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The Total Violinist

Friday, August 03, 2018

Most of us violinists (as well as violists, cellists and bassists) are our most comfortable in an orchestra setting. Of course, the music is fantastic, and usually very challenging to learn and play. But learn and play we do, after woodshedding our…

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SHAR Spring 2018 Photo Contest Results

Monday, July 09, 2018

After weeks of deliberation over your photo contest entries, we have selected winner for this year’s Spring 2018 Photo Contest! We had huge number of submissions this year, which made our job even harder. Of all the wonderful photos we received, we…

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Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's a scenario every beginner or intermediate string player finds themselves in at some point: either a string broke, the metal winding is unraveling, or they've simply decided better strings will make them finally sound like Anne-Sophie Mutter. I…

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String Teachers: Business as Usual . . . or a Breakthrough Year?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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…

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Easy Gift Ideas for the String Teacher or Professional! (Part 3)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Do you want to have a gift ready for your string teacher at your first lesson after or before Christmas? Maybe you know a string player who gigs and teaches, and you want to get them something practical that they will truly enjoy, but aren't sure…

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Easy Gift Ideas for an Advancing String Player! (Part 2)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Some people are difficult to shop for, and some are near impossible. If you're lucky, the person has an interest or a hobby that you'd love to support by gifting them something related. The only problem is that you might not be sure what that…

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Easy Gift Ideas for a Beginning String Player! (Part 1)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Shopping for Beginning violin, viola, cello, or bass players doesn't have be as daunting as it may seem. If you are a parent, aunt or uncle, or just a friend of a beginner or someone who wants to start playing a stringed instrument, you may have…

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Christmas Sheet music For Strings - Part Three: Solos with Audio Accompaniment

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let's face it, piano accompanists and ensemble-ready string players don't grow on Christmas trees. Sometimes you need to put on a show for your family, friends, classmates, or coworkers, but there is no one else to team up with for a duet or ensemble.…

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Christmas Sheet Music for Strings - Part One: Easy Flexible Ensembles

Monday, November 14, 2016

Do you have sheetmusic ready for this year’s holiday celebrations? The Holiday season is a hectic time, and if you’re in charge of getting music students ready for concerts, I certainly don’t have to tell you that. I also don’t have to tell you that…

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Winter Is Coming. Is your Instrument Protected?

Monday, October 24, 2016

The days are getting shorter, your heat may have already kicked in a few times, and you’re starting to look for sweaters and coats you haven’t seen in months. Winter is coming, and that means dry air that can wreak havoc on your string instrument! As…

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