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Alberta Barnes

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

Monday, July 09, 2012

For most of us “classically trained” violinists, the thought of installing a pickup is confusing, frightening, and weird. The good news is that it isn’t as complicated as it seems and we have a variety of options to suit your individual needs!If you…

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Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber Bows

Monday, July 02, 2012

People think gold is precious. It isn’t. You just go to the store and ask for it. The stick is a different story. You’d go to the ends of the earth and crawl on hands and knees to get that stick. – Charles Espey, bowmaker

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Violin Accessories: Must-Have Accessories for Outdoor Gigs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As the weather gets nicer, many musicians find themselves playing more gigs outside. From weddings to dinner parties, do you have what you need to make sure that you don’t get blown away while you’re playing outside?A Sturdy Music StandI can’t tell…

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Top Five Weirdest Violin Buskers

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's always fun to spend some time on a street corner with your instrument. But what if you add props and unusual content to your playing? These people did. Here are the top five most unusual violin buskers that I could find!

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A Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Violins From Around the World: Part Two

Friday, June 08, 2012

There are so many types of violins around the world that an orchestra could be filled with all of them! Here are five more exotic violins.

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Violins from Around the World: Part One

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

We are all familiar with the Western violin, but what about violins from other cultures? Check out these five violins from around the world.

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Shinichi Suzuki – The Man and the Violin Method

Friday, June 01, 2012
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What I Learned from Performing in a Restaurant

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

… besides how to play Italian songs with as much schmaltz as possible and how to avoid stabbing the servers with my bow.

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Violin Jokes -- 100% Original!

Monday, May 21, 2012

It seems like our dear violists have a heavy weight to bear with the millions of viola jokes out there. So, how about some violin jokes to offset this burden? These are all original, written by my dad, Russell Barnes.

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