Category Archive: Bass

Apr 04

Scales: the Backbone of the String Players Practice Session

There is a certain segment of the string player’s daily practice routine that can be viewed as the least exciting, and it can be tempting to exclude this section of the practice session. However mundane practicing scales can seem, it is arguably the most important part of practicing the violin, or any stringed instrument. Why …

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Mar 27

Humidity and Your Stringed Instrument

People often call Kennedy Violins and ask about how to take care of their violin. My response is usually to tell them that there is not a lot they have to do, other than wiping off the excess rosin after every practice session, so it doesn’t have a chance to build up.  However, where a person lives can …

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Mar 22

Listen and learn

I’ve been reading a lot about our brains on music, and how supremely intertwined music is in our very being, as humans. As we listen to music, it’s not our ears that actually hear music – it’s our brains. Our ears merely convey the vibrations to our brains, and our brains, through synapse, social conditioning …

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Mar 15

Sheet music is just a click away

What I like about playing my violin is that it is really a “social” instrument. I don’t consider myself a soloist, but I do enjoy making all different kinds of music at various levels with other people. I practice not only to improve my own abilities but also to contribute to the success of a …

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Feb 14

Where can my kid play?

Once your child has advanced to an intermediate level, it’s time to start finding places for her to play. Most communities have youth orchestras and other community groups that afford experiences only available in ensembles. Life-enriching training grounds, indeed.

Jan 30

How to Prevent Slipping Violin Pegs

I was originally going to entitle this blog “how to install violin strings”. However, after a brief perusal of the Internet, I found a disturbing amount of misinformation about the problem of slipping violin pegs and I decided to write about that instead, since this is a pressing problem that we hear about everyday at …

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