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String Players Should Know About The French Violin Making Tradition!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The history of the violin is a bit like the evolution of a migratory species. It didn't come about all in one place or all at one time; various factors influenced it's changes over centuries, and in many ways we are still writing the violin's history…

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3 MINUTES A DAY TO RADICALLY CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS

Monday, August 07, 2017

Author, mom, and Suzuki teacher Christine Goodner previously writes on her Suzuki Triangle blog, about how parents (not the physical space) are their children’s practice environment. Here she shares with us the the 3 minute process that can radically…

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The Magic of E-Strings!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Of the four strings on the violin, the E-string is unique. With the exception of baroque violin E-strings, which are generally made from plain gut, the violin E-string is made from steel, offering very different characteristics than the other three…

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Think Like A Gamer: Power Up Your String Player Stats

Tuesday, April 25, 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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Enroll Your Children in the Arts

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” - Plato

This article by Theodore Buchholz, Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of…

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Are your Strings Real or Fake?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

There have been rumors about counterfeit strings for violin, viola, cello, and bass infiltrating the market for at least a decade. When I heard of "counterfeit strings", I mostly imagined packaging that looked like it came out of an Inkjet printer,…

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Teaching to Read, but never to Write?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Music is an artificial creation. Often described as the highest form of art, it has nothing close to a natural existence but for the songs of birds and the movement of the planets. Its structure, elements, and substance are all born from human…

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Why Adventures in Violinland?

Monday, January 19, 2015

For many years now, SHAR has carried the much-loved method book series Adventures in Violinland by Shirley Givens. Because of the esteem we have for Shirley, it's a great honor to offer her a space on our blog to answer a question that those of you…

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Suzuki Teacher Training Journal, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Alexandra Ostroff, one our Customer Service Leads, talks about her experience this past week at the Phoenix Phest Suzuki Teacher Training seminar. Alexandra is clearly developing into a talented teacher; what I love most about her blog post is how…

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Fame, Money, Music, and Your Education

Monday, April 28, 2014

In this guest blog, SHAR customer Paul Dittus asks the question "Why should anyone study music and why is it important?" His answer is a suprising one: drawing on arguments from classical philosophy, Paul argues that at its best music can connect us…

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