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Liv & Simon's Top 10 Practise Tips

We're often asked for our top practise tips - so here we go!

When does a bow need rehairing?

A question often asked by our students is 'how do I know when to get a rehair?' 

Tension issues in violin playing

Are you aware of tension when you play the violin? Here's our latest article and tips for dealing with tension problems.

How playing an instrument benefits the brain

Did you know that playing a musical instrument engages many different parts of the brain? Here's another great video from TedEd...

How to read music

Here's a great little video that we found to help beginner violinists understand how to read music

Sonatas and Partitas of J.S.Bach

Click here to read Simon Kodurand's latest article- The Sonatas and Partitas of J.S.Bach - Performance or Pedagogy? 

How to change your violin string

For those students who find changing strings a bit awkward we've got a short clip for you from Johnson String Instrument, have a go at trying this- hopefully it should do the trick!

How to play Staccato

A fun little clip on Staccato with Itzhak Perlman...


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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.


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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