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When is it time to rehair your bow?

When is it time to rehair your bow?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The SHAR Repair and Restoration shop is often asked for indications of when a bow needs new hair. Find our answers and learn why regularly rehairing your bow is so important with this video! Shop Supervisor, Ryan Bodiford, covers the most common reasons for a bow needing new hair, and why it is so important to have your bow...

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How to clean violin strings and fingerboard with steel wool.

How to clean violin strings and fingerboard with steel wool.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Anyone who regularly plays a bowed string instrument should regularly wipe rosin and oil from the strings to keep them lasting long and sounding their best. Occasionally, however, stubborn rosin can build up and windings may begin to tarnish, making them feel rough and react differently to the bow. In this video we show how...

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Celebratory Post-Performance Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Celebratory Post-Performance Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Monday, April 08, 2019

The applause has ended; your instrument is back in the case, it's time to celebrate! You practiced hard, you played beautifully, and the music was a delight. Let’s celebrate with a very special, fruity, bubbly and delicious drink. The pineapple mimosa is made with pure pineapple juice and the freshly squeezed...

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Post-Performance Celebratory Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Post-Performance Celebratory Pineapple Mimosa Recipe

Monday, April 08, 2019

The applause has ended; your instrument is back in the case, it's time to celebrate! You practiced hard, you played beautifully, and the music was a delight. Let’s celebrate with a very special, fruity, bubbly and delicious drink. This pineapple mimosa is made with pure pineapple juice and the freshly squeezed juice of orange...

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Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Friday, April 05, 2019

You’ve practiced hard and tension has a habit of mounting.  Treat yourself to this warm, frothy, chamomile latte to help you sleep the night before your performance, or enjoy it just before you begin to warm up back stage. Take the time to breathe before your big performance....

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Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Calming Chamomile Latte Recipe for Pre-Performance Relaxation

Friday, April 05, 2019

You’ve practiced hard and tension has a habit of mounting. Treat yourself to this warm, frothy, chamomile latte to help you sleep the night before, or enjoy it before you perform. Take the time to breathe before your big performance. Read the full recipe and more about why we chose it in the SHAR blog!...

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Lemon-Ginger Tea Recipe for Focused Practice

Lemon-Ginger Tea Recipe for Focused Practice

Thursday, April 04, 2019

For our second recipe, we chose a simple tea that is delicious, healthy, and easy enough to make any time of day to refresh your practice. This classic infusion of ginger, lemon, and honey has been called a detox tea and a natural caffeine-free tonic for focus. This makes it a perfect choice for refreshing a quick...

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SHAR's Lemon-Ginger Tea Recipe for Focused Practice

SHAR's Lemon-Ginger Tea Recipe for Focused Practice

Thursday, April 04, 2019

This classic infusion of lemon and ginger will help to clear your mind for focused practice. Add raw honey for a little sweetness, and let it carry over into your tone. Read more about this recipe and why we chose it in our blog!...

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Recipe for an Energizing Pre-Lesson Smoothie

Recipe for an Energizing Pre-Lesson Smoothie

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Spring is recital season! Getting through your most important performances, believe it or not, requires more than just practice. Proper nutrition, rest, and mental and emotional wellness are key factors in maximizing the effectiveness of your hard work. So, over the next few days we will be sharing some drink...

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Recipe for an Energizing Pre-lesson Smoothie

Recipe for an Energizing Pre-lesson Smoothie

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Whether teaching or being taught, no yawning or growling stomachs are allowed! Keep your lesson positively energized with this fresh green smoothie. Matcha powder, raw honey, romaine, banana, and almond milk… delicious. Get the recipe on our blog!...

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Rebecca Clarke: Wonderful Feeling of Potential Power

Rebecca Clarke: Wonderful Feeling of Potential Power

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SHAR is continuing to celebrate Women's History Month this week by honoring Rebecca Clarke, a virtuoso and composer with a complicated past . Having faced many internal and external obstacles in her efforts to be recognized as a composer, the strides she made laid the groundwork for generations...

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Tracy Silverman on Connecting with the Groove

Tracy Silverman on Connecting with the Groove

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fresh from the ASTA national conference, 2019 ASTA Eclectic String chair Tracy Silverman explains why violinists should focus more on playing rhythm, not just melody . . . ...

