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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

Are You a Bassist? Minimize Your Travel Stress

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 30, 2014 2:01:00 PM

We recently published a blog on traveling with your cello. SHAR has long been the go-to shop for violinists and violists, but we've often failed to provide useful content and products for our cellists and bassists. Here's our second blog to remedy that! In the blog below, you'll find all sorts of tips and advice on how to minimize travel stress if you're a bassist. 

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Topics: Performance, Bass, Travel

Happy Birthday, Ernő Dohnányi

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Ernő Dohnányi was born on July 27, 1877 and died on February 9, 1960. To celebrate his birthday, we're publishing a tell-all blog about this lesser-known conductor and composer who was one of the first to conduct some of Bartok's more accessible music. 

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Topics: 20th Century Composers, Ernő Dohnányi, Birthday Blogs

Music and Food

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 17, 2014 3:43:00 PM

It seems like our culture has gone from an obsession with quick meals and TV dinners to a fascination with and respect for farm-to-table preparation. All of which is to say: being a foodie is no longer a fringe obsession, it's totally mainstream! And so today's guest blog asks the burning question of our time: Were any of our favorite composers also foodies?

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Topics: Beethoven, Rossini, Mahler, Haydn, Food, Classical, Romantic

What do Shostakovich and Teenagers Have in Common?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 15, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Today's guest blog is from one of our favorite guest bloggers. He asks (and answers) the toughest question anyone in classical music has ever faced: How do you get a teenager interested in classical music? The answer: Shostakovich. 


Why am I asking what teenagers and Shostakovich have in common? Because it seems like every nerdy young string player I know (myself included) seems to go through a serious obsession with Shostakovich. There’s something so attractive about his sarcastic, rebellious overtones, and what teen doesn’t love to be sarcastic? Not to mention the many raw emotions conveyed in his music. Maybe this attraction to Shostakovich and his music is merely a teenage phase, or maybe it’s a burgeoning discovery of a serious love of his music. We’re going to try to break it down and find out.

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Topics: Sheet Music, Shostakovich, 20th Century Composers

Traveling with Your Cello

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 15, 2014 10:12:00 AM

If you’re an active musician, chances are you’ll be traveling to a gig, performance or audition out of town. If you’re a violinist or flutist, this isn’t a big deal... well, at least it shouldn't be. But if you’re a cellist or bassist? Let’s just say that if you play either of these instruments, traveling with them can be a pain in the neck. (And hopefully not your cello’s neck!) But if you heed some of the following advice and carefully plan ahead, hopefully you can avoid having too many problems. 

 

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Topics: Cello, Instrument Care, Travel

Fame, Money, Music, and Your Education

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 28, 2014 1:24:00 PM

In this guest blog, SHAR customer Paul Dittus asks the question "Why should anyone study music and why is it important?" His answer is a suprising one: drawing on arguments from classical philosophy, Paul argues that at its best music can connect us to beauty and truth. While not ignoring the dire employment opportunities for musicians, Paul reminds us that music is more than employment: it is enduring beauty. Note: This guest article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of SHAR Music.  

Why should anyone care to study music? For a large income and a good job, right? In today’s economy you would probably be better off pursuing a degree to become a doctor or lawyer. If money is really what you prize, maybe you should consider pursuing something other than music. I would say getting a degree in music should help you get a job, but I do not believe it should be your ultimate goal and purpose for pursuing a music degree. What about fame? There are not many guarantees in this world, and fame is one that is not easily come by. Unless you are going to be the next “fiddler on the roof” and become a hit, you should probably not count your chickens before they hatch. This is not to say you shouldn’t dream big and set your goals high, it is more to make sure you are pursuing music for a solid reasons. If not for money or fame, why study music and why is it important? 

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Topics: Education, String Community, Higher Education

"Dear Dr. Arnie" from In the Key of Strawberry

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 7, 2014 2:17:00 PM

The Guarneri String Quartet (photo by Erwin Fischer) and Charles Avsharian

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Topics: Violin, Arnold Steinhardt, Advice, Humor

"Me and My Violin" by Arnold Steinhardt

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 9, 2014 9:52:00 AM

The Guarneri String Quartet (photo by Erwin Fischer) and Charles Avsharian

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Topics: Violin, Arnold Steinhardt

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