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The Humble Etude: The Mainstay of String Technique

If you’ve ever marveled at a jaw-dropping performance by a string player on YouTube (you know the ones, where their left hand is climbing up and down the fingerboard at lightening speed while the bow works to light a fire

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Violin Bowing- A List of Terms

With so many different types of bowing out there, one can be easily confused by the variety- and the disagreement upon terms and definitions. In an attempt to provide accurate information for my students, I have compiled an expository list

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New: Online Practice Logs!

We have added a new feature to the website: online practice forms!   I know, you may be groaning, but just think: -Have you ever wondered how much you REALLY practice in a week? -Is there a particular skill you’d

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Advanced Bowings Lessons- a Review

Have you noticed how there seem to be an infinite number of ways your bow can interact with the string? Your bow and how it’s used comprises the majority of your tone and technique, and properly exercising each method in

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Music is Music is (Pop!) Music

So… you’re a violin or viola player. Or a cello or bass player. What genres of music do you see your instrument as playing? If you immediately concluded some type of classical or, maybe, fiddling… you’re correct. You’re also only

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YouTube Videos for Practice?

It’s true! As a student these days, YouTube can be a fantastic resource of good modelling, practice techniques, and even extended instruction. I want to stress the importance, however, of choosing wisely which videos you take to heart. Some folks

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