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10 Essential Products for Outdoor Wedding Gigs

Posted by James Engman on May 20, 2015 2:39:00 PM

There's a lot that can go wrong at a wedding, so wedding music should be the last thing the couple has to fret over. However, if you're the musician gigging at a wedding, it is your temporary raison d’etre. Besides the wedding party and the officiant, the musicians are the only other people on display, visible and involved in the proceedings of the ceremony. You have to showcase your talent and musicianship while at the same time tailoring the music to fit the timing at the altar; you must perform in an unusual space, and sometimes sight-read with musicians with whom you've never worked before; and you have to account for the weather and  changes in programming. Luckily, having the right accessories can help you avoid minor and major embarrassments at your next wedding gig. Below are some music accessories (and tips) that are, simply put, essential to having a successful wedding season. 

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Topics: Wedding, Performance

Bärenreiter's Groundbreaking Interpretation of Brahms

Posted by Douglas Woodfull-Harris on May 15, 2015 3:42:35 PM

Think you know how to play Brahms? Douglas Woodfull-Harris, Editor for Orchestral and Chamber Music at Bärenreiter, gives us a preview of "the overwhelming amount of vital information" contained in the new Bärenreiter Urtext editions of Brahms. If you're serious about Brahms, or performance of Romantic music, you'll want to get your hands on these new titles from Bärenreiter

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Topics: Sheet Music, Brahms, Romantic, Barenreiter

Why You Should Only Buy the Original Tourte Mute

Posted by James Engman on Apr 9, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Differences are invisible until discovered. A common picture riddle found in children’s coloring books includes a number of seemingly identical snow men (or teddy bears, men in raincoats with umbrellas, etc.), one of which has a slight difference. Which of these is not like the others? The child looks at the three or four snowmen bewildered, even frustrated, until aha! This snowman is missing a button. The child circles the unfashionable snowman, and turns the page.

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Topics: Accessories, Mutes, Tourte Mute

Making the Most of Your Classical Training, Part II

Posted by James Engman on Feb 9, 2015 11:17:15 AM

One of our favorite bloggers, James Engman, had the chance to sit down with the up-and-coming eclectic musical group The alt Default. While the members of the group – Nathaniel Wolkstein, David Connor, and Hannah Nicholas – are all classically trained fellows at the New World Symphony, each shared their wide-ranging and idiosyncratic musical interests and their "Never say no" approach to gigging. It makes us wonder: Is this the new model for young, classically trained musicians who face uncertain futures in the classical world – don't give up, just expand?

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Topics: Alternative Strings, The alt Default

Making the Most of Your Classical Training, Part I

Posted by James Engman on Feb 5, 2015 8:42:00 AM

 One of our favorite bloggers, James Engman, had the chance to sit down with the up-and-coming eclectic musical group The alt Default. While the members of the group – Nathaniel Wolkstein, David Connor, and Hannah Nicholas – are all classically trained fellows at the New World Symphony, each shared their wide-ranging and idiosyncratic musical interests and their "Never say no" approach to gigging. It makes us wonder: Is this the new model for young, classically trained musicians who face uncertain futures in the classical world – don't give up, just expand?

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Topics: Alternative Strings, The alt Default

Why Adventures in Violinland?

Posted by Shirley Givens on Jan 19, 2015 10:48:00 AM

For many years now, SHAR has carried the much-loved method book series Adventures in Violinland by Shirley Givens. Because of the esteem we have for Shirley, it's a great honor to offer her a space on our blog to answer a question that those of you encountering her well-respected series for the first time might have: "Why should I try Adventures in Violinland?"  

In my experience, young children love the violin! It is small  and huggableand it makes sounds! How can we nurture this initial enthusiasm for the instrument and transform it into a deeper love of music? My books aim to respond, successfully, to that question.

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Topics: Education, Method Books, Adventures in Violinland

The Pros and Cons of Online Violin Lessons

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 16, 2015 2:20:00 PM

When I saw an email from Lee Jin Rui about writing a guest blog for SHAR, I almost deleted it. “Is this spam?” I thought. But after navigating to Jin’s violin lessons website, I thought, “Hey, online lessons are something our customers might want to think about. It’s a part of the educational landscape now.” So I invited Jin to write an honest pros and cons article about online lessons. Below you’ll find Jin’s take on the advantages and disadvantages of remote learning.

Technology has affected all aspects our lives, and music is no exception. While some may bemoan the loss of a more personal (and analog) world, there are some changes that students can benefit from. It used to be that those living in a remote area had to drive areas for violin lessons—but now, with online teaching, this is no longer the case. A broadband connection is especially helpful in this regard, as it provides people with an opportunity to get over the limitations set by their geographical locations.

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Topics: Violin, Teaching, Online Lessons

The Bow Guide: How to Select a Bow

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 14, 2015 3:29:00 PM

A new bow can have an immediate and dramatic effect on your playing for a relatively modest investment. Many players do not realize how much they are held back by a bow that no longer meets their needs and skill level. Call a SHAR Violin Shop representative today at 866.742.7270. They can play-test and assist you in selecting the right bow to help you break through to the next level of performance. And please check out our other articles in the series, "Do I Need a New Bow?" and "The Most Common Bow Materials."

The musical sounds which come out of a bowed stringed instrument result from the three-way interaction of the instrument, bow, and player. Change any one of the three and the resulting music can be noticeably different. You can easily determine a bow's compatibility with a specific instrument and player using this simple progression of tests:

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Topics: Bows, Buying Guide

The Bow Guide: The Most Common Bow Materials

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 9, 2015 11:51:00 AM

A new bow can have an immediate and dramatic effect on your playing for a relatively modest investment. Many players do not realize how much they are held back by a bow that no longer meets their needs and skill level. Call a SHAR Violin Shop representative today at 866.742.7270. They can play-test and assist you in selecting the right bow to help you break through to the next level of performance. And please check out our other articles in the series, "Do I Need a New Bow?" and "How to Select a Bow."

The Most Common Bow Materials

 

 

Brazilwood: Typically used for student level bows, this wood can come from several members of the Fabace family of trees found in South America.

 

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Topics: Bows, Buying Guide

The Bow Guide: Do I Need a New Bow?

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 6, 2015 10:55:00 AM

A new bow can have an immediate and dramatic effect on your playing for a relatively modest investment. Many players do not realize how much they are held back by a bow that no longer meets their needs and skill level. Call a SHAR Violin Shop representative today at 866.742.7270. They can play-test and assist you in selecting the right bow to help you break through to the next level of performance. And please check out our other articles in the series, "The Most Common Bow Materials" and "How to Select a Bow."

Do I Need a New Bow?

Almost all players come to realization that new bow would be beneficial to their technical and musical development. Here's a guideline to help you tell if a new bow may be right for you. The more "Yes" answers you have, the more likely a new bow will help you.

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Topics: Bows, Buying Guide

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