Tag Archive: joel kennedy

Jun 24

Face to Face with Joel from Kennedy Violins

Today, we are continuing our “Face to Face” series by featuring the man, the myth, the legend: Joel Kennedy. Joel is the Founder and President of Kennedy Violins.  He has played viola and violin for over thirty years. He attended the Eastman School of Music in New York, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in …

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Dec 11

How to Return to The Violin After Years of Not Playing.

At Kennedy Violins, we get calls all the time from people who want to get back to playing after taking a hiatus of several years.  The one thing that these individuals have in common is that they regret not keeping up with the violin.  As a side note, if you are a current violin student …

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Oct 22

Deliberate Practice Makes Perfect

Everybody knows that if you want to be better at anything, you need to practice. Most people would also agree that while practicing is good, practicing more is better.  It’s also quite obvious that more accomplished musicians practice more than the people who are not accomplished musicians.  However, what many people are not aware of, …

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Jun 19

Auto Racing and Stringed Instruments

Ok, you may be thinking “what does auto racing have to do with playing a stringed instrument?”. Before I started driving Spec Miatas at the Portland International Speedway, I had the vague opinion (as most probably do), that driving a car fast around a track, is mostly a matter of talent, a love of going …

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Apr 24

How do you find a violin teacher for your child?

Where do I find a suitable instructor for my child?  Once parents decide that they want their offspring to learn a stringed instrument, they are immediately faced with this often challenging question.  For most parents, it’s very difficult to know where to start because most are not active participants in the world of stringed instruments …

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Mar 20

Violin Nerd or Athlete?

Article by the World Renowned Violinist Clayton Haslop. A few years ago I read a little article having to do with repetitive movement injuries and instrumental playing. In the course of it the writer made the following observation. Musicians are the athletes of small muscles. Certainly true. Yet, if the whole truth be told, we …

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Jan 05

How to Rosin a New Bow

How to rosin a new bow. I get asked fairly often by customers or students about how to rosin a bow and in particular, how often rosin should be re-applied to the bow. As with most aspects of the violin, there is no easy answer to this question and the solution is somewhat subjective. How …

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