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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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Is Violin Hard To Learn?: A Conversation with Kiana June Weber

Friday, October 01, 2021

Kiana June Weber. Photo by J. Carlos Gonzalez.

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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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Fiddle vs. Violin: What’s the Difference?

Friday, August 13, 2021

I’m here today to shed some light on a common question: what’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

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Finding the Best Violin for Beginners

Friday, August 06, 2021
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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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