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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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Rachel Barton Pine at SHAR Music

Rachel Barton Pine at SHAR Music

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SHAR Music is pleased to announce the visit of concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, 2:00pm Saturday, November 10th, at the SHAR retail showroom, 2465 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor. The event is open to the public. Ms. Pine will greet guests starting at 2:00pm. Books authored by Ms. Pine will be available for purchase...

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Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One of our most popular products for young violinists and violists is the Violin Bow Force. Now, as we introduce the new Cello Bow Force, we asked the inventor, teacher Becky Fields, to explain how she came up with her idea for this unique and effective product. Here’s Becky’s story....

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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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Dry Air = Danger: Prepare Your Stringed Instrument for the Cold Months Ahead

Dry Air = Danger: Prepare Your Stringed Instrument for the Cold Months Ahead

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dry Air = Danger As autumn gives way to winter, with dryer and colder air on the way, your stringed instrument may be dreading it even more than you are. Here at SHAR, we live by the old Norwegian adage (some say Finnish, others say German!): “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing”....

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"The World of the String Quartet" from In the Key of Strawberry

"The World of the String Quartet" from In the Key of Strawberry

Monday, October 15, 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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How to Groove on Strings

How to Groove on Strings

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

We invited legendary electric violinist Tracy Silverman to tell us about what inspired him to create his groundbreaking new books on Strum Bowing. Simply put: There was no defined pedagogy for learning the rhythmic bowing required for non-classical styles, such as jazz, rock and others. Because of this, the violin...

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Good Vibrations: Musicians Making a Difference

Good Vibrations: Musicians Making a Difference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Musicians are generous – they create music and share it with everyone. They teach, enabling others to experience the joy of creating music. And in the heartland of America, the Omaha Chamber Music Society is making sure that all students who attend Title I secondary schools in Omaha also gain this opportunity...

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#CaseConfessions on Instagram - What are you Hiding in Your Instrument Case?

#CaseConfessions on Instagram - What are you Hiding in Your Instrument Case?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Five years ago SHAR asked people to send in their #caseconfessions photos, showing everything in your case except the instrument and bow - old rosin and cleaning cloths, tuners, random toys, photos, and whatever else you need with you and your instrument to survive! You can see some of those photos in that blog...

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Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

Friday, September 07, 2018

In his last SHAR blog post, Christian Howes introduced us to his Creative Strings Academy and the pedagogy that he developed especially for string players. In this new article, Christian shares the lessons of a master. ...

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A New Day At SHAR: Introducing Our New Website and eCatalog

A New Day At SHAR: Introducing Our New Website and eCatalog

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The string instrument community is growing more diverse and innovative each day. SHAR's goal is to offer all the support and resources that we can to help the string community navigate this ever-changing industry. With that in mind, we want to officially present our newly-designed website and our first ever interactive...

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Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

Monday, August 20, 2018

For many classical string players, sticking with classical music is enough. In fact, it’s plenty. After all, the repertoire is incredible, and the technique required to play it is both challenging to learn and rewarding to use. But for others, it is simply not enough, or perhaps not a perfect fit. The Total...

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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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LET'S JAM Intro

LET'S JAM Intro

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diana Ladio of The Moxie Strings talks with SHAR customers about our line of electric instruments, pickups and pre-amps, amplifiers, and gear. If you're looking to electric, or already have, SHAR has everything you need....

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Plug 'n Play Electric Cello

Plug 'n Play Electric Cello

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We've just added more reasons to love Plug 'n Play™ cellos! Working with a performing electric cellist, we focused on the needs of ensemble performers. Because tuning in the middle of a performance can be frightful, we added geared pegs, which hold their tuning and make adjustments almost imperceptible. We also added much more...

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Fishman Piezo Ceramic Pickup for Cello

Fishman Piezo Ceramic Pickup for Cello

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

These pick-ups include a mini-plug jack which mounts to the tailpiece, cello and bass pickups include a 1/4" output jack. Easy to install... no modification to the instrument. Includes 10' cable....

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NS Design CR Pro Cello

NS Design CR Pro Cello

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The NS Cello, available with 4, 5, or 6 strings, is able to produce the delicate and precise tones of its acoustic parent as well as to create exciting new sounds through the tone shaping geometry of its innovative Polar pickup system and dual-mode preamp. The onboard EQ and mixer provides full control of the electronics, so...

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NS Design NXT Cello

NS Design NXT Cello

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The NXT Series Cello, available with 4 or 5 strings, opens up a new horizon for the serious cellist looking to play a great instrument on a limited budget. These new instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series, exemplify flawless workmanship at an incredible value. Pizzicato and arco techniques...

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Yamaha Silent Electric Cello

Yamaha Silent Electric Cello

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Yamaha designers worked together with some of the world's greatest cellists to create the Silent Electric Cello series, and the talent and inspiration of these artists is reflected in their beautiful warm tone and comfortable playability. This cello plays and sounds so similar to a fine acoustic cello, that players will find...

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