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Dame Ethel Smyth: Suffragette & Composer

Dame Ethel Smyth: Suffragette & Composer

Monday, March 11, 2019

SHAR is continuing to celebrate Women's History Month this week by honoring Dame Ethel Smyth, a glass-ceiling breaking composer and suffragette. Her determination and self-possession helped her achieve her goals in life despite the forces working against her. ...

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Fanny: The Overlooked Mendelssohn

Fanny: The Overlooked Mendelssohn

Monday, March 04, 2019

March is Women's History Month, so SHAR wants to take this opportunity to celebrate female composers - some that you've heard of, and perhaps some that you have not! This week, we're introducing you to Fanny Mendelssohn, a brilliant, talented, and relatively unknown female composer.  ...

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William Grant Still: The Dean of African American Composers

William Grant Still: The Dean of African American Composers

Monday, February 25, 2019

  To finish off our Black History Month celebration, we want to honor William Grant Still, the first African American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera, performed on national television, and the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra. His outlook...

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Florence Price: Once Overlooked, Now Rediscovered

Florence Price: Once Overlooked, Now Rediscovered

Monday, February 18, 2019

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we want to commemorate Florence Price, the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra....

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: An Unjustly Neglected Composer

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: An Unjustly Neglected Composer

Monday, February 11, 2019

SHAR is beginning week two of our Black History Month celebration by highlighting Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English composer, violinist, and conductor who, in his regrettably short life, made a great impact on the global music community....

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“Black Mozart”: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

“Black Mozart”: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Monday, February 04, 2019

February is Black History Month, and SHAR wants to celebrate by honoring the legacies of renowned, yet underappreciated black composers and musicians. Each week, we will recognize and commemorate one composer who has made an impact on the musical world as we know it. To begin, we want to shine a light on Joseph...

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SHAR Celebrates Black History Month

SHAR Celebrates Black History Month

Friday, February 01, 2019

February is Black History Month! Following in the footsteps of Rachel Barton Pine's Music by Black Composers series, SHAR wants to celebrate by commemorating black musicians and composers who have been underrepresented or written out of music history. ...

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Pascal Lauxerrois & Lionel Tasquier

Pascal Lauxerrois & Lionel Tasquier

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Tarisio and is being republished with permission. You can find the original postings here: Part I, Part II PASCAL LAUXERROIS & LIONEL TASQUIERTwo great bowmakers you’ve probably never heard ofby Richard Young, Vermeer Quartet Not a...

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Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Any classical string player who has ever attended an improvisation workshop led by Christian Howes will tell you that it is a life-changing experience. In fact, for most classical-only players, the very thought of attending such a workshop is a radical idea in itself; after all, improvisation is generally learned...

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Play Them Today: Chamber Music For Holiday Concerts and Group Classes

Play Them Today: Chamber Music For Holiday Concerts and Group Classes

Monday, December 10, 2018

Just a few short weeks ago, SHAR introduced Martha Yasuda’s masterful digital downloads. Their popularity with teachers, students and parents have exceeded all of our expectations! With the holiday concert season upon us, we asked Martha to share her experience as a busy teacher, showing us how to make concerts...

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A Musician's Holiday Wishlist

A Musician's Holiday Wishlist

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Struggling with what to get for that special musician in your life this holiday season? We've got a HUGE selection of gifts that will please students, teachers, stand partners, and everyone in between! Just decide on your budget and finish holiday shopping! ...

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Music by Black Composers

Music by Black Composers

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fresh off her visit to SHAR, where she conducted a master class with student musicians from the Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Rachel shares her insights behind her exciting new book series, Music by Black Composers....

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Writing with SIZZLE: Introducing Martha Yasuda's Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites

Writing with SIZZLE: Introducing Martha Yasuda's Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites

Friday, November 02, 2018

Attention Teachers: Enrich Your Studio With Martha Yasuda’sGorgeous Arrangements of Classic Works and Favorites When we first saw Martha Yasuda’s music books, several years ago, we were really impressed with their quality. The arranging was top-notch; the visual quality of the notes was superb; the artwork and...

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"Halloween Special" from In the Key of Strawberry

"Halloween Special" from In the Key of Strawberry

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin Dreams and Indivisible by Four. For more...

