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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 […]

Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

There are three basic categories of classical music that performers can choose from – orchestral music, solo music, and chamber music.  Obviously within those categories are infinite sub-categories and genres, but when we perform, we do so in one of those three ways.  I have […]

The Classics – Gateways to Even Better Music

The Classics – Gateways to Even Better Music

One of the criticisms I hear a lot regarding classical music is, there is only so much Mozart, Beethoven, or Tchaikovsky out there.  While that is true, most novice classical music lovers are usually unaware of the awesome depth of fine music from any one […]