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Val Jaskiewicz

Val is SHAR's Content Manager, a product specialist, a skilled violinist, and one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry regarding the details of products used by string players, from the finest instruments to the smallest accessories.
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Rachel Barton Pine at SHAR Music

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SHAR Music is pleased to announce the visit of concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, 2:00pm Saturday, November 10th, at the SHAR retail showroom, 2465 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor. The event is open to the public. Ms. Pine will greet guests starting at…

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2018

Dry Air = Danger

As autumn gives way to winter, with dryer and colder air on the way, your stringed instrument may be dreading it even more than you are. Here at SHAR, we live by the old Norwegian adage (some say Finnish, others say German!): “There…

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The Total Violinist

Friday, August 08, 2018

Most of us violinists (as well as violists, cellists and bassists) are our most comfortable in an orchestra setting. Of course, the music is fantastic, and usually very challenging to learn and play. But learn and play we do, after woodshedding our…

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Why We Love Barenreiter Editions

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

 

Why We Love Barenreiter Editions

In the world of classical music publishing, world-renowned music publisher Barenreiter is a mere youngster, at 95 years of age. But Barenreiter’s distinctive identity as a serious publisher at the highest level of…

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Introduction to Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)

Monday, May 05, 2018

SHAR is excited to announce a new partnership with Associated Chamber Music Players, encouraging everyone to experience the joys of playing chamber music while enjoying special benefits from SHAR. The following blog describes one violinist’s…

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The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words

Thursday, January 01, 2018

Years of lessons. Constant practice. Starting a new etude book and moving up to the next level. Running to rehearsals. Auditions. Performing on stage. Playing with others. The sacrifice and toil of gaining mastery on your instrument can seem daunting…

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In this final part of the breakthrough blog series, Val Jaskiewicz offers a reminder to teachers that a student is responsible for their instrument and that learning good habits early on will prevent them from hitting barriers later on. Caring for an…

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2017

In the previous parts of this blog series, we looked at some books and methods created by string teachers, who have years of experience in helping violin, viola, cello, and bass students in overcoming difficult obstacles that would otherwise prevent…

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