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Violin and Viola Accessories: The Top Five List

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Sep 18, 2012 2:58:00 PM

Are you or your child just starting to play the violin or viola? Here are a few necessary accessories that you will need as you start out on this exciting journey.

1. Rosin
Without rosin your bow won’t work. It helps to create friction between the horsehair and the strings which, in turn, causes vibrations. There are a plethora of options to choose from, so here are a few guidelines. 

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Topics: Beginner Violin, Metronomes, Tuners, Rosin, Shoulder Rests, Music Stands, Accessories, Mutes

Don't Panic: We Have Last-Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Posted by Joe Chapman on Dec 20, 2011 12:13:00 PM

We try to quell your rising holiday panic by sharing a few gift ideas.

I have a confession to make: after work today, I still have three Christmas gifts to buy. Tomorrow, I'm flying home to North Carolina. Every year, I do the same thing. I start thinking about possible gifts in October and then revel in the platonic perfection of these un-purchased gifts.

It's usually not until December 20th or so that I really begin to panic and worry about actually buying these oh-so-thoughtful presents. Sometimes, I'm still scrambling on Christmas Eve for the perfect gift, clinging to the idea that I will find a snazzy iPad case or hip cardigan for the Grinch on my list. (You know this person: your friends and family members all call each other every year, saying, "Um ... what are you getting So-and-so?)

Here are a few quick ideas if you're struggling to find the perfect present for the musician on your list. If you order the item with Express Delivery by 3 p.m. today, you'll get the gift in time. If you want to think about it more, you can still order by 3 p.m. tomorrow and add 2nd Day Air. Good luck!


$25 & Under:













Mark O'Connor's
An Appalachian Christmas.This will be an immediate hit. You can ditch Pandora for a little bit and throw this album on the stereo Christmas afternoon. It's only $8.99, which is a small price to pay for a terrific album. (The Wall Street Journal thinks so too; they put it in their list of the top six Christmas albums.)














Folks can get attached to their rosin brand, but it's worth trying Liebenzeller. It's a high-quality rosin that's a tiny bit indulgent: and aren't those the perfect gifts? The gifts someone will actually use and love but might not buy for himself? It's on sale for $20.


$50 or more:








String instrument players always need strings. Do a little quick research and find out what kind of strings the person on your list uses. Pair it with something a little more indulgent like a fine chocolate. Well, that's what I would want.


$200 or more:

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Topics: SHAR, Rosin, Mark O'Connor, Bows, Strings

Liebenzeller Rosin: Yeah, It's Legendary

Posted by Rachel Krueger on Oct 18, 2011 11:13:00 AM

All bowed string musicians use rosin. But even you’re a long-time bowed string musician, you might find yourself asking: what, exactly, is rosin? And why do I really need it?

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Rosin

Liebenzeller Rosin, for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Posted by Eric Hook on Jan 17, 2011 1:00:00 PM

There's been lots of buzz online about Liebenzeller rosin, and now it's finally available again in the US from SHAR!

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, Rosin, Bass

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