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Best Cello Concertos of All Time

Cellos have the greatest solo repertoire in orchestras after violins, though many cellists would argue that their pieces are better. The smoothness of the...
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10 Best Symphonies of All Time

Have you ever wondered what the best symphonies of all time are? We have, so we spent tens of hours listening various recordings of the...

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What is Rosin?

If you're a new stringed instrument player, you may have looked at that funny amber colored stuff that comes in your stringed instrument case...
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Best Cello Rosin for Students

In order make sound, a cello bow needs rosin. A good quality rosin can make your cello sound great. However, finding the best cello...

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How to Take Care of Your Cello

Being a cellist is really fun and rewarding, and it also comes with great responsibility towards your instrument. Good cellos are not cheap and taking care of them so they stay many years with us is part of our tasks as musicians. So what can you do to make sure your cello is in perfect conditions always? Most of it is understanding what cello maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis. We'll cover the basic cello maintenance procedures below so you will know how to take care of your cello. Your Bow 1. Bows are really delicate and need to...
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Overcoming Fear

Any time you step out of your comfort zone you are forced to face your fears. Growth on a musical instrument is built on the notion of stretching beyond your current abilities and out into the unknown. Enter fear. Fear comes in all shapes and sizes and hits us for a variety of reasons. Three of the most common fears musicians face are fear of failure, fear of success and fear of the unknown (insert your own favorite spooky sound effect here). Just a quick side note, these concepts were originally developed in my book Music Practice Coach.   Fear of...
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Best Kids Violins Review 2018

For kids who want start playing an instrument at an early age, you should find the appropriate violins that would suit your skill and your size. Kids violins are specifically designed to suit your needs and capabilities, hence you should buy the best kids violin that will fit your student. Before you are able to start playing, you should first find yourself a kids violin. This way, you can constantly practice the mechanism of playing such instrument. In this article, we have listed ten of the best kids violins which you could find on the market. Be able to review...
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Best Cello Pieces of All Time

From Bach's Cello Suites to Dvorak's Cello Concerto, the cello has without a doubt some of the most beautiful music ever written. Here is our top 10. Six Cello Suites - J.S. Bach Bach composed these suites between 1717 and 1723 when we worked as a Kapellmeister in Köthen. The only manuscript found was by the hand of Anna Magdalena. The music was brought back to light by Pablo Casals and it's now considered a must-have in any cellist's repertoire. Because of the little notation left on the music, you can listen to different versions of the cello suite and be impressed by...
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Best Conductor Stands 2018

Before even attempting to stand in front of an orchestra, a conductor needs to have with him/her a conductor stand. The reason is simple: this is where the conductor will place the sheet music or scores to be used in the performance. So whether you are leading a full-scale orchestra or you are just conducting a group of musicians for a music class, you should have the best conductor stand available. It is worth noting, however, that there are a lot of conductor stands on the market and choosing for the best one could be a dilemma. In this...
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The Best of Mozart

Mozart was an absolute prodigy and an influential factor in classical music. He created music for every one like symphonies, opera, concertos or piano music. He first composed his song at the age of five. His performance before the Royal members was flawless and enchanting. His works deeply influenced the next generation of European art music. Even Ludwig Beethoven created his first few pieces of music in the shadow of Mozart. Mozart created more than 600 compositions and many of them are highly acknowledged. Here we’ll see some of his best creations which made him one of the best composers...
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Who is Apocalyptica?

Have you ever considered that classical music and heavy metal could be combined? This is exactly what Apocalyptica does - A Finnish band that has defied all standards of classical cello and its technique. A little history... Apocalyptica was born in 1993 as a tribute to Metallica. The founding members, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, and Antero Manninen are all classically trained musicians. They were studying in the prestigious Sibelius Conservatory in Helsinki when they created a project about playing Metallica with four cellos. In 1999, Antero Manninen was replaced by cellist Perttu Kivilaakso, a renowned and talented cellist who, like them, had studied in the...
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Best DZ Strad Violins Review

As a violinist, you should be observant of the brand of the violin that you are going to pick. Since the quality of your instrument could highly affect the quality of your performance, you may want to ensure that you purchase the right violin from a respected brand. One of the most trusted violin brands is D Z Strad. materiD Z Strad is one of the leading companies that sell stringed instruments. They offer an array of instruments - whether classical or modern - which produce great sound and tone. Since there are many violin models of the said brand,...
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10 Best Symphonies of All Time

Have you ever wondered what the best symphonies of all time are? We have, so we spent tens of hours listening various recordings of the best symphonies and have compiled a list of our top 10 best symphonies of all time below.   1. Brahms Symphony No. 4 Symphony No. 4 was Brahms's last written symphony. It was premiered on October 25, 1885. Brahms himself played this beautiful symphony. This music is so powerful that it will continuously unfold you to different states of your mind. It'll create conflict in your mind and soothe you at the next moment. A typical performance lasts...

Best Concert Ukuleles – Buying Guide 2018

Concert ukuleles have slowly been receiving the spotlight over the years. This is because they are relatively easy to play and that they are able to produce a bright and distinct sound. Because of such demand, the number of ukulele brands and models has also been increasing. This makes it difficult for the users to choose the most suitable instrument based on their liking. In this article, we will be discussing ten of the best concert ukuleles in the market. We hope to make it easier for you to find the most appropriate concert ukulele. Overall Best Concert Ukulele Lohanu Ukulele...

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