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Tracy Silverman on Connecting with the Groove

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fresh from the ASTA national conference, 2019 ASTA Eclectic String chair Tracy Silverman explains why violinists should focus more on playing rhythm, not just melody . . .

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Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Any classical string player who has ever attended an improvisation workshop led by Christian Howes will tell you that it is a life-changing experience. In fact, for most classical-only players, the very thought of attending such a workshop is a…

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Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

Friday, September 07, 2018

In his last SHAR blog post, Christian Howes introduced us to his Creative Strings Academy and the pedagogy that he developed especially for string players. In this new article, Christian shares the lessons of a master.

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Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

Monday, August 20, 2018

For many classical string players, sticking with classical music is enough. In fact, it’s plenty. After all, the repertoire is incredible, and the technique required to play it is both challenging to learn and rewarding to use. But for others, it is…

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A Violin Teaching Method Alone Is Not Enough

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The ability to explain complex and difficult concepts in a way that can be clearly understood and successfully acted on is the hallmark of great teaching. Combined with motivation, student success is assured!

Every teaching method has its merits,…

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Musical Heritage and the Internet

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Melissa Lusk is co-author of The Violin Recital Album, a companion publication to the Sassmannshaus Early Start on the Violin series. She is a violinist and a violist. Her hobbies include gardening, composting, vermiculture, sewing and now weaving.…

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A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Days Seven and Eight

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Most SHAR employees are players in addition to being luthiers, salespeople, purchasers, or web developers. So when one of our senior customer care specialists asked to attend the Phoenix Phest Grande Suzuki Teacher Training Workshop, we said, "Sure!…

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A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Days Five and Six

Monday, August 19, 2013

Most SHAR employees are players in addition to being luthiers, salespeople, purchasers, or web developers. So when one of our senior customer care specialists asked to attend the Phoenix Phest Grande Suzuki Teacher Training Workshop, we said, "Sure!…

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A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day Three

Friday, August 09, 2013

Most SHAR employees are players in addition to being luthiers, salespeople, purchasers, or web developers. So when one of our senior customer care specialists asked to attend the Phoenix Phest Grande Suzuki Teacher Training Workshop, we said, "Sure!…

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A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day Two

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Most SHAR employees are players in addition to being luthiers, salespeople, purchasers, or web developers. So when one of our senior customer care specialists asked to attend the Phoenix Phest Grande Suzuki Teacher Training Workshop, we said, "Sure!…

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