5 Easy Tips for Better Violin Care

It's one thing to learn how to play the violin.  You go to lessons then go home and practice.  Unfortunately, some teachers don't teach how to care for your violin.  Like any other tool you own, the violin needs regular care (I was going to name this post 'The Care…

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You CAN Practice Sight-Reading – Really

Sight-reading is arguably the worst part of every audition whether as a student or a professional.  For many people, sight-reading comes easily.  For others (like me), not so much.  Plus, there's a common belief that you can't learn to sight-read before you need to do it at an audition.  After…

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Solo Violin at Weddings – How to Become an Expert

While string quartet is arguably the most popular ensemble to perform at weddings, not all brides have the budget to spend $600+ for four people.  Sometimes the bride just wants one player, and if she can choose only one, it's almost always violin (shouldn't it be?).  Solo violin at weddings…

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Famous Composers and Their Habits

Sometimes listeners have trouble identifying music they hear, and they try to at least guess the composer.  Sometimes it's easy (like Haydn vs. Bartok), but sometimes it's very difficult (Mozart vs. Haydn).  We all have our favorite composers that we can always identify, but no matter  who you are, there's…

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Spring Updates – Some Big News

Greetings again, intrepid readers.  It's been entirely too long since I posted anything here, and for that I apologize.  Spring is normally a very busy season for us freelance musician types, and this year was even more packed for me.  I have some preliminary plans in place for some new…

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Oh No! I Bought a Chinese Violin!
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Oh No! I Bought a Chinese Violin!

Buying a violin is a big deal.  Even if you are buying a spare (like I just did), you need to shop around and not only get the best deal ($$), but the best value.  Value is defined as the amount of quality at a given price.  We want better…

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Goals for the Year

I know, it's almost February.  New years resolutions should have been made a month ago.  Fear not, intrepid reader, you can still organize your goals for the coming year.  I'll help you. Give it Some Thought Just like the practicing you're about to start, you need take your time and…

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The Last Jedi – Review – Spoilers Below

Greetings, my intrepid readers.  I'm taking a moment away from interesting violin-related drivel to bring you my review of Star Wars-The Last Jedi, which I have now seen twice.  Yes, I liked it.  Not all of it, but if you want a TL;DR version, I liked it the first time,…

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