Back to School Violin Supply List

It's time for the kids to go back to school which means it's time for violin lessons to get started again.  Every violin student needs certain supplies for his or her lessons.  Read on for the best back to school violin supplies updated for 2016. Instruments Every violin student needs…

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The Practice Room is Your Laboratory

Let's be honest, no one likes to practice.  The best violinists in the world don't love getting into a room and working for hours on little snippets of repertoire.  Unfortunately, the practice room is where we work and improve.  Practicing is necessary, but if you've read anything else I've written…

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Dos and Don’ts of Playing Gigs

Gigs come in many different forms; weddings, symphony work, corporate functions, pit orchestras, and many more.  Below are six tips that every musician should follow so he or she will not only be successful, but get hired again.  For purposes of this article, I will assume you are a freelance…

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The Wonderful World of Viola

As I have already stated, I play viola in addition to violin.  This year, I purchased my first good viola to use for gigs and teaching, and this last weekend, I performed with it for the first time. For years I have been a violinist who can't resist telling a…

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Cool T-shirts and Gifts

So, not only am I a world class violinist and in-demand private teacher, but I also design and sell stuff through a print-on-demand company called Zazzle.  I design lots of gifts, clothes, and other fun merchandise and get a small commission when people buy them.  Zazzle takes care of the…

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The Christian Community Orchestra

Tonight, I'll be performing with the Christian Community Orchestra in Douglasville, GA.  This is a really great group of people led by Jan Booth.  Ms. Booth founded this orchestra over 20 years ago and it continues to grow today. The orchestra attracts beginners and pros alike and in addition to…

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