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Val Jaskiewicz

Val is SHAR's Content Manager, a product specialist, a skilled violinist, and one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry regarding the details of products used by string players, from the finest instruments to the smallest accessories.

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String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 2: Right Hand Accessories

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Sep 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

As was mentioned in Part 1 (featuring accessories for common left-hand problems) of this series, each student is different with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment levels, and different motivations. For those students that need some special attention or have some challenges to overcome, where do you find the time to investigate the solution, find the right book or product, and apply it to their unique issue? At SHAR, we’ve discovered the answers from an obvious source: From other teachers! After all, teachers know best, and because they are teachers they love sharing what they know! Here we explore some fantastic inventions for teaching proper right-hand bowing technique.

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String Teachers: Students Need A Breakthrough? Part 1: Left Hand Accessories

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Sep 11, 2017 3:59:08 PM

It’s time for a new school year, an opportunity for a fresh start in your studio. A new crop of students is arriving, and many of your students are returning. And each student is different, with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment levels, and different motivations. You’ve got lots of students to teach, and they need to cover a lot of ground quickly. Fortunately, you have your method books, your supplements, and especially your own experience and good sense, and that has always served you well. For most of your students.

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The Magic of E-Strings!

Posted by Val Jaskiewicz on Jul 10, 2017 12:34:29 PM

Of the four strings on the violin, the E-string is unique. With the exception of baroque violin E-strings, which are generally made from plain gut, the violin E-string is made from steel, offering very different characteristics than the other three strings. However, that’s just for starters – the type of steel, the alloys used, plating materials, windings – all contribute to the vast variety that allows violinists to choose their preferred string, for whatever reasons they wish.

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