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"Yesterday"-the Beatles (electric violin cover)

Find resources at "Yesterday"-the Beatles (electric violin cover) Electric violinist Christian Howes uses a loop pedal and the Y...
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Very out-of-practise violinist trying to get back into it!

Hi everyone! First post here, and I could do with a bit of help from fellow musicians.I used to play the violin to a pretty decent standard when I was younger. I was quite naturally talented at it (yay!) though I didn't work that hard at it (not yay) - ah the joys of being young and foolish. Sadly I eventually tailed off and I haven't played in 2-3 years. I picked up my violin recently as I'd really, really like to play again, but I just cannot. I've found it similar to quite literally riding a…See More
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A = 440hz, or does it?

Simple question, maybe a not-so-simple answer.  WHY has the pitch frequency for A changed though the centuries?  Today and for most of the 20th century it has been 440hz.  Back in the Baroque period it was around 430-435hz (ish), almost an Ab.  Some players today tune to 442hz.    I understand that some soloists might want to be tuned a little sharp to stand out.  Better to be a little sharp than a little flat I guess.  And maybe the evolution and advances in instrument development may have…See More
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Scholarship openings at the 2015 Creative Strings Workshop (June 28-July 4th)

For the first time in thirteen years, we are now able to officially open up the scholarship pool. A variety of work study scholarships are available this year on a first come-first serve basis, expected to be filled by January 1st. Stationed in Columbus, Ohio adults and teen fiddlers and bowed string players of all levels are welcome to join an incredible international community in a week of total immersion in world music, jazz, rock, fiddle styles, concerts, classes, jams, and much more.. …See More
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Sarah Cranor replied to Sarah Cranor's discussion Handmade Violin and Viola Bags
"Thank you both!   New silk brocades are coming in soon...  I appreciate the feedback!"
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Corinthius replied to Sarah Cranor's discussion Handmade Violin and Viola Bags
"I like the red bag. You have very nice work."
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Corinthius left a comment for Kevin Keating
"Sounds like we're working on similar stuff. I'm going through the books Viva Vibrato, Introducing the positions, and for warm ups I'm doing the Schradiek scale studies."
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Spruce tone wood harvested ca. 1800

Lovely material in the workshop. I am just starting to cut into it, and this spruce, which is used for the tops of instruments, has a golden brown patina all the way through it. Normally, wood is aged by the tone wood seller for a number of years, and some sellers bake the wood in the sun, giving then of course a pleasing…See More
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Day Five Part One at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Arrival of Kirill Gerstein

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014

August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play

Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

Saguaro Trio Scores With Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on Music Guild Summer Series

Dateline: The Music Guild Summer Fest 14, University Synagogue, Brentwood, California, August 24, 2014, 2 p.m.

With a large, enthusiastic crowd at University Synagogue in Brentwood ready to hear what Music Guild impresario Eugene Golden had up his sleeve for the fifth and final concert of the Summer Fest 14 season, the Saguaro Trio gave everything they had, which was a lot, in Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 and brought rare notes of intimacy to Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 30, 2014 at 9:52am

In Search of Ole Bull

For four days in Bergen, Norway, violinist and researcher Peter Sheppard-Skaerved pursued the essence of Norway’s most famous fiddler.

Posted by Greg Cahill on September 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Elephants Dancing to Violins, Naturally

Another reason not to kill elephants for their ivory: they're fans of violin music. Watch the video

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 28, 2014 at 1:01pm

Introducing Teen Strings Tip Sheets

A new tool for string teachers--keep your students engaged with these monthly practice tips, instrument care advice and inspirational notes on their peers. Check it out here.

Posted by Greg Cahill on August 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

How to Prevent, or Even Cure, a Violin Hickey

t begins as an itch or a chafe. Friends giggle, families gape, and perfect strangers won’t stop staring at it—that red spot on the left-hand side of your neck. It has many names in many countries—fiddler’s neck, violin hickey, or mark of greatness.

Dermatologists call this spot—where a violin or viola contacts with the player’s neck—“acne mechanica” and proceed further with such technical terms as “lichenification,” “erythema,” “scaling,” and good-old “scarring.” No…


Posted by Greg Cahill on August 21, 2014 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

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