Category Archive: Instrument Rental

Mar 04

Kennedy Violins Opens Its First Retail Location

Founder Joel Kennedy in front of our the new Kennedy Violins store in Vancouver, Washington. For over a decade, Kennedy Violins has been one of the nation’s premiere sources of affordable string instruments through kennedyviolins.com, an online store for instruments, accessories, sheet music, and more. Kennedy Violins is now opening its first retail store serving …

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Dec 21

Stereotypes & Misconceptions Part I: Classical Music is for Rich People

Some strange kind of stigma has become associated with classical music, and I want to get to the bottom of it. It isn’t unusual for stereotypes about classical music and its listeners or performers to exist; after all, there are similarly plenty of opinions out there about Twilight-loving teenagers, Bronies, Trekkies, band geeks, and people …

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Aug 16

Rent or Buy? That is the question!

Around this time every year, as the musical season gears up again, we see a lot of new string players preparing to start a new adventure.  There are inevitably A LOT of questions, and we are happy to address them.  In the past, on the blog, we have covered many topics about Beginner Basics.  One that …

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Jun 11

Safe Travels: 8 Tips for Transporting Musical Instruments

  With vacations nearly in full swing, you may be packing your bags to head out on that much-deserved trip to the Bahamas, your family reunion, or a huge holiday celebration. Are you planning to take your instrument with you? Whether you’re serenading a couple down the aisle, fiddling for your grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration, …

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May 30

Musical Identity: Defining Instrumentalist Personalities

Which instrument you play (or even want to play) somehow becomes an indelible part of your identity. Even now when I talk about my musicianship with strangers, I often hear, “Oh, I played the cello growing up,” or “I’ve always wanted to learn the guitar.”  To the former I say, “Do you still play?” to …

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Sep 26

Beginner Basics: Where to get started

Your kid just came home from school and announced that he wants to join orchestra. How did THAT happen, especially since nobody else in the family has ever touched a stringed instrument before? Basically, your child has three to four choices, depending on the orchestra program — violin, viola, cello, or bass. What makes these …

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Jul 16

Violins Are Like Legos: They’re Meant to Come Apart

You’ve seen it before. Intermission commences at the junior high orchestra concert. The suspect, a rather uncoordinated violist (who shall remain unnamed), trips over a cello and the audience gasps as it faceplants on the ground. The bridge goes flying. The strings go limp. A harried seventh grader fights backs tears as she runs to …

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