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Celebratory Post-Performance Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Monday, April 08, 2019

The applause has ended; your instrument is back in the case, it's time to celebrate! You practiced hard, you played beautifully, and the music was a delight. Let’s celebrate with a very special, fruity, bubbly and delicious drink. The pineapple mimosa…

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Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Friday, April 05, 2019

You’ve practiced hard and tension has a habit of mounting.  Treat yourself to this warm, frothy, chamomile latte to help you sleep the night before your performance, or enjoy it just before you begin to warm up back stage. Take the time to breathe…

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Recipe for an Energizing Pre-Lesson Smoothie

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Spring is recital season! Getting through your most important performances, believe it or not, requires more than just practice. Proper nutrition, rest, and mental and emotional wellness are key factors in maximizing the effectiveness of your hard…

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Red Shoe Company: An Arts Collective on a Mission of Happiness!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Violinist Teagan Faran’s unique vision combines great music, virtuosic performance, artistic collaboration and community involvement. Red Shoe Company is the product of this vision. SHAR is proud to support this incredible ensemble of talented and…

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You Know You're a Busy String Musician When...

Friday, July 29, 2016

 

This is to all those who gig, teach, travel, and play - who have changed a tire in a dress or tux, who know no distance too far, no venue too unusual, and no coffee unwelcome. If you've ever glanced in the backseat to make sure you instrument and…

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String Musician Essentials for Outdoor Wedding Gigs!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There's a lot that can go wrong when planning a wedding, so the live music should be the last thing the couple has to worry about. However, if you're the musician gigging at a wedding, it is your temporary raison d’etre and you owe it to your clients…

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Are You a Bassist? Minimize Your Travel Stress

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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…

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Lost & Found: Fritz Kreisler's University of Wisconsin Football Songs

Friday, April 12, 2013

Today we have a marvelous story from SHAR Apprentice James Engman. James shares with us his discovery, in the musty, dank corners of the University of Wisconsin's School of Music Library, two Fritz Kreisler pieces composed for the UW football team.…

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Choosing Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We have a wonderful guest blog today from Kim Wren, the upright bassist for the indie-folk band Doug Mains & the City Folk. Ms. Wren has been a member of Doug Mains & the City Folk since 2010 and is currently a senior music education major at…

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Violin Pickups: What Are They And Why Would I Use One?

Monday, July 09, 2012

For most of us “classically trained” violinists, the thought of installing a pickup is confusing, frightening, and weird. The good news is that it isn’t as complicated as it seems and we have a variety of options to suit your individual needs!If you…

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