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Celebratory Post-Performance Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Lemon-Ginger Tea Recipe for Focused Practice

Recipe for an Energizing Pre-Lesson Smoothie

Rebecca Clarke: Wonderful Feeling of Potential Power

Tracy Silverman on Connecting with the Groove

Dame Ethel Smyth: Suffragette & Composer

Fanny: The Overlooked Mendelssohn

William Grant Still: The Dean of African American Composers

Florence Price: Once Overlooked, Now Rediscovered

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: An Unjustly Neglected Composer

“Black Mozart”: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

SHAR Celebrates Black History Month

Pascal Lauxerrois & Lionel Tasquier

Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Play Them Today: Chamber Music For Holiday Concerts and Group Classes

A Musician's Holiday Wishlist

Music by Black Composers

Writing with SIZZLE: Introducing Martha Yasuda's Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites

"Halloween Special" from In the Key of Strawberry

Rachel Barton Pine at SHAR Music

Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Dry Air = Danger: Prepare Your Stringed Instrument for the Cold Months Ahead

"The World of the String Quartet" from In the Key of Strawberry

How to Groove on Strings

Good Vibrations: Musicians Making a Difference

#CaseConfessions on Instagram - What are you Hiding in Your Instrument Case?

Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

A New Day At SHAR: Introducing Our New Website and eCatalog

Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

"Michael" from In the Key of Strawberry

The Total Violinist

SHAR Spring 2018 Photo Contest Results

How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Why We Love Barenreiter Editions

SHAR Spring 2018 Coloring Contest Winners

Summer Music Camp Essentials

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

Introduction to Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)

What We Imagine, We Can Create



What Does It Take to Be A 21st Century Musician? A Discussion With Formosa Quartet

From Rat Meat to Crystal Springs: 15 Years of Formosa Quartet

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words

Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

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

Cremona: The Birthplace of Today’s Violins

Red Shoe Company: An Arts Collective on a Mission of Happiness!

Your Musical Mental Map

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

String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 6: Good Habits Begin Early: Caring for the Instrument

String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 5: Books That Help Focus Any Teaching Method, for Parents and You

String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 4: Breaking Through Physical and Mental Barriers

String Teachers: Students Need A Breakthrough? Part 3: Books for Practice and Motivation

String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 2: Right Hand Accessories

String Teachers: Students Need A Breakthrough? Part 1: Left Hand Accessories

The German Violin-Making Tradition - An Intro

String Players Should Know About The French Violin Making Tradition!


The Magic of E-Strings!

American String Company Introduces New Violin Strings For Students

Winners of SHAR's 2017 "Show and Tell" Coloring, Design, and Photo Contests!


Think Like A Gamer: Power Up Your String Player Stats

High Definition for the Practicing Parent

Enroll Your Children in the Arts

Are your Strings Real or Fake?

Refining truth: a guide to surviving the artistic life

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

A Violin Teaching Method Alone Is Not Enough

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

Why a Violin Case or Viola Case (Sometimes) Isn’t Enough

Easy Gift Ideas for the String Teacher or Professional! (Part 3)

Easy Gift Ideas for an Advancing String Player! (Part 2)

Easy Gift Ideas for a Beginning String Player! (Part 1)

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

Christmas Sheet Music for Strings - Part Two: Advanced String Quartets

Christmas Sheet Music for Strings - Part One: Easy Flexible Ensembles

Winter Is Coming. Is your Instrument Protected?

Why You Should Start Your Child on a Franz Hoffmann

New at SHAR - Fall 2016: Cello and Bass Strings, Electrics, Accessories, and Cases!

New AT SHAR 2016: Violin and Viola Cases, Electrics, and Accessories

You Know You're a Busy String Musician When...

SHAR Coloring Contest 2016 Winners!

How the Finissima Violin mute Can Help You Finesse Your Tone Color

Which SHAR Product is Uniquely Popular to your State?

Introducing the SHAR Music Coloring Book Contest!

Looking to buy a new set of strings?

Blackwing - The Music Pencil

Why is my stringed instrument buzzing and rattling?

"A Heavenly Length" by Arnold Steinhardt

5 New Years Resolutions for the string player

Investment Grade Violins at SHAR USA and China

How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse as a string player (and maintain an acceptable practice schedule).

Teaching to Read, but never to Write?

7 Names you won't give your New Violin or Viola Cushy!

Remembering Evelyn Avsharian

There’s a Teaching Aid for That

Finding Your Voice: The Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin

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

What Do Violin Bows and Kayak Paddles Have in Common?, Part I

What Does Your Case Say About You?, Part II

What Does Your Case Say About You?, Part I

5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Be Playing a Carlo Lamberti

How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Metronome Edition

Musical Heritage and the Internet

String Musician Essentials for Outdoor Wedding Gigs!

