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September Community Newsletter: Update about Sunday Hours and Successful Summer Stories, Photos, & Videos!

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Common ways to address upper back pain before buying a new shoulder rest and chin rest:

Ensuring no back pain. One of the most common areas of discomfort in violists is the upper back. While this can be caused for a variety of reasons, a fair percentage of players (especially those with very large violas) will compensate for the size of the instrument by bringing their shoulders forward in [...]

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Purchasing a New Case?

Purchasing a new case. One of the most important things you can do for your instrument is to store it in a protective, durable case. When transporting your instrument to and fro - whether it is by carrying it, driving, or even by plane - your case is ultimately what you rely on [...]

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An Interview with Anton Krutz, Master Luthier - in Bass World, Magazine for the International Society of Bassists

Anton in the shop. From the Interview: At the end of our correspondence I asked Anton Krutz if he had any philosophical thoughts he would like to express. His response was, "Long ago in Europe, there were fundamental changes to long-established ecosystems that coalesced to result in the dark ages. When the first bowed [...]

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Purchasing a New Bow?

Purchasing a new bow! Having a good bow is one of the most important steps in achieving the quality experience that you desire while playing music. Not all bows are equal; each featuring a different tone, feel, and capability. Every player is different, therefore a bow must be fitted to your specific abilities [...]

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What to Look For in a Violin/Viola Pickup?

What to Look For in a Violin/Viola Pickup? Violins and violas are fairly loud for their size, and can do very well to fill up a room with sound when alone, or in an ensemble. However, there are some situations where the violin by itself isn’t loud enough. For instance, you might be performing [...]

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Purchasing a New Instrument.

Purchasing a new instrument? Whether you are looking to make your first instrument purchase or are looking to upgrade what you currently have, here are some tips to help you find the right instrument for you. Know your budget. If you are completely new to purchasing an instrument, this may be a hard place [...]

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How Do I Find a Private Lessons Instructor?

Violin Instruction! How Do I Find a Private Lessons Instructor? Are you interested in learning to play a stringed instrument or already playing an instrument at school and wanting to take your musical knowledge to the next level? Private lessons are one of the best, and fastest ways to learn. One-on-one instruction enables you [...]

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I'm in Orchestra at School. Should I Have Private Lessons?

Private Lessons? Many students who play in the orchestra at their school, along with their parents, grapple with the question of private lessons at some point. Do I really need them? Is it worth the money? The answer to this question is not very straightforward, and it has a lot to do with [...]

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