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Cello Bow Force Teaching Aid | SHAR Music

Cello Bow Force Teaching Aid | SHAR Music

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Train proper bow technique from the beginning with the new Cello Bow Force! Working with Becky Fields, a dedicated string teacher and designer of the Violin Bow Force, SHAR is happy to introduce the first cello bow guide of its kind! Pick up a Cello Bow Force for your student today! https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Teaching-Aids/Cello-Bow-Force---Bow-Training-Aid.axd...

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How To Change Your Violin Strings Like A Professional!

How To Change Your Violin Strings Like A Professional!

Monday, November 13, 2017

This video is intended for players who have already begun tuning and changing their strings on their own, not as a first-time instructional video. However, you may find the recommended steps in this video to improve your intonation, the sound of your instrument, and the lifespan of your strings! We would love to hear your own...

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Red Shoe Company: "Air in Our Ways" Promotional Video

Red Shoe Company: "Air in Our Ways" Promotional Video

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Come see Red Shoe Company (members Teagan Faran and Victor Minke Huls here performing "Les Pauli" by BartolomeyBittmann) at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, November 19th, 2017. Their program "The Air in Our Ways" will be performed from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Free admission with a recommended donation of $20. For more information...

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Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The top-of-the-line Franz Hoffmann violin is for top-of-the-line students who need the tone, dynamic range, response, and feel of an instrument that responds to expressive playing and advanced technique. The Maestro meets all of the demands that a student needs to enter into intermediate repertoire and pre-concerto work. It's...

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Franz Hoffmann® Vienna Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Vienna Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin offers traditional European quality and tone, for the advancing student. It is a remarkable instrument that will enable the serious student to easily progress to the next level. The incredibly fine choice of wood and varnish, Romanian craftsmanship, and the inspection, setup, and adjustments...

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As a violin student advances, a better instrument is often needed to allow them to show their progress and continue learning new techniques. The Franz Hoffmann Concert Violin offers the tone and feel that is necessary for intermediate and advanced techniques learned with progressive repertoire. Teachers have praised the Concert...

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Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Are you looking for a European-made instrument that is affordable and perfect for talented students? The Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin is a "step-up" violin making it perfect for students needing a better instrument to match their progress. With real solid spruce, maple, and ebony woods assembled in Romania, and inspected, setup,...

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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Buying a violin for the first time or looking to upgrade for more tone and volume? There are lots of "bargain" violins on the market that don't have all of the features of a real violin, making them difficult or impossible to tune, play, or keep in one piece. The Franz Hoffmann Prelude Violin truly offers what similarly price...

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Buying a violin for the first time and don't want to spend too much or end up with junk? There are lots of cheap violins on the market that don't have all of the features of a real violin, making them difficult or impossible to tune, play, or keep in one piece. The Franz Hoffmann Violin is the answer to these "V.S.O.'s" or "Violin-Shaped-Objects"....

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The Art Of Swing Violin by Stephan Dudash

The Art Of Swing Violin by Stephan Dudash

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Transform Yourself Into a Swing Violinist and Improviser! "Wow, what a book!! Useful for all levels and having the words to these old songs is certainly a big plus. Every fiddler will be swingin' when they get this book that;s for sure." - Byron Berline, Three-Time National Fiddler Champion With three...

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The Bow Force safely teaches proper bowing to beginner violinists!

The Bow Force safely teaches proper bowing to beginner violinists!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Train Proper Bowing Technique . . . From the Beginning! As every string teacher knows, learning proper bowing technique is among the most difficult challenges for the beginning student – the natural arc, formed by moving the right arm back and forth, must be counteracted by the wrist in order to arrive at a straight bow stroke,...

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Introducing the Belvelin Shoulder Cushion

Introducing the Belvelin Shoulder Cushion

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Belvelin Shoulder Cushion is not your typical foam shoulder rest! Made in Sweden from a high-quality closed-cell foam that remains firm, doesn't absorb sweat, and lasts a lifetime, it is revolutionizing the way people think of foam shoulder rests. Still perfect and affordable for students, it is also getting attention from...

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The Viva Flex Shoulder Rest is Comfortable, Adjustable, and Affordable!

The Viva Flex Shoulder Rest is Comfortable, Adjustable, and Affordable!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Perfect for Violin Students and Professionals, the Viva Flex Shoulder Rest by Viva La Musica offers unparalleled design and quality at a price that schools, teachers, and parents will love! The highly flexible, adjustable, and reliable features make it comfortable for players of any shape, size, or playing level. Available in...

