W.E Hill & Sons: A Legacy of Quality and Vision
Auctioneers tout the firm for its restoration work and scholarship on the Stradivarius and Guarneri luthier families. And in the realm of fine violin cases, there really is no comparison to W.E.
Bow Making Port Townsend: The Mirecourt of the United States
Violins, violas and cellos mostly get all the attention. They're the principle instruments in the orchestra; they are played by the most recognized of string musicians (rare exception: Yo-Yo Ma and his cello). When you see a violinist traveling in an airport, the case shape gives away the nature of... more »
The 12 Apostles Violin Cases by W.E. Hill and Sons
They don't make the music but ensure the instrument gets to its audiences. This London violinmaker created some of the most beautiful cases ever made.
Carl Frederick Becker: The Dean of American Violinmaking
The 17th and 18th centuries produced the Stradivariuses. But the 20th and 21st centuries had the Chicago violinmaker Carl Fredrick Becker.
Why Mirecourt, France Is the Bow Making Capital of the World
The discovery of the New World brought prosperous trade in Brazillian Pernambuco wood to Miracourt - establishing a legacy of fine bowmaking Mirecourt, France is famous for two things: Violin and stringed instrument bow making, and the making of fine lace. That fact is as true today as it was in... more »
Folk Fiddles and Rattlesnake Rattles
The place of the violin in the hills of Appalachia and on the plains of Texas, and along many points in between, is one of great cultural richness. Before electronically recorded music, the fiddle was perhaps the only source of music available to the common man. There may not have been a "name"... more »
An Overview of American Violinmaking Schools
Luthiers practice a craft that derives from the old schools of Italy, Germany and France, but several schools for stringed instrument making are in the US. Despite the omnipresence of manufactured violins from China, despite the decades of skills development that luthiers must have before... more »
The Suzuki Method Approach to Learning Violin
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?
The Lowdown on the Viola Da Gamba
Not one instrument but a family, this cousin of the violin and cello has a rich history in early music - and a future in contemporary music as well. It isn't a simple matter to find a viola da gamba for sale or a violin maker who crafts them. They are rare and fascinating.
Mittenwald, Germany: The Center of German Violinmaking
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.
How To Become A Successful Guitar Teacher Fast
It's easier than you think to turn guitar students into excellent players and make a great living at the same time. Here are 3 ways to do it.
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Ten Great Albums That Turn Twenty Five This Year
Toronto can this season celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of its last World Series Championship, the second of its back to back titles coming at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. That 1993 event was very important because of what happened the following season, when the officials at Major... more »
Best Ten Artists Who Became Famous Using Pseudonyms
Elvis Costello will release a new album in October, his first with the Imposters since the Momofuko record from back in 2008. Two singles are already streaming from Look Now, one called "Under Lime" and the other dubbed "Unwanted Number." Its release will almost coincide with the fortieth... more »
Best Ten I Want You Back Songs
Once again my mental discography has been ignited by the hosts of Sound Advice, the popular music discussion show on National Public Radio. On a recent their topic was what they called I Want You Back songs, and each host presented his six favorites. Among the half dozen of Jim DeRogatis was "If I... more »
Ten Songs About Paris That Could Help The French Celebrate The World Cup
The World Cup was the dominant topic of the sports world last week but, as not even a lukewarm fan of soccer, I saw only about ten minutes of the action. The only reason I happened to see that limited segment is because a game ran over the estimated time, which pre-empted the Judge Judy episode I... more »
The Ten Best Bands Named After Fruits
Other than the refreshing summer drink to which it lends its name, the lemon has to be among the most disrespected fruits. Cars that frequently break down or do not run at all are called lemons, instead of tangerines or plums. An unhappy facial expression is often described as lemon-faced, based on... more »
Ten Song Titles That Could Serve As Brief Weather Forecasts
For Midwestern folks like me no part of the local newscast is as anticipated as the weather forecast, but it usually ends up being the most unsatisfying segment as well. Even though they always greet us with smiling faces, seldom do the meteorologists offer us mild temperatures with clear skies.... more »
Benefits of Music for Seniors
It is a well known fact that listening to and being involve in music can be very beneficial to seniors. Music involvement and even music instruction offers physical, mental and emotional stimulation at a time when these things tend to be ignored.
An Examination of Carbon Fiber Bows
All stringed instrument players know the importance of a good bow. But how do carbon fiber bows stand up to Pernambuco, Brazilwood, fiberglass and composites?