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Are Violin Strings Really Made of Cat Guts?

Friday, July 23, 2021

At some point, most kids will have another kid tell them that violin strings (not to mention stitches and tennis rackets) are made of cat intestines, or “catgut”. It’s a classic gross-out, especially effective if the kid on the receiving end is the…

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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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"What is the Earliest Bowed String Instrument?" and Other Tricky Questions

Friday, July 09, 2021

If you play a string instrument – be it a violin family instrument like what we sell at SHAR Music or an electric guitar, a harp, a European lute, what have you –  at some point during your musical practice you’ve surely wondered to yourself: “just…

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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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Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, 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…

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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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Rachel Barton Pine at SHAR Music

Wednesday, October 24, 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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Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One of our most popular products for young violinists and violists is the Violin Bow Force. Now, as we introduce the new Cello Bow Force, we asked the inventor, teacher Becky Fields, to explain how she came up with her idea for this unique and…

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