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Student Violins for Sale: A Guide

Student Violins for Sale: A Guide

Posted By:
Alberta Barnes
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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High Definition for the Practicing Parent

High Definition for the Practicing Parent

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Guest Blogger
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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TheMagic of E Strings

TheMagic of E Strings

Posted By:
Val Jaskiewicz
Monday, July 10, 2017

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Do You Need a Loop or a Ball Eend for Your E-String? What Is a Removable Ball?

Do You Need a Loop or a Ball Eend for Your E-String? What Is a Removable Ball?

Posted By:
Alberta Barnes
Friday, February 03, 2012

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Why Is My String Instrument Buzzing and Rattling?

Why Is My String Instrument Buzzing and Rattling?

Posted By:
James Engman
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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What Does It Take to Be A 21st Century Musician? A Discussion With Formosa Quartet

What Does It Take to Be A 21st Century Musician? A Discussion With Formosa Quartet

Friday, February 16, 2018

About a decade ago, perhaps in a masterclass during my undergrad as a violin performance major, I recall the discussion of what was required to be a violinist in the 21st Century. Something about the very wide range of technique needed to perform today's expansive repertoire and how being able to "do it all" these... Read More

From Rat Meat to Crystal Springs: 15 Years of Formosa Quartet

From Rat Meat to Crystal Springs: 15 Years of Formosa Quartet

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Last month, in the inaugural article for SHAR's blog series, "The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words", New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins explained how her career blossomed when she decided to "follow her bliss". Once Kelly experienced this epiphany, doors started to open for her. Kelly's... Read More

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, by any measure, enjoys a fulfilling and rewarding career. From her busy solo touring schedule, to serving as concertmaster for some of Broadway’s biggest shows, to her recording work, including her own arrangements, to her humanitarian work, Kelly’s career as... Read More

The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words

The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Years of lessons. Constant practice. Starting a new etude book and moving up to the next level. Running to rehearsals. Auditions. Performing on stage. Playing with others. The sacrifice and toil of gaining mastery on your instrument can seem daunting and off-putting. Is it worth it? Where is it all going?... Read More

Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

Six Mistakes String Players Make When Changing Strings

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's a scenario every beginner or intermediate string player finds themselves in at some point: either a string broke, the metal winding is unraveling, or they've simply decided better strings will make them finally sound like Anne-Sophie Mutter. I can tune my strings by now; I'm sure changing my strings is simple... Read More