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The Suzuki Method Approach to Learning Violin

August 29, 2018 | Author: | 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 | Author: | 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 | Author: | 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 …

The Study: Do Modern Violins Measure Up to Strads?

January 20, 2018 | Author: | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

Double-blind tests in 2014 found newer violins have a preferred sound, shocking many. But it’s music to the ears of violinists with smaller budgets. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and taste is on the tongue of the gourmand, is the sound of the sweetest violin only in the ear of a …

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

December 16, 2017 | Author: | 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 | Author: | 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 …

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