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Trash or Treasure: A guide for Used Instruments.

Treasure? Everyone loves a good deal, especially when searching for something that’s more expensive than you may have expected with no guarantee that your student is going to stick with it. Pawn shops, family members, and the internet are all decent places to look for a discount on an instrument, but they can [...]

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What Are the Differences between the Violin and Viola?

The Violin and the Viola are both very important members of the string family, and both have quite a colorful and interesting history. The violin and viola are descendents from the Viol family of instruments, which are comprised of instruments that are fretted and/or bowed. A few of these predecessors include medieval fiddle, rebec, and lira da braccio. As you can [...]

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Bow Health - Part 3 of 3 - Inspecting Bow Hair Tightening.

Bow Tightening. Is Your Bow Tightening Properly? If you notice the bow hair tension won’t seem to hold or you’ve turned it as tight as it will go and the hair is not tight, it would be a good idea to have an orchestra teacher or strings technician take a look. One possibility is [...]

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Bow Health - Part 2 of 3 - Inspecting the Bow Grip.

Inspecting your bow grip. Lizard Skins, Leather Grips, and Loose Windings. As students get settled into the new school year and rental season dies down, now is a good time to take a good look at your bow and get any needed maintenance done. Give your bow a thorough examination from the tip to the [...]

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Bow Health - Part 1 of 3 - Inspecting for Cracks.

Bow Health Inspection Checking Your Bow for Cracks As students get settled into the new school year, now is a good time to take a good look at your bow and get any needed maintenance done. Give your bow a thorough examination from the tip to the frog using these guidelines to help you [...]

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German Bow vs French Bow

If you are a bass player, or have watched many orchestral bassists, you may have noticed that there are two different styles of bows: The French Bow and The German Bow. French Bass Bow The French Bow looks similar to bows used for the violin, viola, and cello. It also has the same overhand [...]

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Basic Bow Care

Bow Care... It is all too easy to lose one's bow because of not taking good care of it. Here are four "MUSTS" for taking care of the bow! Always loosen the bow before you put it in the case. The bow stick must rest from all of the tension that is created when the [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 3 - Other Considerations

Rosin Considerations. If you missed Part 1 or 2 in this series see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works and How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 2 - Color. Another consideration when choosing rosin is the climate you live in. This can affect the way the [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 2 - Color

Color indicates type of rosin. So now that we know how the bow makes sound on the string, and how rosin works (see How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works). What is the difference between all the different types of rosin on the market, and how do [...]

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How To Choose Rosin Series - Part 1 - How Rosin Works

Diagram of "The Hemholtz Motion" How Rosin Works A lot of people have misconceptions when it comes to how the bow creates sound on a stringed instrument. Many people have the impression that the bow hair has scales on it that grab the string to make it vibrate, which is [...]

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