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Take Practice to the Next Level with the Cadenza App

Friday, November 11, 2014

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…

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Curious About Our Sheet Music Difficulty Ratings?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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…

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Choosing the Right Set of Strings Redux

Tuesday, July 07, 2014

Edited Dec. 3, 2018 - With the new sharmusic.com redesign, we've revamped out string charts! Check out the updated chart designs on our new site!Edited Apr. 14, 2016 - We've rolled live the Violin Strings, Viola Strings, Cello Strings, and Bass…

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Pickups and Preamps Redux

Friday, July 07, 2014

Stepping into the amplified arena of music performance can be as easy as installing a pickup on your current instrument. A piezo transducer responds to pressure on the instrument's bridge (either in the wing slot, under the bridge feet, or from…

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A Brief Email Interview with Kathryn Schutmaat

Tuesday, April 04, 2014

When My Very First Cello Method first arrived at SHAR we thought: Another method book . . . is there anything special about this one? What follows is a brief email interview with the author, Kathryn Schutmaat. We hear a little about her professional…

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What's the Best Music Stand?

Thursday, March 03, 2014

Internet, we thought you'd never ask. But first you should rephrase that question: What's the best music stand for me? That's right. Like most things in life, there isn't a single best music stand out there, but there are stands that are great for…

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Friendship and Love of Music: An Interview with Hayley Murks

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Each year, Strings Magazine awards a $3,000 scholarship (plus $1,000 to spend at SHAR) to a deserving young musician. The Edith Eisler Scholarship is a much-needed and generous award, one named in memory of a dedicated musician and contributor to

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"Tom" by Arnold Steinhardt

Monday, August 08, 2013

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

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Remembering David Crowder

Tuesday, July 07, 2013

On a Friday morning at the end of June, everyone at SHAR was saddened to hear that our master bow restorationist David Crowder had passed away after a lengthy battle with emphysema. Aaron Johnson, the Repair Shop Coordinator, shares his memories of…

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Revolution Strings in China, Days Nine and Ten

Tuesday, July 07, 2013

Think back to your high school days. You may have played an instrument, and you have been quite good at it. But did you ever get the chance to tour China with thirteen violinists, two guitarists, a cellist, and a bass player? And this was after you…

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