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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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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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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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 loved chamber music since the…

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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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