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Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

Monday, June 06, 2018

Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

 

 “. . . as much as I know what lights me up inside, I also know that the future will look different from what I plan.” With these words, violinist Rebecca Fischer offered us…

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Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

Thursday, January 01, 2018

New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, by any measure, enjoys a fulfilling and rewarding career. From her busy solo touring schedule, to serving as concertmaster for some of Broadway’s biggest shows, to her recording work, including her…

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Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

Friday, January 01, 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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German Violins, Violas, and Cellos by Rainer W. Leonhardt now For Sale at SHAR!

Tuesday, January 01, 2018

“. . . a master violin is an accumulation of many small steps, each carried out with painstaking care”

~ Rainer W. Leonhardt, Master Violin Maker, Mittenwald, Germany

 

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Cremona: The Birthplace of Today’s Violins

Monday, December 12, 2017

The origins of the violin were likely rooted in India or the Far East. In fact, musical instruments that are played with a bow appear in centuries-old paintings and pottery from many different civilizations. But there is no doubt that the violin we…

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String Teachers: Business as Usual . . . or a Breakthrough Year?

Wednesday, October 10, 2017

It’s time for a new school year, an opportunity for a fresh start in your studio. A new crop of students is arriving, and many of your students are returning. And each student is different, with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment…

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HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES, AND TOES: MOVEMENT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ERGONOMIC SHOULDER PAD AND CHINREST

Thursday, May 05, 2017

The children’s song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” has been used over the last sixty years to teach young children anatomy and to get them moving as they point to each part. The tune is actually a good advertisement for how we, as violinists and…

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Think Like A Gamer: Power Up Your String Player Stats

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

"He was engaged, identifying where he needed to improve, and giving up the small flashy upgrades so he could be a stronger player in the long run. The rewards were clear, and he was determined to reach the next level and win. How can we use this…

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High Definition for the Practicing Parent

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Are you the parent of a young string player? This blog will really help YOU with your child's practice. Rachel Samson is a Suzuki viola/violin teacher in Frisco Texas. She and her husband Neil Fong Gilfillan (cello) run Chili Dog Strings, the only…

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

Wednesday, January 01, 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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