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Dustin Krcatovich

Dustin Krcatovich
Dustin Krcatovich serves a variety of e-commerce and social media functions here at SHAR. On the side, he is also a music and film writer with bylines for Esquire, Under The Radar, the Quietus, and a variety of others.
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Do I Need a Shoulder Rest For My Violin?

Friday, October 15, 2021

Shoulder rests are a relatively recent, and somewhat controversial, part of a violinist or violist's kit bag. One musician or teacher may tell you that a shoulder rest is an absolute must; another might insist that it's not only unnecessary, but…

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Is Violin Hard To Learn?: A Conversation with Kiana June Weber

Friday, October 01, 2021

Kiana June Weber. Photo by J. Carlos Gonzalez.

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What is the Best String Instrument For Me?

Monday, August 30, 2021

So, you've decided that you'd like to learn a string instrument. Great choice! Playing a string instrument — be it a bowed instrument like violin or cello or a plucked/strummed one like guitar or ukulele — can be immensely rewarding, whether you have…

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Finding the Best Violin for Beginners

Friday, August 06, 2021
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Are Violin Strings Really Made of Cat Guts?

Friday, July 23, 2021

At some point, most kids will have another kid tell them that violin strings (not to mention stitches and tennis rackets) are made of cat intestines, or “catgut”. It’s a classic gross-out, especially effective if the kid on the receiving end is the type…

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String Theory: A Progressive Rock Violin Primer

Saturday, July 17, 2021

We all know that the violin family of instruments — that is, violin, viola, cello, and double bass — is most closely associated with classical music. It makes sense: one virtually defines the other, after all! Yet bowed string instruments have worked…

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"What is the Earliest Bowed String Instrument?" and Other Tricky Questions

Friday, July 09, 2021

If you play a string instrument – be it a violin family instrument like what we sell at SHAR Music or an electric guitar, a harp, a European lute, what have you – at some point during your musical practice you’ve surely wondered to yourself: “just where,…

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Memphis Shakedown: How Blues Fiddle Changed 20th Century Popular Music

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

When one closes their eyes to picture their archetype of a blues musician, most see someone with a guitar. This isn't too surprising: from Charley Patton to Bonnie Raitt, the guitar has been central to blues music throughout its recorded history.…

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