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…
String Theory: A Progressive Rock Violin PrimerSaturday, July 17, 2021
Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the RoomWednesday, December 19, 2018
Any classical string player who has ever attended an improvisation workshop led by Christian Howes will tell you that it is a life-changing experience. In fact, for most classical-only players, the very thought of attending such a workshop is a radical…
Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String PlayerFriday, September 07, 2018
In his last SHAR blog post, Christian Howes introduced us to his Creative Strings Academy and the pedagogy that he developed especially for string players. In this new article, Christian shares the lessons of a master.
Easy Gift Ideas for an Advancing String Player! (Part 2)Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Some people are difficult to shop for, and some are near impossible. If you're lucky, the person has an interest or a hobby that you'd love to support by gifting them something related. The only problem is that you might not be sure what that something…
New AT SHAR 2016: Violin and Viola Cases, Electrics, and AccessoriesFriday, August 26, 2016
Since 1962, SHAR has been making new products available to string players every year. The fall season is usually when we debut most of our new products in preparation for new school years, concert seasons, and holidays! This year is no exception with…
Three Ways to Improve Musicianship Outside the ClassroomWednesday, September 19, 2012
Christian Howes shares a terrific new blog entry with his top three ways to keep practicing when you're not in the practice room. Leave a comment below with your own "downtime" practice tips! Good musicians practice.
A Silent Violin?Thursday, August 23, 2012
Aren’t violins made to be heard? Why would you want a silent one, then? Well, silent violins have several advantages (besides just being fun to play!). Here are some thoughts!