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The Iris Electro-Acoustic Violin: Installing the Shoulder Rest

The Iris Electro-Acoustic Violin: Installing the Shoulder Rest

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

If you decide to use the specially designed KUN shoulder rest with your Iris Electro-Acoustic Violin, it is important to install it slowly and carefully to avoid scratching the varnish. This video will demonstrate the easiest method for installing the specially-designed KUN Shoulder Rest without letting the metal rods scratch...

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The Xeros Shoulder Cushion is the most versatile shoulder support for Violin and Viola.

The Xeros Shoulder Cushion is the most versatile shoulder support for Violin and Viola.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Xeros is a new revolutionary shoulder cushion for violin and viola. The American brand that created the most popular cello endpin anchor, now makes what is sure to be the most popular shoulder support. Students find it comfortable and easy to use, and professionals find its versatility perfect for matching their exact needs....

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The Empire Shoulder Rest for Violin or Viola - Unbeatable Value!

The Empire Shoulder Rest for Violin or Viola - Unbeatable Value!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The new Empire Shoulder Rest takes the best features of popular shoulder rests, and combines them into one affordable, durable, and reliable rest. It is very comfortable and totally secure - it will never fall off your instrument! It is available for almost all sizes of violin and viola: http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Shoulder-Rests/#page_no=1&fq=ATR_Brand%3aEmpire...

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Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin - Now Available in the USA!

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin - Now Available in the USA!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin has been taking the strings world by storm. Now available in the USA for the first time, at www.sharmusic.com, this rosin could be the key to bringing your tone to the next level! Hear this promising endorsement by Daniel Lelchuk, Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra....

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Xeros Shoulder Cushion - Demonstration and Cleaning

Xeros Shoulder Cushion - Demonstration and Cleaning

Monday, September 26, 2016

The NEW Xeros Violin and Viola Shoulder Cushions are unprecedented in function and quality! Watch this video to see how it works and how to keep it clean. The Xeros Shoulder Cushion is one of the safest, easiest to use, and most accommodating shoulder pads for your violin or viola. Many sizes are available, making it possible...

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Peak Cello Stand Review and Demonstration

Peak Cello Stand Review and Demonstration

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Peak Cello Stand, available at www.sharmusic.com, is a heavy duty yet collapsible stand made specifically for holding cellos. Subscribe to our channel and like us on Facebook to catch the latest reviews of new instruments and products for string players!...

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Violin students learn proper wrist posture with the Wrist Rascal!

Violin students learn proper wrist posture with the Wrist Rascal!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This clever device offers violin students a way to learn proper wrist posture without unnecessary frustration. Positive reinforcement makes playing enjoyable thanks to the Wrist Rascal. Available for all sized violins at sharmusic.com!...

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Removable Ball ends on Violin E strings and Viola A strings.

Removable Ball ends on Violin E strings and Viola A strings.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Removable-ball E-strings and Viola A-strings allow for the same string to be used as a Loop-end or Ball-end string. Not all Ball-end strings have a removable ball, but for those that do, these easy tips will help the viewer remove the ball from their string....

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Violin and Viola Loop-end String Protectors

Violin and Viola Loop-end String Protectors

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Loop-end strings, while thought to offer the best response and sound, are notorious for breaking at the loop. This is usually due to the metal-on-metal contact between the string loop and the fine tuner. E-loop (Viola A-loop) protectors are a naturally lubricated plastic cover for your single-prong fine tuner, which prevents...

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Using Ball-end, Loop-End, and Removable Ball-end Strings, and their fine tuners.

Using Ball-end, Loop-End, and Removable Ball-end Strings, and their fine tuners.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This video gives a comprehensive introduction to the different types of string endings for Violin E-strings, and Viola A-strings. Loop, Ball, and Removable Ball strings are introduced and installed onto their respective fine tuners. These strings can be purchased at www.sharmusic.com, as well as other products shown in the video....

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SHAR Salon Music Stand - Review and Assembly Video

SHAR Salon Music Stand - Review and Assembly Video

Friday, September 11, 2015

The SHAR Salon Music Stand is a professional-quality music stand made entirely in Romania with European maple. This video shows how it is assembled and adjusted entirely by hand - with no tools needed. Music in video: "Roumanian Folk Dances" by Bela Bartok, performed by Bela Bartok....

