Articles Tagged As Strings

Eight Great Tips for Learning Violin

Know your instrument and develop good playing habits for a lifetime of playing enjoyment.

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Case Study: Use Personal Values to Juggle a Heavy Workload

See how one music educator has mastered the art of juggling a heavy workload — what he calls “high-stakes teaching and high-payoff teaching.”

Portal to Another World: A Role-Playing Game Enhances Beginning Violin Lessons

How do you engage beginning violin students? This music educator took his curriculum and created a role-playing game!

So Your Child Wants to Play Strings

How to get your child started on violin, viola, cello or upright bass.

A Guide to Parent Resources for Beginning Band and Orchestra

Looking to introduce your child to music? Check out these four vital websites.

Five More Things You May Not Know About String Instruments

From their origins to their construction, there’s a lot to learn.

Dedication to the Craft

Tina Guo on staying true to her creative convictions.

When Do You Need to Go to a Luthier?

How to keep your string instrument healthy and sounding great.

What Is a Fractional Size Violin?

There is a violin that’s sized right for you.

How to Prepare Your Child for School Orchestra

Navigating the first journey into musicianship.

Electric String Ensemble Checklist

Interested in adding an electric string ensemble to your music program? Here’s what you’ll need to get started. 

Cellist Mike Block’s Musical Quest

Cellist Mike Block’s output is staggeringly diverse, and he applies a high level of skill, commitment and efficiency into every style.

Mike Block Remembers the Hidden Meaning Behind a Lesson

Playing at a high level matters more than musical selection.

Presenting the New Generation SILENT Bass™

Advanced technologies take this revolutionary instrument to the next level.

Reimagining the Way Student Violins Are Made

Computer-assisted craftsmanship makes Yamaha student violins easy to maintain

Winter Weather Care for Woodwind and String Instruments

Here’s what to do when the temperatures plummet.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Bows

The bow in your right hand is as important as the instrument in your left hand.

7 Ways to Help Band Directors Tackle Strings Education

The skills you have honed to be a successful band director and performer can be applied to tackle strings education.

How to Select an Electric Upright Bass

Here’s what you need to know about EUBs.

Five Things You May Not Know About String Instruments

From violin to viola to cello … bass not included.

Improve Students’ Tone

Help strings and winds students break down the factors of sound production and incorporate them back into the music. 

Case Study: A Las Vegas Middle School Orchestra’s Remarkable Success

Despite having no prior strings experience, an orchestra director has taken a program at a Las Vegas middle school to major achievements. 

Violinist Christian Howes’ Three Pillars of Pedagogy

By focusing on these three keys to music education, you can be an effective teacher and mentor.

Christian Howes: Versatile Violin Virtuoso

Classically trained violinist Christian Howes breaks free of genre conventions to practice and teach creativity.

Pros and Cons for Pickups, Microphones and Electric Strings

When you need to project more sound from your violin, viola or cello, try a pickup, microphone or an electric instrument. 

New to Teaching Strings?

If you are new to teaching strings, don’t panic. Top string professionals offer advice as you launch into uncharted territory.

Black Violin’s Kev Marcus Offers Teaching Tips

It’s important to pass along the positive influence of music teachers from your past.

Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

Black Violin received encouragement and untold opportunities as they developed their musical skills. Now they want to pay it forward to a new generation of violinists.

5 Tips to Grow an Orchestra Program

Build your orchestra with these tips from McQueen High School’s Kenny Baker.

Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program

The success of McQueen High School’s orchestra, which performs around the world, is thanks in large part to the director’s vision.

Dare to be Different: Black Violin

Challenging stereotypes with a unique blend of classical and hip hop.

What’s That Weird Sound?

Five steps to diagnose common buzzing problems on your string instrument.

Feel Through Your Five Senses: The Development of the Yamaha SILENT Bass

An interview with award-winning Yamaha designer Shinya Tamura.

Quick Peek: Yamaha Violin Custom Workshop

Take a tour of the Yamaha Violin Custom Workshop in Hamamatsu, Japan.

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