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Are You Ready to Play Irish Fiddle on St. Patrick's Day?

Posted by James Engman on Feb 23, 2017 3:18:01 PM

 

Have you ever been to an Irish pub or special gathering where a small circle of people pulled out their various instruments and just started playing, without pause, energetic and mythical sounding sets of tunes that just turn and turn into the night? The group may be as small as two people, or as large as a small orchestra, and while some people may be close friends, others are total strangers. What they all have in common are their memorization of dozens, sometimes hundreds of tunes, all shared in a common ancestry - not hereditary, but simply musical. If you play a stringed instrument and haven't been a part of what is most often called Irish session music, you absolutely must, and this St. Patrick's Day is a great opportunity. If you are hooked on Celtic fiddling, a tune book and some advice will help you in becoming one of that timeless circle of musicians.

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Topics: Sheet Music, For Fun, Fiddle, Ensemble Playing, Irish Fiddle

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

Posted by James Engman on Nov 30, 2016 6:14:51 PM

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. Fortunately, technology has made it possible to have a full orchestra or band backing you with the press of a button. Audio accompaniments are not only fun for playing for your own enjoyment, but they can fill the empty space around your lonely instrument and help you bring down the house. Just imagine all of the Talent TV Show contestants singing their auditions without someone "rolling the tape" backstage. It's your turn to bring down the house at your holiday gathering or Christmas concert with a track from one of these fantastic collections of Holiday music for violin, viola, or cello, or bass with audio accompaniment.

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Topics: Violin, Sheet Music, Viola, Cello, Bass, Play-Alongs, CD Play-Alongs, Christmas

Bärenreiter's Groundbreaking Interpretation of Brahms

Posted by Douglas Woodfull-Harris on May 15, 2015 3:42:35 PM

Think you know how to play Brahms? Douglas Woodfull-Harris, Editor for Orchestral and Chamber Music at Bärenreiter, gives us a preview of "the overwhelming amount of vital information" contained in the new Bärenreiter Urtext editions of Brahms. If you're serious about Brahms, or performance of Romantic music, you'll want to get your hands on these new titles from Bärenreiter

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Topics: Sheet Music, Brahms, Romantic, Barenreiter

Curious About Our Sheet Music Difficulty Ratings?

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Nov 4, 2014 12:06:00 PM

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 since a good number of our sheet music titles are not rated by ASTA. Feel free to ask questions about our sheet music difficulty ratings in the comment section below!

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Topics: Sheet Music

Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Niccolo Paganini
October 27, 1782 - May 27, 1840

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Topics: Sheet Music, Paganini, Romantic, Composers

What do Shostakovich and Teenagers Have in Common?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 15, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Today's guest blog is from one of our favorite guest bloggers. He asks (and answers) the toughest question anyone in classical music has ever faced: How do you get a teenager interested in classical music? The answer: Shostakovich. 


Why am I asking what teenagers and Shostakovich have in common? Because it seems like every nerdy young string player I know (myself included) seems to go through a serious obsession with Shostakovich. There’s something so attractive about his sarcastic, rebellious overtones, and what teen doesn’t love to be sarcastic? Not to mention the many raw emotions conveyed in his music. Maybe this attraction to Shostakovich and his music is merely a teenage phase, or maybe it’s a burgeoning discovery of a serious love of his music. We’re going to try to break it down and find out.

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Topics: Sheet Music, Shostakovich, 20th Century Composers

The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 29, 2013 4:17:00 PM

Ever wondered just how crazy and/or avant garde your favorite composer was? SHAR Apprentices James Engman and Josephine Llorente have put together this handy graph! It displays, on X and Y axes, the relative sanity and aesthetic taste of your favorite compsers. Agree, disagree, or think the graph needs a slight change? Leave a comment for the SHAR Apprentices below!

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Topics: Beethoven, Sheet Music, Bach, Brahms, Classical Music, Music History

Easy Violin Sheet Music

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Oct 9, 2012 12:19:00 PM

After you’ve been playing the violin for a couple of years, it starts to get tiresome when you feel limited to the scales, etudes, and few solos that your teacher gives you. If you’re a beginning to intermediate player who’s looking to build up a repertoire beyond the songs in the Suzuki books, here are some sheet music suggestions for you.



Miniature Masterpieces, arr. by W. Ambrosio (1920 305).
This collection of 21 violin pieces – all in first position! – includes works by popular composers such as Saint-Saens and Wagner.





First Solos from the Classics by S. Applebaum (1851 010). Everything is in 1st position. Thebook includes famous melodies from an assortment of classical eras, all arranged for violin and piano.





Fun With Solos
 by Evelyn Avsharian (A70).
 Everything in this book stays in 1st and 3rdposition and is a source of fun and exciting recital repertoire.





Violin Favorites
 by Juchem/ Brochausen (1846 107).
 This collection of twelve violin piecestouches on great composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Dvorak.






Easy Classics for Violin
by Peter Spitzer (1872 042).
Here you will find popular classical melodies (such as “Ode to Joy” and “Can Can”) arranged simply for one or two violins.




First Solo Album by Harvey Whistler (1885 016). This collection of eleven short pieces for violin and piano keeps the violinist in first position and is great to use for recital repertoire.




This only begins to touch on the tremendously wide range of violin sheet music that we carry at SHAR! If you’re looking for something specific or you need more suggestions, please give us a call at 1.800.248.7427 – we are happy to talk with you!

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Topics: Violin, Beginner Violin, Sheet Music

Violin Sheet Music: The Top Five List

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Aug 1, 2012 4:14:00 PM

Over the years I have purchased sheet music, borrowed violin sheet music from the library, and given away scores upon scores (pun intended) of other pieces of violin sheet music. But of all the pieces that have been given and taken away, I have found that the following five books will stay with me.

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Topics: Violin, Beethoven, Sheet Music, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Kreisler

Wedding Sheet Music: What to Play This Summer

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Jul 24, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Wedding season is underway! Do you have the sheet music you need for all of your upcoming wedding performances?

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Topics: Violin, Sheet Music, Viola, Cello, Wedding, Piano

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