Bärenreiter's Groundbreaking Interpretation of Brahms

Why You Should Only Buy the Original Tourte Mute

Making the Most of Your Classical Training, Part II

Making the Most of Your Classical Training, Part I

Why Adventures in Violinland?

The Pros and Cons of Online Violin Lessons

The Bow Guide: How to Select a Bow

The Bow Guide: The Most Common Bow Materials

The Bow Guide: Do I Need a New Bow?

The Love Life of Giacomo Puccini

Take Practice to the Next Level with the Cadenza App

The Love Life of Claude Debussy

Room for All: SHAR CEO, Charles Avsharian, Weighs in on Mark O’Connor’s Anti-Suzuki Statements

Curious About Our Sheet Music Difficulty Ratings?

Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini!

Happy Birthday, Arnold Schoenberg!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Claude Debussy!

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Which Bass Bag Is Right For You?

Suzuki Teacher Training Journal, 2014

Are You a Bassist? Minimize Your Travel Stress

Choosing the Right Set of Strings Redux

Happy Birthday, Ernő Dohnányi

Pickups and Preamps Redux

Music and Food

What do Shostakovich and Teenagers Have in Common?

Traveling with Your Cello

Fame, Money, Music, and Your Education

A Brief Email Interview with Kathryn Schutmaat

"Dear Dr. Arnie" from In the Key of Strawberry

What's the Best Music Stand?

"Me and My Violin" by Arnold Steinhardt

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Days Seven and Eight

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Days Five and Six

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day Four

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day Three

Friendship and Love of Music: An Interview with Hayley Murks

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day Two

A Suzuki Teacher Training Journal: Day One

"Tom" by Arnold Steinhardt

Remembering David Crowder

Revolution Strings in China, Days Nine and Ten

Revolution Strings in China, Day Four and Five

Revolution Strings in China, Day Three

Revolution Strings in China, Day Two

Revolution Strings in China

"Colburn School Commencement Address" by Arnold Steinhardt

Art and Illness

The Best Metronomes and Tuners

SHAR #CaseConfessions Contest: What's In Your Case?

"A Tale of Three Violinists" by Arnold Steinhardt

Watch the Winning Performances from SHAR's 2013 Quartet Competition

Summer Suzuki Institutes Are Just Around the Corner

The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

The Importance of Music Education

Lost & Found: Fritz Kreisler's University of Wisconsin Football Songs

In Defense of Karl Lagerfeld's Violin Shaped Dress

"Jascha" by Arnold Steinhardt, Introduced by Charles Avsharian

What's In Your Case? (Part II)

SHAR Has a New E-Magazine

What's In Your Case?

Suzuki Violin School Book 6, the Revised Edition

Making the Case for Retail Stores

Inching Through Twinkle Variations with Nonpareils

Choosing Music

Suzuki from a Pop Musician’s Perspective

Violin Bridges: The Details Matter

What Should You Look For In a Case?

Easy Violin Sheet Music

Shopping For Your Next Violin

Student Violins for Sale: A Guide

Suzuki Teacher Training at Stevens Point: Part 3

Why Own an Instrument Stand for Your Violin, Viola, or Cello?

Three Ways to Improve Musicianship Outside the Classroom

Violin and Viola Accessories: The Top Five List

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Strengthening Family Bonds Through Music

Getting the Most Out of Your Bow

A Violinist Plays Ugly

An Invitation to O'Connor Method Alumni From the Ann Arbor Workshop

Used Violins – The Best Deal?

Mark O’Connor Has a Dream for American Violinists

Learning Jazz Violin? A Drummer Is a Jazz Violinist's Best Friend

A Silent Violin?

My Invaluable Music Degree

What Is the Difference Between a Violin and a Fiddle?

Suzuki Teacher Training at Stevens Point: Part 2

A New School Year Full of Opportunity, Not Frustration

Suzuki Teacher Training at Stevens Point: Part 1

Are You a Creative String Player?

Making It: My Life as a Working Musician

Violin Sheet Music: The Top Five List

Exploring Home: The Mark O'Connor Orchestra Method

Wedding Sheet Music: What to Play This Summer

Response to "The Value of a Music Degree"

A guide to Choosing the Right Set of Strings

Violin Pickups: What Are They And Why Would I Use One?

Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber Bows

Learning to Jam: The O'Connor and Suzuki Methods

Violin Accessories: Must-Have Accessories for Outdoor Gigs

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Alignment Enlightenment

Top Five Weirdest Violin Buskers

The O'Connor Method: Joy, Creativity and Cool Cabbage!

A Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

It's Impossible to Talk About Music

Violins From Around the World: Part Two

SHAR's 50th Anniversary Recital: A Video Diary

Violins from Around the World: Part One

Shinichi Suzuki – The Man and the Violin Method

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Keeping Joy Alive

What I Learned from Performing in a Restaurant

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Winning Performances

The Violin as a Response to Bullying

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Division 2 Finals

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Division 1 Finals

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Division 2

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Division 1

Violin Jokes -- 100% Original!

The Elgar Cello Concerto

SHAR String Quartet Competition 2012 - Overview

Cello Sheet Music Recommendation: Elgar's Cello Concerto

Thoughts on Music Stands

The Value of a Music Degree

"Going Home" -- Dvorak and America

Quiz: Which Classical Composer are You?

Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12: Is There Anything American About It?

An Apology for the Beethoven Violin Concerto

The SHAR Apprentice Program

Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major: Am I Allowed to Dislike It?

SHAR's 3rd Annual String Quartet Competition

Interview with Charith Premawardhana, Founder of Classical Revolution

The Glory of Saint-Saëns' "Organ" Symphony

Is Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 Just Too Intense?

Blog Survey

A Seasonal Greeting

A Meditation on Allegri's Miserere

Letters from a Violinist: Mendelssohn's Octet

Letters to a Violinist: Mendelssohn's Octet

Which Instrument are You?

Why You Should Listen to Music

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Bach: An Homage to the Chaconne

Does Classical Music Belong in a Bar?

Thoughts on Vivaldi's "Spring"

Meet Our Bloggers!

A Meditation on Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

The Indie Invasion of Classical Music

For Violinists, How Young Is Too Young to Go Pro?

The Ice Cream Pedagogue

The Language of Tears

Why Do We Cry When We Listen to Music?

Where Do You Belong in Music History?

How a Three-Year-Old Has a Suzuki Guitar Lesson

What Violin Concerto Are You?

Playing and Injury

The Miranda July Generation

For Parents: Why Music?

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Suzuki Mom Tricks

We Need a Violin Solo for the Next Super Bowl Halftime Show

Happy Valentine’s Day: A Sad Love Story from Music History

Happy Valentine's Day: Romance Gone Wrong!

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: The "Twinkle" Year

Notes from a High School Musician: How to Survive an Audition

Do You Need a Loop or a Ball End for Your E-string? What is a removable Ball?

Are Stradivarius Violins a Big Scam?

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Not the Model Suzuki Mom

A Meditation on the Sibelius Violin Concerto

Notes from a Suzuki Mom: When the Student is the Teacher

What's in a Name? Everything for SHAR's John Cheng Violins

The Future of Classical Music: To Divulge the Beauty

Become a Guest Blogger for SHAR

Would Stephen Colbert Make Fun of SHAR's 50th Anniversary?

Telling a Story Musically: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Beethoven's Overlooked Masterpiece: the "Missa Solemnis"

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

Does Using SHAR's Mobile Site Make You a Smart Phone Zombie?

For Violins, Too, the Weather Outside is Frightful

Classical Music in America

This American Voice: Mark O'Connor's Upcoming Concerts

Making a Violin Sound Great: An Interview with SHAR's Hans Anderson

Halloween Special: Violin Demonology

Get Your Art On: October is National Arts and Humanities Month

Liebenzeller Rosin: Yeah, It's Legendary

PRESTO Impulse Bows: Endorsed by Andrés Cárdenes

Creative Viola Designs by the SHAR Shipping Supervisor

Notes from a SHAR Apprentice - Metronomes and Tuners

Mark Wood "Electrify Your Strings" Event, May 25, 2011

Notes from a SHAR Apprentice - Cases

Detroit brings home String Project of the Year Award!

Notes from a SHAR Apprentice - Shoulder Rests

Viva La Musica Shoulder Rests

Laurie Niles from - Sphinx Competition and Tour of SHAR

Free Chamber Music Workshop in the SHAR Retail Showroom

Liebenzeller Rosin, for Violin, Viola, and Cello

2011 SHAR String Quartet Competition - Win a quartet of PRESTO Bows!

SHAR Apprentices - now hiring!

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor, John Kendall

Violin Bows and Pernambuco conservation

The Bow Issue - violin, viola, cello, bass and carbon fiber bows

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