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Stradivari exhibition

Planning on going to Oxford in the next few weeks? Don't miss the wonderful exhibition of Stradivari violins at the Ashmoleon Museum- a unique opportunity to see these masterpieces. Read more here.

 
Musicians seat wedge

These brilliant seat wedges are perfect for players in need of more support in the lower back area. We recommend these to students spending long hours in chamber music or orchestral rehearsals, they can be found on Amazon and come in 3 colours (Arkstore 7 degree seat wedge).

 

seat cushion

 
Heifetz video

The great Jascha Heifetz...

 

 
Menuhin's guide to the violin

Have a look this video-wise words from a truly great violinist.

 

 
Practise tips from Sevcik

Here is an interesting letter to The Strad magazine from the eminent Czech violinist and pedagogue

Otakar Ševčík, with some wise words on violin practice (from the February 1912 issue):

 

sevcik

 
The Art of Practising

This is a brilliant quote from the great violin pedagogue Leopold Auer which sums up the art of practising. When asked by his student Nathan Milstein if he needed to practise more than 1 hour 1/2 each day, Auer replied 'Practise with your fingers and you need all day. Practise with your mind and you will do as much in 1 1/2 hours.'

 
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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!

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