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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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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Strong Habits for Young Violin Students

A great many blog posts and ebooks have mimicked the great book,  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Too many really.  I'm not going to copy that other than to say that below are some habits that will make young violin students more successful and therefore happier.  I began…

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How to Learn Your Music Without Your Instrument

Surely one can't actually learn music without practicing it on the instrument in a practice room.  Well, that is only partly true.  Yes, you have to have your instrument and you have to practice with it to learn music, but there are so many things that can be done with…

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Parents and Violin Lessons – How to Help

No matter what method is being taught to a child, the parents still play a key role in that child's success.  As a teacher, I teach Suzuki method with my youngest and beginning students.  I stress the parents' role from the beginning.  One or both parents must be involved in…

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5 Music Collections Every Advanced Student Needs

As a violin student goes from cute-for-playing-for-neighbors-and-relatives to serious advanced student, the music he or she needs increases.  Below, I give you the five absolutely essential sheet music collections that every serious violin student needs.  There are no elite violinists in the world that haven't studied these works or learned…

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How to Stay Healthy and Keep Playing

As the summer wound down this year, I had a really hard time staying healthy.  I had the stomach flu at the beginning of August, followed by a cold later that month.  Then came the stomach flu again (this time without the fever and chills) in September.  Had I been…

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Advice for Youth and Student Auditions

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post giving advice to professional violinists doing orchestral auditions.  Well, now it's time to get the kids involved.  Student auditions happen many times during a child's violin education.  There are auditions for school orchestra seating, all-region orchestras (in the US), all-state orchestras…

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