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Ordering Strings on the SHAR Website

Ordering Strings on the SHAR Website

Friday, July 10, 2015

Need help ordering strings on our website? Let us show you how!...

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Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G minor, 4th movement

Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G minor, 4th movement

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While we were too busy shipping out orders to put on a formal holiday recital, we decided to throw one together at the last minute. Unsurprisingly, everyone had a fabulous time! The performances spanned from traditional classical performances to French folk music played on a balalaika. We hope you enjoy these videos as much...

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Wexford Carol and Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant

Wexford Carol and Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While we were too busy shipping out orders to put on a formal holiday recital, we decided to throw one together at the last minute. Unsurprisingly, everyone had a fabulous time! The performances spanned from traditional classical performances to French folk music played on a balalaika. We hope you enjoy these videos as much...

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Rachmaninoff, Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14

Rachmaninoff, Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While we were too busy shipping out orders to put on a formal holiday recital, we decided to throw one together at the last minute. Unsurprisingly, everyone had a fabulous time! The performances spanned from traditional classical performances to French folk music played on a balalaika. We hope you enjoy these videos as much...

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Peak Music Stand Review

Peak Music Stand Review

Thursday, October 16, 2014

James Engman of SHAR Music reviews the Peak music stand line: the SMS-20, SMS-32, and SMS-50....

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Vision Strings Review

Vision Strings Review

Thursday, October 16, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews four Vision string sets for SHAR Music. Vision strings have a synthetic core, and although all these strings share similar characteristics there are important, subtle differences....

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Larsen Virtuoso Strings Review

Larsen Virtuoso Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Larsen Virtuoso strings for SHAR Music. Larsen Virtuoso strings have a rich, brilliant sound and are a great choice for advancing players and professionals....

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Evah Pirazzi Strings Review

Evah Pirazzi Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Evah Pirazzi strings for SHAR Music. Evah Pirazzi strings offer a very bright, powerful sound that works great for solo playing and chamber music....

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Obligato Strings Review

Obligato Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Obligato strings for SHAR Music. Obligato strings are a popular option for players who favor a darker, warmer sound....

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Infeld Red and Blue Strings Review

Infeld Red and Blue Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Infeld Red and Blue strings for SHAR Music. These are great strings to mix and match....

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Helicore Strings Review

Helicore Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Helicore strings for SHAR Music. Helicore strings are reliable and affordable....

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Dominant Strings Review

Dominant Strings Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and string teacher, reviews Dominant strings for SHAR Music. Dominant strings have been the industry standard for decades....

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Temperature

Temperature

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and teacher, talks with SHAR customers about how to minimize the effects of rapid changes in temperature on your instrument....

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Humidity

Humidity

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and teacher, talks with SHAR customers about how to minimize the effects of rapid changes in humidity on your instrument....

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Handling an Instrument

Handling an Instrument

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and teacher, talks with SHAR customers about how to pick up and hold your new instrument so that you don't damage it....

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Cleaning an Instrument

Cleaning an Instrument

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

David Ormai, a local violinist and teacher, talks with SHAR customers about how to use an instrument cloth, cleaner, and polish on your instrument so that you keep your string instrument looking and sounding its best....

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Pickups and Pre-amps

Pickups and Pre-amps

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diana Ladio of The Moxie Strings talks with SHAR customers about pickups and pre-amps. Pickups can help you amplify your current instrument without going full electric. While some pickups will require you to modify your instrument, others won't. A pre-amp isn't a bad idea either. Pre-amps give you more control over your instrument's...

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Amps

Amps

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diana Ladio of The Moxie Strings talks with SHAR customers about amplifiers. There are lots of amps on the market, but most are for guitarists or keyboard players. SHAR has carefully selected the right amps for string players looking to go electric....

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Gear

Gear

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diana Ladio of The Moxie Strings talks with SHAR customers about gear for their amplified instruments. SHAR has digital recorders, loop pedals, and more. Check out our selection of Zoom recorders, cables, and mics. Everything SHAR sells has been carefully selected for string players who have gone electric....

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Electric Instruments

Electric Instruments

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diana Ladio of The Moxie Strings talks with SHAR customers about how to play amplified. You can simply use a microphone and amp, use a pickup, or dive into the world of electric instruments. Realist offers an acoustic electric violin, while Yamaha, SHAR, NS Design, and Plug 'n Play all offer electric violins, violas, cellos,...

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