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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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Good Vibrations: Musicians Making a Difference

Wednesday, September 09, 2018

Musicians are generous – they create music and share it with everyone. They teach, enabling others to experience the joy of creating music. And in the heartland of America, the Omaha Chamber Music Society is making sure that all students who attend…

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Summer Music Camp Essentials

Tuesday, June 06, 2018

With the school year ending and the weather getting warmer, music camps are on the horizon! Make the most out of your summer music experience by making sure you have everything you need before you leave. We've compiled a list of must-have essentials…

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Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

Friday, January 01, 2018

It's a scenario every beginner or intermediate string player finds themselves in at some point: either a string broke, the metal winding is unraveling, or they've simply decided better strings will make them finally sound like Anne-Sophie Mutter. I…

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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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Why a Violin Case or Viola Case (Sometimes) Isn’t Enough

Monday, January 01, 2017

There are days when I look over my monthly budget and just shake my head at just how much I spend on various kinds of insurance: Instrument insurance, car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, homeowners insurance. It’s a never ending list! As…

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Winter Is Coming. Is your Instrument Protected?

Monday, October 10, 2016

The days are getting shorter, your heat may have already kicked in a few times, and you’re starting to look for sweaters and coats you haven’t seen in months. Winter is coming, and that means dry air that can wreak havoc on your string instrument! As…

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New AT SHAR 2016: Violin and Viola Cases, Electrics, and Accessories

Friday, August 08, 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…

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Why is my stringed instrument buzzing and rattling?

Wednesday, March 03, 2016

Is your violin, viola, cello, or bass rattling or buzzing? Does it make these noises only on certain strings or notes?

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Traveling with Your Cello

Tuesday, July 07, 2014

If you’re an active musician, chances are you’ll be traveling to a gig, performance or audition out of town. If you’re a violinist or flutist, this isn’t a big deal... well, at least it shouldn't be. But if you’re a cellist or bassist? Let’s just say…

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