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Violin Bridges: The Details Matter

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Many of us don’t pay very much attention to our bridges unless they fall down, go askew, or break. But do we realize how important the violin bridge is to the setup of the instrument and how much its position can affect our sound? Here are some notes…

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Easy Violin Sheet Music

Tuesday, October 10, 2012

After you’ve been playing the violin for a couple of years, it starts to get tiresome when you feel limited to the scales, etudes, and few solos that your teacher gives you. If you’re a beginning to intermediate player who’s looking to build up a…

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Student Violins for Sale: A Guide

Tuesday, October 10, 2012

If you or your child is just starting out on the violin: congratulations! Welcome to the string community! If you’re looking for your first instrument, though, things can be confusing. Trying to find the best violin can be a bewildering path to take.…

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Why Own an Instrument Stand for Your Violin, Viola, or Cello?

Tuesday, September 09, 2012

Pretty much every musician has a music stand, but not every musician has an instrument stand. Have you thought about the benefits to owing a violin stand or a cello stand? Here are four things to think about!1. Motivation to Practice. Having the…

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Violin and Viola Accessories: The Top Five List

Tuesday, September 09, 2012

Are you or your child just starting to play the violin or viola? Here are a few necessary accessories that you will need as you start out on this exciting journey.1. RosinWithout rosin your bow won’t work. It helps to create friction between the…

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Used Violins – The Best Deal?

Friday, August 08, 2012

Getting set up with a good instrument when you first start out can be confusing, stressful, and expensive. If you are on a budget, finding the most bang for your buck can be even more overwhelming. What to do?? Before you delve into the realm of

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A Silent Violin?

Thursday, August 08, 2012

Aren’t violins made to be heard? Why would you want a silent one, then? Well, silent violins have several advantages (besides just being fun to play!). Here are some thoughts!

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What Is the Difference Between a Violin and a Fiddle?

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

With Mark O'Connor's workshop and concert in Ann Arbor fast approaching, we thought we'd share a quick blog post that answers the most timeless question of them all: What exactly is the difference between a violin and a fiddle?

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Violin Sheet Music: The Top Five List

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Over the years I have purchased sheet music, borrowed violin sheet music from the library, and given away scores upon scores (pun intended) of other pieces of violin sheet music. But of all the pieces that have been given and taken away, I have found…

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Wedding Sheet Music: What to Play This Summer

Tuesday, July 07, 2012

Wedding season is underway! Do you have the sheet music you need for all of your upcoming wedding performances?

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