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10 Classical Music Pieces That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Classical music is typically thought of as calming and romantic. You wouldn't expect to be headbanging at a symphony concert, but these pieces will...
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History of the Violin

The violin has long been one of the most prominent musical instruments in use, and some would argue that this instrument is the third...

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Should You Buy or Rent a Musical Instrument?

With rental season starting soon, you may be wondering whether you should be buying or renting an instrument. The answer is not simple and usually requires...
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Best Double Basses – 2018 Review

Buying a double bass can be challenging. It is a high-priced item and there aren't many resources online to figure out what double bass...

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Yamaha SV-200 Silent Electric Violin Review 2018

The violin is a vital instrument in any classical orchestra or ensemble. Like most instruments, the violin started acoustic, and remained such for many, many years.  However, technological advancement has allowed manufacturers to produce many electronic versions. Like most things in life, a well, these newer electronic violins have benefits, as well as limitations. In this review, we will discuss the Yamaha SV 200 silent electric violin. You will see the benefits, limitations, the features, and the reasons why this particular version stands out from all of the previous versions of the violin. We will also explore unique features and benefits...

10 Awesome Facts About the Cello

The cello is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sounding instruments out there. It’s very popular in modern music but holds a fascinating, long history. If you are interested in learning the cello or are just curious about it, read on to learn these interesting facts. 1. The word cello originally meant "little large viola" The word cello comes from the Violoncello. An Italian word that really means "little large viola." The plural word for cello is celli or cellos. 2. The cello dates from the 1500s It’s the second largest instrument in the string family. It’s origin date from the 1500s and...
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10 Classical Music Pieces That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Classical music is typically thought of as calming and romantic. You wouldn't expect to be headbanging at a symphony concert, but these pieces will certainly get you moving. Rossini - William Tell Overture One of the most well-known tunes around, the main part of the William Tell Overture should certainly get you excited. Just picture yourself riding to battle on a horse! The piece starts off with a beautiful cello solo, but once you get about halfway through your heartbeat will go through the roof. https://youtu.be/V4PS8-_5UFw?t=2m45s   Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, "Italian" - 1. Allegro vivace This piece always reminds me...
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The Best of Beethoven’s Orchestral Works

Beethoven composed some of the best music of both the romantic and classical music periods. His works became immortal with 9 symphonies, 38 piano and violin concertos and sonatas and 16 string quartets. What's extraordinary is that many of his masterpieces were created after he became deaf. His creations are pure timeless beauties. Today we are going tell you some of the best of Beethoven's works. While it is difficult to choose the best of Beethoven, we feel that these seven orchestral works represent his work best.   Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (Eroica) Undoubtedly Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major,...
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6 Different Versions of Bach’s Cello Suites

Johan Sebastian Bach is one of the best composers we have seen in the history of humankind. His music was precise, soulful, innovative, spiritual and complex. Among his most famous compositions is the Bach Cello Suites composed between 1717 and 1723. The Suites are known to have given the cello a more notorious role other than that of the basso continuo. At first, they were perceived as studies (that is why in some of the earlier prints, you find they say Cello Suites & Etudes). Nowadays, Bach's Cello Suites are a must in every cellist’s repertoire. They have been...

What is the Suzuki Method?

Have you ever heard of the Suzuki Method? Even if you are not a musician, almost every person out there has heard the word, Suzuki, at least once. People also associate it with violin and small children. So what is it really? Well, it’s a study method that was originally designed for the violin, but eventually branched out to other instruments such as the viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, recorder, organ, and voice. See Suzuki Method Books on Amazon Who was Suzuki? Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya Japan, where he grew up with his 11 siblings. His father owned a...

10 Best Cello Strings Review 2018

Buying the best cello strings that make your cello sound amazing can be challenging when there are so many options on the market. Cellists tend to spend the most time of any stringed instrument players finding the right strings for their instrument because strings affect the sound of cellos more so than they do for violins and violas. We have reviewed and ranked the best cello strings available below to make your search for the best cello strings that much easier. Our #1 cello string recommendation this year is Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold. There is no one cello string that sounds great on all...
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Best Digital Pianos and Piano Keyboards

Piano keyboards come in various forms. They each have their own features that would delineate one from the other. If you are a beginner, or you wish to start playing a piano keyboard, then what you need is an excellent piano keyboard with the right functionality and the features that could allow you to develop your skill faster. In this article, we will review the ten best digital piano keyboards which are sold on the market. Best Digital Piano Keyboard for Children Casio SA76 KeyboardA great piano keyboard for children and other beginners. The 44 keys are mini-sized, perfect for children...
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Best Play-Along Books for Beginner Violin Players

Do you have a child who has just begun learning the violin? Do you teach the beginning orchestra at a school? Do you teach privately and get a lot of young beginners? One of the very best ways to get someone excited about learning a musical instrument is to get them playing songs that they like, know, or can at least recognize. This is why, in addition to the prescribed method book from the child’s school or private teacher, it is imperative that the student owns a book of songs that they enjoy playing. A growing number of violin music...

5 Reasons You Should Play The Cello

The cello is an instrument that has gotten a lot of popularity in the past few years and not without reason. It has been featured in the pop and rock culture as the new it instrument and has been able to transform perceptions of classical instruments into cool and relatable sounds to younger audiences. Are you thinking of playing the cello? If so, this information is perfect for you and your final decision on playing this amazing instrument! You can start at any age. You didn’t “miss” your chance at becoming a successful cello player if you didn’t start at...

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