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Oh No! I Bought a Chinese Violin!

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 […]

Goals for the Year

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 […]

I Practiced Only Scales for a Month and Look at the Change!

I Practiced Only Scales for a Month and Look at the Change!

We’ve all seen the ads and “sponsored” content on the interwebs:  I only ate kale and anchovies for a month and look at the difference!  Very annoying for sure.  However, it occurred to me I could use this as a teaching tool and improve my […]

Strong Habits for Young Violin Students

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 […]

How to Learn Your Music Without Your Instrument

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 […]