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An unusual experiment...

Here is the American violinist Joshua Bell taking part in an unusual experiment in a subway station in 2007, but does it turn out as he expected?

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Performance nerves

We've all suffered from performance nerves, but how do we learn to cope with them?

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Roby Lakatos - Czardas

Here is a video of the uniquely wonderful Hungarian folk/jazz violinist Roby Lakatos playing Czardas, in our opinion one of the truly great violinists.

 

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Injury prevention lessons

Are you experiencing muscle aches and pains in playing the violin? Don't suffer in silence!

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What playing a musical instrument does to your brain

A fascinating clip- well worth watching!

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Parent's corner: tips to encourage your child to practise

We all know how challenging it can be to motivate a child to practise. It's important to establish a consistent routine which will keep them both challenged and motivated, so we've come up with a few suggestions...

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Parents' Corner

After much demand we've decided to introduce a new articles section for those parents who would like a little more information in helping along practise sessions!

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Menuhin's tutorial

The fourth installment of Menuhin's tutorials- this time looking at the right hand.

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Magnetic violin mute

February product of the month : The Bech magnetic violin mute

Although the Bech magnetic mute has been around for a while and it's such a brilliant addition to any violin that we had to put it as this months violin gadget! Here is a mute that provides a solution to the usual 'buzzing' noises which so often accompanies the standard mutes. It works very simply by fixing the magnetic plastic strip onto the tailpiece which will keep the mute in place and can be bought from amazon for £10.

 

Airline victory for musicians

The Telegraph has reported that small instruments will now be allowed on board airlines, no small victory! Read the full article here.

Geared pegs

January product of the month: Geared pegs

Constantly getting frustated with slipping pegs during tuning? Our new find of the month may just solve this problem- The Wittner Fine Tuned Peg.  Designed to save time and energy, once the peg is fitted it can be tuned through turning the middle section of the peg which brilliantly won't slip. Another benefit is that there is no wear on the peg box as the shaft of the peg doesn't move, thereby avoiding expensive repair bills when issues appear. 

For student violinists the geared peg is ideal and certainly gets our vote! Currently being sold by Guivier's in London.

 


Musical instruments on Eurostar

It was probably only a matter of time before Eurostar introduced costs for taking an instrument on board. After all, Ryanair has been charging ludicrous amounts to allow instruments for some years now- and in some cases requiring the passenger to spend £190 for another seat as reported here.  As far as Eurostar is concerned their policy only affects cello's and double basses for the moment.... see the full article here.

Posture

Unfortunately when beginners first pick up a violin they have a tendency to position their bodies in the most uncomfortable positions possible. For example it’s natural to grip the chin rest for a sense of security which is both unnecessary and will cause neck problems eventually. Another common problem is to hunch the shoulders even with a shoulder rest. It’s important to avoid rounded, hunched shoulders by keeping your frame. This is mainly about conditioning the brain to send the right signals to keep a relaxed body, done frequently enough and in the right manner the body will eventually adapt itself without tensing every muscle used to play the violin. For more comments on this subject please keep checking our articles section!

Lessons

Individual lessons are available in Cleeve, North Somerset.

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