dahlberg shows you what's possible with the app by doing a quick demo.

Cadenza is actually free (it comes with several pieces of music, but you'll have to purchase the pieces you want to practice). You can download it here. If you play violin, cello, viola, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French, or trumpet, you can use this app

What's more, if you like Cadenza's Facebook page you'll be entered to win a $250 shopping spree at SHAR Music. Downolad the Cadenza, and get thee to a practice room!

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Topics: Practice, cadenza

The Love Life of Claude Debussy

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 19, 2014 11:16:32 AM

Amazon Prime recently released the pilot for a new series based on the book Mozart in the Jungle (watch here for free). So far, it's all about the bad behavior of classical musicians in New York (well, along with a charming underdog story). It looks like it'll be a terrific series, but we at SHAR just wanted to point out that bad behavior and musicians are as old as... well, music. Here's a brief blog article on Claude Debussy's love life. Gossip away, readers.  

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Topics: Classical Music, Debussy

Room for All: SHAR CEO, Charles Avsharian, Weighs in on Mark O’Connor’s Anti-Suzuki Statements

Posted by Charles Avsharian on Nov 5, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Sometimes a conversation goes too far and crosses the line from spirited discussion to something potentially hurtful and damaging. In my role as CEO of SHAR, I take great pains to focus on appropriate customer and business issues and leave such conversations to others. SHAR has always sought to bring useful and innovative products and services to the attention of our customers. Censorship plays no part in our operation, since we strongly feel that our own music community (“the market”) is best equipped to make its own decisions.

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Topics: Suzuki, String Community, mark oconnor

Curious About Our Sheet Music Difficulty Ratings?

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Nov 4, 2014 12:06:00 PM

Ever wonder how we decide our sheet music difficulty ratings? Below you'll find a detailed (and hopefully sane) explanation of our difficulty ratings. Although there are overlaps with ASTA's ratings, we decided to come up with our own rating system since a good number of our sheet music titles are not rated by ASTA. Feel free to ask questions about our sheet music difficulty ratings in the comment section below!

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Topics: Sheet Music

Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Niccolo Paganini
October 27, 1782 - May 27, 1840

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Topics: Sheet Music, Paganini, Romantic, Composers

Happy Birthday, Arnold Schoenberg!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Arnold Schoenberg
September 13, 1874 - July 13, 1951

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Topics: Composers, Schoenberg, 20th Century

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Claude Debussy!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Claude Debussy
Born August 22, 1862, Died March 25, 1918

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Topics: Classical, Composers, Debussy

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein
August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990

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Topics: American Classical, Bernstein, Composers

Which Bass Bag Is Right For You?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2014 12:14:00 PM

If you play the bass, you’re going to need a bass bag. Here at SHAR we carry a few different bass bags, but here is our advice on which ones to consider.

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Topics: Bass, Travel, Bass Bag

Suzuki Teacher Training Journal, 2014

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 11, 2014 4:35:00 PM

Alexandra Ostroff, one our Customer Service Leads, talks about her experience this past week at the Phoenix Phest Suzuki Teacher Training seminar. Alexandra is clearly developing into a talented teacher; what I love most about her blog post is how open she is to learning from those around her. 

This past week I took some time away from my desk and returned to Phoenix Phest in Ypsilanti, MI to continue my education in teaching the Suzuki Method. This blog entry will share some of the highlights for me from this week’s institute.

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Topics: Suzuki, Beginner Violin, Education, Teaching

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