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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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How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There are more people who miss playing music than there are people who actually do play music. There are countless reasons for not going back to playing, including fear, lack of time, bad memories from childhood experiences, not knowing others who may…

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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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The Magic of E-Strings!

Monday, July 10, 2017

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…

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American String Company Introduces New Violin Strings For Students

Monday, July 10, 2017

At D’Addario, we believe that our success comes from treating our customers like family. Partnering with educators, and listening to their needs, shaped our goals for developing the Ascenté violin set.

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Are your Strings Real or Fake?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

There have been rumors about counterfeit strings for violin, viola, cello, and bass infiltrating the market for at least a decade. When I heard of "counterfeit strings", I mostly imagined packaging that looked like it came out of an Inkjet printer,…

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Q&A: With SHAR CEO, Charles Avsharian - Violin E Strings

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The advent, or rather the evolution of the steel violin e-string over a century ago brought violinists to new heights in their playing. The stablity and thinness of a steel wire allowed for greater brilliance, intonation, and speed. However, with the…

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Looking to buy a new set of strings?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sometimes buying strings for your violin, viola, cello, or bass, is just a matter of reordering the same strings that you've loved for ages. The reliable set that has always sounded great on your instrument might be all you need for the rest of your…

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How Not to Spend a Fortune on Your Child's Strings

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Have you ever caught your child sneaking some salty food straight out of the bag or jar, snacking in an attempt to procrastinate before practicing? Maybe not, but I once had a student who loved pickles and would eat them right out of the jar before…

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Choosing the Right Set of Strings Redux

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Edited Dec. 3, 2018 - With the new sharmusic.com redesign, we've revamped out string charts! Check out the updated chart designs on our new site!Edited Apr. 14, 2016 - We've rolled live the Violin Strings, Viola Strings, Cello Strings, and Bass…

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