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Author: Nathan Weiss

Website: http://www.benningviolins.com/

About Author: Located in Studio City, Benning Violins is the premiere violin shop in Los Angeles, offering a selection of fine and master crafted violins, violas, cellos and bows for the beginner, student and professional, as well as bow rehairs, rental, instrument rep.

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The Suzuki Method Approach to Learning Violin

August 29, 2018 | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

An accomplished Japanese violinist studying in Germany was frustrated that children could learn the language faster than adults. But it birthed an idea. Children learn to speak before they are able to read. So should beginner violinists learn how to create music before they are able to read music? That is the premise of the …

Mittenwald, Germany: The Center of German Violinmaking

August 29, 2018 | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

It’s a tiny town with a big claim in fine stringed instruments. The Klotz family started it a long time ago and today’s luthiers still learn their craft there. When tourists travel to Germany, must-visit cities are Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. Unless, that is, the tourists are musicians of the string variety, principally violinists, …

Violinmaking: Why Bosnian Maple Wood is King

January 20, 2018 | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

Legendary violins are made of Bosnian wood grown hundreds of years ago. But can modern luthiers replicate what Stradivari had available to him? The extraordinary sound of the fine violins, violas and cellos made by the legendary luthiers Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) and Guiseppe Guarneri (1698-1744) is attributed to many factors. Workmanship is of course at …

For Student Violins, Violas and Cellos, Proper Setup is Vital

December 16, 2017 | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

It’s prudent for the budding musician to begin with a student-model instrument. But progress can be stunted if the violin isn’t properly setup by a professional. There is a great deal of difference between a student violin, an intermediate violin, and a professional violin. It has to do with craftsmanship and the quality of materials, …

A Brief History of Stringed Instrument Bow Making

December 16, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

The supporting role perception of the violinist’s bow underestimates its importance. But a certain 18th century Frenchman changed everything. There’s a famous unattributed quote about bowed instruments such as cellos, violins and violas: “The left hand makes the notes, but the right hand makes the music.” This saying illustrates the importance of the bow in …

Installing the Bridge on a Stringed Instrument

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

Careful installation of the bridge is necessary to achieve proper sound, tuning and maintenance of violins, violas or cellos. A poorly installed bridge will warp, break, and could result in damage to the strings or the stringed instrument itself. When instruments are shipped, the bridges are not placed on the instrument, because they can be …

The US Federal Ivory Ban and Musical Instruments

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) director has worked with the Obama Administration to set in place strict rules that coincide with the Endangered Species Act and African Elephant Conservation Act against stringed instruments containing illegally sourced ivory. Many stringed instruments such as cellos and violins use ivory in the tips and frogs …

Violinmaking Measuring and Fitting the Neck Piece: Benning Violin

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

When crafting fine violins, as opposed to cheap, mass-produced ones, placing the neck onto the violin body is the most complex procedure, as the exact size, fit and angle will determine the symmetry of all the fittings and the ease at which the instrument is played. Precise measurements ultimately make or break the musician’s physical …

Violin making Carving the Scroll: Benning Violins

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

The distinctive scroll found at the top of fine violins, violas and cellos is a purely decorative woodcarving that showcases the violinmaker’s skill as a maker and craftsman. The concept originated in the Baroque era. Typically the scroll carving is shaped like a volute, or rolled up spiral, but they historically also appeared as human …

Benning Violin making: Designing the Sound Holes

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment

The sound holes of stringed instruments such as fine cellos, violas and violins, also known as F-holes, are openings in the top plate. The holes allow the plate to resonate more freely and let internal air resonance to travel outside the instruments, enhancing their lower pitches. In box resonating musical instruments, sound holes come in …

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