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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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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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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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Which Rosin is Right For Me?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

 

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Mutes: What Difference Do They Make?

Friday, June 11, 2021

Hello, Internet! Today, we’ll attempt to demystify the mutes used for violin, viola, cello, and double bass. These simple tools of the trade are essential string instrument accessories, and they're easy enough to use, but they also come with many…

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SHAR 2019 Photo Contest Winners!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

 

Each year, we are impressed by the photos our customer send in for our Photo Contests. This year, you've all outdone yourselves! We received so many impressive shots, and it took some time to sift through them all, but after much deliberation, we've…

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Writing with SIZZLE: Introducing Martha Yasuda's Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites

Friday, November 02, 2018

Attention Teachers: Enrich Your Studio With Martha Yasuda’sGorgeous Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites

When we first saw Martha Yasuda’s music books, several years ago, we were really impressed with their quality. The arranging was top-notch;…

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"Michael" from In the Key of Strawberry

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin…

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The Total Violinist

Friday, August 03, 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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SHAR Spring 2018 Photo Contest Results

Monday, July 09, 2018

After weeks of deliberation over your photo contest entries, we have selected winner for this year’s Spring 2018 Photo Contest! We had huge number of submissions this year, which made our job even harder. Of all the wonderful photos we received, we…

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